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NFL MVP Tracker: After Week 11, should Lamar Jackson be the favorite?

NFL MVP Tracker: After Week 11, should Lamar Jackson be the favorite?

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's 2019 season has gone about as well as anyone could have imagined and then some.

Every week, the 22-year-old finds a new way to dazzle. His Ravens are 8-2 and on a six-game winning streak, with the latest victory a 41-7 thrashing of Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans

With Week 11 in the books, Jackson finds himself the new betting favorite to take home the league's Most Valuable Player award.

But how does Jackson stack up with Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and other potential MVP candidates? Let's take a look.

NBC Sports Washington's MVP Tracker Post Week 11

1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Team Record: 8-2, first in AFC North
Season Stats:  2,258 passing yards, 19 pass TD, 6 INT, 788 rushing yards, 6 rush TD
Week 11 Stats: 17-24, 222 passing yards, 4 pass TD, 0 INT, 86 rushing yards (41-7 W, vs. Houston)

Sunday's victory over Houston was another statement game from Jackson. He continued to show he's dangerous with both his arm and his legs, and the numbers back it up. Even Watson, a borderline MVP candidate in his own right, thinks Jackson should be the league's MVP.

Over the last month, Jackson and the Ravens have beaten Seattle, New England, and Houston. No matter the opponent, the QB has brought his A-game. 

2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Team Record: 8-2, second in NFC West
Season Stats: 2,737 passing yards, 23 pass TD, 2 INT, 256 rushing yards, 3 rush TD
Week 11 Stats: BYE

Wilson has put together his best NFL season to date and had been considered the frontrunner for the NFL MVP for much of the season. He leads the NFL in touchdown passes and QB rating among qualified quarterbacks, playing mistake-free football (hence only two interceptions) the entire season. 

The one thing Jackson has over Wilson is a better performance in the two's head-to-head matchup. Jackson's Ravens went into Seattle and dominated on both sides of the ball, resulting in a 30-16 Baltimore victory. Wilson didn't play poorly, but the Ravens defense held him in check for much of the game, as the Seattle offense was never able to find their rhythm.

The award will likely become a two-man race between Wilson and Jackson as the season winds down.

3. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Team Record: 6-4, first in NFC East
Season Stats: 3,221 passing yards, 21 pass TD, 9 INT, 193 rushing yards, 3 rush TD
Week 11 Stats: 29-46, 444 passing yards, 3 pass TD, 0 INT, 18 rushing yards (35-27 W, vs. Detriot)

In the final year of his rookie contract, Prescott has proved he's worth every penny of the big contract he'll sign this offseason, whether that be with Dallas or someone else. He leads the NFL in passing yards by a significant margin, and only Wilson has more passing touchdowns than him. He's topped 400 passing yards three times in 2019, including his latest performance in a Week 11 victory over Detroit.

The Cowboys offense no longer runs through Ezekiel Elliott. It's Prescott's offense, and the 2019 season has proven that. He's had an incredible season and would likely win this award in many other years, should he keep it up the final six weeks of the season. Prescott currently being ranked third is just a testament of what Wilson and Jackson have done thus far in 2019.

4. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

Team Record: 5-5, second in NFC South
2019 Season Stats: 1,059 rushing yards, 59 receptions, 517 receiving yards, 14 total TDs
Week 11 Stats: 70 rushing yards, 11 receptions, 123 receiving yards (29-3 L, vs. Atlanta)

McCaffrey has had a spectacular season in 2019. He's already eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in just 10 games and on pace for 827 receiving yards and 94 receptions as a running back.

His numbers are mind-boggling but in the pass-happy era of the NFL, it's difficult to see McCaffrey winning the NFL's most prestigious individual honor. No running back has taken home the MVP award since Adrian Peterson in 2012, when he came just eight yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing yards record. Despite McCaffrey's incredible year, the Panthers are a .500 ballclub and on the outside looking in on a playoff spot.

