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LA-MANIA has taken the NFL by storm!

Lamar Jackson had been turning heads with his playmaking ability early in the season, but it wasn’t until Week 7 against the Seahawks where he took his game to another level. It all started with a 4th-and-2 in the second half where John Harbaugh sent out the special teams unit for Justin Tucker to attempt a field goal. Jackson was visibly fired up, tired of settling for three, and when Harbaugh asked him about going for it, Jackson emphatically argued that he would like to.

Harbaugh obliged and Jackson ran it in for a touchdown.

 

It was in that moment his confidence grew and a super star was born.

Fast forward to Week 9 against the undefeated Patriots. Bill Belichick was bound to be the coach who figured out how to stop Jackson – or so they told us. Even wagers at poker deposit pulsa suggested as much.

It never happened.

Lamar imposed his will on the Patriots and showed why he is such a great leader. He puts it all on the line because of his desire to win and at one point was helping his linemen up after a play. Who is this kid?

 

Week 10 arrived and the Ravens went on the road against the winless Bengals. Some people were talking about it as a trap game but I didn’t see it that way after getting to know what type of person and player Jackson was. I felt like he was going to dominate an inferior opponent because he is “in the zone.”

The Ravens did just that. This week Jackson cemented himself as a legitimate MVP candidate. He had a perfect passer rating for the second time this season and had one of the most amazing runs ever by a quarterback.

He’s no longer taking the low-hanging fruit; he’s playing like one of the best players in the league. 

 

So what’s next? W

ell, the Texans and Deshuan Watson are coming to the Bank on Sunday trying to end the Ravens’ winning streak and quiet the buzz around Baltimore.

How will Jackson fair against the Texans defense? Well, on paper the Texans have a good run defense and poor pass defense, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. In theory Jackson should throw it all over the Texans, but they’ve only had teams rush 183 times against them this season. That would put into context the low yardage and touchdown rate in their opponents’ run production.

I expect the Ravens to run – and run a lot. Despite the low number of attempts, teams are averaging 4.1 yards per carry against Houston. The Texans defense also ranks 30th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage which doesn’t bode well for the Wolf Pack, who’ve spent more time on the sidelines than in recent years. I think the Ravens come out on top in a close one.

Jackson has been unstoppable and until a team shows they can slow down this offense I think they have a good shot to win every week. This is an offensive system in its first year, with young players growing along the way. Enjoy the ride fans!

This is my QB…

LA-MANIA is here.

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Michael Hickey

About Michael Hickey

Born and raised in Maryland, Mike immediately became a Ravens fan when it was announced they were coming to Baltimore. Look for him to keep you up to date with excitement and concerns surrounding the team all year round. Warning: His glass can go from half full to half empty at any given moment. More from Michael Hickey
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