Ravens studs and duds from crucial Week 12 win over the Browns

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Ravens, Lamar Jackson
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5. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Wait…Lamar Jackson can have…bad games? Yes, he can.

Jackson tends to be the Ravens’ knight in shining armor in most close matches, but Week 12 showed a very vulnerable and unreliable quarterback under center.

Mayfield was bad, but Jackson was worse. Jackson threw three interceptions in the second quarter alone and had four total this game.

One interception was tipped by Rashod Bateman, another featured an incredible grab by a Browns defender, but the other two were simply inexcusable.

Jackson made history against the Browns, but for the wrong reasons: he became the first quarterback since Andy Dalton in 2013 to throw four interceptions in a game and win.

Jackson went 20-for-32 and threw for just 165 yards, with 39 of those coming on a single play.

Fortunately, the Browns only converted three points off Jackson’s turnovers, but had Cleveland taken advantage of the quarterback’s gaffes, the score would be much different.

And if not for Baltimore’s exceptional defensive effort (holding the league’s top rushing attack to 40 yards!), the Ravens wouldn’t be sitting atop their division right now.

Jackson has shown a keen ability to equalize his bad plays: even after racking up picks, Jackson can almost magically bounce back and throw to Andrews or another receiver for massive yardage gains, as if the pressure never gets to him.

And that’s the thing — the pressure never does. Next Gen Stats pointed out that Jackson actually excelled under pressure against Cleveland:

That means the cause of Jackson’s turnovers isn’t circumstantial and could be a nagging issue moving forward.

What a worrisome thought.