Lamar Jackson offered up an odd comment and concerning quote after his Baltimore Ravens lost 30-24 at home in overtime against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Jackson seemed bitter about the loss and said he feels like critics want to see the Ravens lose.
“I feel like people want us to lose,” Jackson said after the game.
Newsflash for you, Lamar: yes, fans of other teams want to see you lose. That’s no surprise. When you’re a good team, opposing fans want to see you lose because they may fear you.
But the concerning quote came when Jackson said he felt the Titans wanted it more.
“That team looked like it wanted it more,” Jackson said via Jamison Hensley.
How could the Ravens get into a position where another team wanted it more than them? These are two teams competing for playoff spots at the top of the AFC. This was a rematch of the playoff loss the Ravens faced last season.
How could they possibly not be motivated to win this game? There was even this pregame issue that should have fired up Baltimore. The Ravens had no excuse not to come out with passion and desire.
Baltimore is now 6-4 and 2-3 at home this season.
The Baltimore Ravens have struggled offensively in 2020, and Lamar Jackson may have offered a clue as to why on Wednesday.
In an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Jackson admitted that he had heard opponents call out specifics of the Ravens’ offense prior to the snap, raising questions about the team’s scheme.
“It’s a lot with schemes,” Jackson said when asked about the team’s offensive issues. “We’re going to get defenses calling out our plays, stuff like that. They know what we’re doing, so a lot of that.
“Run, stuff like that, or watch out for this, watch out for that. Sometimes that’s what’s going on.”
That’s a bad look for a Baltimore offense that was so exciting last year. They have failed to reach the same heights in 2020, ranking just 23rd in the league in total yards per game. It shows that the Ravens need to disguise their signals better, and perhaps are too predictable offensively.
This is reminiscent of a problem that another team has had in recent seasons as well.
Dez Bryant has yet to be promoted from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to their active roster, but Lamar Jackson seems to think it is only a matter of time before he is throwing passes to the veteran wide receiver in meaningful games.
Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he has been impressed with what he has seen from Bryant in practice. He also said he is excited to play with the former Pro Bowler on Sundays.
“Great route runner. Strong hands. He’s dialed in to the playbook. He wants to compete,” Jackson said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. “I just can’t wait until he gets out on the field with us on Sundays.”
There’s a reason the Ravens only signed Bryant to a practice-squad deal. The 32-year-old has not played in an NFL game since 2017, and he was reportedly given no assurances that he will ever be promoted to the active roster in Baltimore.
Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. He then tore his Achilles in November 2018 before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.
If Bryant can stay healthy and separate from defenders, he should be able to help the Ravens at some point. Jackson is clearly optimistic that will happen.
Week 8 is finished, meaning we’re just about halfway through the NFL season. Some teams are beginning to realize that their championship dreams aren’t going to be coming true this year. Others can look forward to the second half of the season with optimism if their teams are sitting well-positioned for a possible playoff run.
Amid all that, some players and units just aren’t performing the way they need to. Here are five big ones that disappointed in Week 8.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Jackson wanted to step up and do better in big games this year. This was not a performance to back up the rhetoric. Jackson completed just half of his passes, throwing two poor interceptions as the Steelers held the star quarterback in check for most of the afternoon and won 28-24. As gifted as Jackson is, the fact that the Ravens seemed to actively avoid the pass in the second half is an indictment of where they’re at right now.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
Every time the Browns appear to turn a corner, something like Sunday’s game seems to happen. The Browns were held to six points against a lackluster Raiders team, with Mayfield again looking like his worst self again. He completed just 12 passes for only 122 yards, lacking weapons and accuracy. He had five touchdowns last week and none this week. Mayfield needs to be more consistent if the Browns are going to get where they want to be. Odell Beckham’s absence didn’t help, but this was ugly.
Los Angeles Chargers
Serious questions must be asked of any team that holds a lead of at least two touchdowns in four straight games and fails to win any of them. That’s where the Chargers are at, challenging the Falcons for the title of who can blow more big leads in a season. This week, the Chargers gave up 31 points to the Broncos, who aren’t known for having one of the league’s best offenses. The Chargers have to be wondering what on earth is going on here, but the fact of the matter is, their season is going down the drain quickly.
Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
Even when Newton plays fairly well these days, something seems to go brutally wrong for him. His passing numbers were still underwhelming — he threw for just 174 yards — but he did add 54 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ultimately, though, this performance will be remembered for this backbreaking fumble in the final minutes that cost the Patriots a shot at a game-tying field goal. It was an absolutely brutal play that won’t have helped his chances of hanging onto the starting job.
Green Bay Packers’ run defense
Dalvin Cook is a quality back, but the Packers were absolutely gashed here. Cook ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings repeatedly got what they wanted on the ground. That was just about Minnesota’s entire offense, with 11 of their 20 first downs coming on the ground. The Packers played fine otherwise — the offense was effective, and the Minnesota passing game was limited. That should have been enough, but it wasn’t.
