Team Player: Lamar Jackson Credits O-LIne for Success

Todd Karpovich

Lamar Jackson has already made history this season.

He's looking to punctuate that performance with a Lombardi Trophy. 

Despite his gaudy numbers, Jackson often deflects any type of praise.

When asked how his relationship has evolved with right guard and seven-time Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda, Jackson used it as an opportunity to praise his entire offensive line. 

“It's just growing each and every day," Jackson said. "It starts with the line. I need my linemen to love me. Those guys protect me. I'd rather them not hate me, you know? [Or else] you'd run around and get sacked all the time and stuff like that. But it starts with him, I feel. He's the ‘O.G.,’ the ‘G.O.A.T.,’ a future Hall of Famer. But I need to send him off right – get a Super Bowl. I'd be set, and I feel like our relationship will grow from there. But for right now, we're just going to keep it cruising.”

Jackson returned to practice Nov. 13 just a couple of hours after winning his second straight AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors and third this season. He completed 15 of 17 attempts (88.2 percent) for 223 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating – the highest attainable mark – in the Ravens’ 49-13 win Week 10 against the Bengals. He became the second quarterback to have multiple games with a 158.3 passer rating in a single season in NFL history.

The second-year quarterback also took home the honors in a 37-20 victory over the New England Patriots in Week 9. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 163 yards with a touchdown. He also ran for 61 yards on 16 carries with a pair of scores.

Jackson left the field to chants of "MVP" at M&T Bank Stadium. 

He also downplayed that accolade, giving credit to his entire team. 

“Man, we're just explosive," Jackson said. "We're moving around fast. We're moving the ball downfield. I think we were probably 100 percent in the red zone this time [at Cincinnati]. That was a huge goal we accomplished. We just have to keep doing it. It's not the Super Bowl. We're not ... We're happy because we're winning, but we need to get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. So right now, we're just taking it one game at a time.”

Jackson has been a main topic of discussion among the national media for the past several week. His 47-yard touchdown run, highlighted by an improbable spin move, against the Bengals has been showing on a consistent loop on sports highlight shows. 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is proud of the way his young quarterback has stayed grounded.  

“Lamar is the quarterback of our team,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what sports, especially football. It starts with the quarterback. We know that. He knows that. We’ve talked about that. That’s what he signed up for. And I believe he’s prepared for it. We help in any way we can along the way. The team helps.

“The team knows that. The team has Lamar’s back. They’ve told him that. ‘We have your back.’ So, just as quickly as they start patting you on the back, they’re going to slice your Achilles, just like that. We all understand how that works. That’s just the nature of it. So, we just have to have each other’s backs.”