'Pick' your poison: Flacco's struggles may bode well for Bears

'Pick' your poison: Flacco's struggles may bode well for Bears
November 13, 2013, 1:15 pm
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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.

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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.”

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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.”