Peter King: Lamar Jackson 'must be better'


The Ravens came in fifth in NBC Sports’ Peter King's midseason power rankings released Monday after their loss to the Steelers and like many pundits, he questioned what was going on with quarterback Lamar Jackson. 

"The Ravens lost to Pittsburgh, and quarterback Lamar Jackson was pretty bad, again, in another big game. Not that home field has been Baltimore’s friend, but now, barring Pittsburgh losing a two-game lead in the division with nine games to play, the Ravens could have to win three road games to make it to the Super Bowl," he wrote. "Very hard to do, especially when two of the road sites could be Kansas City and/or Pittsburgh. The good news is the Ravens, without Stanley, ran it well against a great run-defense team Sunday."

King joined a number of pundits who questioned Jackson's play after his multi-interception outing.

"The weekend takeaway," he continued. "Lamar Jackson must be better, or the year will end in disappointment again.”

King outlined Jackson's performances in the three biggest games he's played in this calendar year, going back to the divisional playoff game in January against the Titans, then to the 2020 season with the Chiefs and the Steelers and the numbers aren't pretty. Eight turnovers, a 66.2 rating, and a 51 percent completion rate. 

Pittsburgh topped the rankings after their win over Jackson and the Ravens.