3 ways that Ravens QB Lamar Jackson can avoid fourth-straight loss against Chiefs

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has accomplished many feats over his four years with the team. The 2019 league-MVP has proven that he belongs in a class with all the great quarterbacks who play today. Once told to switch positions, Jackson has proved those critics wrong.

His MVP award, a Pro Bowl honor, first-team All-Pro, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single-season and three straight playoff appearances are just a few of Jackson’s accomplishments since entering the league in 2018. However, one trend that Jackson will look to erase this Sunday is his inability to defeat the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs.

If you ask Jackson, he’ll tell you this matchup is bigger than him and Mahomes, but many view it as a clash of the quarterbacks, despite them never being on the field against one another during a play.

With that said, here are a few ways Jackson can avoid going 0-4 against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Don't match Mahomes play-for-play

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The Ravens could very well find themselves down early against Kansas City. With the weapons that Mahomes has on offense, it's even possible that Baltimore could be down before Jackson takes a snap. If the Ravens have any shot at winning this game, Jackson needs to play fundamental football and protect the ball. If a pass is not there, he shouldn't force it. If he sees open space, he should assess the situation and make the smart decision, whether that's finding an open receiver or using his legs. If Jackson just sticks to the fundamentals while using the talent he has both in the pass and run game, Baltimore could surprise a few people and win their matchup against Chiefs.

Have the motivation to remove the narrative

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Jackson has been good at not listening to critics dating back to his time at Louisville. At the 2018 NFL Combine, teams wanted Jackson to perform wide receiver drills in hoping he may switch positions. He declined. When he took over for an injured Joe Flacco midway through the 2018 season, many critics viewed Jackson as an overhyped running back. The following season during the opener against the Miami Dolphins, Jackson threw for 324 yards, five touchdowns and had a perfect 158.3 passer rating. He finished that season leading all quarterbacks in passing touchdowns with 36. The former Heisman winner would also add NFL honors to his resumé. In 2019, Jackson became only the second unanimous league-MVP in NFL history. After losing in his first two playoff appearances, during the 2020 postseason Jackson led Ravens as they traveled to Tennessee and defeated the Titans, notching Jackson's first playoff victory. The one thing about his narratives is that they are always changing, and Jackson has almost certainly figured that out. If he turns what people have been saying about his 0-3 record against Kansas City into motivation, he could will his team to a win.

Feed off of crowd energy

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The Ravens will be playing in front of a packed M&T Bank Stadium for the first time since the 2019 season. Baltimore is known to have one of the most dedicated fanbases in the NFL. The home crowd loves their quarterback and they will be sure to let Jackson and the opposing side know it. Momentum swings rapidly in NFL games. If Jackson finds himself in a groove, the crowd may help lead the former league MVP to his first-career win over Kansas City.

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