In the Ravens’ last game, Joe Flacco reached a milestone that he wanted to avoid. He threw his 100th career interception.
Interceptions have not been a major problem during Flacco’s eight-year career, but this season has been somewhat different. Heading into Sunday’s home game against the Rams, Flacco has thrown 10 interceptions, including two last weekend during a 22-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Only once has Flacco thrown more than 12 interceptions in a season. Here’s a look at his year-by -year interception totals:
2008 - 12
2010 – 10
2011 – 12
2012 – 10
2013 – 22
With 10 interceptions so far, Flacco looks destined to have his second-highest career total, and that bothers him.
“I’ve probably made a handful of bad decisions,” Flacco said. “The ones you look at are the ones you say, ‘OK, that was a bad decision. Why did I throw that ball?’ You have to look at those – and look at them hard – and correct that.
“Sometimes it doesn’t go your way. Overall, I would say I have turned the ball over more. Maybe they weren’t all bad decisions, but I would say I’ve probably made more bad decisions, and that’s why there’s a little bit more of them. It comes down to game day and reacting, playing within yourself. I probably haven’t done that as well as I have in the past.”
Making sound decisions will be a key for Flacco on Sunday. The margin of error for the Ravens (2-7) is slim. But if Flacco has a turnover-free day, the Ravens’ chances of winning will increase.
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