Lamar Jackson's miraculous performance in the Ravens' 47-42 victory over the Cleveland Browns Monday night had everybody singing his praises, comparing it to what fans were used to seeing from Jackson during the 2019-20 season. However, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky saw something different than season's past. Something better.
"A lot of people today, I've heard them say 'that was vintage, MVP Lamar Jackson' I would disagree, I think it's better," Orlovsky said. "I sat on this show a couple of weeks ago and said 'with where the Ravens are all eyes will be on Jackson because he operated in utopia last year – top five defense, top five offensive line, best run game in football, most dynamic scheme in football.' You don't have that this year.
"Guys dropping the football, offensive line decimated, your defense gave up 42 points, you had to carry your football team and Lamar did that," Orlovsky continued. "I think it's the first time I've ever watched Lamar carry the team. That's when you go to a different air in the NFL."
Jackson completed 11 of his 17 attempts for 163 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 194 yards and two more touchdowns.
What makes this even more impressive is the timing of his clutch performance last night. He missed time dealing with cramps (yes he swears it was cramps), but then returned to the field and immediately threw for a touchdown.