Baltimore Ravens Destroy the Rams, Lamar Jackson Solidifies Case for NFL MVP

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Monday night looked like he was back in college juking and jiving past defenders from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Instead of the ACC during his Heisman Trophy season at Louisville, he did it Monday against last year's NFC champion.

Jackson led the Ravens to a 45-6 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson completed 75 percent of his passes for 169 yards and five touchdowns, and he rushed for 95 yards on eight carries, just missing the goal line for a running score. When asked after the game how he felt of his performance, Jackson simply said he was being himself.

"Just me being me," Jackson told ESPN's Lisa Salters in the post-game interview on the field. "Whatever team I'm on, we're going to compete. That's what we did tonight."

Here are a few milestones accomplished from Jackson on Monday night:

  • The youngest player in NFL history with multiple games with five touchdown passes
  • The first player in Ravens history with four TD passes in consecutive games
  • The first player to toss five touchdowns in a Monday Night Football debut

Though Jackson's stats don't look as gaudy as other quarterbacks for one game—other than the touchdowns—Jackson took control early in the game and helped his team stretch its lead to 28-6 by halftime. After a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give his team a 42-6 lead, Jackson was on the sideline while reserves finished out the game.

Jackson threw a pair of touchdowns—6 and 18 yards—to Marquise Brown in the first quarter to give the Ravens a 14-0 lead at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked two field goals that sandwiched a Mark Ingram touchdown run that led to a 21-6 Ravens lead.

The Ravens got the ball back late in the half and marched down for another scoring pass from Jackson to Willie Snead IV for a big lead.

Jackson connected with Ingram for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Jackson found Snead again for a 7-yard pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 42-6 lead. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker added a field goal to end all scoring.

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Taylor Rapp #24 of the Los Angeles Rams defends Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens as he throws a touchdown pass to Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Baltimore had 480 yards and 31 touchdowns against a defense that has two of the best defenders in the league.

Baltimore (9-2) started the season with a pair of wins before falling to 2-2 with losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns. They have since won seven games, including victories over other MVP candidates.

They beat Russell WIlson and the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle, 30-16. The next week they beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 37-20. After a win over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens beat Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, 41-7. Then they went back to the West Coast for their Rams trounce on Monday.

The road doesn't get easier as the NFC-leading San Francisco 49ers travel to Baltimore this Sunday, and then the Ravens go to face the Buffalo Bills the following week.

The season ends with the New York Jets at home and then AFC North games against the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

But by now, Jackson is among the leaders when it comes to the league's MVP race.