Lamar Jackson came out of the tunnel for Monday Night Football to MVP chants. The game wasn’t in Baltimore, it was across the country in Los Angeles.
Sure, poke fun at the nonchalant and frankly non-existent Rams fans, but it’s not too often you see that sort of thing in the NFL.
Jackson had an extremely efficient night against the Rams going 15-for-20 through the air for 169 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 95 yards on the ground. Over the last six games, Jackson has scored 18 touchdowns and thrown zero interceptions.
He’s playing at an elite level and is without question a favorite to win NFL MVP this season, but he’s not worried about that honor, he’s got his sights on a Lombardi.
“It’s OK, but I’m trying to win the Super Bowl and take it one game at a time,” Jackson said according to Pro Football Talk. “I’m not worried about MVP, you know. If it comes, it comes. I’m trying to win the Super Bowl. That’s a team award and that’s what I want. That’s the goal and I’m chasing that right now. We got the 49ers right now, well next week and that’s what I’m focused on.”
It’s a humble statement, and the politically correct one seeing as how football is, after all, a team sport, but Jackson is on schedule for both of those things at this point of the season.
To keep it simple, the Ravens are 9-2 on the year and have found a different gear over the last month and a half much to the thanks of their second-year quarterback.
Baltimore has already taken care of business on the road in Seattle and beaten the Patriots by 17 points. During their current seven-game winning streak the Ravens have outscored their opponents by a whopping margin of 251-102.
Sure, the Patriots still own the top record in the league, but if you’re honestly sitting there reading this and think New England is simply going to walk through the AFC playoffs this year you may be sorely mistaken when it’s all said and done.
Perhaps the best part of this Ravens team is just how fun they are to watch. This offense is something special with the likes of Jackson and his ability both through the air and on the ground, Mark Ingram out of the backfield and weapons like Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews this group may just win that Super Bowl that Jackson is dreaming about and maybe even help him win that league MVP award on the way.