NFL Playoff Thread.
Tomorrow starts what all football fans look forward to. The march to the Super Bowl. I’m just going to discuss one subject and then add as the thread goes along.
Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans.
Actually it’s not about the teams. It’s not about 43 other starters. You know who I’m going to discuss.
Of course this is all about Lamar Jackson. Drafted by an established team in 2018. Made the playoffs and them lost to the Chargers.
2019 14-2 MVP First round by ousted by the Titans.
Playoff record 0-2.
2020. 6-5 and then the scheduling gods shined on them bringing 4 teams with a 15-49 record and the Browns their last 5 games for them to squeeze into the playoffs with an 11-5 record. The wins? 8 wins against teams with losing records. 3 wins, the Browns twice and the Colts. Not exactly world beaters who also squeaked into the playoffs.
2021. Losses ? Twice to the Steelers, Chiefs and Titans. Common thread? Division winners. Real teams.
Oh Mahomes is Jackson’s cryptonite! Wait Tennessee beat them twice in a row. Tennessee is their cryptonite? What if Tennessee beats the 3 times in a row? The Chiefs aren’t their problem. The Titans aren’t their problem. Good football teams are. Well Joe they ran for 400 yards against Cincinnati!! Yeah Cincinnati had their bags packed, in the trunk with the motor running. Well they beat the Browns!! Yeah it’s the Browns.
So here’s the $40 M question. If Lamar goes 0-3 or even 1-3 how you feeling about giving him a new contract to get to the playoffs and get ousted every year? Do you not see Justin Hubert, Joe Burrows and Josh Allen and say hmmmmm?
No doubt in my mind Lamar Jackson is the best athlete on the field no matter who the Ravens play. He’s exciting, he’s fun. He puts butts in the seats. They will beat bad teams. They’ll even beat a few good teams. They’ll win 9-10-11 games every year and be in contention. But that’s not why we play every Sunday.
I’ll leave you with Lamar Jackson very own words
“Not bad for a running back”
"I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.