Bonus: Cowboys-Eagles game
Yes, fans went into “Sunday Night Football” expecting a bad game between Philly and Dallas. That’s exactly what we got. The Cowboys and Eagles took us back about 30 years in terms of passing offenses. Ben DiNucci made his first career start and passed for 180 yards, lost two fumbles, and led no touchdown drives. Carson Wentz wasn’t a whole lot better on the other side, as he turned the ball over four times and is trying to do too much. That was nowhere near the quality of play fans have come to expect from an Eagles-Cowboys clash.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a huge win on Sunday over Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, and one of the reasons for that was their success in forcing the reigning MVP into turnovers. Many people were surprised with the way Jackson struggled, but Mike Tomlin was not.
Jackson threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in his team’s 28-24 loss. Tomlin was asked after the game if he was surprised Jackson threw two picks, and the Steelers coach had a great response.
“You know, we’ve got respect for him but we don’t fear him. So we are not surprised by anything that transpires,” Tomlin said, per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Steelers are now the only undefeated team remaining in football. Many picked the Ravens to win the AFC, but Pittsburgh has shown they are the best team in the conference at the moment. Their ability to force Jackson into mistakes was further proof of that.
Tomlin’s team shouldn’t be intimidated of any opponent right now, though there is one player in the AFC that clearly has the respect of the coach. Jackson is in that category as well, but the Steelers made him look more like an average quarterback than an MVP on Sunday.
People don’t really think of it often, but New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is among the fastest in the league at his position.
How fast is Jones? He has three of the top seven speeds recorded by quarterbacks this season, with Lamar Jackson making up the other four. Jones hit 20.64 mph on a 49-yard run Sunday, a play that even confused the cameraman.
That prompted Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton to make a funny comparison after Sunday’s win, calling Jones “Daniel Jackson.”
It feels like a long time ago when many questioned the Jones pick. He’s shown a commitment to making himself better, and it’s clearly paying dividends. It looks like the Giants have a franchise quarterback in the making.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson nearly had an embarrassing moment by celebrating prematurely Sunday, and he heard from his coach about it, too.
Jackson broke a 50-yard touchdown run against Washington and thought he was in the clear once he hit the 10-yard line. He raised the ball in celebration before reaching the end zone, but quickly realized that he had one more defender to beat and pulled the ball back down just in time.
Jackson admitted that coach John Harbaugh had words with him over the premature showboating.
“He definitely did,” Jackson said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “We watch ‘Plays of the Week.’ 9 times out of 10 it’s plays that you should not do, and I was almost on one of those plays. That’s what he was telling me on the sideline.”
Jackson probably knew he messed up even without Harbaugh’s intervention. That was way too close to call. As Jackson alluded to, we’ve seen it happen to another NFL player this season. The Ravens quarterback is fortunate that he didn’t fall victim to the same type of play.
Lamar Jackson made a tough admission about the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens lost to the Chiefs at home 34-20 for their first loss of the season. Jackson admitted after the game that Kansas City is their weakness. He called them their “Kryptonite.”
Jackson’s comment comes for a good reason.
The Chiefs have won three straight games against the Ravens with Jackson and Patrick Mahomes squaring off. In 2018, the Chiefs prevailed 27-24 in overtime. The Chiefs won 33-28 last year in another Week 3 meeting between the teams. On Monday, the Chiefs won by a larger margin. They dominated and led 27-10 at halftime before slowing down in the second half.
Jackson is known for keeping a chip on his shoulder. Now there’s something else for him to add to the list.
Which players have the hottest-selling NFL jerseys early in the season? We have the answer.
Fanatics shared whose jerseys are selling the best. The order is: Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Nick Bosa.
The top two selling jerseys are related. Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which means Bucs fans have a new jersey to buy, and so do Brady’s fans. The same goes with Newton, who is in his first season with the Patriots.
Mahomes is coming off a Super Bowl win and has won the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards. It’s easy to see why he would remain popular among Kansas City Chiefs fans and NFL fans in general. Lamar Jackson was a dominant player last season and won MVP. Nick Bosa is also early in his career after being the No. 2 pick by San Francisco last year.
The themes for the jerseys make sense: established veterans who have switched teams, or emerging young players who are still early in their careers. Some fans who haven’t previously purchased the jerseys of the young players might now be doing so.
Brady’s move to the Bucs has had a big impact on the NFL in another regard, too.
Lamar Jackson has missed practice for the Baltimore Ravens during training camp due to a groin injury.
Jackson missed the last two days of practice for the Ravens. Head coach John Harbaugh only said that Jackson was among several players dealing with a soft tissue issue.
On Sunday evening, ESPN’s Adam Schefter assuaged some concern about Jackson’s status. Schefter says Jackson has a groin injury and is expected to return to practice on Monday.
Jackson is the defending NFL MVP and led the league with 36 touchdown passes last season. Any injury or reason for missing practice is a cause for concern around the NFL. Additionally, Jackson rushed for 1,206 yards last season, so any injury to his groin is something to monitor, as it could affect his rushing ability.
Jackson, 23, has gone 0-2 in the playoffs during his career and is on a mission to change that.