You have probably seen the stat before. As Lamar Jackson is about to take on another NFC opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, you are going to hear that Jackson is 18-1 when starting against NFC teams. The only loss happened to be against his former defensive coordinator, Wink Martindale, and the New York Giants.
Lamar Jackson is dominant for the Baltimore Ravens against NFC opponents
This year, Jackson has wins over Detroit, Arizona, and Seattle, some of their most dominant blowouts of the year. What is interesting to note is that there are just a few small differences when Jackson faces the NFC and the AFC.
He completes 64% of his passes against both and has a 5.8% TD rate against the AFC and 5.6 against the NFC. His yards per attempt dropped from 7.6 to 7.2 in these games, too.
However, his interception rate is down from 2.4% against familiar foes to 1.4% against non-conference opponents. Also, his sack rate is down from 8.4% to 7.1%. So, his adjusted yards and adjusted net yards per attempt are both better against the NFC because while he throws for fewer yards and touchdowns, the drop in interceptions and sacks offset that.
He also rushed better against the NFC. He has 10.8 rushes for 71.2 yards and a 3.9% touchdown rate against the NFC. Meanwhile, that is ten rushes for 57.6 yards and a 3.2% touchdown rate against the AFC.
So the differences come from him playing on schedule better and rushing more. This makes sense when you consider teams are not as familiar, so they cannot draw up the sack or turnover-worthy plays. Also, they do not play rushing quarterbacks as much, so he can break free more.
That also makes sense as to why the loss came against the Giants. He had one interception and two sacks. That is a 3.1% interception rate and 6.2% sack rate, both higher than his averages against the NFC. Martindale knew how to get the bad plays out of Jackson.
Can Jackson avoid issues against another NFC team? Look for a clean game, even if the stats are not as explosive, and this trend will continue.