Led for the most part by quarterback, Joe Flacco, Baltimore dominated their Jacksonville opponents, and proved without a doubt that they are ready for the new season to begin. Their display was a huge contrast to last week, where the team looked all out of ideas in their 27-12 loss to Detroit.
Flacco was much improved this Thursday, however, completing 27 of 36 passes to gain his side 266 yards, compared to the seven completed a week ago. He played it simple against Jacksonville and it worked, the 27-year-old finding Anquan Boldin in the endzone with an effortless five-yard pass for the first touchdown.
Baltimore fans will have been delighted with Flacco’s performance, and will be hoping that he can throw over 500 passes again this season. Yet the Ravens faithful will have also been pleased to see the return of Torrey Smith from injury.
Wide receiver, Smith, had a sensational rookie season last year, yet recently suffered a minor injury scare that forced him to sit out the Detroit game. Back in the Ravens offence on Thursday, Smith proved he has what it takes to be one of the stars of this season’s NFL with eight catches making 103 yards.
It has been reported in the football news that Flacco and Smith have been working together in preseason training to perfect their combination plays.
Their commitment to strengthening this relationship between QB and receiver certainly worked on Thursday, and Baltimore will head into the regular season’s first game against Cincinnati this September with great confidence in their practiced offence plays.