If you’re among those who think Lamar Jackson isn’t as good as last season, he has an explanation for you: Opponents are calling out the Baltimore Ravens’ plays.
“They know what we’re doing,” Jackson said on the Rich Eisen Show. “Sometimes, stuff won’t go our way if they’re beating us to the punch.”
The Ravens have no reason to feel ashamed. They’re 6-2, with the losses to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) and the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1).
But Jackson has had a hard time following up his electrifying rookie season. The Ravens are 23rd in total offense and 31st in passing. Jackson has thrown for 12 touchdowns but also four interceptions.
On top of all that, the Ravens’ scoring is down to just 24.8 points a game this season. They led the league last year at 31.4.
Jackson reiterated that opponents know what the Ravens are going to do in advance.
“Yeah, they definitely do,” Jackson said. “Like ‘run’ and stuff like that. ‘Watch out for this. Watch out for that.’ Sometimes that’s what’s going on.”
The Ravens are still in the thick of things and still considered a Super Bowl contender.
“We had our ups that first week, and then we had our downs,” Jackson said. “Usually we’re a high-level offense. But it’s been all right. It’s not where we want to be. We’re still winning. So, it’s all right, I guess.”