Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens has improved as a thrower this season, but he reminded everyone on Sunday that he is still the best running quarterback in NFL history. Jackson set an NFL mark for quarterbacks with his 12th career 100-yard rushing game (including the postseason) in Sunday’s 34-31 overtime triumph over the Minnesota Vikings.
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens sets an NFL record with his 12th career 100-yard rushing game in an overtime triumph
Jackson passed Michael Vick, who had 11 such games in his 13-year NFL career, in his fourth season. Jackson and Vick each had ten 100-yard rushing games during the regular season. When asked about the record after the win, Jackson, as usual, was at a loss for words. “Of course, I admire [Vick’s] abilities. “That’s OK,” Jackson responded as he raised his arms. “I’m at a loss for words.” But that’s very cool. Jackson’s 120 rushing yards in the win equalled for third highest in his career, and a closer look at the data reveals more.
He rushed for 5.7 yards per carry, his sixth game of the season with at least 5 yards per carry. He had 15 rushes of at least 5 yards in a game, the most by any player this season. He also rushed for 92 yards before making first contact (4.4 yards before contact per rush). This season, he has the most rushing yards before first contact of any quarterback with 447. Jackson claimed he fled because he accepted the Minnesota defense’s offer. “All we had to do was do what we had to do to win,” Jackson added. “We’ve basically done a lot of running today. That’s exactly what happened.”
Jackson’s passing performance was hit-or-miss, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran the ball much more consistently, gaining 99 yards in the first three quarters. This was Jackson’s second 100-yard rushing game of the season, and his first since the Chiefs’ Week 2 victory. Jackson had the second-most carries of his career with 21. Since 2019, he hadn’t run over 16 times. Is it possible for Jackson to run too much? Coach John Harbaugh remarked, “I don’t know.” “We came out on top.”
When asked if this level of running can be sustained, Harbaugh replied, “There are no long-term findings on sustainability. That’s completely irrelevant. Would you prefer not lose the game by running 21 times? It’s insane to even consider such a thing.” In the win, Jackson passed John Elway and Donovan McNabb for eighth place on the all-time quarterback rushing chart, keeping the Ravens (6-2) atop the AFC North.
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