Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was on the wrong end of a 33-27 loss in Week 1 as he edged toward an unwanted record. The 24-year-old extended his run of not surpassing 250 yards passing to 17 games. He is now just four games short of tying the record, held by former Baltimore Raven quarterback Kyle Boller.
Jackson's 17th straight game failing to throw for over 250 yards ties former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart for the 4th longest streak since 2000. However, Lamar's production levels throughout this streak far exceed those around him on the list. Having contributed 24 touchdown passes, 8 rushing touchdowns, and rushing for over 1200 yards in that time.
In fact, Lamar Jackson's speed and athleticism are arguably his biggest strengths as a quarterback, which showed in Week 1. The 2019 MVP went 19/30 for 235 yards with one touchdown pass against the Las Vegas Raiders. The lone touchdown telling its own story.
The 10 yard TD pass to Marquise Brown highlighting Jackson's strengths. He scrambled for 27 yards (farthest on a touchdown pass in his career). Bought 7.84 seconds (NFL's fifth-longest on a touchdown pass in 5 years). And reached a speed of 15.7 miles per hour before throwing (the fastest on a touchdown pass in his career).
A couple of fumbles by Jackson in key moments ultimately cost the Ravens. Consequently, injuries to their top running backs and their offensive line struggling resulted in Jackson often appearing to try and do too much.
"That ticked me off. I hate any type of turnovers, it happens in football. If you're a quarterback, you're trying to go through your progressions, and guys [are] in your face, they're trying to get them a sack, it's going to be like that. Sometimes you can't go through your reads. You've got to make something happen."Lamar Jackson on his struggles vs Las Vegas Raiders
Regardless, Lamar Jackson is still one of the most feared quarterbacks in the league. You would not bet against him, making it 18 games without surpassing 250 yards, however, with a game against the Kansas City Chiefs next week.