When the Baltimore Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers, it was the first game that the team did not have Mark Andrews after his season-ending surgery. So, this is a look into how the Ravens will be playing their ball after the bye week. Isaiah Likely stepped up in the win, but you could tell that Lamar Jackson was missing his safety blanket in Mark Andrews.
The Baltimore Ravens offense was not as good without Mark Andrews
Overall, Jackson had a 56.3% completion rate against Los Agenelas. This was the worst of his season and one of just three games where he completed less than 60% of his passes. The other two were Cleveland and Pittsburgh, two legitimate defenses in the conference.
He had just 177 yards, which amounted to 5.53 yards per attempt. This was also his lowest rate of the season. The Arizona game was the only other game where his yards per attempt were below six.
Adding in interceptions for adjusted yards per attempt gets him to 6.16, which is his third-lowest of the season. This is worth noting because while Pittsburgh was his worst game, the Houston Texans game was second worst at 5.64. So, while he completed more passes against the Texans, two of his three worst games of the season have come without Mark Andrews in the lineup.
Jackson is 35-54 with 346 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the games without Andrews. That is a 61% completion rate with 6.4 yards per attempt. His season rate is 68.3% and 7.9 yards per attempt.
It is a one-game sample, which is far too small to get worked up over. However, when you look at the Chargers' defense, they are one of the worst in the NFL.
They rank 26th in success rate allowed through the air and 27th in expected points allowed per dropback. It is one of the worst passing defenses that Jackson will face all year, and it was his worst game.
Isaiah Likely led pass catchers with just 40 yards, Odell Beckham led receivers with 34 yards, and he is a part-time player. Zay Flowers had two touchdowns but also had the lowest yards per target of his career.
Who can step up in this offense because it clearly did not look as solid with Mark Andrews?