BALTIMORE – Lamar Jackson inserted his name into the conversation of the NFL's Most Valuable Player as he catapulted the Ravens into the AFC top seed race.
On Sunday night's 37-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl Patriots champion, Jackson surpassed Tom Brady and the New England defense to a historic start. He ran for two sensors and rushed for another against a defense that allowed four offensive touchdowns in the first eight games.
During the last minutes of the game, the crowd at the M&T Bank stadium is shadowing Jackson with chants of "MVP. "Later, Jackson's teammates sounded the mood.
" He plays MVP football, "says Ravens safety Earl Thomas." He splits. "
Jackson started the season with a long shot for MVP by 50 to 1. He now generates buzz, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 1,800 passing yards and 600 yards rushing in his first eight Super Bowl seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
On Sunday, he combined for 224 yards (163 yards passing and 61 yards rushing) against the only rebound Dr. after the merger in 1970 to lead the NFL in points allowed, departures and sacks in Week 8. "We have a lot of season to play, so worried about the next game. I'm really not interested in that. I appreciate it, but as I said before, I want something better than that. "
Jackson led the Ravens to a 6-2 start, putting Baltimore 1.5 games behind New England AFC No. 1 seed in the middle of the season.
His 3-yard touchdown run – the first points allowed by the Patriots on the opening drive this season – caused the lead to 17-0, When the Patriots reduced the lead to 24-20, Jackson hit a tight end to Nick Boyle for a pass of 5 Jackson then sealed Baltimore's fourth straight win, rushing for a 1:12 3-yard takedown
Jackson finished 17 of 23 for 163 yards and 107.7 minutes. Brady, a three-time NFL MVP, was 30 of 46 for one-touchdown and one-intercept (80.4) yards.
" This is our MVP and this is the league MVP, no doubt about that, "tight end Mark Andrews said of Jackson. "He's a special player. A guy like this, you can't replace him. He's just special."
Jackson, 22, became the youngest quarterback in the Super Bowl era to beat a team that came into the game 8 -0 or better. He is also the youngest quarterback to beat Ben Bellehick's Ben Roethlisberger coach in 2004.
"Everybody sees him. When the ball is in his hands, anything can happen and that's great," he says. by Nick Boyle I said. "It's great for our offense. It's great to build around it. It makes it really fun."