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Lamar Jackson Must Take Care of Ball Better in Big Games

The Steelers deserve a tremendous amount of credit for advancing to 7-0 with a with a victory in Baltimore today. While they gave up 457 yards and gained just 221, they emerged victorious because their defense took the ball away from Lamar Jackson four times. Jackson threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. In big games, it is paramount that he takes care of the ball better.

Last season, in the Ravens’ playoff exit against the Titans, Jackson threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. In the previous year’s playoff loss to the Chargers, Jackson threw an interception, lost a fumble, and fumbled two additional times that the Ravens recovered.

According to CBS Sports, the Ravens today were the first NFL team in at least 70 years to outrush an opponent by 200 or more yards, out-pass their opponent by any total, and lose the football game.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lamar Jackson is an elite quarterback talent, but there is starting to be a trend of turnovers in big games that he is going to have to be mindful of for the Ravens to win big games with him.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. I am not impressed with L.J. I think media has crowned him when he hasn’t deserved it. If he continues to put in the work to get better then maybe he will be a decent QB. Dude still can’t throw consistently accurate and there is no trust that he can throw. They will dominate inferior opponents but will be dominated by the better teams. Don’t be surprised with an early exit from playoffs again.

    • Baltimore suburb resident here. It’s not just the turnovers in the big games. Lamar tries to do too much in critical moments. He makes the wrong read on the run-pass option, always electing to keep the ball even when he has nothing. Got stopped on fourth and one vs. Titans last year, and is doing the same thing this year. Can’t go thru his progressions when pressured, usually tucking and trying to escape out the back. Too predictable. Needs to play smarter – understatement of the year, but true.

  2. “There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lamar Jackson is an elite quarterback”

    There is doubt in my mind, elite is a bit of a strong word there. Good absolutely, Great on numerous occasions, but elite?
    When things get tough LJ transforms into Mr. Give Away. Which was the perfect point to the article. That is not an elite player.

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