Joe Flacco wants to take risks, not just in the passing game but when it comes to passing in the red zone.
The Ravens are using a hurry-up offense and arent being predictable by running on first and second and then waiting to third down to pass.
The result is that Flacco has thrown for 1,269 yards after just four games for a 317.3 yards-per-game average compared to 973 passing yards and 243.3 per game at this point last season.
Flacco has seven touchdown passes and three interceptions. Those were his same touchdown and interception numbers a season ago, and the Ravens have the same record at 3-1.
All three picks this season, however, have been costly. The first one was a game-changer vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, the second allowed the New England Patriots to take a big lead early and the third one prevented the Ravens from pulling away from the Cleveland Browns.
-- On the opening drive of the third quarter vs. the Eagles with the ball near midfield and a chance to expand on a 17-7 lead, Flacco forced pass to Dennis Pitta, who he targeted 15 times in the game. DeMeco Ryans stepped underneath the route and six plays later the score was 17-14 as the Eagles came back to win 24-23.
-- On the Ravens second possession vs. the Patriots, Flacco threw an interception to Stephen Gregory, who returned the ball to the 6 to set up their first touchdown for a 10-0 lead. The Ravens had to rally for a 31-30 comeback victory.
-- On the third possession vs. the Cleveland Browns, Flacco inherited the possession after special teams forced a turnover. With the ball deep in Browns territory, Flacco forced a pass into coverage to Anquan Boldin and it was intercepted by Craig Robertson. It was Flaccos first red-zone interception in 125 throws and first since 2009. The game stayed scoreless though the Ravens eventually won 23-16.
The Ravens easily could be 4-0. But that's the risk that comes with opening up the offense and taking more chances.
"The guy that picked me off was standing on the line of scrimmage and he just took off that way," Flacco said of his interception against Cleveland. "I threw the ball and I thought I had a touchdown. ... I didn't see him at all. It's just one of those things. It happens. You have to shake it off."