19-of-27. 167 yards. Two interceptions against one touchdown. Passer rating of 68.0
Those numbers symbolized Jackson’s lackluster (by his recent standards) performance against the Los Angeles Chargers, but a strong Ravens defense and a humming backfield helped Baltimore claim a 34-6 blowout victory.
But Sunday’s game also marked Jackson’s 35th career win, passing Dan Marino for the most wins by a quarterback before turning 25.
Jackson, whose current record as a starter is 35-8, won’t turn 25 until January 7, giving him practically the rest of the regular season to tally more wins (up to 10 more).
What were Jackson’s thoughts on breaking the Hall of Famer’s record? Humble, as always.
"“It’s pretty cool. I don’t know what to say after that. It’s cool…We’re on the road to something else. If it happens, it happens. But we want something else.”"
You can assume the “something else” is the Super Bowl, and given Baltimore’s fiery hot five-game winning streak, Jackson only has one thing on his mind. Winning.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson makes history in Week 6 win vs. Chargers
As many know, Jackson’s record comes just a week after he became the first player in NFL history to record 400 passing yards, four touchdown passes, no interceptions, and 50 rushing yards against the Indianapolis Colts.
He broke even more records in that game, but that’s the one we like to bring up in casual conversation.
Jackson was no Superman against Los Angeles, though. He’ll be hitting himself on the head for a particularly ugly interception he threw right into the arms of a Chargers linebacker, but the 2019 league MVP reacted in the best way possible: brushing it off and securing the win.
While Jackson’s passing yards left fans and fantasy managers equally disappointed, he carried the ball eight times for 51 rushing yards, yet again showing his dual-threat ability to tuck and run.
The next weeks of Baltimore’s schedule should breed cautious optimism for Jackson and his ability to keep winning with this Ravens team. The Ravens will play Cincinnati and Minnesota at home, rest for a BYE, then face Miami and Chicago on the road.
Baltimore soundly beat the Chargers this week, but then again they had that frightful scare against Detroit so there’s no telling how long the team can keep this winning streak going.
The Ravens have won 81 percent of their games with Lamar Jackson as their starter, so the No. 1 rule of any game plan John Harbaugh draws up will be to keep Jackson in the game. It’s just a no-brainer.