I’ve already commented about how I think Lamar Jackson is one of the most dangerous men in the NFL and I’m sure many will agree with me. He’s dangerous on the run and and can beat you through the air. He’s nowhere near perfect in this regard and if Miami can put together the right game-plan they might be able to slow him down.
Miami would be smart to use a similar strategy that they used against Josh Allen of the Bills against Jackson. If they can apply containing pressure, not overcommit on the blitz, and mix up some of the coverage, it will force Jackson to make mistakes. He’s not known for having the best accuracy among the league’s starters, so throwing him off his rhythm a little bit would really be beneficial for this team.
Also, Miami could benefit from hitting Jackson. A few big hits might rattle him which could cause him to force a few more errant throws. Miami’s safeties can’t get beat over the top and if they can stay with guys like Marquise Brown, Miami could benefit from inconsistencies in Jackson’s game. Miami can also help itself out by taking away the next player on this list, and force Jackson to make multiple reads in his progression. Yet, that doesn’t matter if Miami can’t contain him, which is the most important part of this gameplan.
Miami’s in for a long day against this Ravens team to begin with. If their defense can’t do anything to stop one of the most explosive players in the game, this one may be over at half time.