Don’t get it twisted. Lamar Jackson is the NFL MVP right now.
Jackson was the star of Monday Night Football, showing the national audience what an MVP looks like. Los Angeles became Lamarville. There was no stopping Jackson, no stopping Baltimore’s offense, and by early in the third quarter there was no doubt Baltimore would win its seventh straight game.
During a 45-6 blowout victory over the Rams, the Ravens scored touchdowns on their first six drives of the game. Jackson finished with another stellar stat line – 15-for-20 for 169 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 139.4. He also rushed for 95 yards on eight carries, and he would have scored on a 29-yard run had he not tripped near the goal line.
According to NFL Research, Jackson is the first player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in his first two seasons.
Jackson, in the three of the past four games, was the better overall QB on the field in head-to-head wins over Wilson’s Seahawks, Tom Brady’s Patriots and Deshaun Watson’s Texans. In the first game, at Seattle, he rushed for 116 yards in a hostile environment. Because of Jackson, the Ravens won those games by a combined 108-43, averaging 36 points per game with an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points. While these stats are nice, Jackson is focused on a Super Bowl berth.
“It’s OK, but I’m trying to win the Super Bowl,” Jackson said of the MVP chants. “I’m not worried about the MVP. If it comes, it comes, I’ll be satisfied. But I’m trying to win the Super Bowl. I’m chasing that.”
Jackson seems to take his game to another level almost every week. People knew Jackson was a gifted runner when he entered the NFL, but his proficiency as a pocket passer is making him almost impossible to contain.
Jackson is trying to become the ninth player to win both the Heisman for the peak of his college career and NFL MVP. Newton was the last to do it in 2015. Jackson would become the third QB to pull off the double, joining Newton and Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.