Joe Flacco vs. Mark Sanchez: Which QB Hurts His Team More?

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass while warming up before the start of the Ravens game against the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Joe Flacco's stock has continued to fall.

The Baltimore Ravens (4-2), a team that entered the year with an apparent star at quarterback, tailback and all throughout the defense, are sliding and currently in a major hole on the road against Arizona (1-5).

Baltimore currently trails the Cardinals 24-12 in the third quarter.

Flacco's quarterback rating is below 50, thanks in part to his sixth interception of the season.

Flacco and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez both seem to be putting out underwhelming performances for their respective teams.

The two teams might have the most prestigious defensive personnel in the NFL, but offense has not come with ease for either team.

Both quarterbacks have been Pro Bowl caliber in their young careers, so why the slump? And who's slumping worse?

In terms of statistics, Flacco is trailing. He's completed a below average 52.1 percent of his passes so far this year, coupled with eight touchdowns and five interceptions for a quarterback rating of 76.2

Sanchez has thrown 12 touchdowns to six interceptions with a 55 percent completion rate. The Jets, considered to be Super Bowl contenders two years in a row, are sitting in the middle of the pack in AFC with a 4-3 record.

The difference between the teams, however, is that Sanchez isn't the only one who's not pulling weight for his team. The Jets' run defense has surprisingly been one of the worst in the NFL, ranking 26th out of 32 teams.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talks in the huddle against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Baltimore's defense has been stellar, ranking fourth in pass defense and third in rush defense.

Yet, the team is still on the verge of falling to 4-3 despite having what some consider to be a quarterback on the cusp of the elite level.

So far today Flacco has gone 12 for 23 passing and an interception, for a 45.2 quarterback rating.

Flacco has just flat out been a non-factor in games. His statistics are all lower than Sanchez's as well.

Not only are Sanchez's statistics more respectable, but his defense isn't completely shutting down teams either.

The Jets, all around, got off to a pretty poor start to the year.

Flacco, on the other hand, appears to be somewhat of a weak link for a highly talented football team.

Despite what the teams have on paper, it's looking more and more clear that neither team will be able to catch first place in their respective divisions.

And we could be talking about how the quarterbacks are at fault for the rest of the year.