Week 6 saw Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson make history as the first signal-caller in the Super Bowl era to ever throw for over 200 yards and rush for over 15o in the same game. Jackson is one of the league’s most exciting players because of his dual-threat ability, and while he has looked impressive so far, the team is barely squeaking out wins against NFL bottom feeders.
Jackson and the Ravens have struggled against legitimate teams, if you want to call the Browns legit, and it won’t get easier this week in what may be the hardest place to play in the league, Seattle.
Here are three things to expect from the second-year quarterback against the Seahawks.
3. Jackson will need to throw the ball efficiently and effectively
We will most likely not see a Week 1 Lamar Jackson, who only missed three throws the entire game, but something similar would serve the Ravens well. You can throw the ball on Seattle, but the key for Jackson will be being able to wait in the pocket long enough for his receivers to get open.
Jackson should target tight end Mark Andrews a good amount this week as the big man can be a target for chunk pick-ups all night long. A patient Jackson will be effective this week if the Baltimore line can protect him.
2. He will not be able to keep up with Wilson
Russell Wilson is currently the favorite in the MVP race, so it is no shot at Jackson saying he won’t be able to keep pace with the Seattle leader. The quarterback matchup will be key in this game and Wilson simply is the more experienced and talented quarterback at this point in time.
While Jackson is still learning how to effectively play in this league, Wilson has mastered it. For Baltimore to be competitive on Sunday, Jackson has to find his receivers in the same way Wilson will. If Jackson is able to pass for over 300 yards and look good doing it, the perception some critics still hold over him will change.
1. Jackson will turn the ball over three times
While the “Legion of Boom” Seahawks might be gone, they are an experienced team that still has defensive captain Bobby Wagner directing the defense. Seattle will do everything they can to get Jackson out of his comfort zone.
Jackson is at his best when he’s in a grove and feels confident throwing the ball, meaning the Seahawks will change and switch coverages often to try and confuse Jackson. Keeping the quarterback guessing will force him to make mistakes and keep him out of any kind of rhythm, leading to turnovers.
Experience will be key on Sunday, and if Seattle can use it to their advantage it could be a long day for Jackson.