Lamar Jackson Close to Etching His Name in NFL Record Books Once Again

Published 01/02/2021, 2:23 PM EST
Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was unstoppable in 2019. The 23-year old threw for 3,000+ yards and rushed for 1,206 more as the Ravens made their way to the post-season. His tally for 1,206 is the highest in the NFL ahead of former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick. His performances were so good, the Florida-born youngster became the second player after Tom Brady to win the NFL MVP by unanimous vote.

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However, the dual-threat Ravens superstar has failed to live up to his own standards. The reigning NFL MVP has rushed for 908 yards already from 14 appearances this season. He can set another record in the next game itself if he rushes for another 92 yards.

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Can Lamar Jackson redeem his season in the coming weeks?

Maybe Jackson did himself no favours by setting the bar so high in 2019. By his own standards, it will be safe to say that the well-mannered starlet is having an underwhelming season thus far. But all that can change in the next couple of weeks.

Coach John Harbaugh’s team are yet to seal a playoff spot this season. But Jackson can etch his name in NFL record books if he rushes for 92 yards in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson is in line to become the first quarterback in league history to rush for 1,000+ yards for two consecutive seasons.

Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) walks into the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

“Being honest, I just want to win Sunday and come out of the game healthy. It doesn’t really matter about any records being broken, or anything like that. I just want to win to get in the playoffs,” Jackson said via USA TODAY.

The former Lousiville college football star is often compared to Vick for their similar style of play. But it is clear that Jackson is way ahead of his predecessor at the age of 123. As a dual-threat QB, Vick’s career-high was 123 carries in a season, while Jackson has crossed that milestone in all three seasons since joining the Ravens in 2018.

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But one area where Lamar Jackson has faltered is the NFL post-season. He can change all that in 2021 as the Ravens set their sights on the Super Bowl trophy. They need a win on Sunday to ensure they make the knockout stage

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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