In his first full season as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson has continued to set the league ablaze with his play. Jackson has racked up numerous NFL all-time records behind his dual-threat ability with his arm and legs that have thrust him to the forefront in the MVP conversation. During Sunday’s impressive win over the San Francisco 49ers, he added yet another NFL mark to his resume.
Lamar Jackson’s Rise to Stardom
Throughout his short time in the league, Jackson has made a tremendous mark with his play that has helped elevate the Ravens into being considered a Super Bowl contender.
The 22-year-old has put forth tantalizing play with his dual-threat ability that seemingly no team has been able to figure out over the course of the season. He has shown remarkable improvement in his passing in his second campaign while becoming an even more elusive runner in read-option.
All that has fueled the Ravens to become the league’s top-scoring offense along with being well on pace to be the only team to average more than 200 rushing yards per contest. Along the way, Jackson has continued to set NFL records with his legs as he racked up yet another incredible mark in Sunday’s win against the 49ers.
Lamar Jackson adds another NFL rushing record
The Ravens made it clear heading into the 2019 season that there would be no hesitancy in the running game utilizing Jackson’s legs.
That has led to the former Heisman Trophy winner putting up historic numbers with his unique ability as a runner. Jackson added another impressive mark to his resume by becoming the first quarterback to record four 100-rushing yard outings in a single season.
Jackson lit up the 49ers for 101 rushing yards on 16 attempts and a touchdown. He has tallied more than 60 rushing yards all but twice while registering a rushing touchdown six times so far this season. His 977 rushing yards have also moved him past former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass for the second-most in a single season in NFL history.
Jackson also moved to second all-time with five career 100-rushing yard performance that only trails former Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick (eight games). Beyond his remarkable production in the running game, it has pushed the Ravens to the forefront as the clear-cut Super Bowl favorites and him as the frontrunner to win the MVP award.
Lamar Jackson strengthens MVP bid
The Ravens grabbed added another impressive win to their ledger in the 2019 season on Sunday afternoon by grabbing their eighth in a row by edging the 49ers.
It was also more fuel to the fire for Jackson’s MVP resume as he has continued to lead the Ravens to wins over formidable opponents, having now cruised through the entire NFC West division, New England Patriots, and the Houston Texans. He has been the driving force offensively for Baltimore, which has them potentially not only in the position to secure a first-round playoff bye but also the top overall spot in the AFC.
Several other players are making strong cases for the MVP award, such as Russell Wilson, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Rodgers, and Deshaun Watson. But Jackson looks to be in the driver’s seat to earn the award given the significant buzz he has helped create around the Ravens behind their success and his stellar performance.
These last four games of the season present a chance for the Ravens to gain some much-needed separation in the standings in the playoff picture. It may also see Jackson completely shatter Vick’s single-season record while cementing his case to earn the MVP award.