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SEE IT: Lamar Jackson caps terrific 1st half vs. Browns with TD

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Lamar Jackson was a man on a mission in the first half against the Browns on Monday night. 

Jackson, despite a few slips and an eventual change of cleats, was the leading rusher between both teams with 78 first-half rushing yards - 30 yards shy of his season high. Constantly escaping the pressure from Myles Garrett and company, Jackson made Cleveland's man-on-man offense pay. 

That culminated in Jackson helping Baltimore retaking the lead, 21-14, after a masterful drive down the field. 

Jackson used his legs to escape from Browns' pass rushers before tossing a beautiful lofted pass to tight end Mark Andrews to set up his second score of the night. 

The 2019 unanimous MVP hasn't always showed this type of high-caliber performance all year as he single-handedly took over the game with his legs. However, his second rushing TD was awfully reminiscent of some of his other highlight-reel scores this season. 

Think back to Jackson's bursts straight up the middle gap of the defense like his 37-yard scores against Philadelphia and Dallas. Even this flash of a 50-yard rush right up the middle against Washington comes to mind. As the Baltimore Sun wrote this week, the inverted veer has been deadly when Baltimore has employed it selectively this year. 

 

It was clear Jackson's mindset was to be aggressive from the opening whistle, providing the Ravens' opening score with a well-executed run from five yards away. 

After changing his cleats for the second half, Jackson continued to terrorize the Browns defense with his speed. Breaking off for an explosive 44-yard gain on the opening drive to take full momentum against his AFC North rivals, Jackson broke his season high for rushing yards in a single game with 124. And he still had more than a quarter left to play. No quarterback has ever had that many rushing yards in a Monday Night Football game. 

Gus Edwards scored his second rushing TD of the game to make it 28-14 to capitalize off that Jackson big gain in the third quarter.