2. Joe Flacco will have a bounce back year:
While we didn’t know what to expect from Flacco after a major injury, Flacco’s small sample size in the preseason didn’t worry the Ravens. Flacco only played in the third preseason contest against the Detroit Lions. He went 11-16 for 94 yards and he looked pretty sharp.
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The performance in one preseason game calmed down the Ravens fan base. Flacco was fine, and he looked surprisingly sharp. It made us wonder if it was going to be a bounce back year for number five.
While Joe Flacco threw for more yards than any year of his career, it was hard to give the Ravens quarterback much praise in 2016. Flacco struggled. He didn’t take open shots down field. Instead, he checked down on a much too regular basis. Flacco didn’t have any flow to his game. He was a back foot thrower who was horribly inefficient. When you throw it 672 times, you don’t get kudos for getting over 4,000 yards.
He averaged 6.4 yards per pass attempt. It benefited the return of Dennis Pitta, but it didn’t help the offense move the chains. The Ravens didn’t get a new and improved Flacco. In several aspects they got a worse play from Flacco.