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PFF: Offensive line crumbled; Lamar Jackson was pressured on nearly 50% of dropbacks

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a few days now and the lack of Ravens football in my life feels lacking. Thankfully, PFF is here to remind me just how bad the game was on offense. . . Yay. . .


QB Lamar Jackson’s 46.1 overall game grade was his lowest of the season. Among the eight QBs who started the Wild Card round, he finished last in PFF QB Rating (72.69) and adjusted completion percentage (57.7), but was also pressured at the second highest rate (47.5% of dropbacks).

How can anybody say Joe Flacco would’ve performed better? Jackson faced four-man fronts with seven defensive backs on 58/59 offensive plays. At what point was he supposed to find room? You think Flacco could’ve navigated in the pocket any better? The playcalling here failed Lamar and the offensive line gave the Chargers open season on Jackson.

LG James Hurst endured a rough afternoon, giving up three sacks and one hit. His 28.4 overall grade was the lowest on the team, and he earned an unenviable 0.0 pass blocking grade.

Hurst performed rather well this season. Many of us would agree he played well when shifting to left guard. He was a player who contributed to the 190 rushing yards per game with Jackson, Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the offensive line failed on their greatest stage. Anthony Lynn, the Chargers head coach, found a weakness along the line and exploited it perfectly as Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram feasted on Jackson.


The star performer on defense was LB Patrick Onwuasor with a team-leading 92.4 game grade. He recorded one sack, hit and hurry, and in coverage allowed two catches for 12 yards.

At this point, I’m not sure what kind of tender they will attach to Peanut. He’s gone from UDFA linebacker who played far too rough in camp to star performer on defense. Business as usual for the Ravens, turning an undrafted linebacker into a starting-caliber defenseman.

In what could have been his last game as a Raven, safety Eric Weddle recorded a 83.3 overall grade. He ranked second among all safeties in run stop percentage (13.8%) on Wild Card weekend, and his six total defensive stops was his highest single-game number since Week 3 of the 2014 season.

A lot of ups and downs in Weddle’s career in Baltimore, but if this is truly the end, Eric left on a high note. He flew in early and often to pressure pass-catchers and ball carriers. As he stated, if the Ravens don’t re-sign him, he’s retiring from football. This will be something to watch as he sounds like he loves the game but doesn’t want to uproot himself and his family anymore.