Joe Flacco, quarterback
GS: 16 | GP: 16 | 1,129
Season in review: Flacco's season never got fully untracked as he forced throws into tight spots and was unable to count on his receivers to make the contested catches once executed routinely by Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta. Flacco had a season-high five interceptions against the Buffalo Bills, throwing off his back foot frequently. Despite launching many deep passes, Flacco's accuracy and timing wasn't consistent and he hung too many long throws as he threw 19 touchdowns for his fewest since his rookie season when he finished with 14 touchdowns. Although Flacco finished with a career-high 22 interceptions, his play-making ability and toughness kept the Ravens in contention for a playoff spot until they lost the final game of their season against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Stat that stands out: 26.1 -- percentage of deep passes Flacco completed, going 17 for 88 for 730 yards, one touchdown and eight interceptions with six passes dropped, according to Pro Football Focus.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Flacco is entering the second season of his huge contract and is expected to have a resurgent season, provided that he cuts down on his mistakes and has better personnel around him. The Ravens need to upgrade the running game and pass protection and bolster the receiving corps to complement Flacco's strong suits: arm strength, pocket poise and toughness. (Andy Lyons, Getty Images /December 29, 2013)
On the first official day of the NFL offseason, Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't very optimistic about the Ravens' chances of winning next year's Super Bowl.
According to Bovada, the 2014 Ravens have 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Only nine teams face longer odds to win next year's Super Bowl than the Ravens, who went 8-8 this past season in defense of their title and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Of course, the Seattle Seahawks who won Super Bowl XLVIII with a dominating 43-8 victory Sunday over the Denver Broncos, are the early favorites and have 9/2 odds to repeat. The Seahawks' top rival, the San Francisco 49ers, face 15/2 odds while Peyton Manning's Broncos are 8/1.
The New England Patriots (14/1), Green Bay Packers (16/1) and New Orleans Saints (18/1) round out the top six favorites.
Among the teams that also have better odds than the Ravens are the division rival Cincinnati Bengals (25/1) and Pittsburgh Steelers (33/1), Jim Caldwell's Detroit Lions (33/1) and the Atlanta Falcons (25/1).
The Washington Redskins, who went 3-13 this past season, and the Houston Texans, who were 2-14 and possess the first overall pick in May's draft, have the same 40/1 odds as the Ravens.
Of course, with free agency over a month away and the draft still over three months away, none of this means a whole lot, but I figured it was worth passing along.
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