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Take Care of the Ball, Joe

Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Joe Flacco

(5) attempts to avoid a tackle by San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker

NaVorro Bowman

(53) during the first quarter at Levi

There is no other word to describe Flacco’s second interception against the 49ers other than ugly. That was probably one of the worst interceptions you will ever see from an NFL quarterback. Who or what he was throwing to I still can’t figure out.

Flacco has already thrown seven interceptions this season after throwing just 12 all of last season. He has fumbled the ball twice also. He’s well on pace for another season with over 20 turnovers, which he was guilty of in 2013. That was also the last time the Ravens failed to make the playoffs, and it’s inevitable that is the outcome for this season as well.

If there is any hope for this season to get turned around, it starts with Flacco protecting the ball better. The defense is already in shambles and giving opposing offenses more opportunities to attack them are killing this team. Flacco earned that contact in large part because he was perfect in the playoffs during the Super Bowl run. It’s time for him to start playing for what he is worth.

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