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With Another Playoff Letdown, the Pressure in 2020 Will Be All on Lamar Jackson’s Shoulders

It was not the way it was supposed to end.

For the Baltimore Ravens, rarely had the NFL seen a more dominant team roll through the final three plus months, putting up monster points on offense, holding teams in check on defense, and in the end winning 14 games.

But for all the bravado the Ravens had, the dancing, the celebrating, the happy times on the sidelines as they easily dispatched teams, Saturday night it all came crashing down by a more focused Tennessee Titans team who were more worried about doing the little things right.

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But back to the Ravens, just like that, it’s a season all over.

“I don’t really care about what they say,” Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said.

“This is my second year in the league. Many people [aren’t] able to bring it to the playoffs. I’ve got a great team with me. I don’t really worry about the people say. We’re just going to keep going, like I said, [and] get ready for next year.”

Sadly after the 28-12 loss to the Titans next year is all the Ravens have to look forward to, and that includes a long offseason, mini-camp, training camp, preseason, and a regular season.

All that just to get back to the very place they stood on Saturday night at home as they looked forward to hosting the AFC Title game.

Now they will simply have to sit back and watch, just like all of the other teams in the AFC minus the Chiefs and Titans.

The good news, Jackson should be the MVP of the league, and he deserved it. 36 touchdown passes and finishing sixth in the league with 1,206 yards rushing.

The problem, he looked for the second straight season like a quarterback that just wasn’t good enough to get it done with the bright lights of the postseason.

“He’s the most competitive person I’ve been around,” tight end Mark Andrews said Saturday night.

“I know he’s going to take this and use it as fuel to make himself a better football player.”

Jackson knows that there will be more pressure next season, and that after two seasons of letdowns in the postseason, it’s time for him to live up to the promise that he’s shown over the course of the regular season the last two campaigns for the back-to-back AFC North Champions.

Last seasons 23-17 wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Jackson completed just three passes through the first three quarters, which made many to wonder if he was ever going to be able to be a pure pocket passer.

His struggles this time around again will have people asking questions. Only questions he and the team can answer.


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