ARLINGTON – Losing to one of the NFL’s elite teams Sunday did not make Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco any less frustrated. After Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the 9-1 Cowboys, Flacco made it clear he expected to leave Texas with a victory.
“We should beat this team,” Flacco said after the loss in a visibly frustrated Ravens locker room. “I’m not kidding. I felt like I’m very confident coming into this game, and I really feel like we should beat this team. We should beat pretty much every team we play.
“We’re obviously not as good as we would like to be. I don’t want to take any moral victories. I came into this game, I think we all did, very confident that we were going to do something very nice, not shock ourselves, but shock everybody else, but it didn’t happen.”
It was a different week for Flacco leading into the game, being criticized by former teammate Ray Lewis for lacking passion, then being defended by former teammate Bart Scott, who blasted Lewis.
None of that fazed Flacco, who did not throw an interception while completing 23 of 35 passes for 269 yards, including a 22-yard TD to Steve Smith Sr. It was one of Flacco’s better games of the season, especially on the road, where he has struggled. But when the Ravens led 7-0 early and had two possessions with a chance to extend that lead, they came away with nothing. Penalties, 12 overall on the Ravens, continued to be a major issue, killing the momentum of some drives.
“I felt like we should be able to score a lot more points than we did today,” Flacco said.
That’s something the Ravens and Flacco have said often this season.