Miami Gardens, Fla. (NWN) — The 327-pound offensive lineman who ran with the football was more exciting than Lamar Jackson.
Playoff Lamar appeared in the regular season.
If Jackson and the rest of Baltimore’s offense don’t figure out how to beat Cover Zero defensive plans, the Ravens won’t have to wait until the playoffs flop.
Jackson had no room to run and had little time to throw against Miami. The Dolphins entered the NFL with the third-worst defense but closed the high-powered offense of Jackson and Baltimore in a 22–10 victory. Thursday night.
In a copycat league, the Ravens can expect more teams to use Miami’s aggressive approach. The Dolphins brought heavy blitz packages, leaving no defenders deep. Jackson could not take advantage.
He completed 26 of 43 for 238 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His 73.6 passer rating was his lowest Since he posted a 61.5 rating in a playoff loss to Buffalo last January.
“We’ve seen it before,” Jackson said of facing the cover zero defense. “We were practicing it for the whole week. We have to do a better job handling this. We have to do our job. There were plays we left on the field. Something had happened to us. We have to be us.”
The Ravens did not score a touchdown in the first three quarters for the first time in Jackson’s 46 career start in the regular season. However, he did not score TDs in the first three quarters in three of the four playoff games with Jackson. The 2019 NFL MVP is 1-3 in the post season with a 68.3 passer rating.
Jackson’s frustration was evident on the sidelines in the second half when he was pacing and screaming.
“I was hot,” he said. “We weren’t scoring any points. We were defending ourselves there. I thought they put out the lights, but we weren’t doing it the wrong way. That’s why I was mad.”
The Ravens (6–3) came in with the league’s No. 2 offense, thanks to Jackson’s exceptional performance in the first half of the season, when he was the first player in NFL history with at least 2,000 yards (2,209) and 600 yards. Become. Rushing through eight games.
But the struggling Dolphins (3-7) showed the rest of the league the blueprint to include Jackson. They came after him in various ways, daring him to throw downfield and taking away his ability to play.
Jackson was placed in a rush of 39 yards, his second lowest production of the season. He was dismissed four times.
“We have to watch the movie and regroup,” Jackson said. “The Dolphins played a good game. They had a guy coming hot off the edge so I tried to get the ball to my receiver and asked them to make a play. Sometimes they tipped the pass off He showed a great game.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh blamed himself for the team’s lack of preparation, although Jackson blamed it for the execution.
“We just didn’t handle it well,” Harbaugh said. “They are attacking us and we have to handle it much better. And that is on us as coaches.”
Despite playing an overtime game on Sunday, a short rest week and traveling to play on a damp night, the Ravens made no excuses. He had the opportunity to improve his position in the wide-open AFC. Only the Tennessee Titans (7-2) have more wins. Instead, a bottom loss to Miami cemented the AFC North race – the Steelers (5-3), Browns (5-4) and Bengals (5-4) are on Baltimore’s heels.
The bigger concern is whether Jackson and the Ravens can adjust when more teams play the same defensive style against them.
“(Covering) zero is one of those things where you have to pay them,” said tight end Mark Andrews. “I don’t think we’ve done much at the beginning. That’s one of the things. You pay them early, they’re out there. We’ve done a lot of things at the end of the game I think.” That we need to capitalize on it quickly.”
He’s on Jackson. He has to read, throw accurate and roll the offense. Jackson has been prolific throughout his 3 1/2-year career but the knock on him has been his playoff struggles.
Games like these are a reminder that he still has a long way to go.
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