NFL DB: "Dangerous" Ravens "Unreal To Watch"

Lamar Jackson may have cemented his case for MVP on Monday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 26, 2019 - 9:32 am
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Lamar Jackson may have cemented his case for NFL MVP on Monday, accounting for five touchdowns in a 45-6 thrashing of the Rams in Los Angeles. 

Jackson finished 15-of-20 for 169 yards and five touchdowns and ran eight times for 95 yards. He was utterly unstoppable, as the Ravens punted just once all night.

Jackson deserves a ton of credit, but so does the team that drafted him.

“I give credit to the Baltimore Ravens as a whole,” former NFL defensive back Will Blackmon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They drafted a guy who was unreal in college, they brought this guy in and they pretty much gave him everything he needed to succeed, to maximize his ability – as opposed to, ‘Okay, we’re going to draft a talented guy and we’re going to cater him to our system.’ That never works. So they went and got a guy and put everything around him so he could showcase his ability. They know how he studies the best, they know how he learns the best, they know the best plays for him – that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

Jackson wasn’t a one-man show Monday, either. As a team, the Ravens rushed 48 times for 285 yards and a touchdown. They dominated time of possession, going 3-for-3 on fourth down and holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. They ran 74 plays to the Rams’ 48 and outgained L.A. 480-221.

“The scariest teams to play against are teams where not just every player, but every single person in that organization has bought into the mission,” Blackmon said. “That is dangerous. They’re having so much fun. It’s crazy.”

The Ravens (9-2) have won seven straight games, including their last three by a combined 135-26 margin.

“In the beginning of the year, it was all offense,” Blackmon said. “The defense was still new, and then the defense starts coming around and meeting up with the offense. And then on top of it, you see genuine love for Coach Harbaugh. It’s just unreal to watch. It’s dangerous.”

The Ravens host the 49ers (10-1) in a possible Super Bowl preview on Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.