Flacco bounced back from a rough start and completed 6 of 8 passes for 74 yards on his final drive of the first half. He found Steve Smith for a 24-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter.
Flacco was not needed in the second half. He compiled 180 yards through the air while completing 16 of 23 passes. He added a touchdown, no interceptions and registered a passer rating of 107.2. He was sacked twice.
Flacco was stuck on the sidelines early in the game, as he watched his defense and special teams each score a touchdown before he stepped on the field. He was able to lead three scoring drives in the second quarter, finishing one with a 19-yard strike to Torrey Smith, and heading into halftime with a 27-10 lead. Flacco did a nice job in limited action during his first preseason action, and though he posted a low completion percentage Saturday, he did keep the offense moving in the first half.
It was perfectly balanced. Flacco hit 4 of 5 throws for 52 yards, connecting with four different receivers, and Baltimore ran five times for 38 yards. Flacco's first pass was a well designed clear-out for tight end Dennis Pitta, who gained 14 yards.
Flacco plays his second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16 at Dallas.
New coordinator Gary Kubiak said he loves the way quarterback
"It's kind of the third time we're going through our system, teaching it, and I think they've adjusted very well, but the most important thing is [Flacco] has adjusted extremely well," Kubiak told the Baltimore Sun. "He's got to lead the pack. He's done that from day one. He's got total command of what's going on right now."
Kubiak said Flacco is demonstrating good footwork and looks sharp in the short passing game.
"His ability to go through progressions, to me, is exceptional," Kubiak said. "Obviously, we've got to cut the sacks down a great deal this year. It's a big point of emphasis. The best way to do that is with your quarterback getting rid of the ball."
"I had no idea how good an athlete he is. He's a very good athlete," Kubiak said.
Kubiak likes to have his quarterbacks get out of the pocket on play-action passes, and Flacco could shine in this system.
"The things we like to do moving around, the zone-pass schemes that we like to run, I think fit to a lot of his strengths," Kubiak said. "We just need to continue to get better with them."
Even though Kubiak likes the way Flacco moves, the key is his arm strength.
"I knew [his arm] was good, but I had no idea just how good it was," Kubiak said. "The big ball is always in play with Joe. … This league is about making big plays. It’s hard [when you go] 3 or 4 yards a pop to do it. You have to make some big plays, and Joe gives you the ability to do that."
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