Ravens safety Earl Thomas says Lamar Jackson is separating himself in the MVP race
If there were any doubts about Lamar Jackson’s ability as a quarterback, he easily squashed those as he led the Baltimore Ravens to a very impressive victory over the New England Patriots. In fact, his teammate Earl Thomas thinks that the second-year QB has done enough to make himself stand out in the already-competitive MVP race.
He was direct to the point when ESPN’s Jamison Hensley asked him to rate his quarterback’s performance. The seasoned defensive back didn’t mince his words and went straight for the cold, hard facts.
Ravens safety Earl Thomas on Lamar Jackson: “Lamar played MVP football. He’s separating himself.”
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 4, 2019
Thomas is 30 years old and has played against a lot of quarterbacks since he was a part of the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion Of Boom. For him to say that Jackson is leagues ahead of the rest of the MVP playing field is nothing short of high praise.
And high praise is the minimum any respectable football fan can give Jackson after such a performance. He played as the dual-threat QB that spooked the Patriots. He threw for 163 passing yards and a touchdown, but he also did his damage on the ground as he finished with 61 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Tom Brady himself ceded that the Ravens were just the better team. Per Yahoo! Sports:
“Losses always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself,” Brady said after the game. “We obviously have a lot of work to do. Tonight, obviously wasn’t good enough. When you get beat by 17 points, that’s not what we’re all about. Give the Ravens credit, they played really well. They took advantage of their opportunities and that is what it takes.”
Ravens fans are on cloud nine after taking down the defending champions. They cannot wait to see their man play again and dominate against the Cincinnati Bengals.