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It’s Time to Talk About Playoff Lamar Jackson

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It’s Time to Talk About Playoff Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens | Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Choker Lamar? 😬

We are just angry. We know how hard we worked to get here… – Lamar Jackson

If you have been following the NFL news, you know that I’ve been backing Lamar Jackson since before the season started. Jackson was my sleeper pick to win NFL MVP, a prediction that is about a week away from coming to fruition.

All this is true, but today we must face the facts. Playoff Lamar is a bit like ordering at Chick-fil-A on Sunday: it just doesn’t happen.

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With the Ravens’ loss to the Chiefs, Jackson moves to just 2-4 in the NFL games during the postseason. Jackson completed 67.2% of his passes during the regular season. This number dropped down to 54.1% of throws in the loss against the Chiefs.

Jackson had just seven interceptions in the regular season. The playmaker did not throw a pick in 10 of these regular season games.

Lamar’s 4th Quarter Interception Proved to End the Ravens Chances vs Chiefs

As the Ravens were driving to potentially make it a three-point game in the AFC Championship, Jackson threw an interception. The Ravens QB threw into triple coverage and the turnover essentially sealed the Chiefs’ victory.

In years past, it was fair to point to a lack of weapons for Jackson. Last offseason, the Ravens went out and signed Odell Beckham Jr. Baltimore also drafted speedster Zay Flowers. The rookie proved to have much more of an impact than OBJ.

With another Ravens playoff exit, it would be unfair to say Jackson did not have the necessary weapons in this postseason. While Jackson deserves a large portion of the blame pie here, the Ravens’ game plan was far from helpful.

Kansas City’s biggest defensive weakness is against the run. One week after having so much success with designed runs for Jackson, it appears the Baltimore coaching staff forgot this.

 

What Happened to Lamar Running the Ball?

Jackson finished with eight carries, but several of these came late. It will remain a mystery why the Ravens did not look to punish Kansas City early with Jackson’s legs.

The star quarterback was quick to point to his anger over a missed opportunity rather than frustration after the elimination loss.

We’re mad,” Jackson noted, per ESPN. “Offense, we didn’t put nothing on the board. We scored once. That’s not like us. We drove the ball down the field. That’s cool. But we got to put points on the board. But I feel like my team is just angry, not frustrated, we are just angry. We know how hard we worked to get here.”

We’re heading into another offseason with NFL rumors that Jackson is unable to get it done in the postseason. It has become tiring defending Jackson, and this most recent loss features little to defend from the playmaker. I’d also point out that Jackson is 27 and far from a finished product.

Do you know who else started his career going 2-4 in the NFL playoffs?

Peyton Manning.

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