John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens started Week 8 with confidence as they dove headfirst into their clash against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, a brilliant overall display from the visitors ensured that their winning streak extended to 7 as Lamar Jackson and the Ravens suffered their second loss of the season.
Ben Roethlisberger and an inspired Steelers defense bested the Ravens by a narrow 24-28 scoreline on Sunday at the M&T Bank Stadium.
What’s more, Jackson found himself under the scanner, yet again, as he failed to impress against a strong team. The reigning NFL MVP went 13 of 28, throwing for 208 yards with 2 passing TDs and 2 interceptions.
Having been bested by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season, this loss marked Jackson’s second to a top-tier team in the league.
Is this growing trend a cause for concern or merely an unfortunate coincidence?
Popular American sportscaster Nick Wright appeared on FOX Sport’s First Things First earlier today. He proceeded to go on a lengthy rant where he explained why Lamar Jackson’s failure to perform against upper-tier NFL opponents was a ‘warning sign’ for the Ravens.
He said, “This is officially a flashing red warning sign for Baltimore. I’m gonna throw a few numbers at you. Lamar has played 2 games as a starter against Pittsburgh, in those 2 games he has 5 INTs and 5 fumbles. … The bye is now gone.
“I’m highly concerned about how Lamar has played in the biggest games of his career up to this point.”
Jackson has thrown for 1,343 yards with 12 passing TDs against 4 interceptions from 7 games. Furthermore, he has rushed for 411 yards with 2 rushing TDs from 7 games.
Lamar’s failure to perform in the 2019 Playoffs and the subsequent losses to the Chiefs and Steelers is now like an ‘ink stain’ on his otherwise impeccable resume.
Will the former Heisman Trophy winner prove his doubters wrong and come back with the bang in the second half of the season? Guess we’ll have to wait and watch.