Lamar Jackson Tops Michael Vick as the Best Single-Season Rushing QB

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December 12, 2019 - 11:27 pm
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Coming into Thursday night, Lamar Jackson needed just 23 yards to break Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback.

It didn't take long. 

With 8:36 left in the first quarter, Jackson rushed for six yards, breaking Vick's long-held record to cement himself even further in the NFL's record books. 

On the heels of another historic night for the second-year quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens rolled the New York Jets en route to their 10th straight win, and clinched the AFC North for the second straight season. 

The Ravens took a 7-0 lead on the their opening drive as Mark Ingram II barreled his way into the left side of the end zone on a six-yard run. After a 49-yard field goal attempt from Sam Ficken was block, Baltimore took a 13-0 lead as Jackson found rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin for a 5-yard touchdown. 

On a night where he rushed for 86 yards, Jackson was even more impressive as a passer. He finished 15-of-23 for 212 yards and five touchdowns. He spread the wealth, throwing touchdowns to five separate receivers on the night. 

At times this game felt close, but the Ravens held a firm grasp. The Jets made it 13-7 early in the second quarter when Sam Darnold found Jamison Crowder for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Jackson added a 1-yard touchdown to Mark Andrews and Ingram's two-point coversion gave the Ravens a 21-7 halftime lead. 

After two stalled drives for the Ravens in the third quarter, the offense found their grove through the air. Jackson connected on touchdown passes to Marquise Brown, Seth Roberts, and Ingram. He was impressive in the pocket throughout the game and showed accuracy on deep corner and post routes to his receivers. It was Jackson's third five-touchdown performance of the season, the most in the NFL. He also tied Vinny Testaverde for a franchise record 33 passing touchdowns, which is sure to be broken with still two games left to play. 

Ingram's touchdown gave the Ravens a 35-7 lead, but if there was any negative takeaway from the win, it was special teams. It was a sloppy effort that featured poor kick coverage, a missed extra point, and a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. As a former special teams coordinator, I expect John Harbaugh won't be happy with the unit's performance watching film this week. 

As the clock ticked to zero seconds, the Ravens celebrated knowing they were division champions, but with a bigger goal in sight. 

With a win next week Baltimore can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC and homefield advantage. The playoffs would run through Baltimore in the AFC, and that's the goal with a Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns on the road looming.

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