Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had everything going his way.
Flacco led his team to a Super Bowl victory last season. He received a $120.6 million contract this past offseason. McDonald's is currently running commercials with Flacco and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. To top it off, Flacco's wife recently gave birth to their second child.
However, those good times seemed like distant memories against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Flacco had a career-high five interceptions during a 23-20 loss. He completed 25-of-50 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns, but five interceptions is the number that really stands out. Flacco's career worst before Sunday was four interceptions against Cincinnati in 2010.
Despite Flacco's poor play, Baltimore actually had a chance to win. Baltimore took over on its own 37-yard line, but Flacco guided his team Buffalo's 38-yard line with nearly one minute remaining. On third and 8, Flacco attempted a short pass to tight end Dallas Clark, but the Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy got in front of the intended recipient and tipped the ball. That is when Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso grabbed his second interception of the day.
The other fortunate recipients of Flacco's bad day were Bills safety Aaron Williams (two interceptions) and safety Jim Leonhard.
Flacco's poor performance comes a few days after Ray Lewis criticized his former team for having a lack of leadership after Jacoby Jones' alleged off-the-field incident with a stripper. Flacco downplayed Lewis' comments, but considering the quarterback is not a vocal leader, he definitely needs to lead by example. Sunday's performance is not the example Flacco would like to set, and it is an outing Lewis can safely criticize without any rebuttal.
Even though Flacco had a memorable ride prior to the Buffalo Bills, he probably cannot wait to forget Sunday's dismal NFL performance.