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Examining Joe Flacco’s Horrendous Start to 2017

October 10, 2017 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC North, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens

The 2017 Baltimore Ravens are currently sitting at 3-2 through the first five weeks of the season, but if it weren’t for veteran Joe Flacco’s horrendous start to the season they may have a couple more wins.

The game that sticks out, obviously, is Baltimore’s 44-7 Week 3 loss to Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in London.

Flacco completed just eight of his 18 pass attempts for 28 yards and a pair of picks. Baltimore only scored when Flacco was benched in favor of backup QB Ryan Mallett.

Then, and only then, did Baltimore put a touchdown on the board.

The 32-year old Flacco proceeded to throw two more picks in a 26-9 loss to Pittsburgh the following week.

Baltimore improve to 3-2 this past Sunday against a Derek Carr-less Raiders. It marked the only game this season that Flacco failed to turn the football over.

And we can’t forget his 9-for-17 performance in a 20-0 Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Yuck. If it weren’t for Baltimore’s defense forcing five turnovers and sacking Cincy’s Andy Dalton five times, the Bengals may have made that one competitive considering Flacco’s porous offensive attack.

You can blame his slow start on lack of healthy weapons, or just lack of focus since he signed his lucrative contract. Either way, it’s not something you want to see from your star quarterback. Especially when you have that much invested in him.

2017 stats (five games): 92-of-144 (63.9%), 823 yards, 4 TD, 6 INT, 71.0 QB rating, 

Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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