Ravens: Lamar Jackson solidifies MVP case with historic OT victory

Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens never say quit. Even when it looks like they’re down and out, Lamar Jackson will carry them out of the depths of despair to victory.

It’s what he’s been doing all season, and it was no more evident than with his performance in the team’s come-from-behind 31-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.

Jackson finished an unbelievable 37-of-43 for 442 yards and four touchdowns while also adding 62 yards on the ground. And the term “unbelievable” isn’t used lightly there.

Jackson is the first player in NFL history to throw for 400+ yards in a game and finish with a completion percentage of 85 percent or higher.

He’s the first player in NFL history to throw for 400 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions while rushing for 50 or more yards.

He recorded the highest completion percentage (86%) of any quarterback to throw for more than 40 yards in a game in NFL history.

Lamar Jackson makes NFL history every time he steps on the field. And right now, there is no player more deserving of the MVP award than him.

Lamar Jackson put the Ravens on his back in Week 5

The Ravens offense struggled for most of the game scoring just nine points through three quarters. But then Jackson took over. It was like he was in a trance.

Completion after completion he meticulously picked apart the Colts’ defense. He won that game almost completely by himself.

This version of Jackson is better than the version of Jackson that won the MVP in 2019. He’s a much more dynamic passer and has taken the Ravens offense to a level they haven’t seen before with him under center.

Jackson has the ability to take over games that very few players to ever play the sport have matched. We saw that here on Monday night in what was the finest performance of his young career.

In a night where the Ravens defense folded and the running game failed to do much of anything (once again), Jackson stepped up and quite literally carried his team to victory.

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That’s what an MVP does. That’s what the face of an organization does.

That’s what Lamar Jackson does.