The four leading backup quarterbacks –- Nick Foles, Jason Campbell, Case Keenum, Josh McCown –- who are now starting and rank in the top eight of all QBs so far this season, have thrown a combined 383 passes with zero interceptions vs. 32 touchdowns.
Joe Flacco, who was the paragon of perfection through his four games in the 2012 playoffs with 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in 126 pass attempts, is laboring through a career-worst season with an interception percentage (3.2 percent) higher than at anytime in his career. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in 346 attempts.
With a career completion rate of 60.4 percent, Flacco has been below 60 percent in five of his last six games.
“Well, yeah, I mean, I threw five in one game,” Flacco said in his defense on Wednesday. “That hurts you. Without those five, it’s been pretty typical, but when you throw five in one game, I mean, that’s half of a season for me. So there you go.”
That would be OK except that the five interceptions were against the Buffalo Bills, who are a respectable No. 8 in interception rate and tied for the NFL lead (13) with three other teams, but are 3-7 on the year and would be tied for 19th without Flacco’s help.
“I don’t know [what happened vs. Buffalo],” Flacco said. “I didn’t see a couple guys, a couple balls just got picked that I didn’t really anticipate would. It was just one of those games, and you have to have those sometimes and move on.”