The Baltimore Ravens moved closer to entering the postseason as the best team in the NFL on Sunday as they went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-7 on the road to reach an 11-3 record and clinch a postseason berth with three weeks to go.
One of the main reasons for that to happen was, obviously and expectedly, the world-beating performance of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
And of course, it caught the attention of everybody around the globe including the very own man calling the game for NBC in front of millions of people watching at home, Cris Collinsworth, and also from FOX's UNDISPUTED host Skip Bayless.
Lamar finished his SNF outing completing 14 of 24 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown (against one interception), which was not the gaudiest of performances on paper but definitely was one of his greatest games if you were actually watching it unfold.
Jackson dodged defenders, avoided getting sacked, found passing lanes where no one else would have even bothered looking... and added a ridiculous 97 yards on the ground on just 12 carries of the ball. Simply put: Jackson was at his best, full stop.
"The thing that makes it so hard for me with Lamar Jackson," Collinsworth said on Sunday, "I just don't know how you quantify what we've seen out here tonight. They just couldn't find a way to get him down in the biggest moments."
Added Collinsworth: "You are going to be the MVP!"
Lamar, mind you, is not new to the MVP conversation. Hell, he even has one of those little awards in his cabinet already having won the piece of hardware back in 2019, unanimously on top of everything. This year, however, he will need to edge Mr. Irrelevant in the race for the award as most oddsmakers have 49ers QB Brock Purdy as the no. 1 candidate.
Jackson and Purdy will face each other on Christmas Day in what is looking like a very delightful matchup already.
For Skip Bayless of FOX's UNDISPUTED show, Lamar is "UNBELIEVABLE." The comment made all of the sense amid a game dominated by the Ravens from start to finish in which they gave no real option for a comeback to the Jaguars, which just in case, were the leaders of their own division entering Sunday's clash.
Jackson has spent the season beating the same drum: it's about the team, and about winning. He's more mature and above the personal awards and accolades. He's way past that having won pretty much everything he can on an individual level already.
Case in point: the Ravens have clinched the postseason three games before the regular-season curtain drops and all they have left to fight for now is the No. 1 seed and a bye week.
Let's hope voters appreciate what Lamar has done with the Ravens more than what the 49ers are doing for Purdy, because yes, Lamar is leading a franchise while on the other coast, a franchise is helping and boosting Purdy's case.