Baltimore Ravens quarterback doing it tough early in NFL season.
Given Joe Flacco made threw just 10 interceptions all of last season, the fact he has two already after one game should serve as a signal there might be a Super Bowl hangover with the Baltimore Ravens.
After throwing three picks in pre-season games, amazingly Flacco is already a fifth of the way to his final tally in 2012-13.
But that is largely due to the new faces that are awaiting a throw downfield from him with only Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson and Tandon Doss remaining from last year.
As a result in their thumping loss to the Denver Broncos in round one, Flacco threw for 34-62 a career-high number of attempts in a game, but with just 54.8 per cent of them landing where he intended, it has been a rough start for the Ravens.
One of hiss favourite targets in the form of Anquan Boldin was traded to San Francisco in the off-season, while tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury at the end of training camp.
However, Flacco is not making any excuses as he looks to get the side over the line for their first win of the year when they take on the Cleveland Browns this weekend.
“I’m sure it has (been tough), but what are you going to do?” Flacco said.
“It’s the way it is. That’s the way this league is. You just have to embrace it and take it on as a challenge and try to make it work the best you can.
“I think when you bring in guys, you’re so focused on the big things of making sure everybody knows what route to run, making sure everyone is lining up quickly, and just getting the calls and everything, that the little things just take a little bit of time.”