The Patriots may be getting Joe Flacco at just the right time. Last year, with very low expectations, Flacco came into Foxborough and played a very good game. This year, he's been pretty good in the playoffs. No one can really deny he has a great arm and throws an accurate ball. But, I really like the lead-up to this game: -Ray Lewis just called him "the General" -The Baltimore media is ballwashing him like no time in his career, proclaiming that he deserves a giant contract -It's obvious that Flacco's confidence is at a very high level Now, let's remember a few more things about Joe: -We're still waiting for his playoff meltdown, in which he throws four picks. The law of averages says it should happen any time now. -He really isn't that good, and a large sample size confirms that -Most of his game is built on a high-risk, high-reward long ball thrown into coverage -The Ravens really should have lost that last game and got extremely lucky on that TD at the end of regulation -Have you ever noticed that whenever the stock is high on Flacco, he immediately reverts to playing crappy again? I don't know if he can handle elite quarterback success... his career suggests he cannot. Conclusion: -I won't be surprised if we see Flacco come down to earth in a huge, huge way. I don't think his stock has ever been higher in his career, but we all know who he really is. How many times in the NFL do you see a guy skyrocket like this only to get overly confident and start believing that he can just keeping chucking the ball into deep coverage?