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Pre-game shows debate Joe Flacco's status as an elite quarterback

Quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 14 of 17 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown en route to helping the Ravens take a 17-7 lead against the Philadelphia Eagles at halftime.

Flacco, who is enjoying a 108.8 rating and has connected with eight different receivers, was a topic of discussion on two pre-game shows earlier in the morning.

On ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, the analysts were asked whether Flacco is ready to be an elite quarterback. Here is what a few of them said:

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson: “(The) guy’s gone to the playoffs and won games every year he’s been in this league. There are very few QBs who can ever, ever say that. Yes, he’s ready to be elite.”

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter: “There’s always a transition from being a good player to a great player, and Flacco is making that right now. … The Ravens may be developing into one of the best teams in the league.”

Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka: “I think he’s made that transition already. His defensive football team knows they’ve got a chance to win every football game with him on the field, and that takes the pressure off of them.”

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin also discussed Flacco’s play on the NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

“[Inside linebacker] Ray Lewis has been waiting on this thing since Trent Dilfer,” Irvin said. “They promised him a quarterback since Trent Dilfer to relieve some of the pressure.”

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