The remaining five games on Baltimore’s schedule make up one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NFL.
OWINGS MILLS – Los Baltimore Ravens face one of the most difficult schedules in the remainder of the season of NFL, and they just lost their best defensive player to a season-ending injury.
Even with a record of 8-4 and at the top of the AFC North, the Ravens They have reached a crossroads in their season filled with injury and drama. With five weeks to go, Baltimore has about the same chance of reaching the AFC Championship Game (20.8 percent) as well as missing the playoffs (16.6 percent), according to projections of the ESPN Football Power Index.
Wherever the Ravens eventually – competing for a trip to the Super bowl And looking at the entire postseason at home for the first time since 2017 – it depends a lot on the quarterback. Lamar jackson and his ability to come off his worst streak in his four-season career.
Yes Jackson can accomplish the same heroic feats as last season’s home stretch, Baltimore he can win the division and make noise in the playoffs. Yes Jackson suffers as has happened throughout the last three meetings, the Ravens they could experience a collapse in the final stretch of the campaign.
“For anyone … that’s your story, the challenges you face,” said the head coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh. “It will never be easy. Sometimes it might have seemed easy and it seems easy, and sometimes you’re on a roll, but it’s too competitive. Everyone’s too good to keep it easy all the time. And he doesn’t expect that, none of us expect it. So we just have to work at it, fight and get the job done. “
Throughout the last month, Jackson has gone from charging to Ravens, to become a weak point, sometimes. Explosive plays have been reduced and errors multiplied. In the last three games of Jackson, its Total QBR of 35.0 places it N ° 22 in the NFL, ahead of guys like Andy Dalton, Daniel Jones Y Trevor siemian. He has thrown three touchdowns and six interceptions, totaling more sacks (13) than completions of at least 20 yards (five).
There are quite a few reasons why Jackson has not played as the fastest quarterback in the history of the NFL at 5,000 yards per pass and 2,000 yards on the ground. Baltimore lost his two best runnersJK Dobbins Y Gus Edwards) from knee injuries that ended their seasons before they started, and they lost the left offensive tackle from Pro Bowl, Ronnie Stanley, after a game. The dominant running game of the Ravens does not walk, outside the getaways of Jackson. Pass protection has been problematic.
Dan Orlovsky, a former quarterback from NFL who now serves as an analyst for ESPN, assigns most of the blame on the offensive system of the Ravens.
“The reason they have been successful is because The sea is playing at the level of Most valuable Player“Orlovsky explained on the” Get Up “show on ESPN. “But listen, the next five games, it’s not going to work like that. You can’t continue playing in an undisciplined way, lacking in detail, lacking in structure in the air attack and you’re going to defeat the Browns, the Packers, the Bengals on tour, the Rams … you’re just not going to win most of those games.
“I cannot, for the life of me, understand how the coach Harbaugh He can be, and deserves, in the Coach of the Year conversation, and his offense looks so bad at times. “
The Ravens they have failed in their attempt to score at least 20 points in four consecutive games. It is the longest streak in a season for Baltimore since 2005, when Kyle boller he was the quarterback.
Some argue that Jackson he’s not reading the field as well as he did at the beginning of the year. He is holding the ball longer. He is more hesitant to run when no one is discovered.
In his two most recent games, Jackson has thrown his worst interceptions total in a game, against Cleveland, and was sacked seven times, his worst total as a professional, in Pittsburgh.
“Lamar jackson It should be better, too, “said Ryan Clark, a former safety of NFL and analyst for ESPN, in “Get Up”. “Lamar jackson you need to get the ovoid out of your hand. Lamar jackson you need to understand where the speed reading is. I’m not saying it’s his fault. But it’s part of the responsibility because he’s the quarterback. “
The misunderstood part of the problems of Jackson, is how many of your mistakes are uncharacteristic.
This campaign, his QBR against the charge (41.1) places him N ° 26 in the NFL. In his previous two seasons, his QBR against the charge (91.1) left him only behind Patrick Mahomes.
This season, his 13 interceptions are the second-most in the league. In his two previous seasons, he was intercepted a total of 15 times (21 quarterbacks suffered more over that span).
This season, Jackson has been caught 37 times, the most in the NFL. In his two previous seasons, he was sacked 52 times, placing him in the middle of the league.
With all that, confidence in the dressing room has not wavered with respect to Jackson, who is tied with Mahomes (37-11, .771) for the best winning percentage since taking over as starting quarterback for the Ravens in the middle of the 2018 season.
“We believe in [N°] 8 “, said the nose tackle of the Ravens, Brandon Williams, after the 20-19 defeat in Pittsburgh, referring to Jackson by your jersey number.
The Ravens believe in Jackson because they’ve seen how he’s played down the stretch before. Last season, Jackson he finished the regular season 5-0, throwing 11 touchdowns against three interceptions while rushing for 430 yards.
But last year’s schedule featured four losing teams in the final five weeks. This year, Baltimore a team with a losing mark is not found the rest of the way, playing in Cleveland (6-6), at home against Green bay (9-3), in Cincinnati (7-5), and at home before Rams (8-4) and Pittsburgh (6-5-1).
What makes these games more challenging is that Baltimore he has lost seven starters to season-ending injuries. The most recent was the cornerback Marlon humphrey tearing the right pectoral muscle, which puts more pressure on Jackson and the offensive to take over.
Jackson it was said “very confident” that the offensive of the Ravens he will get over.
“You saw in the last series, we were marching,” he said. Jackson after the stumble in Pittsburgh. “We hit passes, guys running routes and doing what they do, catching the ball and getting [yardas después de la atrapada]. If we do that consistently, we will be fine. We just have to do it from the beginning and keep it, finish the whole game like this. Not just by one half and then braking. “