As Lamar Jackson enters the Divisional Round of the postseason, he might have to deal with weather concerns.
Success in the NFL is all about adaptability. For Jackson, he’ll have to adapt to something that’s never played in before: snow.
From South Florida to Louisville, snow comes few and far between. And if the game were played in Baltimore, perhaps the cold air would be the only storyline. Instead, Bills Stadium in Orchard Park is known for its blistering weather and flusters of snow. As of Tuesday, there is a 40 percent chance of snow showers for Saturday night.
Jackson was asked about his experience with snow by reporters on Tuesday. His response might not be what fans want to hear.
“Zero,” Jackson said. “Saturday would be my first time playing football in the snow, if it does. Hopefully, it don’t.”
Could snow be a problem for Jackson and the Ravens offense?
Baltimore’s victory over the Tennessee Titans relied heavily on the run game. The team finished ranked No.1 in rushing during the regular season, averaging 191.9 yards per play. Rookie running back J.K. Dobbins set a new record for first-year runners, tallying 805 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
The team finished with 236 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per run. Jackson led the charge with 138 yards on the afternoon. He finished 17-of-24 for 179 yards passing.
Buffalo’s defensive front has struggled at times stopping the run. Against the Indianapolis Colts, the team allowed Johnathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines to grab 153 yards on the afternoon. If Jackson struggles passing downfield, the team could rely heavily on trusting their legs to carry the way.
Last week, Jackson wore gloves on both hands due to a jammed thumb. However, this time around could be for better grip. Finding ways to win in the NFL are crucial, so the Ravens will need to hope Jackson’s style of play will transition in the winter wonderland.