I want to start out by saying that I’ve been one of the biggest defenders of Joe Flacco. I actually think he’s played well this year despite no running game, a struggling offensive line, and inconsistent receivers. But when it’s time to hold Flacco’s feet to the fire, I’m definitely going to do it. Flacco had two interceptions in this game that proved costly.
The Baltimore Ravens had a 10-0 advantage over the Chicago Bears before mother nature caused a near two hour delay in the first quarter. The Bears were able to cut the Ravens’ lead down to 10-3. On the ensuing drive Flacco attempted to throw a pass the Vonta Leach in the flat, but the problem was that Flacco put no air under the ball and threw it right into the waiting arms of David Bass who took it back for the tying score. Ray Rice can be blamed for a bad block on Bass, but still how do you not just throw the ball over his head there?
The second interception came near the end of the first half. Flacco tried to force a third-and-16 pass to a well covered Dallas Clark, and Jon Bostic came up with the pick. Why even throw there? Was there anything good that could have come out of that? I know that wasn’t Joe’s call, but he should have known better to not throw there. After the pick the Bears were at midfield and were able to get a field goal before half, cutting the Ravens’ lead to 17-13. By my count that’s 10 points that were basically given to the Bears in what was a three point loss. Anyone see the correlation there?
I still like Flacco and believe he’s a good quarterback. Ravens fans should always be indebted to this man for his amazing playoff run last year which led to a Super Bowl championship. With all of that said, Flacco deserves the biggest piece of the blame pie for this loss.
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