Lamar Jackson and his Baltimore Ravens finally defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. In one wild match last night, the former MVP led the hosts to a 36-35 victory.
Baltimore was down 11 points before the final period, looking helpless against the former champions. Then came Jackson, who had two TDs in the ultimate 15 minutes, one of them acrobatic for a one-yard TD. That gave him the first win when losing 11 points entering the fourth quarter in seven matches.
All in all, it was a spectacular night for the Ravens and the young QB. He did admit that it feels good to beat the Chiefs, but that one win won’t mean anything unless they continue playing in the same manner.
“It feels good to get that monkey off of our back,” he said, but added, “We didn’t win the Super Bowl yet; it’s just one game. We’ve got to just keep staying focused.”
Jackson’s heroic performance also saw a two-yard run 65 seconds before the end. The Ravens were up 36-35, but fourth-and-1 at 43 yards away from their end zone. Without any doubt, No.8 decided to go for the fourth down after head coach Jim Harbaugh’s question.
Harbaugh was yelling near the sidelines, asking Jackson does he wants to take another snap.
“Hell, yeah!” came the answer from the field.
Jackson was 18-for-26 for 239 yards, one TD pass, and two picks. However, he ran 16 times, posting 107 yards for two TDs. It was one of his best performances ever, and a big boost of morale ahead of the remaining part of the campaign. Beating the Chiefs against whom the Ravens didn’t have success even with all the players involved is extremely important for the injury-massacred Baltimore.
It is enough to say that both of their starting running backs, JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, are out, and when we add that LT Ronnie Stanley, one of the best in the league, is injured, the same as the WR Rashod Bateman, you might get a clear picture about the Ravens’ problems.
Latavious Murray and Devonta Freeman combined for 64 rushing yards which was solid, having in mind that they only recently were implemented in the Ravens’ playbook. Tyson Williams was excellent with 13 snaps and 77 yards, and we can expect to see the Baltimore covering up Dobbins and Edwards’ injuries.
After falling down to the Las Vegas Raiders in the first match of the year (which was, by the way, one of the most exciting in the last several years), the luck smiled to the Ravens in this one. That is, Jackson forced it to do that.
“Lamar’s a heck of a football player,” Chiefs DE Frank Clark said. “He does everything that he can. They took it. They came in, beat us in the rushing attack. We missed tackles.”
Up next, the Ravens are heading for Michigan to face the Detroit Lions, who are playing against the Green Bay Packers tonight. The Lions entered a rebuild but are playing without any pressure, which could be dangerous for Jackson and the boys who need this victory.
Right now, all the teams in the AFC North are 1-1, which indicates that the battle for the playoffs will be intense in this division. Steelers lost to Raiders last night, Bengals to Bears, while the Brows bounced back following the opening loss to Chiefs beating the Texans last night, 31-21.
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