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After signing the richest contract in NFL history this offseason, quarterback Joe Flacco is in need of a breakout season.
2012 projections: 4,103 yards, 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
After signing the richest contract in NFL history this offseason, nobody should be expected to have a breakout season more than Joe Flacco. Aside from winning the Super Bowl, Flacco has now posted two solid postseason appearances.
Flacco's run to the Super Bowl led to one of the best postseason appearances in NFL history. He managed to throw for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the playoffs, something only Hall of Famer Joe Montana has done.
After Flacco's strong postseason showing in 2012, it was thought that we were going to see a better quarterback in the coming season. Flacco was not bad during the 2012 regular season, but he was by no means great. He threw for a career-high 3,817 yards last year, and also threw 22 touchdown passes with only 10 interceptions.
The pressure will be on Flacco to post some elite numbers in 2013 with his new contract. He'll also have to find a way to lead a young receiver corps down the field with Anquan Boldin gone.
If Flacco lives up to the lofty expectations that have been placed on him this season, he could post some of the best numbers of his career.