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Saturday night marked another disappointing playoff performance by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. After finally getting a postseason win against the Tennessee Titans last weekend, the team came out flat and lost 17-3 to the Buffalo Bills.
Think about this situation, though. The Bills won this game by two touchdowns. Yet, they only mustered up 220 total yards of offense and 17 points. Once again, think about that for a second. How bad did the Ravens have to be in order for that to happen?
Answer: really bad. And they were … or at least the offense and special teams were bad.
Once again, Jackson couldn’t get anything going through the air. He totaled 196 yards, and only 162 of them were passing yards. Last week, he was able to compensate with his legs. This week? Yeah, no. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry with no touchdowns and one costly pick-six.
He did have to leave on the ensuing drive due to a potential concussion, but the damage was done.
With the loss, that now puts last year’s MVP with a 1-3 record in the playoffs. Yes, some of Baltimore’s struggles fall on the shoulders of others.
For the first time in his career, kicker Justin Tucker missed two field goals of under 50 yards in the same game. Multiple snaps were off target from center Patrick Mekari too. Looking at things closely, it was a poor outing all around from the offense and special teams.
Jackson has his fair share of issues, though, and one of them is not being effective enough as a passer once the postseason hits.
Does he need more protection? Sure, losing the starting left tackle in Ronnie Stanley was a massive blow, and the interior of the offensive line was a major liability. Does he need more weapons? Well, Marquis Brown and Mark Andrews are solid, but a true No. 1 receiver is still needed, so yes.
But guys, Jackson and the Ravens won with this group in the regular season. They did the same thing last year, too. The production and success can’t stop once the playoff switch needs to be made. If that continues to be an issue, then we will eventually have to start discussing other options in Baltimore.
Clay had an interesting comparison in regards to Jackson. What do you think?
Lamar Jackson is the Russell Westbrook/James Harden of the NFL. Debate, discuss.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 17, 2021
Dominant in the regular season, but can’t get the job done in the playoffs. As much as Ravens fans don’t want to admit it, the comparison plays. And it’s time the franchise figured out a way to remedy the situation — one way or another.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.