Lamar Jackson had an incredible campaign in the NFL last season, his first full year as a starter in the league. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw 36 touchdown passes and set a record for the most rushing yards by a QB in a season with 1,206 yards.
By the end of the 2019 campaign, Jackson had done more than enough to merit the MVP award for the year he had. Some achievement considering how good the likes of Russell Wilson, Michael Thomas, and Christian McCaffrey all were last season.
The challenge for Jackson now will be to lead his team to the Super Bowl, replicating what the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes did back in February. A great deal of confidence has been shown in him by his franchise and he will be hoping to reward them for that.
Like Jackson, Mahomes also won the regular season MVP in his opening year as a starter in the NFL. Although he did not pick up the individual awards in the 2020/21 campaign, his performances helped the Chiefs win the biggest prize of them all, the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Ravens Amongst Favorites in Super Bowl Betting
Jackson and Mahomes are two of the most exciting QBs the NFL has ever seen. If they are not already, they are the future of the league and could create a rivalry that stretches across the next decade. This is reflected in the current betting markets, as the Baltimore Ravens are +700 at Space Casino to win the Super Bowl next season. They have only the defending champions, the Chiefs, ahead of them in that outright market at +650.
In 2019, Baltimore looked to be on course for their third Super Bowl success. After finishing the regular season with a 14-2 record, they were the number one seeds in the AFC Conference. Unfortunately for fans of the Ravens, they were beaten in the Divisional Round of the playoffs by the Tennessee Titans.
The defeat in that game against the Titans is likely to still be hurting head coach John Harbaugh. His squad produced their worst performance of the season, something which came at the very worst time.
Harbaugh will be hoping his team learns from the experience of their playoff defeat when they return to action in 2020. If they can continue to score as heavily as they did last year, the Ravens should be in strong contention.
Jackson will have the benefit of having running back Mark Ingram Jr behind him again this season. The 30-year-old made the Pro Bowl back in January after arguably the best year of his career. Ravens fans will also be expecting wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to be one of Jackson’s main targets in his second campaign in the league.
Super Bowl LV is scheduled to take place on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. If the Ravens make it there, it will be their first appearance in the game since 2013. They will begin their regular season on September 13 against the Cleveland Browns.