A shaky AFC conference has given the defending champion Baltimore Ravens (8-7) a longer leash when it comes to returning to the playoffs. That is the case despite the fact that their offense cannot seem to get anything right.
The struggles of Ray Rice and their 28th ranked running game are well-documented, and wealthy quarterback Joe Flacco enters Sunday’s week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a career-high in interceptions at 19.
When asked by the Baltimore Sun by the interceptions, Flacco had the following to say:
“I’ve told you before: I don’t like throwing interceptions. At this point, it is what it is. I can’t do anything about the ones I’ve thrown. I’ve just got to go out there and play this game, make sure we get a win and don’t worry about really anything else…
…You guys know, it’s never good to throw interceptions and put your team in a bad position. Like I said, if I dwell on that, then I’m not going to give ourselves a good chance to win in this game right here. So that’s all I’ve got to worry about.”
Many thought that the return of tight end Dennis Pitta would help right the ship for Flacco and the offense, but that has not been the case as of yet. Even still, we know because of this Ravens team that all you need is a chance to be the team that gets hot entering the playoffs and you can make any struggles from the regular season irrelevant.
That’s Baltimore will try to start (with some help, of course) when they take the field Sunday.