Joe Flacco off to the Best Start of His Career


Through the first six weeks of the 2014 season, Joe Flacco has put up the best numbers of his seven-year career. This comes at a great time, because he displayed his worst performance in the 2013 season.

He threw 22 interceptions last year, which is not only a career high (or career low, whichever you prefer), but it is also ten interceptions more than he threw any other year. He also threw just 19 touchdowns and held a completion percentage of 59.0, both were the second-worst numbers in his career.

This year has been a different story however.

In the first six games of the 2014 season, he has thrown for 300 yards or more twice, totaling 1,596 yards. The even more impressive numbers are these: 12 touchdowns, three interceptions, and a career-high 97.8 passer rating.

Flacco has never been the guy that will put up eye-popping numbers, but this year he has been quite impressive in that aspect. Just to show you what I am getting to, he has never eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark and has never thrown for more than 25 touchdowns in a single season.

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  • This season, he is on pace to break both those marks. Throwing for 1,596 yards and 12 touchdowns through the first six games, he is on pace for over 4,200 yards and 28 touchdowns.

    This is a result of his much-improved receiving corps, which includes Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, and Owen Daniels. It is probably the best corps of receivers he has ever had, and he is taking advantage.

    Ever since Torrey Smith came into the league, Flacco has displayed his deep arm to the rest of the league. We always knew he had it here in Baltimore, but he never had the receivers that had the ability to make plays down the field. Now he does.

    I have always been a huge Joe Flacco fan, and the reason I was a fan obviously wasn’t because of his statistics. He won nine playoff games and a Super Bowl MVP in the first five years of his career. Those occomplishments are up there with some of the greatest in the history of the game.

    Now, we are seeing a whole new Joe Flacco. Not only is he winning, but he is catching the eyes of people from outside of Baltimore. Keep it up Joe!