Flacco wants fewer third downs, more first downs

Flacco wants fewer third downs, more first downs
October 10, 2013, 2:30 pm

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To avoid problems converting on third down, Joe Flacco would like to avoid third down more often.

The Ravens have been in more third down situations (86) than any team in the NFL. The Ravens are 14th in the NFL in third down conversion percentage (38.4). However, Flacco believes being in third down situations so often has contributed to the team’s inconsistency. He would like that to change Sunday, when the Ravens host the Packers.

“The biggest thing I like to see is for us to get more first downs on first or second down, so we don’t put ourselves in third-down situations,” Flacco said. “If you give yourself three or four third downs over the course of a drive, you’re eventually not going to convert one of them. You’re not going to score a lot of points if you give yourself all kinds of third downs.

“You have to convert on first and second down, get some chunk plays and move down the field. That way, you don’t let those guys pin their ears back, come after you. We’ve got to be a little better on first and second down so that we don’t have to be perfect. If we start doing that, then you’ll start to see more points being put on the board.”

The Packers are third in the league in total offense, averaging 454.8 yards. To win this game, the Ravens made need their best offensive showing of the season.