After getting sacked 19 times in the first eight contests,
has been taken down just five times in the last five games. Fifteen other quarterbacks have been sacked more than he has.
And no one is more grateful for the offensive line’s work in keeping him upright than the
“Those guys are doing a really good job,” Flacco said Wednesday. “They’re really starting to work really well together. To be honest with you, teams haven’t really brought a lot of pressure on us other than their front four. Our guys have done a great job. Last week, we had two of the best guys in the game on the end, and our guys did a great job. [The
] got to me a couple times, but hey, sometimes you’ve just got to take those sacks and move on. Our guys did a great job all game, and I think we did a good job of taking advantage of them in other ways also.”
That doesn’t mean that Flacco hasn’t been under duress to throw the ball. According to NFL.com, Flacco has been hit 66 times this season. Only the
have been hit more often.
Now in his fourth year in the NFL, Flacco said he’s come to an understanding that sometimes enduring a sack is better than the alternative: turning the ball over.