Much has been made about the lack production of the Ravens run game lately (and rightly so). However, another disturbing trend is the amount of turnovers Joe Flacco has been producing this season.
With six games remaining in the season for Baltimore, Joe Cool has already surpassed his career high in interceptions with 13. Throwing interceptions number 12 and 13 against Chicago proved costly as the Bears turned them into 10 points, essentially wiping out the Ravens’ early advantage.
“It’s pretty frustrating,” Flacco told reporters after the game.
No doubt Joe it sure is frustrating given the fact that your offensive line was arguably playing their best game this season. Every Ravens starting lineman earned a PFF grade of 1.0 or better against Chicago (which I find shocking considering the way Julius Peppers was menacing Eugene Monroe all day).
Yes Ray Rice missed his block on Bears defensive end David Bass, which resulted in a pick six, but that play looked doomed from the start.
“I saw Vonta open in the flat and next thing you know I saw a guy running the other way with the football,” Flacco said after the game. “He was just a lineman. You’re not really paying too too much attention [to him]. You’re trying to get a read downfield and we had a little curl, flat combo and Vonta came pretty open.”
I personally don’t even see why that particular play is still in the playbook. Ravens fans have been groaning in displeasure when Leach catches the ball in the flat all year. Yesterday, we’d have gladly taken the standard three-yard gain instead.
Back to Flacco.
The interception on the throw to Dallas Clark in what looked like triple coverage – to me – was all on Joe.
“I was just trying to give Dallas a one-on-one shot up the middle running with the Mike linebacker and the guy made a pretty decent play,” Flacco said.
Head coach John Harbaugh seemed a bit peeved at the turnovers at his Monday press conference.
“What we can’t be doing is turning the ball over in any situation,” Harbs said. “We create too many opportunities for our opponent.”
For a team that has lost five games by a total of 17 points this season, Harbs is right.
Stop with the costly turnovers!
It starts with you, Joe.
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