1. Lamar Jackson is in a slump
After the past few weeks, it is pretty clear that Lamar Jackson is in a slump. Last night’s Week 12 win against Cleveland was arguably the worst game of his career, but he’s been suffering from a slump since the bye week.
The only time Jackson has thrown more than two picks in a game was Week 5 in 2019 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since the Minnesota Vikings game, Lamar Jackson has seemed a bit off. Teams have been throwing a lot of different looks at the Ravens and Jackson seems to be having trouble recognizing the coverages.
He is more anxious in the pocket, has been inaccurate, and he’s getting into a habit of staring down receivers.
This is very uncharacteristic of Jackson who is normally calmer in those situations. The staring-down receivers are especially alarming because Jackson is normally one of the best quarterbacks at moving through his progressions quickly.
The struggles in pass protection have been well documented all season and maybe it is starting to get in his head. However, there have been plenty of times when Jackson leaves a clean pocket running into sacks.
Now every quarterback has had a slump in their career. Even the greats such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and most recently Patrick Mahomes go through stretches where nothing seems to click.
The same is true for Jackson. I am fully confident that he will break out of this slump. All the great players do and Jackson is one of the best players in football.
However, he is starting to show some bad habits which need to be eliminated quickly.
The Ravens are hopeful to become contenders to win the Super Bowl. However, the only way they will achieve that goal is if Lamar Jackson is at his best.