Ravens fall short of NFL history while Lamar Jackson makes his own

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

The Baltimore Ravens entered their Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts looking to make NFL history. But while they ultimately fell short of their goal, their quarterback, Lamar Jackson made some history of their own.

The Ravens had put together a miraculous streak of 43 consecutive games with 100 or more yards rushing dating back to the 2018 season.

They managed to tie the NFL record the week prior in controversial fashion on the final play of their game against the Denver Broncos.

The hope was that they could surpass 100 yards again in Week 5 and leave the 1974-1977 Pittsburgh Steelers behind and stand alone as the only team to accomplish such a feat in 44 consecutive games.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be as the Ravens fell 14 yards short finishing with 86 yards on the ground led by Jackson who had 62 of those 86 yards.

Jackson may not have been able to help his team set that record, but he was able to set a few records of his own en route to a historic, superhuman performance in Week 5.

Lamar Jackson helped the Ravens make a different kind of history on Monday night

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

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

And to cap it all off, Jackson recorded the highest completion percentage of any quarterback to attempt more than 40 passes as he finished with a stellar 86 percent completion rate.

It was a career night for Jackson who had only topped 300 passing yards for the first time in his career a week ago against the Denver Broncos.

Now, he’s thrown for 400 yards with a performance that will go down as one of the best games from any NFL quarterback in recent memory. He was that good.

That said, the Ravens’ struggling running game is an issue moving forward. Latavius Murray rushed for just 17 yards on six carries. Ty’Son Williams carried the ball four times for six yards. Devonta Freeman added a yard on his only carry.

The offensive line’s struggles were evident on Monday and it’s clear that the issues in the running game must be addressed. But for now, the Ravens will relish in this ‘Victory Tuesday.’

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Even when the Ravens couldn’t make NFL history, Lamar Jackson came through and made history of his own. If that’s not a microcosm of the state of this organization then I’m not sure what is.