Lamar Jackson was picked off early against the Titans.
The Baltimore Ravens needed Lamar Jackson to play the MVP he has proven that he can be if they want to exorcise their playoff demons. With Jackson looking to get the Ravens on the board after Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans took an early 7-0 lead, Lamar’s attempt at burning the Tennessee defense deep, unfortunately, became one of the biggest lowlights of the Wild Card round.
Jackson was intercepted by Titans corner Malcolm Butler, heaving the ball up for Miles Boykin on a throw that looked more like an arm punt than an incisive pass aiming to pick up a big gain.
Lamar Jackson throws an INT to Malcolm Butler 😬
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2021
Lamar Jackson’s playoff struggles are continuing
Jackson has made the playoffs in three straight seasons, but he has been soundly beaten by the Los Angeles Chargers two years ago and these same Titans last year. While offensive coordinator Greg Roman needs to answer why he dialed up a deep shot that had just one receiver running into triple coverage, Jackson needs to explain why he decided that awful throw was the right move.
There is a lot of time left for Jackson and Baltimore to mount a comeback, but Baltimore is not a team that likes to play from behind. Lamar’s arm will decide who ends up moving on to the next round, but his awful start to the game hasn’t given the Ravens a ton of optimism against Derrick Henry and a powerful Titans running game.