An image of Lamar Jackson with two feet in the air, cocked arm in a modified Heisman pose as he prepared to burn down a Chiefs flash defense with a stabbing pass, is iconic and beautiful and perfectly emblematic of Jackson’s singular talent. Or, if that didn’t do it for you, how about the time a quarter later when he swung sideways in the end zone?
It was also, in the midst of a 36-35 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday night, the perfect summary of what the Baltimore Ravens are like right now, as a team wholly reliant on one-person magic ( at least in attack), straddling the razor sharp of football each. week hoping his theatricality can keep pace with whatever the opponent reacts.
The brilliant part of Greg Roman and John Harbaugh’s vision for their life after Joe Flacco was that it gave them so much control for so long. As the Ravens began to take on the defenses, first with their troika of tight winger, gigantic full-back and running back downhill, it told the defenses what they were supposed to do for the Stop. This narrowed their options down to one thing, one pool of staff, one program with only a handful of calls, for which Baltimore conveniently had the solution.
The beauty of the whole operation was that, aside from the transcendent star at the quarterback position, the ancillary pieces seemed somewhat replaceable. You can find a tight third end. You can get another running back. You can plug in a new guard here and there. Right now you have your choice of full-backs, given that most teams still don’t write them down, disconcertingly, to help diversify their attack. But when it all falls apart, seemingly over the course of a few cursed practices, where do you go from there?
The offensive line takes a long time to freeze and compensate for its weaker parts. The host body, most of which heals in an ice bath somewhere, is not deep enough to drift into another pattern. And so there are times when Jackson denies it all anyway, running that diet salad and winning on lows that he has no conceivable business winning, juxtaposed with a few sets later when he gets pummeled in. the backfield while frantically roaming the pitch for a burst of open space.
Until they regain some semblance of control, this is what their life will be like. For the public, it’s wonderful. Baltimore, over the past two weeks, has played in two of the most entertaining regular-season football games of the past five years. Jackson, like Patrick Mahomes, can almost always make sure his team is never completely out of a football game. On Sunday night, the Chiefs’ odds of victory jumped to 91.6 percent with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, with the league’s most powerful attacking force holding an 11-point lead.
The win should obviously show Jackson’s unwavering worth as a franchise quarterback. While it doesn’t always sound like what anonymous scouts and opportunistic, opportunistic, relevance-seeking members of the media might think it should, it does produce victories. You can throw an interception that may not be characteristic of a more risk averse quarterback if you know that you can (and a body of supporting evidence) immediately root out any drop in winning odds she has. could chat with another Herculean game. It’s winning games against some of the best football teams. He’s ousting an enemy from the conference who’s been overtaking Baltimore for a few seasons now.
Baltimore will, at the end of the season, look completely different from what it is right now. They’ll come closer to the ram unit they’ve always been, only, perhaps, with a more complete receiving pool once first-round pick Rashod Bateman returns to the pitch. They can’t be any poorer health than they are right now and, as a result, are taxed with trying to keep up with a stream of newbies and rookies all taking on bigger roles than they were supposed to. do it.
Jackson, however, is consistent. And what else can you ask for in the absence of full control?
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