The Ravens quarterback didn’t get any help up front as he was sacked five times in Baltimore’s 20-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Safety Ed Reed watched on the sideline and had some interesting comments about his QB on The SiriusXM Blitz with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on Monday.
“I think a couple of the times he needed to get rid of the ball,” Reed said. “It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense.”
Flacco went 14 for 27 with 176 yards, but found the end zone twice. To his credit, he didn’t turn the ball over, which he has struggled with in previous postseason games.
“One particular play that sticks out to me; when Ray Rice came out of the backfield, he got pushed down and he still threw him the ball and you got one-on-one with Torrey Smith on outside.”
When asked if Flacco needs to play better to defeat the Patriots, Reed responded “Yeah definitely.” “We all do,” he added.
My biggest fear is that the Ravens get down by two scores early and are forced to go with an aerial attack and abandon the running game. If the Ravens win this game, it will be because Ray Rice jammed the ball down the Patriots throats and kept Tom Brady off the field.