I am a fucking idiot for not thinking this guy can ball the fuck out.
Week 11 of the 2018 NFL season came and we got our first glimpse of Lamar Jackson as a starting QB. In that game he went 13/19 with 150 yards and an interception. He added 119 yards on the ground and led the Ravens to a 24-21 win over the Bengals. Little did we all know that this was the start of something special.
Over the final 6 weeks of last season the Ravens were on of the hottest teams in football going 5-1 with their only loss coming to the 12-4 Kansas City Chiefs. Amazingly, they won the AFC North by a half game over the Steelers. Of course at this point, the Lamar Jackson hype was real.
I, however, was not sold. His completion percentage was 58.2 which would have been good for 31st out of 34 QBs who qualified. He only threw 6 TDs in the 7 games he started and it seemed like the Ravens were afraid to use him as a QB. He missed some really easy throws in those games, but he was a gamer so the Ravens always found a way to win. That didn’t matter to me though because it seemed like he was missing too many of the tools that make a QB great.
Boy was I fucking wrong! Let’s not act like he is a GREAT passer, because he isn’t. Far from it, but with the way he plays the position, he doesn’t need to be a great passer. He makes easy throws appear. His elusiveness and ability to run opens everything up in the defensive backfield. If he moves out of the pocket the eyes of every DB and LB are on him. While that happens, the receivers are able to find open space making for an easy throw. It seems like every single week he has a spurt of at least 10 straight completed passes. It is fucking insane. He doesn’t make mistakes either. He doesn’t force anything and it seems like the Ravens are scoring on almost every single fucking drive!
This year Jackson is 12th in completion percentage and 3rd in passer rating on NFL’s NextGen Stats. He has been unbelievable and he is one of the favorites to win the MVP this year. At this point last year the Ravens were 6-5 and a spot in the playoffs was looking pretty far away. Since then, they made the 2018 playoffs and are off to a 9-2 start this year and are currently on a 7 game win streak. Over the last 4 weeks they have played 3 playoff teams either in the playoffs or fighting for a playoff spot. (New England, Houston, LA Rams) Their average margin of victory in those games is 30 fucking points!
In those 4 games Jackson has thrown a total of 20 incompletions! Just for comparison, Russell Wilson has thrown 22 incompletions over his last 2 games! Jackson has been insane and there really is no stopping him right now! During that same span Jackson has accounted for 16 total TDs! He almost has as many TDs as he does incompletions over his last 4 games! Just think about that for a second because it is absolutely fucking batshit! Not to mention he hasn’t turned the ball over since week 5.
Now on top of the fact that he has been one of the best passers in the NFL this year, he is currently in the top 10 in the league in rushing yards as well! He is sitting at 876 yards on the ground, good for 9th in the league. Some of the guys he is ahead of on that list:
Saquon Barkley (Even if he played every game and kept the same average)
Those are all starting RBs in this league and you could make a case that most of these guys are stars. Jackson is still higher than them. Not only is he in the top 10 in total yards, but he is number 1 in yards per carry by a fucking longshot! He is averaging over 7 YPC on the season and the guy in 2nd? 5.8 by Devin Singletary.
He is on pace to be the first player to ever average 200 passing YPG and 60 rushing YPG. He is currently averaging over 220 PYPG and 79 RYPG. This guy is a fucking cheat code and I completely whiffed on him all of last year and most of this year. I am ready to eat my words and tell the whole world how fucking stupid I am was. If the Ravens keep this up he should absolutely win the MVP this year and it shouldn’t really be close.
The playoffs are a whole different story, but I am excited as shit for him to show the world what he can do in January!