Lamar Jackson faces a 2022 challenge, and maybe a 2023 opportunity, vs. the Dolphins

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Last year, the 6-2 Ravens faced the 2-7 Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. It didn’t go well for Baltimore.

Extensively using a cover-zero pre-snap look that entailed blitzing some players and dropping others into coverage, the Dolphins routinely confused and confounded the Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson. Miami won the game, 22-10.

This year, in only the second game of the season, Jackson will get another chance to figure out a defense that stymied him in November. While it’s not solely on him, the quarterback always gets too much credit and too much blame. And even though the Dolphins have had a coaching change, Josh Boyer remains the defensive coordinator — and most of the players on defense remain. If the Dolphins do it again to Jackson, that won’t help his case for an eventual fully-guaranteed deal.

There’s another potentially fascinating wrinkle to this rematch. The Dolphins are believed to be one of the potential suitors for Jackson, if/when the Ravens decide to abandon any effort to sign him and instead decide to trade him. While it’s unknown what will happen come 2023, Jackson wanting to play for his hometown team — and his hometown team wanting him — remains one of the not-implausible outcomes.

On Sunday, then, Jackson gets a chance to show the Ravens that he has figured out how to beat the Dolphins. And he gets a chance to show the Dolphins what he could possibly do for them. If they decide to try to acquire his services after the current season. How Jackson performs against the Dolphins this time around undoubtedly will be a factor.

10 responses to “Lamar Jackson faces a 2022 challenge, and maybe a 2023 opportunity, vs. the Dolphins

  1. I like Jackson- I think he’s a much better passer than some give him credit for. But I don’t want the Dolphins doing something crazy by giving him a guaranteed contract for $45m+ a year. He’s not worth it and the risk is too great.

  2. Tua better show us this week, that he can win this week, especially with all the DB injury issues the Ravens have. Lamar is a top 6 QB in the NFL, so he is definitely coming here next year. And he he won’t be distracted at SB, like the d-bag in Clevland. Go Dolphins!

  3. Tua better show up this week, that he can win this week, especially with all the DB injury issues the Ravens have. Lamar is a top 6 QB in the NFL, so he is definitely coming here next year. And he he won’t be distracted at SB, like the d-bag in Clevland. Go Dolphins!

  4. Well. At least we made it until week two before hearing who is going to replace Tua. Can we just watch some dang football and enjoy for a second? I swear, this kid could go 12 wins and this talk will still linger. I just don’t get it.

  5. Jackson WILL BE a Dolphin, in 2024. Baltimore will franchise him in 2023 and then trade him after next season (opting not to franchise him the 2nd eligible year). Miami will have to cough up at least two #1 picks for the right to go bankrupt. But it is Miami, and making bad decisions is part of the culture.

  6. They had their chance to draft Lamar Jackson, and Chris grier refused, gave Ross an ultimatum to fire him if he didnt let him draft minkah Fitzpatrick who is no longer on the team. Ross should have fired him.

  7. Baltimore’s defensive front needs to wreak havoc on Miami. And Baltimore’s offense needs to get that ground game going.

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