Ravens studs and duds from Week 13 loss against Steelers

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens
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3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Could the Steelers be Lamar Jackson’s new Kryptonite? We certainly hope not.

Jackson went 23-of-37 for 253 passing yards and one touchdown against one interception, and at first glance, that stat line doesn’t look too bad.

But Jackson’s performance against Pittsburgh should be extremely concerning to the Ravens. He was sacked seven times, and his offensive line is hardly to blame.

Jackson made this game unnecessarily difficult for himself, as he has done in recent games.

Everyone can attest to his talents as both a runner and a passer, but Jackson looked like he still had something to prove out there — he tried to do too much on every down, weaving in and out of the pocket looking for the big highlight-reel plays.

Granted, there are games when Jackson actually has to do everything, but that mode should only be reserved for emergencies. Too many times Jackson held onto the ball when he could have found a wide-open player underneath, and Jackson took the hit — literally.

Those seven sacks happened because Jackson let them happen. After Week 13’s loss, Jackson has also been intercepted in four straight games, which is the longest streak of his career.

Something’s up with him, and the Ravens had better find out what it is soon.