It has been nothing short of a remarkable season for Lamar Jackson in his second year that has seen them elevated to stardom in the NFL. Jackson has made significant headway in the NFL conversation while the Baltimore Ravens are widely viewed as being the top team in the league as the potential Super Bowl favorite. The former Heisman award winner added to his breakout season on Sunday afternoon by surpassing Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for an impressive feat.
Lamar Jackson’s MVP Campaign
Several questions were facing Jackson heading into his second season, which has far exceeded expectations around him putting up a breakout year.
He has league by storm in his second year behind his stellar play with his arm and legs while continuing to tantalize with his highly entertaining play on a weekly basis. Jackson has put himself in the driver’s seat to win the MVP award while the Ravens are in quite a promising position with the playoffs just around the corner.
Jackson’s career season has featured him breaking numerous all-time NFL records that have only further added to his resume. The latest feat came in Week 14 action in the win over the Buffalo Bills that saw him pass up a two-time league MVP.
Lamar Jackson surpasses Aaron Rodgers
One of the areas that Jackson has experienced marked improvement has been his passing, which has been a massive part of his success in the 2019 campaign.
Jackson is a highly efficient passer who has added another crucial element to his game that has separated him among the top young quarterbacks in the league. He put that on display against the Bills’ stout defense in Week 14 action as he recorded three touchdown passes along with 40 rushing yards, which broke a tie with Aaron Rodgers for his fifth outing with at least three touchdown passes and 30 rushing yards in a single season.
The 22-year-old has notched seven games this season with multiple touchdown passes while he has been a game-changing factor with his legs four games with at least 100 rushing yards. His ability to heavily impact the game in both regards is something that is unmatched by any other quarterback in the league and makes the Ravensa offense almost impossible to game plan against each week.
Beyond that, it also saw the Ravens clinch a playoff spot setting the table for a deep run through the postseason.
Ravens’ playoff trajectory
Jackson has ingrained himself as the driving force for the Ravens’ magical 2019 season, leading them to become the first team in the AFC to clinch a playoff berth.
The Ravens have put together arguably the league’s most balanced offense that is currently on pace to become the first team in NFL history to average north of 200 rushing yards per game. Baltimore is also ranked first with 33.8 points per contest, while their defense has come around to being one of the top units.
All of the checkmarks are there for the Ravens having beat the likes of the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, and Buffalo Bills. They have done that by dictating the flow of the game behind their offense that seemingly no opponent has been able to figure out.
The remaining schedule looks to be highly favorable facing the likes of the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers that should put them on track to secure the top seed in the AFC playoff picture. It should also be an opportunity for Jackson to cement himself as the clear-cut favorite to earn the MVP award.