This was not the Joe Flacco we saw in Week 1 of last season.
We’ve been saying so all summer and it proved out in a game that mattered — Flacco looks far healthier than he did last season, when he spent the first half recuperating from a back injury.
His 121.7 passer rating in the pouring rain told only part of the story Sunday. Flacco also evaded pressure and made throws on the move, playing like a young quarterback rather than the lumbering whipping boy of recent seasons.
He completed five of six passes for 80 yards on the first drive, including a deftly placed 29-yard completion to John Brown on which he rolled all the way to his right before throwing...