Joe Flacco Concussion Taints Ravens' Return To Form
After struggling through a slow start to the 2017-2018 NFL season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally found his groove against the Dolphins in Week 8, throwing for 101 yards and a touchdown before getting knocked out of the game with a head injury. The Joe Flacco concussion came late in the second quarter as Flacco scrambled, slid late, and took a bang-bang hit to the head by the Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. One flying helmet and several circling birdies later, Flacco – ear bleeding and eyes glazed over – left the field. The Ravens were up 13-0 at the time, and they finished the game by scoring 27 unanswered points under backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Fortunately, the Joe Flacco concussion happened on Thursday Night Football, which means that time is on the team’s side. As vicious as the hit looked, an extra two days off to recover will certainly help Baltimore’s starter get his head on straight in time to suit up against the Titans for Week 9’s tilt in Tennessee. And even if Flacco can’t go against Mariota and company this weekend, Ryan Mallett’s stable performance in relief against the Dolphins was competent (if admittedly reliant on the running game).
Early odds for the Ravens vs. Titans are being withheld at most legal online sportsbooks, as Flacco’s status for the game is currently unknown. SportBettingMaryland.com knows it is common practice that when things like the Joe Flacco concussion happen, bookmakers will wait until later in the week to post odds. If Flacco starts, the 4-4 Ravens could be the favorites against the 4-3 Titans (who are struggling with their own injury issues at the quarterback position these last few weeks). Make sure to check in often at BetOnline to get Week 9’s Baltimore odds as soon as they’re published.
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