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Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens preview podcast: Can Lamar Jackson be stopped?

We ask a Ravens writer if there’s anything teams can do to at least slow Lamar Jackson.

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The Baltimore Ravens rushing attack is one of the more fascinating units in the NFL to watch. For 41 straight regular season games, the Ravens have rushed for at least 100 rushing yards, and in 21 of those 41 games, they’ve eclipsed 200 yards.

At the forefront of their rushing attack is quarterback Lamar Jackson, perhaps the most difficult running quarterback to contain since Michael Vick. For his career, he is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Since 2018, only five players have more rushing yards than Jackson and none have averaged more per carry.

If you thought Year 4 would be the year that the NFL “figured out” Lamar Jackson, think again. Jackson is already fourth in the NFL in rushing yards, averaging 96.5 yards per game and 6.9 per carry.

But there has to be a way to slow him down, right? RIGHT?

On this week’s episode of First Byte—our Detroit Lions preview podcast—we chatted with Kyle Barber, writer at both Baltimore Beatdown and, about how to slow Jackson, what’s wrong with the Ravens’ defense, and where the Lions may have a big advantage in this week’s matchup.

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