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We’re past the halfway mark of the season, and I’ve never felt this confused so deep into the year. Arizona’s JV squad beat the 49ers’ varsity team. Cincinnati has gone from the top of the AFC North to the bottom in two weeks. And don’t forget the Josh Allen on Josh Allen violence in Florida. We have less sense of who’s playoff-worthy this season, but we get treated to one player that surely deserves it. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens headline TNF as they head to Miami. I’ve put together some notes for the game, along with all of the news from Wednesday’s practices.
TNF Preview: Lamar Jackson – A Complete Quarterback
It’s been two years since Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown were able to head back home to South Florida and play ball together. In their first game together, they caused a ruckus in Miami.
So much has changed since then, but Jackson’s MVP-caliber play has been the source of the Ravens’ success this season. But the truly remarkable part is the evolution of his game. His 1,206 rushing yards and 9.0% touchdown rate headlined his 2019 MVP campaign as Baltimore leveraged his mobility to freeze defensive secondaries. However, Jackson and the Ravens have re-invented themselves this season while staying atop the AFC North standings.
The 2019 Ravens were bottom-5 in nearly every passing metric outside of deep-ball rate but were top-5 in offensive DVOA, EPA per play, and yards per drive. They’ve flipped the script this year, sit at 14th in pass rate over expectation, and are still top-12 in each metric. Jackson is top-10 in total passing yards, yards on passes of 20 air yards or more, and still pacing for his third straight season of 1,000-plus rushing yards. He’s commanded this offense all while they’ve…