Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Builds Upon His Impressive Record vs. NFC

Lamar Jackson and Geno Smith Post-Game

Getty QBs Lamar Jackson and Geno Smith Embracing After Game

The Baltimore Ravens have a lot to be happy about after the trouncing they gave to the Seattle Seahawks. Their Week 9 victory over the Seahawks came with a lot of smiles and relief.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson might be the happiest of them all after today. Earlier this week, in a practice media session, he was asked about his win-loss record against the NFC. 

Jackson did not want to talk about the fact that he is 17-1 against NFC teams in his career. Jackson said, “We playing football, it’s not about NFC or AFC.”

With this win, Jackson improved to an impressive 18-1 against NFC teams, and according to fan page Ravens Nation LIVE “6-0” against NFC West teams specifically. 

Jackson was asked if he thinks his record against NFC teams is so good because “teams do not get to see him often” which he declined to comment on.

The immediate response to that question is with all the film available you would think teams could adequately prepare. However, it’s one thing to watch Jackson in film it’s another to carry that onto the field.

Jackson is a one-of-a-kind quarterback with a great arm that can make all the throws. If you do by chance stop that, then you have to deal with a 6-2 215-pound, 4.34 40-yard dash (unofficial Louisville time) runner that can break the game open with his legs. 

Ravens Have 2nd Half Scare With Jackson

When you win a game 37-3 there is not much for fans or coaches to worry about. However, everyone was forced to hold their breath in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Jackson appeared to come up limping after being tackled by linebacker Bobby Wagner

The Ravens had the game in hand at this point and ended up sending Tyler Huntley, and the rest of the backups, in for most of the fourth quarter.

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There is some reason to worry as Jackson has missed 10 games over the last two seasons due to injury. Jackson going down would be a major loss to a team that after today definitely has Superbowl aspirations. 

After the game, Jackson told the media, “I feel great.” Coach John Harbaugh responded about the situation saying, “He’s okay. We all wish it wouldn’t have happened that way but he got… it’s not bad, it’s just I never want to see anything like that but he seems like he’s okay.”

Harbaugh turned to Jackson and asked, “Are you okay Lamar?” Jackson responded, “I am okay,” everyone laughed and let out a collective sigh of relief.

Ravens Birthday Boy Odell Beckham Jr. Gets on the Board

There was another positive development out of today’s game. There is a revitalized hope that Odell Beckham Jr. is getting back on track. 

Beckham was the birthday boy, so of course that means he had his best game as a Raven with five catches for 56 yards. More importantly, he caught his first touchdown of the season, although it came from Huntley, not Jackson. 

Beckham has struggled so far this season for the Ravens. It seemed to reach a boiling point with his Week 8 performance against the Arizona Cardinals.

The touchdown seemed to be a huge weight off the shoulders of Beckham. In a post-game interview he said, “For the TD to come on a birthday, I couldn’t ask for a better present.”

He also wrote on X, formerly Twitter, “God got a sense of humor illl tell ya tht…”

It wasn’t just Beckham who was excited. His teammates seemed to be equally excited for him. Jackson was asked about his celebration saying, “You know it’s his birthday today, so I was definitely fired up – I was just pumped up he got his touchdown.”

This team could use an energized Beckham for the stretch run. Hopefully, this is the game that gets him going.

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