BALTIMORE – NFL MVP manager Lamar Jackson has questioned the Baltimore Ravens’ efforts after they snatched an 11-point lead in a 30-24 loss to Tennessee Titans.
“It seemed like this team wanted him more than us,” Jackson said. “They were playing physically. When we went upstairs, I felt like we had just taken our feet off the gas. But we just have to keep going for the team.”
Jackson and the Ravens were once the best close to the NFL, winning their first 21 starts when they were 10 or more points ahead. Now Baltimore have lost two of their last three games, in which they had a double-digit lead.
On Sunday, the Ravens took a 21-10 lead at the start of the third quarter before collapsing at the end of the fourth quarter and in overtime. Baltimore suddenly fell behind 24-21 with 2:18, remaining in regulation when three defenders (Chuck Clark, Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey) failed to cope with the catch of AJ Brown for 14 yards. The Ravens then lost in overtime as Derrick Henry ran 29 yards in the middle of his touchdown defense.
Asked about Jackson’s comment that the Titans want to win more than the Ravens, the Baltimore rookie returning JK Dobins said: “We’re always making a good effort, but today was … They just put in more effort than we did. We just have to. let’s fix that. “
Disappointments continue to build on a team that was once among the favorites in the pre-season Super Bowl. After losing 23-17 last week in New England, Jackson said the team was “ticked off” and other players acknowledged that the Patriots were more physical than they were. The Ravens put the pads on Wednesday to set a more physical tone, but the results on Sunday were very familiar.
Baltimore lost three of four games for the first time under Jackson and dropped out for the first time since September 2019. The Ravens (6-4), defending two-time AFC North champions, dropped to third place in the division.
The biggest difference between last season and this one is the game against the better teams in the NFL. In 2019, Jackson was 6-1 against teams with winning records. This year he is 1-3 against them.
What can Jackson say to his teammates?
“Just focus and keep your head up,” said Jackson, who made 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards with one touch and one interception. “We were in worse situations during my rookie year [when the Ravens started 4-5 in 2018]. We turned the season around and then people were looking down on us. I feel like people want us to lose. “
The Ravens have a quick four-day turnaround and play the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) on Thanksgiving.