Game ball number 1: Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson is the MVP. It’s that simple. No player makes the kind of impact that he does on the game. Lamar Jackson was 17-23 for 163 yards and a touchdown as a passer. Jackson added 61 yards and two touchdowns as a runner. That adds up to be 224 yards of total production and three touchdowns. He did this against the defense that had given up the fewest points and the fewest yards per game. He did that against the defending Super Bowl champions, who were 8-0. Jackson made a difference in the game against the Patriots and no other player could have done it the same way.
Jackson started the game off with a touchdown drive in which he completed four out of four passes and gashed the Patriots defense with his running ability. He was an efficient passer and an electrifying runner. Doing this against a Bill Belichick coached team is incredibly impressive. It shows that there isn’t one scheme that can beat Jackson. If there was, Belichick would have figured something out that would work. When the Ravens needed a big play against the Patriots, their quarterback delivered.
Jackson made some of the most exciting plays of one of the most exciting games of the season. This was one of his most impressive games and after this he has nothing more to prove. So many analysts predicted that Jackson would get stopped by the Patriots. Instead, the Ravens won the game and Jackson was indeed the biggest reason why.