Chris Schisler of the Ebony Bird provides some insight on the Baltimore Ravens before they face the Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills are set to play their biggest game in over two decades when they face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round. To get a better understanding of the Bills’ opponent on Saturday night, I had a chance to talk with Chris Schisler, site expert of the Ebony Bird, to learn more about the Baltimore Ravens.
Question 1: Lamar Jackson regressed a bit this season. Why do you think the former MVP had a bit of a down year this season?
Everyone outside of Baltimore seems to think that the 2020-2021 season has given us a lite version of 2019 Lamar Jackson. That’s not the case. In the first half of the season, Jackson was trying to be a passer first and that mindset took the free-flowing nature of his game down a notch. Once Jackson started taking what the defense was giving him and going back to being a phenomenal all-around play-maker things perked back up.
This hasn’t been an easy season for the Ravens though, and that’s worth noting. Marquise Brown is their best receiver and he’s had issues with drops and seemingly with confidence as well.
The rest of the receiving corps isn’t exactly a group that lends itself to a high octane passing attack. The offensive line has improved dramatically yet it was a rocky road all year long upfront. Baltimore had to battle this season, where everything just went their way in their 14-2 2019 season.
I think that Jackson not being able to have the same kind of offseason he had last year (because of the pandemic) has hurt his mechanics a bit. He has things to work on yet honestly I am more proud of him this year than I was a year ago. He’s had some of his best moments and in a lot more adversity.
Jackson’s late-game heroics against the Browns gave him a signature moment. Coming back from a 10-zip deficit was a defining moment in the postseason. Don’t think that you’re getting an easier version just because he didn’t repeat his MVP season. Jackson grew up a lot this year, is more battle-tested, and he’s completely Baltimore’s MVP.