Flacco shoulders blame for Ravens' 3-game slide

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Joe Flacco has lost three fumbles and thrown three interceptions in his last three games, each of which the Baltimore Ravens lost.
 
Flacco understands that an NFL quarterback often receives an inordinate amount of criticism in defeat and perhaps too much credit for a victory. And he's OK with it.
 
Asked how much blame he deserves for Baltimore's current skid, Flacco replies, "All of it. It starts with the quarterback."
 
In this case, it really does. Flacco's turnovers have contributed heavily to the Ravens' longest losing streak since 2009.
 
But Baltimore (9-5) is headed to the playoffs for a fifth straight season, all with Flacco as the starter.
 
The Ravens can clinch their second straight AFC North title by beating the New York Giants (8-6) on Sunday.

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