Passing Fancy: Baltimore Ravens Passing Game vs. Kansas City

Posted: 15th September 2009 by Ryan Mavity in NFL
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Yes it's only one game, against a team that went 2-14 last year, but were those really the Baltimore Ravens out there? Contrary to everything the so-called experts say they are, as well as their own image as a run-first/defense-oriented team, the Ravens came out gunning it like the Air Coryell Chargers in their 38-24 Week One victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Seven of the Ravens first eight plays were passes. Of the team's 32—yes, 32—first downs, 20 came by way of the pass.

The training wheels were clearly off of second-year quarterback Joe Flacco, who put up 43 pass attempts—which was practically two games worth of attempts last season. Particularly in the first half, it seemed the Ravens were throwing on every snap. The proof however, was in the pudding. ...

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