Lamar Jackson pushes against big-game criticism: 'I don't think I perform less'

Quinton Mayo
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Lamar Jackson on play in big games: 'I don't think I perform less' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

This year, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been under a national microscope as the team is looking to right its wrongs this season after a disappointing early playoff elimination last year.

While Jackson's numbers have been significantly below that of his MVP campaign last season, another knock on him in 2020 has been that he's incapable of performing at the highest level when faced with Super Bowl caliber competition.

The Ravens currently sit at 6-2. However, their two losses came against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) and the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1), both major matchups. In both games, Jackson sported a passer rating under 73 — two of his worst passer ratings of the season.

Recently, Jackson joined The Rich Eisen Show to dispel the notion that he shrinks when the lights are the brightest.

"I'm trying to win the game, probably sometimes I'm doing too much because I'm trying to win the game. But no, I don't think I perform less against big teams," Jackson said. "Last year, we beat the undefeated Patriots, the Texans, we beat the Rams, we beat the undefeated 49ers, these are big games that people key in on.

"I don't know where this stuff is coming from," Jackson continued.

Through eight games this season, Jackson has thrown for 1,513 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, while also rushing for 469 yards and three touchdowns. Last season through eight games, Jackson threw for 1,813 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, while rushing for 637 yards and five touchdowns.

The team was also 6-2 in that stretch with losses coming against the Chiefs (3-0) and Cleveland Browns (2-2).