Jackson 5: Ravens Throttle Rams on Lamar's Big Night

Big Bad Morning Show
November 26, 2019 - 12:38 am
Lamar Jackson

USA Today


By Joe Schiller

It's time to stop doubting Lamar Jackson and ask ourselves: Can he be stopped? 

Wade Phillips and the Los Angeles Rams' defense never had an answer. Jackson threw for five touchdowns, rushed for 95 yards as the Ravens improved to 9-2 in a 45-6 win.

The Ravens were as efficient as possible, scoring on all six of their drives with Jackson under center. They opened the game going 55 yards on nine plays as Jackson found Brown on a 6-yard strike to five Baltimore an early 7-0. Jackson and Brown connected twice on Monday, and became just the third pair of teammates in NFL History with multiple multi touchdown games before the age of 23. 

Baltimore totaled 480 yards of offense and a season-high 285 on the ground. Mark Ingram led all rushers with 111 yards and punched in a 1-yard score midway through the second quarter to extend the Ravens' lead 21-3. Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman drew up a gameplan that limited the Rams' biggest defensive stars. Aaron Donald was a non-factor, finishing with just one total tackle. 

The Ravens took a 28-6 lead into halftime after Jackson hit Willie Snead IV for a 7-yard touchdown. From there, the domination continued. 

Jackson's historic day overshadowed a fantastic performance from Wink Martindale and the defense. They allowed just two field goals and kept the Rams' high-profile offense quiet for the better part of two quarters. Jared Goff finished 26-of-37 for 212 passing yards and two interceptions. The Rams ran for just 22 yards, as the front-seven of Brandon Williams, Demata Peko, and Justin Ellis clogged running legs. 

Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith added a pair of interceptions, as the Ravens posed for their team defensive picture late the fourth quarter. 

Ingram and Snead caught second half touchdowns from Jackson, and Tucker added a 34-yard field goal with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 45-6 lead. Like he has over the last few weeks, Jackson watched from the sidelines for most of the fourth quarter as Robert Griffin III and the backups closed the game. 

If there were any negatives from Monday, it was losing center Matt Skura early in the first quarter to a knee injury. The continuity of the offensive line has been crucial through 12 weeks and any loss for an extended period of time would be a major blow. 

It's now seven straight wins for the hottest team in football as the Ravens improve to 9-2 on the season. They'll head back home for a highly-anticipated matchup against the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.