DENVER- Joe Flacco has had a few struggles throughout his career. The only time he passed for over 4,000 yards was in 2016. One stat that leaps out is the total number of interceptions, 136. Anquan Boldin was on the Ravens from 2010-2012 and that really helped Flacco. The Ravens also had Torrey Smith from 2011-2014 as well as Steve Smith from 2014-2016. Flacco has had excellent playmaking receivers at times throughout his career.
Let’s be fair here, it’s not likely any of us expect Flacco to suddenly be in the top three in passing yards in 2019. Flacco probably won’t be too close to passing for as many yards as Ben Roethlisberger who lead the league with 5,129 yards in 2018. However, he will be in a better position to post a career high in passing yards. Denver looks to be a great offensive in 2019 with receivers like Courtland Sutton (704 yards and four touchdowns) and Emmanuel Sanders (868 receiving yards and four touchdowns). Denver will feature one of the best running games in 2019 with Phillip Lindsay (1,037 rushing yards and nine touchdowns) and Royce Freeman. Perhaps, on second thought, Flacco may have the best year of his career. Perhaps John Elway is on to something.
Flacco won a Super Bowl ring from the Ravens in January 2013. In the 2012 season, Flacco passed for 3,817 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions. He can succeed and this is evidence of that. He has great playmakers on offense and has one of the best defenses in the NFL helping him out. Perhaps we shouldn’t overlook Denver.
The question is what will Broncos fans see this year, the Joe Flacco from 2012-2013? The fans in the Mile High city won’t want to see Flacco perform to the level as last year when he lost the starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson. This is Flacco’s chance to get back on track. He could surprise fans in 2019 and possibly lead the Broncos to the playoffs despite contending against two playoff contenders in the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders will also be better this year after acquiring Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.