The Baltimore Ravens need Roquan Smith and Lamar Jackson to rise to the occasion.
In the big games, the big players need to rise to the occasion. This is a statement game for the Ravens. They are at home and taking on a team that has a better record than them. They need to leave that stadium with the same record, regardless of if they are NFC or AFC. These are the games that Lamar Jackson and Roquan Smith have to win. These are the quarterbacks, the investments, and the highest-paid players on their side of the football.
When you look at the Lions, they are built tough. Adian Hutchinson, Penei Sewell, and Amon-Ra St. Brown bring star power. Still, Jackson is an MVP, and Smith is an All-Pro and unanimous top player at his position last year. These are players who have won these big games, while Sewell, Hutchinson, and St. Brown are getting that first taste.
If the Ravens want to win this game, they need to see their two-star athletes be the reason. Are these two worth it, or will they shrink in a huge game?