Lamar Jackson is fresh off earning his first playoff win that has put the Baltimore Ravens a step closer to a Super Bowl berth. The Buffalo Bills are waiting ahead for the divisional round matchup on Saturday night. In the days before the contest, Jackson has made a surprising admission.
Lamar Jackson grabs his first career playoff win
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In Lamar Jackson’s third go-around in the playoffs, he finally broke through with his first career postseason win.
Jackson avenged his disappointing divisional-round loss to the Tennessee Titans from a year ago by edging out a 20-13 home win. It wasn’t a great performance passing the ball, with 179 passing yards and an interception. However, he flipped the script with his explosive running ability.
Jackson changed the flow of the game with his legs behind 136 rushing yards on 16 attempts and a touchdown. It included his 49-yard touchdown scramble that tied the game at 10 before halftime.
The Ravens defense also played a significant part in the victory by limiting star running back Derrick Henry to 40 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Nonetheless, Jackson did more than enough to push his team to an impressive playoff win.
The attention now quickly shifts over to the tough matchup ahead in the divisional round against the Buffalo Bills. In the days leading up to the game, Jackson has made a shocking admission concerning the upcoming contest.
Lamar Jackson voices surprising admission before facing the Bills
Following Lamar Jackson’s first playoff win, the challenge ahead will be against another highly formidable opponent.
The Buffalo Bills look every bit the part of a potential Super Bowl-contending team with rising star quarterback Josh Allen leading the charge. However, Jackson’s biggest concern ahead of the game has nothing to do with the Bills but rather the weather.
The current forecast predicts a 40% chance for snow showers at Bills Stadium on Saturday night. With that in mind, Jackson voiced that he doesn’t want to play in that weather given his lack of experience in that setting, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
Asked about his experience about playing in the snow, Jackson said: “Zero. Saturday would be my first time playing football in the snow, if it does. Hopefully, it don’t.”
It isn’t necessarily a fear from Jackson, but rather the uncomfortable feeling of playing in the snow. He has avoided those such scenarios so far in his brief NFL career. There is always a chance that may impact his play and performance due to his lack of familiarity with how to approach it.
Jackson may take the approach of wearing a glove in Buffalo, but that won’t be because of the weather. Instead, he could dawn a glove on his left hand after he jammed his thumb against the Titans. Beyond all that, this dialogue just adds another storyline around the matchup.
Tough challenge ahead against Buffalo
The weather aside, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have a stiff challenge ahead on Saturday night.
Josh Allen has continued his maturation into a bonafide franchise quarterback for Buffalo. He has become a massive factor with his arm that has kept opposing defenses on their toes. That alone puts tremendous pressure on the Ravens’ defense to step up.
Baltimore will likely game plan to keep Jackson involved heavily in the running game, especially after the Bills allowed 163 rushing yards to the Indianapolis Colts. If it snows, that could very well be the primary action in their offense.
All of this sets up what should be an entertaining game with a trip to the AFC Championship game on the line.