In his first full season as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson has continued to take tremendous strides forward with his performance on the field. His stellar play, along with the Ravens’ high level of success, has thrust him into the MVP conversation while possibly gathering plenty of momentum towards being the frontrunner to earn the honor.
Lamar Jackson proving doubters wrong
Before entering the NFL, many had their doubts that Jackson could translate his collegiate success to the next level. There were was even the suggestion that he should switch positions to wide receiver to best utilize his unique skill set.
Instead, Jackson has more than shown through his play that he not only belongs in the NFL as a quarterback but is one of the top players at the position. He has continued to lift the Ravens to greater heights behind his play, using his arm and legs as the centerpiece of the offensive attack.
Jackson has become arguably the most exciting player in the league to watch on a weekly basis behind his dazzling play. All of that has elevated him to the next level, to now being in the thick of the MVP conversation as potentially the leading candidate for the prestigious award.
Lamar Jackson’s MVP case
Through the first 11 weeks of the season, there have been several players making strong surges towards the MVP race.
Jackson is among that standout group that also includes Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers and Christian McCaffrey. The former Heisman winner has continued to rack up impressive performances as the season has worn on as he has passed for 2,360 yards with 19 touchdown passes along with 788 rushing yards with six touchdowns in the first 10 games played.
During the Ravens’ six-game winning streak, he has passed for 1,148 yards with nine touchdowns along with piling up 550 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The 22-year-old has already surpassed Michael Vick for several NFL rushing records for a quarterback while being on pace to set the single-season quarterback rushing mark with 1,261 yards.
Jackson has done it all to prove that he’s the real deal and continues to torch opposing defenses while possibly making the Ravens the team to beat in the AFC. What also further strengthens his MVP case is that he has wins over the likes of Wilson, Watson, and Tom Brady this season. There doesn’t appear to be anything that will slow him down as he’s in the driver’s seat to become the youngest MVP in NFL history.
Ravens’ outlook for rest of 2019 season
The Ravens have become the league’s hottest teams over the last several weeks, having won their last six straight games that have them in position to secure a first-round playoff bye.
Depending on how things unfold for the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, Baltimore could be sitting with a leg up for the first overall spot in the AFC after Week 11. The Ravens still have some formidable opponents left on the schedule in the regular season with the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Given the manner that the Ravens have played with Jackson at the helm, they figure to head into every remaining game as the favorites. They have become a powerhouse in the league with a bright future ahead of them well beyond this season.
Baltimore’s promising young star quarterback has put them in a position to be a serious Super Bowl contender while he may have separated himself as the odds-on favorite to secure the MVP award.