A dozen (or so) tasks the Chiefs must accomplish to knock off the Ravens

The Chiefs are playing in their sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game. If they're going to go back to the Super Bowl, here's what they need to do.

Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15)
Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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8. Force Lamar Jackson to make quick decisions

Lamar Jackson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and should win his second MVP very soon. Despite that, he has had one flaw this season: quick decisions. According to Pro Football Focus ($), Jackson had the fifth longest time to throw out of 28 quarterbacks with at least 350 dropbacks.

When reviewing Jackson's stats before and after 2.5 seconds after the snap, it's clear which side he's better on. 2.5 seconds after the snap is a key benchmark since it's unreasonable to expect the offensive line to hold up forever.

From PFF ($), Jackson has been the best quarterback in the NFL (out of 28) on plays at least 2.5 seconds after the snap. He has the highest overall grade (93.9), passing grade (91.0), rushing grade (91.4), and passer rating (111.7) on plays at least 2.5 seconds after the snap.

Before the 2.5-second mark, things change for Jackson. On such plays, he has the 20th-best grade and 15th-best passer rating. His average depth of target drops from 13.1 to 5.1 yards on passes before 2.5 seconds.

It's abundantly clear that Steve Spagnuolo has to find a way to generate quick pressure in this game. I know every defensive coordinator wants to do that. but it's a necessity in this game. The longer that Lamar Jackson holds the ball, the more likely that a receiver will come open down the field and it's more likely that he'll scramble for a huge gain.

This needs to be a game where Chris Jones, George Karlaftis, and crew beat the Baltimore offensive line and generate pressure immediately. Both in the running and passing game, the defensive line needs to play one of its best games of the season, or else the Chiefs likely aren't going back to the Super Bowl.