Lamar Jackson, MVP candidate

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In trying to figure out the current MVP candidates, the list begins with players like Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Christian McCaffrey. But it hardly ends there.

If the Packers end up with the No. 1 seed in the NFC, Aaron Rodgers deserves some votes, given his role in the shifting of the offense from the McCarthy Era to the Age of LaFleur. Another guy who should be considered is the best of the 2018 first-round quarterbacks so far: Lamar Jackson of the Ravens.

Jackson is on pace to set the single-season quarterback rushing record, even though he hates to run. On Sunday, he became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 250 or more yards and rush for 150 or more in a regular-season game. Currently, he’s eighth in the league in rushing, with 460 yards. (Ezekiel Elliott has 491.)

The Ravens are 4-2, and currently in the conversation for a postseason bye. If they secure the No. 1 or No. 2 seed and if Jackson continues on this pace, he could become the favorite to win the award.

Of course, he’ll have to stay healthy. Given the hits he’s been taking, that could be difficult to do. At some point, something is going to break or sprain or tear.

It will be fun while it lasts, but it may not last. If it does, he may be the 2019 NFL MVP.

31 responses to “Lamar Jackson, MVP candidate

  1. Who has Jackson really beaten? Miami, Arizona, Pitt with a practice squad QB and the Bungles. That is a combined 4-19-1. Only read D he faced he had 3 picks… 2 more in a loss to Cleveland.

  2. if we’re gonna put Rodgers in the MVP list then we need to include Brady also. If Packers were 6-0 with Rodgers current stats, media would be all over him for MVP.

  3. He needs to pass more and continue to get better in that regard. I understand making a play with your feet (for your team) but yes, he will get hurt if he keeps that up and there are some receivers he needs to utilize.

  4. Not sure if you’re watching any Ravens games or not….but on the large majority of his runs, he takes no contact. He runs OB or goes down prior to contact.

  5. Jackson is not the best of the 2018 QBs (even so far). He was lucky to get drafted by an already good team while the other four QBs went to rebuilding and/or bad teams. I would bet there aren’t two GMs in the league who would rather have Jackson than Sam Darnold.

  6. Jackson is on pace to set the single-season quarterback rushing record

    Jackson is on pace to GET INJURED. Defense wins championships – running QB’s get injured. This league will never learn!

  7. Lamar has been good, but needs a couple signature wins to get real MVP consideration. He’s solidly in the second tier based on performance so far.

    He’ll have a chance to improve his resume if he can go into Seattle and come out with a win next weekend.

  8. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:45 pm
    Russell Wilson is the MVP right now. Hands down.
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    It takes a whole season…everybody should pump the brakes until at least game 8 in my opinion.

  9. Russ Wilson and/or DeShaun Watson probable MVP’s right now.

    And I know its based on only one game, but Sam Darnold maybe in the mix. Jets were completely different team last night deconstructing Cowboys than one I saw getting lol’ed by the Browns.

  10. Keep the MVP awards, we’ll keep putting up banners in New England. I can think of 31 cities it must hurt to live in. But, at least you stand a chance of having an MVP.

  11. likuidsmoke says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    if we’re gonna put Rodgers in the MVP list then we need to include Brady also. If Packers were 6-0 with Rodgers current stats, media would be all over him for MVP
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    You obviously haven’t watched one patriots game this year.

  12. Yet another MVP candidate is Kyler Murray. He has quietly brought his team 2 wins and 1 tie and he had 340 yards passing yesterday.

  13. vaphinfan says:
    if we’re gonna put Rodgers in the MVP list then we need to include Brady also. If Packers were 6-0 with Rodgers current stats, media would be all over him for MVP
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    You obviously haven’t watched one patriots game this year.
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    It makes me sick to my stomach to agree with this guy, but he’s got a point. I would hand the Patriots’ Team MVP to Devin McCourty or Jamie Collins before Brady at this point in the season. You could even argue that Brandon Bolden had a better game against the Giants than His Excellency Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. did.

  14. The hate for this man is unreal. Seriously…what’s everyone’s issue with this guy? All he’s done is work his butt off all offseason to come back and do what everyone said he couldn’t. He opens the season with 300+ passing yards and 5 TDs to prove to teams that you can’t just stack the box with Cover 0 and stop him this year. The next game his defense is getting shredded all game by Kyler Murray. 4th Qtr, his team up by 6. It’s 3rd and 11 with less than 3 mins to go in the game. He has the ball on his own 44. They Punt, they likely lose the game. Lamar drops back and throws, not run, throws a 41 yd strike down the sideline to Hollywood to put the game on ice. Skip to Pittsburgh. A game in which his O-line got manhandled all game. A game he threw 3 picks and was sacked 5 times. He still found a way to move his team into field goal range to send it to overtime. Pitt’s D is playing lights out as of late. If Pitt stays in it and keeps playing hard, every young QB not named Mahomes will struggle with this D guaranteed. Rivers was getting obliterated/shut out until the 4th Qtr.

    Lamar’s leading the number one Offense in the NFL. His Defense has been decimated with injuries and has struggled stopping any offense. I would say yes, he’s at least in the conversation of MVP. I don’t want to hear about who he’s played. So far, not a single QB has put up the numbers against Miami Lamar did. Brady, Rivers, and Dak had their chance. The young man’s a baller and deserves all the accolades he’s getting. Will he struggle in games to come against San Fran, the Rams, Buffalo, NE, etc? Most likely, he’s just 22 years old. But so would Darnold, Allen, Mayfield, and most other QBs in this league against the top Defenses. Allen was 13 for 28 for 153 yds 0 TDs 3 INTs against the Pats. Mayfield had a QBR of 1.4 against San Fran. Darnold gets his chance against NE this week. Lamar’s the only QB I know that has to prove he’s Tom Brady in year one. He hasn’t even played in 16 games yet.

  15. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Similar script to Mahomes last year. Drafted to sit behind a QB in year 1. Starts year 2 on fire.
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    But Lamar started like 6 games last season. And he started off hot, not on fire. What Mahomes was doing was way different.

  16. vaphinfan says:
    October 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    likuidsmoke says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    if we’re gonna put Rodgers in the MVP list then we need to include Brady also. If Packers were 6-0 with Rodgers current stats, media would be all over him for MVP
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    You obviously haven’t watched one patriots game this year.
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    I’ve watched all 6 so far actually. Yes that D is playing amazing, but Brady is still holding up that offense. Until last game, the running game was non-existent, what started out as an all star WR cast ended up with half of them gone/injured. And it’s not like Rodgers doesn’t have a top defense this year also, no excuses for him now.

    Brady has played great, but Pats are blowing out teams most games so you sometimes see the offense playing it safe or not looking sharp, just trying to get the win and move onto next week healthy. I’m not saying Brady is the MVP favorite so far or anything, but why is Rodgers on this list and not Brady, comparing their stats Brady has better comp %, yards, TDs, everything, and his team is undefeated as of now.

  17. I put my money on Wilson, of course. But I could never understand the “draft expert” snootiness for Lamar Jackson. He’s as exciting in both the running and passing games as Randall Cunningham a few years back, and the defense for the team I cheer for has its work cut out next Sunday.

  18. I’ve said it before and will say it again. People who claim he isn’t any good because they couldn’t beat KC or the Browns must not realize Lamar doesn’t play defense. The offense did what it had to do in those games. The defense unfortunately did not.

    This offense is fun to watch. I cringe when the defense comes on the field (complete opposite of the last decade). With a tough stretch coming up the defense needs to find it legs if they want to make the post-season.

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