Michael Robinson on the Good Morning Football show said that the Baltimore Ravens need Lamar Jackson at his best in order to reach the playoffs this season. Lamar Jackson who suffered an ankle injury in week 14’s loss against the Cleveland Browns has been out since and the Ravens have now lost 4 straight games.
Ravens season is now in jeopardy as they need to win both the remaining games against Los Angeles Rams & Pittsburgh Steelers whereas Cincinnati Bengals need to lose their games against the Kansas City Chiefs & Cleveland Browns for the Ravens to win the AFC North and qualify for the playoffs.
Lamar Jackson back to practice after injury
Lamar Jackson seemed to struggle in finding his pace after training for the first time since he suffered that ankle injury against the Cleveland Browns in week 14. It will be difficult for him to reach his normal performance level after this injury as he is used to the rushing game in which he is the best among all the quarterbacks in the league.
The Baltimore Ravens will face the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore in week 17. The Rams are currently on a 4 game winning streak and come into the game as heavy favourites with a record of 11-4 whereas the Ravens enter the game with a record of 8-7 and a chance of missing the playoffs. If Lamar plays against the Rams then the Ravens will be able to give a shot against the Rams and keep their playoffs hope alive.
It will be a tough task with Lamar also as he is not fully fit and will be expected to contribute more with his throwing skills as his rushing game will be less effective due to the injury as well as due to the scary Rams defence which has the likes of Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Jalen Ramsey.
Huge Expectations from Lamar Jackson ahead of week 17
Due to the number of injuries suffered by the Ravens throughout the season and also before the season started, it is a great achievement that they are still in the playoffs hunt and can actually reach there if they win their last 2 games and Cincinnati loses their last two games.
As stated by the famous NFL analyst Michael Robinson that the Ravens will need to have a Superman type of effort from Lamar Jackson in order to win the remaining games and keep their playoff hope alive. Lamar can also prove his doubters wrong with a much more efficient game while throwing the ball and leading Ravens to victories.
There is a great probability that Ravens can still the AFC North and qualify for the playoffs but it will be a very tough task and they will need Lamar to lead them from the front but he would also need the help of his fellow Pro Bowl team-mates Mark Andrews, Pat Ricard, and Justin Tucker in order to win their remaining games.