Thursday, November 11th
Baltimore at Miami
It’s no secret that Miami has been a huge disappointment this season; good enough to have close games with mediocre/bad teams, bad enough to get blown out by good teams. Baltimore, even though they’re 6-2, have proven to be difficult to read, as their games are all over the map. They’ve been blown out by, and have blown out, good teams. They have had close calls against lesser teams. Justin Tucker bailed them out against lowly Detroit by hitting a game-winning FG from the parking lot. Their struggles and successes can be attributed to the same thing, that being that Lamar Jackson is carrying their offense.
Because of injuries at running back, and a lack of receiving depth, Jackson has had to do a lot, way more than any QB should have to do. Consider Baltimore’s game against Minnesota a mere four days ago, a back-and-forth affair that Baltimore won in OT. The big story is that Jackson threw for 266 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for an additional 120 yards. The downside is that Jackson accumulated 41 pass attempts, while taking 3 sacks, while carrying the ball a whopping 21 times. That’s a LOT of time holding the ball for the team’s most integral player. Lamar Jackson is tremendously talented, but a workload like that isn’t sustainable.
Playing a Thursday Night game after such a Herculean effort on Sunday is dangerous. Baltimore is clearly better than Miami, but as this past Sunday proved, any team can beat any team at any time. Baltimore had better hope that the rest of the team steps up and squashes Miami like they should do. Otherwise, Jackson will once again take it upon himself to do whatever he can to get the win. On short rest, that’s not an ideal prospect when it involves Baltimore’s best player.