Lamar Jackson surges past Chargers: Grading his performance

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers meet on the field after a 22-10 Ravens win at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers meet on the field after a 22-10 Ravens win at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens got the all important win against the Chargers. How did Jackson do?

The Baltimore Ravens have a lot to be happy about with Lamar Jackson, who is now 5-1 as a starting quarterback. Jackson had his first game ever in the NFL in which he threw for over 200 yards. The rookie quarterback was 12-22 for 204 yards and a touchdown. Jackson made his normal impact on the ground, with 92 yards.

Jackson showed that his 4-1 record as a starting quarterback was no fluke. The only two AFC teams that had clinched playoff sports before today, were the Chiefs and the Chargers. The Ravens should have beat the Chiefs and they handed the Chargers a whooping. Jackson made an impact as a dual threat quarterback, with neither his arm or his running ability being hindered. Let’s get into the grading his performance.

. LAMAR JACKSON. A. Yes Jackson had a fumble, but he recovered it and he did a lot of good in this game. Jackson looked at one of the best defenses in the NFL and he made plays. He threw a perfect touchdown pass to Mark Andrews for 68 yards. It was a perfect pass, right on the money with touch and it was right when the Ravens needed it the most. Andrews also had a reception on a third down conversion that saw Jackson avoid the Chargers talented pass rushers and step up into the pocket. Early in the game, Jackson connected with Hayden Hurst for an 18 yard gain that got him going. Jackson made good decisions, looked poised and played a fantastic game against a top 10 defense. He took what the Chargers gave him on the ground, but they actually bottled him up well. Other than one big scamper, Jackson didn’t get that much churned out on the ground. If you would have told me that the Ravens would beat the Chargers but Jackson would be held to 32 yards running, I’m not sure I would have believed you. This was Jackson’s most impressive win and his best game throwing the football. He took major strides in this game and his mechanics looked more on point than we’re used to seeing. He was ready to roll on Saturday night and he made the plays needed to win the game..

While Jackson still hasn’t had a monster day passing the football, this was a huge step in the right direction. Jackson impressed against a great opponent and he continued to prove that he has what it takes be special. This was a great performance, one that the statistics only tell you so much about.

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It wasn’t a flawless performance so it wasn’t an A+. If you’re not impressed with Jackson, you aren’t giving him enough credit. He stepped up in a big way and he grabbed his fifth win as a starting quarterback.