Lamar Jackson suffered a bit of a regression last season after being named the league’s MVP the year prior. But that doesn’t mean that the Dolphins should be taking him lightly, as he will likely be out to prove that his down year was an abnormality.
The game on November 11th will be one of the most important games of the Dolphin’ season. They will host the Jackson and the Ravens on a Thursday night in one of only two prime time games for Miami. The meeting comes during an otherwise soft spot on the schedule in which the Dolphins play five teams that finished in the bottom 10 last year.
While beating the rest of the teams and losing to the Ravens would be theoretically acceptable on paper, a victory over Baltimore would go a long way. The Ravens have had huge victories over the Dolphins in recent years, outscoring Miami by a margin of 137-16 in their last three contests. That is not a typo. Since the Dolphins overtime victory over the Ravens in the infamous 1-15 season 14 years ago, they’ve lost eight of the last nine meetings.
The last time these two teams met was the first game of Brian Flores’ head coaching career, and he has come a long way since. Lamar Jackson will certainly be one of the most dynamic quarterbacks that the Dolphins face this season, but Miami has a chance to contain him if the defense can build on last year’s progression.
Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens; Thursday November 11th 820PM