Lamar Jackson has a chance to strengthen his MVP candidacy when he leads the Ravens into a high-profile showdown against one of the frontrunners in Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
Time: 4:25 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Jackson shares many of the dual-threat skills Wilson displayed in the early stages of his career, most notably his ability to break defenses with his running skills. The second-year Ravens quarterback was at his best in that area during Sunday’s 23-17 victory over Cincinnati, rushing for a career-best 159 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson also threw for 236 yards and has quietly put together an impressive resume leading the Ravens (4-2) to a two-game lead atop the AFC North. He has completed 65.1% of his passes for 1,507 yards and 11 TDs and also ranks eighth in the league with 460 rushing yards while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
After being shredded for 73 points and 1,033 yards in back-to-back losses to Kansas City and Cleveland, Baltimore’s defense has returned to form and yielded a combined 519 in division wins over Pittsburgh and the Bengals in its last two contests. The Ravens conceded just 33 rushing yards in last Sunday’s victory and are yielding just 80.7 yards per game on the ground overall.
Wilson is not as prone to take off with the ball as he was earlier in his career but still is a threat scrambling–he is second on the Seahawks (5-1) with 151 rushing yards and has three of their seven rushing scores. His elusiveness in the pocket, though, continues to be a key part of his play as Seattle stalks unbeaten San Francisco in the NFC West.
Wilson rallied Seattle from a 14-point, first-half deficit in last Sunday’s 32-28 victory at Cleveland, throwing for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He engineered a 9-play, 79-yard drive Chris Carson capped with a touchdown from a yard out with 3:30 to play for the go-ahead points.
Wilson is tied for second in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes and has yet to throw an interception in 189 attempts. Carson is showing his 1,100-yard 2018 campaign was no fluke, finishing with 124 yards against the Browns and enters this contest fifth in the league with 504.
Seattle has walked a fine line for most of the season–five of its six games have been decided by seven or fewer points, and the Seahawks are 4-0 in games decided by four or fewer. Wilson has an impressive 139.9 passer rating in the fourth quarter when the game is within seven points in either direction, completing 14 of 19 passes for 168 yards and three TDs.
The Seahawks have won the last three matchups between the teams, including a 35-6 pasting in Baltimore in 2015 as Wilson threw for 292 yards and five touchdown passes.