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Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 49-27. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took a lot of criticism last year when he made a statement that he considered himself an “elite” quarterback. Even after his amazing playoff performance last year that led to a Super Bowl title, many still question whether Flacoo is indeed an elite QB, or if he’s something less.

There is however one thing Flacco is elite at, and that’s his durability, as noted by ESPN’s Jamison Hensley:

  • His 94 straight starts (including the playoffs) is the third-longest current streak for quarterbacks. Only Eli Manning (147) and Philip Rivers (119) have started more consecutive games.

  • Flacco’s streak stands as the ninth longest for quarterbacks in NFL history. Brett Favre owns the longest at 321 games. Just counting the regular season, it would take Flacco 14 more seasons to catch Favre. Flacco is seven more starts away from surpassing Dan Marino for No. 8 on the list.

  • Flacco has started more consecutive games than any other quarterback in Baltimore’s NFL history. He moved past Johnny Unitas (91 straight starts from 1959 to 1965) when he started the AFC Championship Game in New England in January.

 

One more fairly impressive stat: Flacco is 10-0 against the Browns, who visit Baltimore on Sunday with both teams seeking to avoid an 0-2 start.

One player the Ravens hope to have protecting Flacco is offensive tackle Michael Oher, who’s questionable for Sunday’s game after injuring his leg in the second quarter during last week’s loss to to the Denver Broncos, and didn’t return. He isn’t wearing a brace and he doesn’t have much of a limp anymore.

“I’m doing the best I can to get to 100 percent,” Oher said Wednesday before practice. “It definitely hurt me pretty good. I’m getting a lot of treatment. Hopefully, I can go Sunday.”

Oher has never missed a game in his NFL career, as he’s played in 65 straight regular-season games, which is tied for the third-longest streak on the Ravens. I

 

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