Going into a near two-hour delay, the Baltimore Ravens had the clear advantage and a 10-0 over the Chicago Bears. When the storm had settled, though, the Bears settled in as well and ended up mounting a comeback that culminated in Chicago taking a 23-20 overtime victory and the Ravens dropping to 4-6 on the 2013 NFL season.
Though the running game and Ray Rice have been problematic for Baltimore for most of the season, Rice really got going in this game, notching a 47-yard run and one-yard punch-in touchdown prior to the delay, as well as finishing the day with 131 yards on 25 carries. Contrary to Rice’s success, though, was the performance of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco dropped back to pass 34 times in this game and had less-than-stellar production off of those chances. He finished the game being sacked three times, throwing two interceptions and completing just 17 passes for 162 yards and one score. Flacco also overthrew Torrey Smith on what would have been a touchdown late in the fourth quarter which forced Baltimore to kick a game-tying field goal and the game to go into overtime.
As of late, Flacco has looked far from a guy that deserved the lucrative extension that he got after winning the Super Bowl last season. Over the past four weeks, he’s completed over 60 percent of his passes just once and hasn’t thrown for more than 250 yards. Moreover, Flacco hasn’t thrown for more than two scores in any of those games, has thrown for less than 200 yards in two of those games, and has thrown five interceptions over that same span.
There’s no question that Flacco put on a show in the postseason last year and any quarterback who can lead a team in that manner deserves to be paid. However, this isn’t what the Ravens need to see from him. Call it a Super Bowl hangover, call it too many big changes from last season, but the Ravens need Flacco to be better than he has been for the rest of this year and beyond.
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