After 5-interception game in 2013, Ravens QB Joe Flacco ready to face Mike Pettine again

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picks himself off the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium after a sack in an eventual 23-20 loss to Buffalo. Flacco threw a career-high five interceptions in the game.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picks himself off the field at… (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore…)
September 18, 2014|By Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli | The Baltimore Sun

The last time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco faced a Mike Pettine-led defense, he had arguably the worst game of his career. Pettine, a former Ravens assistant, was Buffalo’s defensive coordinator last year, when his Bills defense had five interceptions in a 23-20 victory.

Pettine, now the Browns head coach, said it wouldn’t make sense to follow that day’s game plan Sunday.

“It’s not applicable, just because it’s a different [offensive] coordinator,” he said. “The system is completely different. You still have your write-ups on the personnel, but that only gets you so far. To me, this is a new group — it’s totally different.”

Flacco, however, acknowledged that he has watched tape of the game to try to better familiarize himself with Pettine’s defensive tendencies.

“You definitely look at where he’s been, just to see,” Flacco said. “Only having a handful of games to go from — a couple of preseasons and two regular-season games with the Browns — so you have to look at some Bills [tape] to find out what he likes to do in certain cases down in the red zone and on third downs, things like that. It definitely helps to look at that stuff a little bit.”

Rosburg happy for Cundiff

Some Ravens fans probably never will forgive Browns kicker Billy Cundiff for his errant 32-yard field-goal attempt that would have sent the 2012 AFC championship game against the New England Patriots to overtime.

But count Ravens special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg among those who are happy with the veteran kicker’s success in Cleveland.

“You like to see good people do well, and Billy [is] one of those guys that had a lot of success here,” Rosburg said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s having the success that he’s having in Cleveland. It’s not an easy place to kick, largely because of the weather and the field conditions sometimes later in the year. But he has adapted well, and he’s doing a good job. And yes, we’re happy for him, [but] we hope he doesn’t play that well this week.”

Cundiff is 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts this season, and his 29-yarder Sunday in the waning seconds of the Browns’ 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints proved decisive.

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