Week 17 has come to an end and so has the regular season. Twenty teams are now looking towards the NFL draft as they have missed the playoffs, including the former Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Led by the Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, the Ravens still had a chance at returning to the post season with a win against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Unfortunately the Ravens ended up losing their final two games of the season, a streak that was capped off by a dreadful performance by Flacco in the season finale. The former Super Bowl MVP completed 30 of 50 passes for just 192 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. This stat line is not what fans expected this season after Flacco’s enormous contract extension in the off-season.
The loss cannot be entirely blamed on Flacco, as the Ravens were only able to gain 47 yards rushing. One of the main reasons for Baltimore’s success last season was their ability to utilize star running back Ray Rice effectively in both the passing and rushing game. With their inability to establish a run game, much more pressure was put on Flacco’s strong yet inconsistent arm. The Bengals were able to get pressure on the quarterback on a consistent basis causing him to throw inaccurate passes.
Flacco did not play up to his giant $120.6 million contract this season and will come under much scrutiny in the offseason as their divisional rivals Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals play in the post season. After ending the season completing 59 percent of his passes for 3,912, 19 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions, many sports fans will begin to wonder, if they were not already after he got the contract, what were the Ravens thinking giving Joe Flacco a six-year $120.6 million deal.