Lamar Jackson basically hadn't allowed the football to touch the ground Monday night until he dropped an ordinary shotgun snap late in the first half at the Coliseum.
If the Los Angeles Rams were hoping to make a statement to the rest of the league about being a legitimate playoff contender during their Week 12 meeting with Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens., they certainly came up way short.
The Ravens' 22-year-old quarterback strengthened his Most Valuable Player case while going 15 of 20 for 169 yards and constantly making smart decisions with his arm and his feet.
Robert Woods was a surprise inactive last week due to personal reasons, and with the Rams playing the Ravens on Monday Night Football, the most recent reports are from Sean McVay on Saturday saying he wouldn't fully commit to Woods playing. With Jackson in the Captain spot, you can still fit Mark Ingram, Todd Gurley and Jared Goff if you punt the last two spots with Hayden Hurst, who is second on the Ravens in targets inside the 10 (seven), and Tyler Higbee, who is tied for lead on the Rams with four targets inside the 10.
"We didn't do almost enough to be competitive", McVay said.
"I'm not anxious about MVP, you know", Jackson told reporters.
A year ago the Los Angeles Rams (6-4) appeared in the Super Bowl, now they are in a hard position where their playoff position is anything but guaranteed. The Rams also were among the NFL's best offensive teams for the previous two seasons, but they've lost that status this year while Baltimore has ascended to dominance.
The second-year quarterback ended his evening early in the fourth quarter with Baltimore up 42-6.