Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson balled out in a blowout win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Jackson raised eyebrows everywhere when he went for 324 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Sending all his fantasy owners into a frenzy.
“Not bad for a running back”
Jackson was one of our preseason winners and it seems he has carried this form into the regular season. ‘Not bad for a running back’ said Lamar Jackson post game. We agree, not bad at all Lamar, not bad.
Jackson’s composed performance has seen him be crowned AFC Offensive Player of the Week. He has also won the Ninety-Nine Yards award for Air Player of the Week with almost 70% of the vote in a poll voted on by you.
This has happened during a week that has seen Jackson emerge as an early MVP candidate, with bookies slashing his odds down to 18-1.
Full Disclaimer. This was against a frighteningly appalling Dolphins team who seem to be in full tanking mode. Jackson isn’t going to be in this type of form all season, however, he was absolutely superb on Sunday.
Jackson’s expertise is often seen as being is agile run game. He led all quarterbacks in rushing yards last year and Jackson’s dynamic play saw him lead the ravens to the playoffs.
Answering the Critics
There was still some scrutiny going into the Miami game whether Lamar Jackson was capable of being a pocket QB. Is there a better way of answering your critics than posting a perfect passer rating?
Jackson has become the youngest ever player to post a perfect passer rating of 158.3. These stats are made even more impressive by the fact he did it in only 3 quarters. With the game won, head coach John Harbaugh brought in backup Robert Griffin III.
The emergence of Lamar Jackson’s link up play with Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown raised eyebrows across the league. The rookie wideout went for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns off just 4 receptions.
This Ravens offense is explosive and you can expect to see them on highlight reels for the rest of the season. The passing game has tempo, agility and acceleration and the run game has tenacity, toughness and fortitude. This potentially deadly combination is now adding balance and options to an already explosive attack.
Next up for the Ravens are the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank stadium. All eyes will be back on Lamar Jackson to see if he can repeat his stellar performance.
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