Job Battles: Dixon the Spoiler
Job Battles: Dixon the Spoiler

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Quarterbacks

Lamar Jackson vs. Joe Flacco (hip), BAL

It's tough to tell where this one is headed, because Jackson hasn't played great despite his 3-0 record as starter, and Flacco's blip of practice activity Friday implies that he'll be a good bet to be available for this week's game at Arrowhead.

I don't know whether I consider Jackson or Flacco the better starting option against the Chiefs – I would go with Jackson just because of how I view the long-term lens – but I can understand why coaches might consider Flacco preferable in a tough road spot against the presumed AFC Super Bowl representative. That's particularly true because the Ravens are in realistic wildcard contention at 7-5.

Jackson's profound talent as a runner makes the Ravens offense fundamentally different from the way it looks with Flacco on the field, and that rushing threat widens the gaps to make the running game more effective in general. But Jackson is not as reliable of a passer as Flacco at this point, and the fact that he completed 12-of-21 passes for just 125 yards against the Falcons implies Jackson would struggle to move the offense if the Ravens fall behind as almost certain with a Pat Mahomes matchup.

I tentatively would expect Flacco to get back in the starting lineup this week, with Jackson reduced to his previous role as a gadget player. If they lose, though, they might go right back to Jackson against for a home game against Tampa Bay.

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