Trevor Lawrence’s Superdome Jinx

For great NFL passers, there is usually one building they struggle with. Whether dealing with a loud crowd, inclement weather, or an inability to win, the greats can struggle. Peyton Manning could never win in Foxborough. Tom Brady struggles in Denver and Miami. Aaron Rodgers has lost multiple playoff games in Glendale, Arizona.

Even rookies share bad experiences from their college days. Before Trevor Lawrence became the No. 1 pick, he starred for three years at Clemson. During that time, Lawrence went 34-2 as a starter. Lawrence’s two losses both have something in common; he lost both games at the Superdome in New Orleans.

In the 2020 CFB National Championship game, Lawrence faced Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers. Depsite Lawrence starting, LSU ended Clemson’s dream of back-to-back national titles in New Orleans with a 42-25 win. There, LSU limited Lawrence to his worst college game of his career. Lawrence went 18-for-37 for 237 yards and no passing touchdowns in college football’s biggest game. The LSU Tigers gave the Clemson star his first college defeat.

To start 2021, Clemson got another showdown in New Orleans. This time, Justin Fields and Ohio State were the opponents. Just like against LSU, Lawrence struggled inside the Superdome. He ended his college career with a Sugar Bowl loss to the Buckeyes. There, Lawrence fumbled three times and threw a costly interception in a 49-28 defeat. In both games, Lawrence rushed in Clemson’s first touchdown – jinxing his team in the process.

On Monday Night Football, Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New Orleans Saints in a preseason clash at the Superdome in New Orleans. While this may only be a preseason game, the NFL world will be watching Lawrence in New Orleans.

For Lawrence, this game may bring back difficult memories, but 2021’s No. 1 pick can show he has matured into the NFL’s next passer. He can also get over past demons from his college days.

Luckily, Lawrence is not in the NFC South playing a yearly game in New Orleans. The Jags are in the AFC South where the Superdome is rarely a site for Jacksonville.

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