The Baltimore Ravens showed some positive signs in their win over the Colts:
1. Lamar Jackson‘s efficiency
Getting too bogged down in the numbers has never helped Lamar Jackson. He’s rarely been a quarterback who drops 300 yard performances through the air. In this game with the Colts, Jackson was 19-23 passing for 170 yards. He also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown putting him at 228 yards of overall production. It wasn’t his biggest day but it brought back the return of the efficiency we all know and love out of Jackson.
This was his best completion percentage since the second week of the season when the Ravens battled the Houston Texans. Against the Steelers he had turnovers and completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Against the Colts he avoided mistakes and most of his strikes found their target. Before the Steelers game, Jackson had three out of four games where he had a completion percentage somewhere in the 50’s.
There were no deep shots down the field, and it’s easy to get caught up in that. The overall production isn’t what you’re looking for, but you have to remember that this was completely different in the second half. Jackson and the offense was just about hopeless in the first half and they got going in the second half. Jackson in the second half was sharp. When the offense opened up a bit, Jackson was able to pick the Colts apart. Basically when Greg Roman finally let his quarterback attack, that’s what he did.
This is the kind of box score that looks worse than it was. If you didn’t watch the game and you just looked at the numbers, you may have thought it was a bad game. The first half was bad, but that’s not really on Jackson. The offense didn’t have a clue when the game started. There was a lot going wrong and most of that had to do with the offensive line and the play-calling. Jackson was efficient and right now, with the offensive line and the weapons he has that’s the one thing you need to ask for.