Ravens QB Lamar Jackson sets new QB rushing record in win vs. Raiders
The Baltimore Ravens might have struck gold in this season’s draft when they took former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick. That was seen once again in the Ravens’ 34-17 win over the Raiders.
Jackson became the NFL leader in rushing yards for a quarterback in his first two career starts. He has 190 rushing yards in his first two starts for Baltimore.
Lamar Jackson has 190 rushing yards in his last 2 games, the most through a quarterback's first 2 starts in the Super Bowl Era. pic.twitter.com/KZV59HKSxt
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2018
The Ravens may face a tough decision going forward in terms of deciding on a starting quarterback. While the Ravens will likely stick with Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco when he gets back to full health, it’s worth noting Baltimore has an incredibly capable backup quarterback if needed.
The former Louisville star has seen his game translate well to the professional level, which is very rare for a mobile quarterback like Jackson. Jackson is 2-0 in his two career starts for the Ravens, beating the division rival Cincinnati Bengals last week and dominating the Oakland Raiders in Week 12.
Jackson is a nightmare for opposing defenses because not only can he sling the ball when needed, he can also take off for big gains whenever he needs to. Jackson’s only issue is turnovers. Jackson has three interceptions in his two starts. It hasn’t cost the team yet, but obviously things could be different in closer matchups.
Jackson led the Ravens to a 24-21 victory over the Bengals in which he ran for 117 yards and facilitated the offense well. When the Ravens took on the Raiders, things were a bit easier for the rookie. Baltimore’s defense overwhelmed the struggling Raiders and accounted for a touchdown of their own.
As long as Flacco is out, the Ravens can deploy Jackson with confidence and they expect big things from their speedy quarterback.