His back against the wall after a brutally unFlaccolike game against the Bengals, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco responded with an efficient, effective performance in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Browns. He completed 22 of his 31 attempts for 262 yards and three touchdowns. His 128.7 passer rating was the second highest of his career.
Last week's loss to the Bengals was the third time in Flacco's three-year career where he chucked three or more interceptions in a regular-season game. Each time, he struck back with wins -- and passer ratings that eclipsed the 120 mark -- in his next outing.
So maybe there is something to all the talk about Flacco's bouncebackability (yes, I know that's not a word).
"It says he's the kind of guy you want playing quarterback for you," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I don't think there's a guy in the building that doubted that for one second. Not Joe, not Cam [Cameron], not one of our players, not me."
On his first pass of the game, Flacco came dangerously close to throwing a pick-six to Browns safety T.J. Ward. With Browns linebacker Matt Roth bearing down on him, Flacco floated a pass to wide receiver Derrick Mason near the right sideline and Ward jumped the route. Ward had a clear path to the Ravens' end zone, but the ball squirted through his hands and into Mason's mitts for just a one-yard loss.
Flacco shrugged it off and never looked back.
"Joe lets things roll off his back and goes to the next play, the next game," Ravens tight end Todd Heap said. "He's becoming a leader who we can count on that's not fazed by those little things."
I guess Heap is right. After Sunday's feel-good win, Flacco was already looking ahead to Pittsburgh.
"It was a good performance, and I'm going to come back with another one next week," Flacco said.