Somehow, some way, it’s yet another Victory Monday, Flockers!
Yeah, I don’t get it either. But here we are. 8-3, and atop not just the AFC North, but the entire conference, following a game that flipped the Ravens’ usual 2021 script just a bit. Instead of Super Lamar bailing out his teammates in the end, it was instead the defense bailing out Clark Kent Jackson, who played the worst game of his professional career after missing last week’s game with an illness.
Nobody can make any sense of it, but they can darn sure Tweet through it. So let’s check in on how that’s all going…
We’ll start with Jackson and the very bad night. Lamar threw three interceptions in the second quarter alone, and four total in the game. One was tipped by Rashod Bateman, who appeared to be reaching for a pass not intended for him (great play design, by the way), another required a miraculous grab by the defender (with an assist from Mark Andrews), but the other two were completely inexcusable.
This was probably the worst of the four.
Lamar Jackson has thrown THREE interceptions in the second quarter!
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 29, 2021
From the end zone angle, you could see that Andrews was open, and had running room to the near sideline. Jackson instead tried to lead him to the middle of the field inexplicably, and the defender was right there.
Lamar has more picks over the last three games than he did during his entire MVP season in 2019.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 29, 2021
Here’s the thing that we Ravens fans have learned though. With Lamar, you take some bad, because he can immediately turn around and perform this sort of sorcery.
LAMAR JACKSON TO MARK ANDREWS AGAIN 🚀
Ravens get the first TD of the game!
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 29, 2021
That was a 3rd-and-10 from the 13-yard line. Jackson threw the ball from the 35! For a touchdown. I mean…what?
Lamar Jackson’s fadeaway 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews actually traveled about 37 yards. Wow. pic.twitter.com/HSJnaaStKR
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) November 29, 2021
Myles Garrett was a flummoxed as the rest of us, and gave Lamar some respect, while Jadeveon Clowney was big mad.
Lamar Jackson runs around and still somehow throws a TD:
Myles Garrett: Respect, man.
Jadeveon Clowney: This is unfair
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 29, 2021
At various points last night, all of were were both Clowney and Garrett. That’s the yin and yang of Lamar Jackson.
Somehow, the Browns managed only THREE points off the four interceptions, which was the true difference in the game. While much of that can be blamed on Baker Mayfield & Kevin Stefanski (as Browns fans all over are doing, loudly, this morning), we need to give Wink Martindale’s unit some credit. Yes, they allowed several more big chunk plays. Those seem baked in at this point. But this also did this:
The #Ravens just held Nick Chubb to his lowest rushing yardage total (16) since Week 5 of Chubb's rookie season when *checks notes* the Baltimore Ravens held Chubb to two yards on three carries.#RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/kmtfMUktWq
— Matt Wise (@TheMattWise) November 29, 2021
Brandon Williams was back, but Calais Campbell sat with concussion symptoms. Yet somehow, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for only fifteen carries in a six-point game, with Chubb managing just 16 yards, and Hunt 20. The Ravens front seven played their butts off.
Gotta give the biggest props from last night's game to the #Ravens big boys: Brandon Williams, Jelly, Broderick Washington, Justin Madubuike. They consistently defeated blocks, stayed patient & maintained their pad level. Best game I've seen from Williams in a long time.
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) November 29, 2021
In the end, thanks to contributions from all three units, it wasn’t pretty, but it was US, and it was yet another win.
The @Ravens are the only team in the Super Bowl era to:
-score fewer than 17 pts
-have fewer than 325 total yds
-throw at least 4 more INT than their opponent
…and yet still win the game.
Teams with those numbers were 0-275-1 in the Super Bowl era entering tonight (reg+post)
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) November 29, 2021
Thanks to all those ugly wins, the Ravens are, with 12 weeks down, the AFC’s top seed at the moment.
*Dances in squirrel* pic.twitter.com/VKOFEu6853
— Ronald Toothe (@_QuoththeRavens) November 29, 2021
Before we part ways today, Flock, one more note. You know who else played UGLY yesterday? Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. To the highlights!
The Bengals are ALL OVER the Steelers 😳
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 28, 2021
— lil kennedy (@t0mm3333) November 28, 2021
Does it stink that the Bengals look very legit? Sure, though we have to remind ourselves that they got spanked by that same inept Cleveland team just three weeks ago, 41-16. As we keep seeing, this is a week-to-week league, and any week where the Steelers get boatraced is a good week.
Here’s to the Ravens giving the Steelers the same treatment, leading to yet another Victory Monday edition of Out to Lunch the next time we meet!