NFL analyst explains what Ravens must do to succeed in playoffs

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The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a highly successful regular season performance but have yet to experience a breakthrough in the playoffs. They have posted an 0-2 record in the playoffs in the Lamar Jackson era.

During a recent segment on NFL Network, Bucky Brooks discussed what it would take for the Ravens to take the next step in the playoffs in 2020. He believes Baltimore has changed its offensive strategy to start playoff games going away from what made them successful in the regular season.

Brooks believes the changes in the Ravens’ strategy has resulted in Jackson getting off to slow starts, causing the offense as a whole to underwhelm. He has completed just 51.1 percent of his passes in his playoff career while throwing for as many interceptions as touchdowns.

The Ravens managed to bolster their roster that is already coming off a 14-2 record. While Marshal Yanda announced his retirement, Baltimore added talents including Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, Chuch Clark, Patrick Queen, J.K. Dobbins, and Justin Madubuike in the offseason.

When looking ahead to the potential Super Bowl contenders in 2020, the Ravens are considered just as well-equipped as any team. There will justifiably be some doubt that comes with their journey until they earn an appearance in the AFC Championship Game.

As long as Lamar Jackson plays at an MVP level, the Ravens will be considered contenders. He displayed significant improvement as a passer in 2019 and if he takes another step forward, Baltimore’s offensive attack will be incredibly difficult to slow down.


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