2. Can Lamar Jackson survive under pressure?
One of the more surprising notes on Sunday was how poor Lamar Jackson performed under pressure. He was a perfect 15-15 in a clean pocket, but he was 2-7 when pressures. He took three sacks and threw an interception. Jackson has been known to avoid sacks and not turn the ball over, so this was a rare issue for him.
Did Demeco Ryans have a beat on him, or is this a long-standing issue? This will be a big question entering the game because the Ravens' offensive line will not be as good this week as it was a week ago. The team will have Sam Mustipher at center and Patrick Mekari at left tackle. Meanwhile, last week, they saw Kevin Zeitler and Morgan Moses struggle against the Texans front.
Here comes Trey Hendrickson against a backup tackle and Sam Hubbard against a beat-down Moses. Can the Ravens run the ball if their interior struggles? The Bengals will swarm Lamar Jackson. Still, Lamar Jackson can flat-out win football games by himself if he needs to. Can he play better against pressure and carry a team with a bad defensive line?