The Week 2 matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens had a ton of impressive performances. The Dolphins came from behind, winning the game 42-38, after trailing by three touchdowns heading into the fourth quarter.
While a lot of praise has been given to Tua Tagovailoa, and rightfully so, his counterpart at the quarterback position had a very good game as well. Lamar Jackson had arguably the best game of his career as well.
Jackson did everything he could to get the Ravens a victory, as their defense crumbled in the fourth quarter. An overturned touchdown of his on third down that resulted in a fumble on fourth down certainly hurt, but that should not diminish the overall performance that he had.
The former MVP had a dominant performance, completing 21-of-29 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game with a QBR of 86 and a quarterback rating of 142.6. A large chunk of that came against the blitz.
Miami had no answer for Jackson, who stepped his game up in the face of pressure. According to PFF, he completed 13-of-16 pass attempts against the blitz for 213 yards and two touchdowns. That resulted in a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
When the passing offense is rolling to that degree, Baltimore is going to be very difficult to beat because that isn’t even their strength. Their bread and butter is the running game, which was on the point courtesy of Jackson as well.
Jackson had nine carries in the game and turned it into an impressive 119 yards, adding another score. The touchdown came on a 79-yard burst where he broke through the trench and was off to the races with no one able to catch him.
While the loss was certainly a disappointing one, the Ravens have to be happy with the progression that Jackson is making as a passer. Once they get healthy in the running back room, this offense has a chance to be among the best in the NFL with Jackson leading it. With each performance like this, he is adding a couple hundred thousand more dollars to his contract demands.
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