Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about how he played Sunday night in a win over the Cleveland Browns.
“It was a horrible game,” Jackson said Wednesday.
Jackson finished 20-for-32 for 165 yards, a touchdown and a career-worst four interceptions. His passer rating (46.5) was the lowest of his career as a starter. At one point in the second quarter, he threw three picks in a span of five passes.
His first step forward Tuesday was to look at the film.
“Bad passes,” he said. “Inaccurate, underthrown passes. That’s all I see. Bad reads. I looked like a rookie.”
He added: “I need to feel it. I need to feel that pain. Now that’s pain right there. Defenses are making great stops, and I’m putting my defense back out there right away.”
Jackson said his return from a mystery illness that sidelined him in Week 11 was “no excuse” for how he played Sunday. The performance wasn’t all bad, of course. Jackson had 17 carries for a game-high 68 yards, and his two highlight-reel scrambles for completions, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews, powered a third-quarter touchdown drive that proved decisive.
But Jackson acknowledged the offense’s room for improvement. A strong showing in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers will help put Sunday’s struggles in the rearview mirror.
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“I feel good this week,” he said. “But, like, no excuses. That was just a bad performance. Four interceptions. I hope that never, ever happens again. Not ever. But yeah, it was a poor performance.”