Joe Flacco vs. Ed Reed Will Prove to be an Interesting Match-up

By Jermaine Lockett
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With the Baltimore Ravens hosting the New York Jets this Sunday there will be a familiar face in the Jets’ secondary: Ed Reed.  With that said, will Joe Flacco shy away from the deceptive veteran or will Flacco march into M&T this weekend with a “let it fly” mentality?

Everyone knows Reed is not the same athletic freak that he used to be with his body slowing him down a bit.  His mind is still there, and I bet he is still has “Manning-vision” to be able to see plays before they happen. However, I don’t believe he has reaction speed to bate QBs into things any longer.  This is an area where Flacco can capitalize on.

Flacco did well against Reed in their first match-up against the Houston Texans.  Okay, it wasn’t fantastic, but the Ravens did pull out the win.  Flacco relied heavily on the ground game, special teams and defense as he went 16-of-24 for 171 yards to help pull out the “W” in Week 3.  Mistake-free football is what Flacco played back then, and that is exactly what Baltimore needs from him again this weekend against the ball hawk.

Reed will have the upper hand this time around, however, as he jumps back into a comfortable system that he is familiar with due to Rex Ryan’s time with him in Baltimore.  Flacco will have to be ever vigilant as Ryan’s remodeled “organized chaos” now with a future Canton inductee in the secondary will be looking to get the best of the $120.6 million man on Sunday.

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