Tucker: Ravens' passing game still not good enough to win three playoff games


Lamar Jackson finally overcame his self-described "kryptonite" Sunday night, as the Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs, 36-35, in a thriller at M&T Bank Stadium. It was his first win over Patrick Mahomes in four tries.

But Baltimore's primetime performance didn't alter Ross Tucker's expectations for the franchise this season. The former NFL player and current podcast host still believes the Ravens' offense isn't equipped to make a deep playoff run.

"My thing about the Ravens is, they're still not great in obvious passing situations," Tucker told The DA Show on Tuesday. "I feel like in the playoffs -- to win three playoff games against, like, Cleveland, Buffalo, and the Chiefs -- you're going to be in a decent amount of 3rd-and-medium, 3rd-and-longs where you have to pass the ball.

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"And I just don't think the Ravens are good enough in those situations to do it three straight games. They might win one, maybe even two. I don't envision them being able to win three. And by the way, their defense hasn't been as good as it needs to be, these first couple weeks..."

Jackson didn't play mistake-free football. During the first half, he threw a pair of interceptions -- one a pick-six and one near the red zone -- to Chiefs star safety Tyrann Mathieu. But Jackson's early gaffes didn't faze him. In the fourth quarter, he entered MVP mode, erasing the Ravens' 11-point deficit with a pair of clutch rushing touchdowns. He also put the game on ice by converting a gutsy 4th-and-short run at the Ravens' 43-yard line with a minute remaining.

According to NBC Sports, Jackson became just the fifth player and fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards in fewer than 500 carries. The 24-year-old also became just the second player in history to ever record 200 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and two rushing scores in a single game, joining Colin Kaepernick.

Baltimore (1-1) will visit the Detroit Lions (0-2) in a Week 3 matchup on Sunday, Sept. 26. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Ravens currently have a 65-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 43-percent chance to win the AFC North.

The entire NFL conversation with Tucker can be accessed in the audio player above.

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