Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson puts on show as Jets can…

4 min read
Ravens' Lamar Jackson puts on show as Jets can...


BALTIMORE — You don’t catch an Indy 500 race car with a tractor, or an army of tractors. Lamar Jackson, who had five TD passes and 86 rushing yards Thursday night, was playing at one speed, warp speed, and the Jets’ defenders seemed to be wearing 10-pound weights on their feet while running in quicksand.

That’s when the Ravens quarterback wasn’t making a mockery yet again of anyone who thought he might want to convert to wide receiver despite a right arm that grows more golden by the week.

It was 13-0 after the Ravens’ first two series, 21-7 after their first three series, and over and out by the third quarter and 42-21 at the end.

In other words, with apologies to Le’Veon Bell, the Jets were BOWLED OVER.

By a magical quarterback and his big, bad bully friends.

“Guys are open,” Jackson said. “Guys doing whatever it takes to get open. My job is to deliver the baby and that’s what I’m going to do.”

The crowd began chanting “MVP” on Jackson’s first possession and they will be chanting it through the rest of December and into the playoffs.

Now you see him, now you don’t.

The Ravens' Lamar Jackson
The Ravens’ Lamar JacksonGetty Images

See Lamar Jackson explode around left end for 20 yards. See Lamar Jackson cock his arm, detect an opening up the middle and Usain Bolt his way left and out of bounds for 25 yards. See Lamar Jackson flick his wrist and get a 43-yard pass interference penalty on a bomb to Hollywood Brown in the end zone against Neville Hewitt.

“That guy is a freak of nature, one of a kind,” James Burgess said.

See Lamar Jackson zig, and see the Jets zag. And see the Jets sag.

See Lamar Jackson sign his jersey for victimized Jets on the field when it was over.

They spied him, cage-rushed him to keep him in the pocket, and still could not set the edge. Jackson ran the read option as if he invented it.

“It ain’t anybody like him, man,” Bless Austin said. “You don’t got QBs walking around running 4.3s and able to orchestrate an offense like that.”

See Lamar Jackson hit Brown with a 24-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone.

“A lot of people don’t give him credit, they say he can’t throw this and that and the third but he’s very efficient,” Austin said. “He don’t put the ball in bad places, he don’t make bad decisions.”

See Lamar Jackson go for it fourth-and-1 at his 29 late in the third quarter — cue the Rodney Dangerfield sound track — and find tight end Mark Andrews for 36 yards with a mere flick of that wrist after Marcus Maye had fallen down.

“We should have been more disciplined and played a little more detailed, but he’s the real deal,” Jordan Jenkins said.

See Lamar Jackson drop a dime into the arms of Seth Roberts for a 33-yard TD, his 32nd, also against Maye.

“MVP, MVP, MVP,” they chanted.

“Dynamic player, really dynamic player,” Tarell Basham said. “He runs the read probably better than anybody I may have seen.”

There is no margin for error when you play against Lamar Jackson, and Sam Darnold didn’t show up as David Cone, and therefore couldn’t keep up.

It was Ravens 21, Jets 7 when Tyus Bowser blew past Trevon Wesco and strip-sacked Darnold, and Jackson’s 31st TD pass to Brown two plays later was the dagger.

“MVP, MVP, MVP,” they chanted.

Darnold was fighting an uphill battle every step of the way.

Jets coach Adam Gase was actually feeding Bell for a change, but the Ravens would not let him be a factor in the passing game.

Darnold faced fourth-and-1 at the 7, and Gase was going for it, as well he should have. And Darnold, with a Raven in his face, was forced to try a rainbow to Robby Anderson in the end zone against Jimmy Smith that fell incomplete.

Darnold got his next chance to dig out of his hole at the Baltimore 41, 1:03 before intermission. He threw for tight end Daniel Brown, who wasn’t even looking as Chuck Clark made the interception behind him.

Jackson ran for 27 yards on his first possession and became the single-season quarterback rushing leader with 1,044 yards, 5 more yards than Michael Vick’s total in 2006.

“A guy like that is hard to prepare [for],” Burgess said. “He showed why he’s the MVP.”


https://nypost.com/2019/12/13/ravens-lamar-jackson-puts-on-show-as-jets-can-merely-watch/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial