This is Alex from unwrap sports here to break down Monday Night Football.
What a game we were treated to from the future, eh? MVP of the league Lamar Jackson.
It's hard to see, but Lamar is M v P unless of something crazy happens against the San Francisco 40 Niners.
I just see Lamar Jackson running away with this award at this point because, you know, I know Russell Wilson's had a hell of a season.
I know Christian McCaffrey has performed beyond anybody's expectation.
He is definitely the most valuable player to the Carolina Panthers, but I just feel like Lamar Jackson has is having one of those years where, you know he just can't do anything wrong.
I know he they had that one game against the Browns, where they where they played a tough game.
But he was nine for nine in the first half for 87 yards and three touchdowns.
That's efficiency, and the ability that they had to run the ball just makes him that much more of a threat because he's throwing the ball a lot better than what people really had him projected as a lot of sports betting sites had him at over under 16 and 1/2 touchdowns.
Kind of telling you, you know, not a lot of people in the league really expected him to excel, especially in the passing game.
Everybody kind of thought he was going to be more of a runner, but he's really solidified himself as a great quarterback.
You know, He's had perfect ratings and, I believe, four plus games.
You know, in this game he finished His foe.
Final Stat Line was 15 of 2169 yards, five touchdowns.
None of the yardage thing may seem like Oh, that's a huge drop off.
He's not racking up the yards, but at the end of the day, a lot of the quarterbacks that rack up a lot of yards, you know, like James Winson, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford.
You know those guys there.
It's basically, you know, in garbage time, you know, racking up the yards and that in and stuff like that.
But if you look at Lamar Jackson, I mean he was able to sit for the majority of fourth quarter him and this other starters, Mark Ingram and marquees Brown.
But this Ravens offense has just been an elite level performer all season.
They've just been so impressive.
And I just know that a lot of people are going to try to say it's the running game, you know.
But the Ravens have been able to really elevate some of the younger players, and I think that has a lot to do with the work that Lamar Jackson placed in the off season.
Because I don't I'm not sure If you know Mark, he's Brown.
And, you know Mark Andrews would have been as effective without Lamar Jackson's huge step in the passing game.
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You know, I don't know if Mark Andrews and marquees Brown would have had the seasons they had without his game being at at what it is to elevate them.
And that's not to say that they're not great players.
They weren't capable of having that level of performance, but I just feel Lamar Jackson's big step.
The season has really elevated his teammates because I think marquees Brown would have been in a tough spot if he didn't have a good quarterback with him.
You know, I think Mark Andrews wouldn't have had the season yet without a good quarterback.
And it just so happens that their quarterback is also just a great runner as well and can make plays out of nothing.
And, you know, Mark, the addition of Mark Ingram this past season was was such a welcome addition.
I mean, he had 7.
4 yards average per carry, 111 yards, and he scored the first rushing touchdown on the Rams.
Since I believe Week six, if not the whole season.
And you know, I think that says a lot about this team, you know, they rally with each other, they just have that resiliency that I think makes this like, I'm gonna, uh, you know, creep into the third topics in the 2nd 1 But Ravens the most complete team.
And I genuinely believe that because, you know, through these 1st 13 12 weeks, the way that you see Lamar Jackson play and I know he had a couple of easy games, you know he had the Dolphins, but it's not easy to perform like that.
You have to show up and you have to perform, and he's done that.
He's made it look so easy.
I mean, just the way that he could rifle the ball down there.
I mean, in his first game against Miami, he really set up marquees Brown with a lot of deep shots that were very accurate.
It was just a encouraging performance.
And I think Lamar Jackson at this point is the runaway EVP.
Unless something happens next week in the 40 Niners game that, you know, they just completely shut him down.
But he has just been the light at the end of the tone for the Ravens, who had kind of struggled over the last few years.
You know, they had a couple of hot and cold seasons after the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco, but for the Ravens, I just was vehemently impressed with the way they performed six touchdowns in their 1st 6 drives.
I mean, that kind of stuff is just unheard of.
It's like when it offenses, you know, going up, going on all cylinders.
And I believe currently in the overall for a F C.
The Baltimore Ravens have the tiebreaker against the Patriots, and you know, if the Patriots lose the game down the line and the page and the Ravens and continue this hot street.
