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Top 5 games from Lamar Jackson’s MVP season to rewatch on NFL game pass

Top 5 games from Lamar Jackson’s MVP season to rewatch on NFL game pass

Like the majority of us you’re desperately in need of something to keep yourself entertained while stuck at home. 

Luckily for all of us, during the coronavirus hiatus the NFL has made Game Pass free to the public. 

So, what better way to spend your time than by reliving some of Lamar “Action” Jackson’s spectacular performances from the 2019-2020 season? 

Here's a list of the league MVP's top five games that you should rewatch. 

Jackson dominates in season-opener against Dolphins 

Now that’s how you start a season. 

The Ravens got off to an amazing start, taking the football world by storm with a Week 1 59-10 blowout of the Miami Dolphins. 

Despite being underestimated going into his second season as a signal-caller, Jackson hit the ground running and was the star of the show. 

Jackson had the only perfect passer rating across the NFL that day, throwing for a career-high five touchdown passes and 324 yards, completing 17-of-20 passes. The five touchdowns tied the team record set back in 2000. 

By the end of the game Jackson had proved that he can be much more than a running back.

His phenomenal performance earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

Jackson’s confidence helps Ravens escape with victory over Seahawks

In just his 15th career start, Jackson was able to demonstrate that he was on the right track to becoming more than what the Ravens had expected him to be. 

A leader. A dual threat. A competitor. 

It was Jackson’s confident decision on a significant fourth down that changed the game for the better ending the game on a 17-3 run for the Ravens. 

On 13 plays Jackson drove 96 yards down the field and used nine minutes to eat up a large chunk of time. 

Jackson carried the Ravens to a 30-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks and their third straight win. 

Jackson also finished with 116 yards rushing on 14 carries and 143 yards passing, marking as his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

Week 9 Statement win over the Patriots 

The Ravens set the tone early with a striking opening drive. A neutral zone infraction ended the Ravens drive and Jackson rushed for a touchdown on the following play. 

Later that game Jackson had a one-yard run to put the Ravens up 37-30 for the final score over the previously  undefeated Patriots. 

The fans just couldn’t get enough of Jackson’s back-to-back stellar performances, they even started chanting “MVP.” 

The Patriots were unable to stop Jackson. He finished the game rushing for 63 yards on 14 carries.

It was this particular game that proved that the Ravens could hang among the league’s best and it was all thanks to Jackson’s legs.

Jackson adds spin move to MVP resume 

After much practice leading up to Week 10 Jackson was anxious to finally put his secret move to the test against the bottom-ranked Cincinnati Bengals. 

Little did he know it would be the highlight of the Ravens’ 49-13 road win.

The first play the game had the Ravens off to a great start, Jackson delivered a 49-yard completion to Marquise Brown. Jackson followed with two consecutive completions of 19 and 6 yards to Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst before finding Andrews again in the end zone for a touchdown. 

The most memorable play was on a 47-yard touchdown run where Jackson juked and spun through the Bengals defense.

Jackson was unstoppable and the Bengals defense was simply helpless. Jackson finished 15-of-17 passing for 223 yards and three passing touchdowns.

This game was special, marking as Jackson’s second perfect passer rating of the season and making him just the second NFL quarterback in history to have two perfect passer ratings within the same season.

Jackson breaks Michael Vick’s record 

Going into Week 15 Jackson was just 23 yards short of Michael Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. 

On a 5-yard run within the first quarter of the Ravens’ 42-21 victory over the New York Jets Jackson was able to get the job done. Jackson exceeded Vick’s record of 1,039 yards and went on to finish the night with 1,103 yards.  

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What Roger Goodell said about death of George Floyd, protests

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What Roger Goodell said about death of George Floyd, protests

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent condolences to the family of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis by a police officer and said that there is much more work to be done in the NFL and our communities in a statement issued Saturday.

His statement: 

"The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters' reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.

"As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL's commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners."

Goodell's statement came a day after an op-ed was published by former NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart calling for an NFL team to sign Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who lost his spot in the league after kneeling in protest of police brutality and inequality in America. Many, including LeBron James, have cited Kaepernick's message - and the consequences he suffered for delivering it - throughout the unrest and response to Floyd's death.

"Do you understand NOW!!??!!??" James wrote on Instagram with a side by side photo of Kaepernick kneeling during a game and a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck. "Or is it still blurred to you??"

In a statement to Pro Football Talk in response to Lockhart's article, current NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said that Kaepernick is a free agent. “Clubs may sign him if they choose to do so," he said.

McCarthy also pointed to the work that the league has done with its Inspire Change social justice initiative, which has included millions in grants to non-profits around the country.

 

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Edge rusher Matthew Judon and Ravens agree to compromise on franchise tag

Edge rusher Matthew Judon and Ravens agree to compromise on franchise tag

What position Matthew Judon plays makes a bit of a difference when it comes to how much the NFL says he’s worth. In fact, it’s about two million dollars of difference.

If Judon was classified as a defensive end, he’d make $17.788 million on the franchise tag. If he was a linebacker, he’d make $15.828 million. 

Judon’s position as an edge rusher means he’s a bit of a hybrid, so that’s exactly what he and the Ravens agreed to. Judon will make $16.808 million next season, the average of both salaries, the team announced on Friday.

Now, the Ravens and Judon can continue negotiations on a long-term contract until July 15, at which point he’ll play under the franchise tag and be forced to wait until the end of the 2020 season. 

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Judon, who had 9.5 sacks last season, will be 28 years old when the season begins. He’ll likely start opposite Jaylon Ferguson, a 2019 third-round pick who had 2.5 sacks in his rookie season. 

If the Ravens agree to a long-term deal with Judon, it will likely be the first in a line of many long-term contracts to come on a team loaded with young talent. That deal would likely allow the Ravens to spread out his cap hit over multiple seasons and increase the likelihood of re-signing other future free agents on the roster.

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