Flacco's got the moves like Big Ben

Flacco's got the moves like Big Ben
November 29, 2013, 9:00 pm
(Associated Press)

Bet you didn’t know Joe Flacco did impressions. There were a few times during Thursday night’s 22-20 victory over the Steelers that the Ravens quarterback looked a good bit like his Pittsburgh counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger.

One of the things Big Ben is known for is making just enough moves behind the line of scrimmage to free himself from pass rushers and get his throws off. Flacco showed the same kind of action Thursday, particularly on a couple of plays in the second half.

In the third quarter, Steelers cornerback William Gay came on a blitz, closing in on Flacco untouched. But Flacco coolly stepped up, leaving Gay flying to the outside, where he was picked up by a block by running back Bernard Pierce. Flacco completed a pass to Torrey Smith for a first down.

Early in the fourth quarter, Flacco rolled outside, buying himself some time as two rushers came crashing in. He threw off his back foot, but the pass found Smith on the sideline about 15 to 20 yards downfield. However, Smith dropped the ball.
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*About two minutes into the third quarter, the Ravens ran a wide receiver screen to Marlon Brown. It picked up 12 yards. When was the last time we saw one of those? The Ravens would be well-advised to keep that play in the arsenal and bring it out once or twice a game.

*Lardarius Webb has been looking more and more like Lardarius Webb. Part of what makes the Ravens cornerback outstanding is how he attacks the run. He made at least two stops behind the line of scrimmage Thursday, including one of Le’Veon Bell when Pittsburgh had the ball first down at the Ravens’ 1 with 1:39 left in the game, the play before the helmet-off touchdown reversal.