The Baltimore Ravens took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in a very convincing matter to keep their playoff hopes alive. Time to hand out some game balls.
Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins:
The key to Baltimore Ravens wins is to run the football. The team did just that against the Jacksonville Jaguars and to the surprise of no Baltimore won the game handedly. It all starts with the play of the dynamic duo of Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.
These two have play styles that compliment each other terrifically. Where Edwards is a gut-punching power back, Dobbins beats you with his elusiveness and speed. Both happen to be fantastic between-the-tackles runners as well and showed out on Sunday.
On the day, the duo combined for 106-yards on the ground, another 53-yards through the air, and a Dobbins’ touchdown run while averaging a combined 4.6 YPC. They were unstoppable and were the driving force behind an offense that threw up 38 points. The two proved that Baltimore can entrust its run game to them alone and they will be key to a hopeful late-season playoff push.
I may be cheating here by having these two split a game ball, but it was simply too hard to choose between them. Just like the Ravens have done this year, I am giving attention to both of these dudes and rewarding them for their combined efforts.
Shocked to see Lamar Jackson win another game ball? Yeah, me neither.
Jackson is as hot as any other quarterback in the league right now, scoring 10 touchdowns over the last three games, all of which have equated to wins. Jackson threw up four of those against Jacksonville via three through the air and one on the ground.
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After a flat out bad interception to start the game, Jackson settled in and began picking apart the Jaguars defense. Jackson threw those aforementioned three touchdown passes while completing nearly 80% of his throws. Jackson threw some dimes, too, not just easy dump-offs, to include this beautiful 44-yard deep pass to Marquise Brown. “Action” Jackson was simply on one vs. Jacksonville and reminded us all how easily he can take over a game.
It’s boring to have to give Jackson a game ball on a weekly basis, but it’s hard not to when he is continually winning football games. His performance vs. the Jaguars was nearly flawless and is keeping Baltimore in the playoff hunt. So long as he remains under center, the Ravens can win any game. With that said, here is his millionth game ball.
Yannick Ngakoue’s performance against his former team was the breakout performance Ravens Flock has been impatiently waiting for.
Ngakoue had two sacks on the day including this strip-sack of Gardner Minshew. Ngakoue was seemingly in the backfield all day long with another TFL added to his resume. The Jaguars had to respect Ngakoue and even then he still made them pay. Clearly, Ngakoue proved to Jacksonville that it made a mistake trading him regardless of the mutual parting. Ngakoue simply won on the stat sheet and in the win column.
While he’s been a stud since the Baltimore Ravens traded for him, Nagkoue simply hasn’t put up numbers on the box score. That was not the case vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars and for that, he has earned our third and final game ball.