Lamar Jackson stars as Ravens crush Rams
Lamar Jackson was at the heart of everything good for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, throwing for five touchdowns as his team sent a sorry Los Angeles Rams side packing with some incredible passes and drives.
The 45-6 scoreline showed just how dominant the Ravens were on Monday, with the Rams barely being able to get a look-in despite their best efforts.
In underlining just how much Jackson strives for perfection, he displayed his disappointment when he went on a great 35-yard run late in the first half, splitting the defence and having a clear shot at the end zone when he tripped not far away from the line.
He voiced his displeasure and slapped his own helmet in anger, but in all other worlds, this was a good play.
Such demonstrations indicate why Jackson is being discussed as a player with serious MVP potential, and if he carries on trying to lift his game like this, then Baltimore only stand to benefit.
The Ravens have now won five in a row, and look pretty at 9-2 up as they hope to do their best to take top seed in their division.
They know that they have a lot to do to keep track with the New England Patriots, who are still one of the best in the division.
Now, they also have the head-to-head advantage against the Pats, and one more loss for New England could change everything in the next few weeks.
Jackson starred with five touchdown passes as he ran 95 yards, matching his career-high for touchdown returns.
Mark Ingram was also in fine form, running for 111 yards, catching a scoring pass and also a touchdown, while the Ravens underlined their playoff credentials by scoring six touchdowns on their first six drives.
This is a feat that has only happened four times so far this century.
This posed a huge problem for the Rams, who have otherwise been so solid in defence up to this point.
The Rams may be 6-5 for the season, but they do not tend to get embarrassed like this.
They were on Monday night, however, with Aaron Donald, one of their best defensive assets, being constantly overwhelmed.
Jackson said that “we’re clicking on all cylinders right now” and that they’re “trying to win the Super Bowl”
With Jackson’s accuracy with his hands and also his feet when he chose to push up the pitch, the Ravens have a quarterback who could take them all the way to the final.
Words: Luke Donovan