Joe Cool Keeping Baltimore on Path to Playoffs


He’s third in the NFL in passing, and he is about to get a long week of preparation against a team that has one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Yes, QB Joe Flacco is a man that is shining right now for the Baltimore Ravens, and he is the reason why his team is -4 ½ on the road for NFL picks against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Flacco has truly lived up to his moniker of “Joe Cool” this year. He has 1,269 yards through the air and seven TDs against three picks, and he is running a no huddle offense that has been tricky to master. WR Torrey Smith and WR Anquan Boldin have both had some big time games, while TE Dennis Pitta is proving to be a vital option on big passing downs.

And along come the Chiefs this week at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City ranks second to last in the NFL, allowing 34.0 points per game. The team is only conceding 216.0 yards per game through the air, but QB Matt Ryan came up with 299 yards in Week 1 for the Atlanta Falcons. Teams have also given up on the pass against the Chiefs this year in games too, knowing that three of their four games this year have been decided by at least 16 points and were largely never all that close.

It just hasn’t mattered for Flacco who the foe is, though. He has thrown for 299 yards or greater three times this year, and he has averaged at least 9.8 yards per pass attempt in half of his games, posting a QB rating of 117.7 or better in both of those outings.

Flacco has only played in one game against the Chiefs in his career. He threw for 307 yards and three TDs against just one pick in a 38-24 victory in 2009 in the regular season. He also had 265 yards and two scores at this venue in the 2011 playoffs, a 30-7 victory in a game that was never close from the get go.

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