By the numbers: Joe Flacco-Steve Smith

After one of their first offseason workouts together, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith commented on the type of ball quarterback Joe Flacco throws.

“He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag," Smith said in late May.

It was obvious Smith and Flacco hit it off right away, and you could see that connection build throughout training camp and the preseason games. Now, a quarter of the way through the regular season, Smith and Flacco have formed one of the best tandems in the league.

Asked what's the most important thing Smith has brought to the Ravens, Flacco didn't have a profound response.

“The most important thing is that he can catch footballs and score touchdowns and keep us on the field," Flacco said. "It’s really simple."

Here's a look at their production by the numbers:

1 -- Number of multi-touchdown games for Smith with Flacco as his quarterback. It happened Sunday and marked Smith's first since Cam Newton's debut in Week 1 of 2011.

2 -- Touchdown catches of at least 60 yards by Smith this season. Flacco hasn't thrown that number of touchdown passes of at least 60 yards since 2009 with Derrick Mason, who also had two.

8 -- Smith's catches over 20 yards this season. Only Julio Jones has more with 11.

9 -- Fourth-quarter catches by Smith. Only Jimmy Graham has more with 10.

120.9 -- Flacco's passer rating when throwing to Smith. It's the fifth highest in the NFL.

122 -- Smith's receiving yards at halftime Sunday against his former team. The Panthers' receivers had 112 yards combined at the half.

127 -- Flacco's passing yards to Smith when he is under duress. That's the most to one receiver in such situations this season.

204 -- Smith's receiving yards on third downs this season, which leads the NFL.

429 -- Smith's receiving yards this season, which ranks third in the league. Only Jordy Nelson (459) and Julio Jones (447) have more.