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Can Lamar Jackson Lead the Ravens Past a History of Tough Road Decembers and Into the Playoffs?

After a 3-1 start the Baltimore Ravens seemed to go in the tank, ruining what likely (from all the rumors) will be the final season in Baltimore for head coach John Harbaugh.

With the coach stepping away after this season, it’s understandable for the team to have their thoughts elsewhere, but with a win over the Bengals at home last week, the Ravens suddenly have their sights set on a wild card spot in the AFC, and might just have the best chance at the sixth overall seed.

When looking at the latest odds, which you can see it here, the Ravens have six huge games left if they want to get to the postseason, but have a trek that might not be as daunting as some might think.

What could be the biggest key is that they probably are going to need to win once or twice in their final three road games, which is not going to be easy as history states.

The team will travel for a huge game in Atlanta against the Falcons, and also play at Kansas City Chiefs and at the Los Angeles Chargers.

When looking at the Ravens history of winning on the road in December, it’s simply not good. Since 2015, the Ravens has won once on the road in December, and if you don’t remember that, it was a lackluster win last season against a Cleveland Browns team that didn’t win a game in 2017.

On the positive side, the team is sixth right now in the playoff race, and one thing they have going for them is a rookie quarterback in Lamar Jackson who in his first NFL start against the Bengals showed no fear, and he doens’t seem to care about the past when it comes to this team not winning on the road in December.

Jackson’s ability to run the ball is right up there with the likes of Michael Vick in his prime, and it gave the Bengals (as would be expected) fits in his first start last week at home.

Teams are going to get more tape on Jackson and likely have better game plans than that of the Bengals, but for now it was fun to watch a different look to the Ravens offense with Jackson under center and running every which way but loose, and the team seemed energized by it.

The playoffs are in sight, despite the history of the team not winning in December, but with Jackson anything is possible at this point.


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