The superhuman Lamar Jackson is as close as the NFL gets to a one-man team


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If this is what figuring out Lamar Jackson looks like, can you imagine what would happen if NFL defenses were still playing catch-up?

On Monday night, Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to 22 unanswered points to seal an overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts and launch himself back into the MVP discussion. But in reality, if the award is truly about “value” – and it is supposed to be – then he should already have a monopoly on the votes.

Jackson is a one-man offense. The Ravens rely on their quarterback to produce everything through the air and on the ground (he’s also helped by the best kicker in NFL history). And he has delivered.

Through five weeks, if Jackson was a one-man team, he would rank as the 15th-best offense in the league. To put that into context: Jackson has outpaced, as passer and runner, the entire offensive output of the Packers, 49ers and Colts. There are 17 teams who have posted less total yardage than Jackson on his lonesome.

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The Ravens entered the season trying to democratize their offense, looking to take some of the weight off Jackson so that he could elevate the areas of his game that had become a concern. That didn’t happen. Injuries have meant that Jackson has been asked to do even more. And he has responded.

Monday night saw Jackson’s finest performance of the season to date. Jackson accounted for just shy of 500 of the Ravens’ 523 total yards.

It hasn’t always been this way. When Jackson entered the league, the Ravens paired his unique style with a bulldozing run-game. The threat of Jackson pulling the ball and taking off as a runner, helped elevate the Ravens ground attack into one of the most devastating units in the league.

That has all but vanished this year. Baltimore lost their top two running backs (JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards) to season-ending injuries. The team’s…

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