After a slow start, including a lost fumble in the 1st half, Jackson put on an absolute firework show from halftime through the final whistle. If he wasn’t before, he has put himself near the top of the MVP conversation again based on his incredible play this year. The guy threw for over 300 yards and 4 TDs in the 2nd half and OT alone. The Ravens were down by 19 late in the 3rd quarter and then the Jackson, Brown, and Andrews’ show began. Jackson was accurate throughout the night, completing 12 passes in a row at one point. He finished the night going 37/43 for 442 yards (Ravens franchise record) and 4 TDs. Jackson added 62 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Jackson will have a tougher matchup this week against a solid Chargers defense. However, the Chargers defense has given up 7 passing TDs over their last three games. This shouldn’t scare you off Jackson though. With his rushing ability combined with throwing for over 750 yards and 5 passing TDs over the last two weeks, he remains an elite option. We have Jackson ranked at QB3 this week against Los Angeles. The next three games on the Ravens schedule include LAC, CIN, and their bye week.
Despite leading for the majority of the game, Jackson produced the most passing yards and most attempts of this season. He completed 22 of 37 for 316 yards and a TD. Last year Jackson eclipsed 30 attempts just twice and never threw for 300+ yards.
Jackson added 7 rushes for just 28 yards. This was his lowest yardage total on the ground this season. He's ran it 7 times in each of the last 2 games after rushing 10+ times in Weeks 1 and 2.
Going forward, Jackson has the potential to have his best passing season as a pro. He has a strong group of pass catchers that will improve when Rashod Bateman returns combined with the weakest RB group. If he continues to throw 30+ times, he can produce his most volume as a passer. Now, if that production comes at the detriment of his rush yards it could be a frustrating one from a fantasy perspective.
Jackson was facing a terrible Lions defense that was unable to cover players in the middle of the field, allowing both Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown to have plenty of open space to roam. However, Brown dropped 2 long passes, 1 of which would’ve been a TD, and he couldn’t hang onto a short TD pass that was slightly tipped by a defender. He also had a chance to connect on a TD to Sammy Watkins, but the WR failed to extend for the ball. Those miscues kept Jackson from throwing for well over 300 yards and up to 4 TD passes.
Although he’s thrown just a single TD pass in each game, his yardage has increased each week. Jackson could get Rashod Bateman back from the IR soon, potentially giving him another weapon in the passing attack. Ultimately, if he can ramp up his fantasy scoring in the passing game, that’s what can move Jackson from a great fantasy option into an elite one. He’s averaging 83 yards per game on the ground with a pair of rushing scores, and he’s always a high-floor option regardless of opponent.
Another MVP-level performance for Lamar Jackson. He had a rough start to the game Sunday night against the Chiefs, throwing 2 INTs in the first half (1 for a Chiefs TD).
With Baltimore down 35-24 late in the game, though, Jackson turned into superman and put the Ravens on his back. He made incredible plays with his arm and his legs leading the comeback. Jackson was able to make throws on one leg, from difficult angles, and while suspended in the air. He looked like the player we all remember from his MVP season in the 2nd half.
Jackson finished the night with 239 passing yards, 1 passing TD and 2 INTs. He added 107 rushing yards and 2 rushing scores in the 4th quarter.
Baltimore gets another juicy matchup this week against a Lions defense that was just shredded by the Packers for 4 passing TDs. We have him ranked at QB3 against Detroit this week. The receiving corps will get Rashod Bateman back in a few weeks, further bolstering the options for Jackson through the air. We have him ranked at QB5 the rest of the way.
Week 1 was a good but not great week for Jackson. He threw for 235 yards, a number he only reached in a game 3 times last season. He also led the team in both carries and yards, amassing 86 yards on 12 carries. Unfortunately for Jackson, he only produced 1 TD in this contest and lost 2 fumbles. The Raiders pressure was in his face a ton, and the Ravens O-line will be an area to watch going forward. Still, Jackson's a no-doubt QB1 whenever he takes the field. Next up is an intriguing matchup against Kansas City.