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Thumbs-up for Ravens QB Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco has led the Ravens to scores on four of eight series during the preseason. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

A quick observation of quarterback Joe Flacco and how he’s played in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 13 at the Denver Broncos.

Flacco was crisp in his two home preseason games, and he was off target in the one on the road. In his first season under offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Flacco has looked comfortable all summer in an offense that doesn't look much different from the one run by Gary Kubiak last season. There are a lot of play-action fakes, quick passes in the flats and the occasional shot downfield.

In his two home preseason games, Flacco was 13-of-19 for 170 yards and one touchdown (a passer rating of 113.9). He showed his arm strength in hitting his receivers outside the numbers and led his receivers on the routes going over the middle. It was a different story last week in Philadelphia, where Flacco was picked off twice because of poor throws. He underthrew Kamar Aiken on a deep pass for the first interception, and he overthrew Marlon Brown for the second one. But Flacco rebounded in the third preseason game, when he hit Steve Smith for a 63-yard touchdown and delivered a strong throw to Crockett Gillmore for a 33-yard score that was negated by a penalty.

In total, Flacco led the Ravens to scores on four (one touchdown, three field goals) of eight series this preseason. This production looks much better when you factor in that Flacco didn't have first-round pick Breshad Perriman this entire preseason, and he never played behind all five starting offensive linemen in any preseason game. On Saturday, Flacco's blind side was protected by the third- and fourth-string left tackles in Ryan Jensen and Jah Reid.

Flacco said he's satisfied where the offense is right now but added, "I think as a quarterback, you never feel totally satisfied with where you are."