You know, they could take the number one seed, and I think that would be major for them to have a whole field advantage going down the line.
I think you know, the Baltimore Ravens or one of those teams that you know they have that it factor of the season, and, you know, they they have, ah, real threat of making the Super Bowl in and, you know, winning it.
On the other side of the ball, we have the Los Angeles Rams, a team that has been going through quite the overhaul.
They recently traded a key to leave to the Miami Dolphins.
They traded Marcus Peters to the Ravens, and you know they acquired Jalen Ramsey.
But unfortunately for them, they're in a very tight NFC race. Their own.
Their only chance of this point is to get a wild card and at this point, with a record standing at believe six and five, not six and six.
But it's just been a horrible season for the for the Los Angeles Rams.
I mean, they've definitely lost a lot of tough games down the line, but you know, they acquired Jalen Ramsey, and he didn't have that sort of touch on the team where I think Marcus Peters kind of revitalizes that Ravenssecondary.
You know, he's been, ah, encouraging energy for them.
You know he's got his edge back.
He's back to his, you know, shenanigans of really being the hype player, you know, like after his interception, he was kind of having, you know, fun and like you getting himself noticed and making faces of the other team.
You know, he's back to the confident Marcus.
Peter is the one that really was a constant threat for the Rams this past season when he when they were on a playoff run.
But you know the Rams, currently they have completely given up on the run.
It seems like they don't have an emphasis of getting the ball over to over, too Todd Gurley and it's shown a lot.
And I think it's exposed Jared Goff because Jared Goff is going through what I've kind of been saying about Garoppolo the season where he's been blessed to have the running game in the defense that he has, because if you really think about it, that's the Todd Gurley had A M V P's caliber season last last year.
He but note the play action game.
It made it so much more possible for him to, you know, get get receivers in open space.
And I think this season with the running game not being established, a CZ well, you know, the kind of abandoned it early on because it kind of get behind in games.
And it's just showing Goths weaknesses and defense is air taking full advantage.
I mean, in this game alone, I saw 45 passes that were just completely inaccurate.
You know, you're wondering if it's in his head at this point.
If maybe he's not.
He wasn't as great as what the offense made him look like, because he had a great running game on a great defense to lean on, which is the biggest difference and why.
I say the Ravens are a very complete team because Lamar Jackson is performing exceptionally well.
The running game is fantastic.
The receivers are being very productive.
Their defense themselves are, you know, basically giving them off so many abilities to win this game.
And I just think that's why they're one of the more complete teams in the NFL right now, but I mean, for the Rams, it's crazy that they treated all these assets to acquire Jalen Ramsey.
And you know they're looking on there on the outside looking in.
It's not looking bright for them to get into the playoffs.
I think for the Rams that it's it's almost a lost season because even if you run the table, I mean the Vikings and the Seahawks being wild cards with the way they've been playing it, it's it's insane.
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So four, the Rams, I just think it's It's very rough season Super Bowl hangover, for sure, and I just think for them it's it's gonna be tough because, you know, they have Jared Goff locked down for the next couple years for a huge chunk of their cap.
Jalen Ramsey isn't cheap, either.
It makes you really wonder what they have cause.
I don't know if, uh, if A Hill is really a centerpiece for that defense.
I think I think he's a great like addition as 1/3 or fourth quarter bag.
I don't think he should be your number two bit.
Just based on the way I've seen him kind of get overmatched and get lost in the secondary.
Yeah, they can rebuild No money, no draft capital.
They almost are kind of in a situation that's like the New York Knicks, how they were a couple years ago when they gave up a lot of picks to get mellow and then, you know they're still recovering from it because they didn't have draft capital for a good couple years.
You know, they they enjoyed a plentiful, you know, couple years, but I think they have the ability to still kind of perform but it's gonna take their what they have in stock.
And, you know, they definitely have, Ah, pass rush that has the capabilities of being good.
But, you know, like they said on the broadcast, Aaron Donald's been double team 500 times in the last two seasons.
And you know, if your best player playmakers being neutralized and nobody else's seven up just makes it a lot harder to kind of get your defense in line with the way that they had it last year, where they were just completely demoralizing offensive lines.
But yeah, that is it for my Monday Night Football recap.
Uh, this is Alex from Unwrap Sports.