The Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs will go down as another disappointing loss in a big moment during the Lamar Jackson era. This will not just sting as much as the others; it will sting so much worse.
Baltimore Ravens lost their best chance at a Super Bowl
The Ravens were the one seed. They have the MVP. They were favored to win at home, and they beat the two NFC teams. The Super Bowl was in sight. Then, the Ravens laid an egg, highlighted by a Zay Flowers fumble in the end zone and a Lamar Jackson interception in the end zone to cost the team the game.
Lamar Jackson will put together more good seasons, and plenty of talented players will be back. However, this felt like the best chance that Lamar Jackson had.
Odell Beckham, Jadveeon Clowney, Ronnie Stanley, Kevin Zeitler, Justin Madubuike, Kyle Van Noy, Patrick Queen, and potentially even more names are not going to come back. The Ravens are going to see the cap hit of Jackson go up, and some of the money that they pushed down the road to provide the roster this year will catch up with them as they go.
Simply put, the roster may never be better. If the Baltimore Ravens win a Super Bowl after this, it will be Lamar Jackson carrying the team. We have seen that may not ever happen.
Worse than the Ravens not being better than this current state is seeing the Kansas City Chiefs in a spot where they have never been more vulnerable. They are paying for all of the things that Baltimore is about to pay for, and they are still beating Baltimore with a worse roster. That is because Patrick Mahomes is simply better than Lamar Jackson. Even when Jackson has the better roster, the Chiefs are better.
Will we ever see Lamar Jackson win a Super Bowl? After this season, no one will believe until they see it.