No Need to Worry About NFL MVP Odds: It’s Gonna Be Lamar Jackson
By: Matt Watkins
With the announcement that he’s going to sit out the regular season finale against Pittsburgh, let’s take a moment to hand out the hardware that’s pretty much been determined at this point: Lamar Jackson is your NFL MVP.
For a year that began with discussion centering around Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, and a handful of others, Jackson rose above the rest. His early season numbers were impressive, but people wondered if he could keep it up. Not only did he, Jackson improves in the second half.
The overall stats are somewhat staggering. 66.1 completion percentage. 3,127 yards passing. Leads the NFL with 36 TD. He has an eye-popping TD% of 9.0. In layman’s terms, nine percent of his pass ATTEMPTS are touchdowns. That’s one scoring pass every 11.14 times he throws the ball.
And then there’s the running factor. He’s rushed for 1,206 yards, a record for quarterbacks. He has five games over 100 yards. Seven touchdowns.
Most importantly, the Ravens are 13-2. His play isn’t just stats, he’s helping his team win. Without Jackson, Baltimore is not the top seed
in the AFC, might not have earned a bye, and might have found itself on the road in the divisional round.
There’s a thought process that says that, eventually, there will be a scheme to stop each new thing that comes up in the NFL. They found a way to slow the West Coast offense. The Wildcat. The pistol. Maybe, over time, they’ll figure out a way to stop Lamar Jackson. But it isn’t this year. 2019 belongs to Jackson and the accolades coming his way are all deserved.
NFL MVP ODDS
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