No matter how well McCaffrey plays the rest of the season, he likely won't win the MVP award unless his numbers end up close to Peterson's in 2012 and the Panthers make the playoffs.

5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Team Record: 8-2
Season Stats: 2,718 passing yards, 17 passing TDs, 2 INT, 109 rushing yards, 1 rush TD
Week 11 Stats: BYE

Rodgers has by no means had his best statistical season, but remains in the MVP race regardless. No. 12 has led the Packers to their best start since 2011, despite having a rookie head coach and missing their best wide receiver for four weeks. 

As the Packers keep winning, Rodgers' name will remain in the MVP conversation. But he must go on a six-game statistical tear to end the season in order to climb above the likes of Jackson, Wilson, and Prescott.

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Ravens at Bills Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Ravens at Bills Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Baltimore Ravens (10-2) are heading north to take on the Buffalo Bills (9-3) in a Week 14 AFC Showdown that will likely have the energy of a playoff game.

The Ravens are coming off a buzzer-beater 20-17 win against the San Francisco 49ers that pushed their win streak to a franchise-record eight games. Leading the way for the Ravens is Lamar Jackson, who has cemented his MVP candidacy during a season in which he has taken the league by storm.

The Bills are coming off three wins of their own, most recently a 26-15 stomping of the Dallas Cowboys. Despite the impressive 9-3 record, the Bills' only win against a .500 or better team came on Thanksgiving Day against the then 6-5 Cowboys.

Here's what you should know about the game:

RAVENS at BILLS WEEK 14:

What: Week 14 of the NFL regular season

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills

Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:00 p.m.

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV 

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090, 98Rock and 101.5 FM

Spread: Ravens, -5.5

Over/Under: 43.5

Weather: 44 degrees, mostly cloudy

RAVENS 2019 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sun., 9/8 at Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. (W, 59-10)

Week 2: Sun., 9/15 vs. Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 23-17)

Week 3: Sun., 9/22 at Chiefs. 1:00 p.m. (L, 33-28)

Week 4: Sun., 9/29 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m. (L, 40-25)

Week 5: Sun., 10/6 at Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (W (OT), 26-23)

Week 6: Sun., 10/13 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 23-17)

Week 7: Sun., 10/20 at Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (W, 30-16)

Week 8: BYE week

Week 9: Sun., 11/3 vs. Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (W, 37-20)

Week 10:  Sun., 11/10 at Bengals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 49-13)

Week 11: Sun., 11/17 vs. Texans, 1:00 p.m. (W, 41-7)

Week 12: Mon., 11/25 at Rams, 8:15 p.m. (W, 45-6)

Week 13: Sun., 12/1 vs. 49ers, 1:00 p.m. (W, 20-17)

Week 14: Sun., 12/8 at Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Thu., 12/12 vs. Jets, 8:20 p.m.

Week 16: Sun., 12/22 at Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17: Sun., 12/29 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

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How Ed Reed pulled off one of the best plays that Bill Belichick has ever seen

How Ed Reed pulled off one of the best plays that Bill Belichick has ever seen

Bill Belichick has seen a lot of football. A lot.

The New England Patriots head coach certainly knows what he's talking about and he didn't hold back when talking about Baltimore Ravens legend Ed Reed.

On a segment for NFL 100, Reed and Belichick recalled one of the former safety's interception against Manning, a play that Belichick called "one of the greatest plays I've ever seen."

Just listen to how giddy Belichick got talking about the play. 

Reed said he purposefully misplayed a certain coverage so that when Manning watched the film to prepare for the next game, Reed could fake him out the next time.

Manning became an all-time great because of his cerebral approach to football, so it's no hyperbole to say more men have walked on the moon than have outsmarted Peyton Manning on the gridiron. Reed is one of the few players to do so and became a Hall of Famer for playing that way his whole career.

Reed knew the entire time where the ball was going and made Manning look foolish for making that throw.

That's the stuff of legends.

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