Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has looked like Superman for over a year now. Just like the Man of Steel, however, he’s not totally invulnerable. Jackson said as much on Monday night after the Ravens lost yet another game to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Following the 34-20 loss, Jackson opened his postgame news conference by calling the Chiefs “our kryptonite.”
Lamar Jackson starts his presser by calling the Chiefs “our kryptonite.”— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) September 29, 2020
It’s hard to argue with him, because the numbers speak for themselves. While Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, is 21-1 against every other NFL team in the regular season, he and the Ravens are now 0-3 against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. While Jackson did rush for 83 yards and score a touchdown on Monday night, the Chiefs completely stifled his passing game. He threw for just 97 yards on 15-of-28 passing, a career worst.
Jackson didn’t make excuses. He really couldn’t, considering how obviously the Ravens struggled to get out of an early 27-10 hole after the Chiefs scored touchdowns on four of their first five drives.
"Well, I'll say, second half, just like I say always, like we always start cranking up at the wrong time. We gotta come in and finish how we start. Like, we always go opposite against them for some reason. We just got to tighten up and play better. That's all.”
Jackson compared it to what happened against the Tennessee Titans in the 2019 divisional playoff, when the Ravens suffered a shocking 28-12 loss and were knocked out of the postseason.
"It looked like the same thing from the Tennessee game to be honest — that's all," Jackson said.
Harbaugh says Chiefs are the better team right now
Falling short against the Chiefs has become a habit for the Ravens. Head coach John Harbaugh was at a loss to explain why a team that’s so obviously talented continually struggles against one specific team. Well, he did have one explanation: right now, the Chiefs are just plain better.
"They've outplayed us all three games if you want to go back three years. We didn't play well today. They beat us. They out executed us. They out game-planned us. They just beat us," Harbaugh said, via NFL.com. "So, that's the story tonight. Big picture stuff, all that, I don't know. They're better, obviously, they're a better football team at this point and time. We have a lot to learn from this game right here."
The Ravens will have plenty of time to find and apply the lessons from Monday night’s loss. If they face the Chiefs again this season, it won’t be until the playoffs. Hopefully by then they figure out how to stop a repeat of their last three regular-season meetings.
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