By Nathan Beaucage
After handily carving up the Los Angeles Rams’ backup defenders in a dominant drive that was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass to fullback Patrick Ricard, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco left the game and handed over the reins of the offense to rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson early in the first quarter.
Jackson comes into the game looking to build on the pedestrian performance he put up in his NFL debut in last week’s Hall of Fame Game.
Facing the Chicago Bears and leading the Baltimore offense for the entirety of the second half, Jackson threw four of 10 passes for 33 yards and ran for 28 yards on five attempts — he is officially listed as having eight rushing attempts due to three kneel-downs in the closing minutes of the game. Though he flashed his dynamic ability at times and tossed his first NFL touchdown, his debut was marred by an interception on a boneheaded throw and a general inability to get the ball down the field through the air.
It should be noted that Jackson will enter the game playing behind the first-team offensive line, a luxury he did not have against the Bears, who notched eight sacks on the night against the Ravens’ backup...