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Joe Flacco to the Jets: Why it's a good fit, according to Peter King

Joe Flacco to the Jets: Why it's a good fit, according to Peter King

Joe Flacco may not take the Jets to the Super Bowl, and he may have had a rough year in Denver, but the former Ravens quarterback is a good pickup for New York according to NBC Sports' Peter King. 

Here's why, as highlighted in his Monday column:

Remember, skeptical Jets fans: You’re not buying a starting quarterback in Flacco. You’re buying someone who could win some games with the season on the line—because he’s won some big games in the past. Examples why this was a smart signing by GM Joe Douglas:

• Flacco’s best winning percentage against a division? It’s against the AFC East. He’s 7-0 lifetime against Miami, 3-1 against Buffalo . . . and he’s won two playoff games in Foxboro in four tries. In those four games, the Ravens outscored New England by 27 points.

Flacco signed with the Jets as a backup earlier this month, netting a deal worth up to $4.5 million with incentives according to reports. 

The 35-year-old was released by the Broncos in March. He sustained a neck injury in 2019 and finished the season with a 2-6 record as a starter. He threw for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.

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Report: Former Ravens QB Joe Flacco agrees to one-year deal with Jets

Report: Former Ravens QB Joe Flacco agrees to one-year deal with Jets

Former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has reportedly found a new home.

The longtime Baltimore signal-caller has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets, Flacco's agency JL Sports announced on Friday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $1.5 million with incentives that can reach $4.5 million.

In New York, Flacco will likely be the primary backup for third-year passer Sam Darnold. Last season, Darnold missed three games after contracting mononucleosis, and the Jets quarterback play dripped dramatically. Signing Flacco is an insurance policy for the Jets, should Darnold have to miss time in 2020.

After spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Ravens, Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos in March of 2019. The veteran started just eight games for Denver a season ago and was largely ineffective when he was on the field. Flacco finished with a 2-6 record, throwing for just six touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 65% of his passes.

Then-rookie Drew Lock took over for Flacco at the end of the season, and the Broncos finished the 2019 campaign winning four of their last five games. Flacco was released in March, with the designation of a failed physical.

Flacco holds almost every passing record in Ravens history, including passing yards (38,245), touchdown passes (212), games played (163), and quarterback wins (96).

The quarterback is best known for his incredible stretch with the Ravens during the 2012 postseason, where he threw for 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions en route to a Super Bowl title.

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Ravens lookback: Baltimore opened the 2011 season with a rare blowout of the Steelers

Ravens lookback: Baltimore opened the 2011 season with a rare blowout of the Steelers

The Ravens have opened their regular season just four times against a divisional foe in the last decade. They’ll do so once again in 2020. 

But only once has that team been the Steelers. And in 2011, the Ravens made it count. 

Baltimore started hot and avenged its playoff loss from the previous playoffs with a 35-7 blowout of Pittsburgh on opening day at M&T Bank Stadium. It was the first loss in week one for Pittsburgh since the 2002 season. 

Ray Rice started things off well for the Ravens, as he carried the ball for 36 yards on the team’s first play from scrimmage. Joe Flacco threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on the season’s third play, and the Ravens were off and running.

Rice added another touchdown late in the first quarter, which would end up as the team’s winning score, and once again in the second quarter to give the Ravens a 21-7 lead at the break. 

Ed Dickson and Flacco connected for an 18-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter to push the lead to 22 before two Billy Cundiff field goals put icing on the cake of an opening day statement from the Ravens. 

Flacco finished the day 17-of-29 for 224 yards passing with three touchdowns while Rice gained 107 yards on the ground. Boldin led Baltimore in receiving with 74 yards and a score. Ricky Williams in his first and only season in Baltimore and last in the NFL, rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries. 

While the offense hung 35 points on the Steelers, the defense stole the show. 

Ed Reed had two interceptions and Ray Lewis added one more as the Ravens’ defense kept Ben Roethlisberger uncomfortable all afternoon. Terrell Suggs, at the outset of his Defensive Player of the Year season, tallied three sacks against the Steelers. 

Lardarius Webb, who had half a sack, led the team with 11 tackles. Lewis trailed with seven while Reed and Tom Zbikowski posted six tackles each. 

The Ravens weren’t able to follow up their pristine start to the season in proper fashion, as they lost to the Titans in week two on the road. But they rallied from that loss and went 9-2 in their next 11 games, with both losses coming on the road by five points apiece. 

Baltimore’s season, which started with a bang, ended with one too. Although it wasn’t one the team hoped for. 

The Ravens made the AFC Championship game and nearly knocked off the Patriots, but fell 23-20. The game is widely remembered for two plays: Lee Evans dropping a pass in the corner of the endzone that would've been the game-winning score and Cundiff shanking a 32-yard field goal wide left. 

While the season didn’t end well for the Ravens, the week one win over the Steelers was perhaps the most satisfying win of the season.

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