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News & Notes: Brandon Williams Played His Best Game in Seattle - Ryan Mink

Brandon Williams, I thought, played his best game as a Raven in a long time, since I’ve been here,” said Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen, who came to Baltimore in 2016.

“He gave us some really good push up the middle and hits on Russell there when we needed it the most. At times he got beat, but he did a great job finding a way to get off blocks, bottling up the run game and getting to the ball.”

“Brandon is as good as they get in terms of stopping the run, but [his pass rush is] a dimension that we’d like to see him improve on and I think we can,” Cullen said. “We needed it in a big way Sunday and he delivered.”

The Starting 11: The Colts and Ravens Are Carving out Room in the AFC Playoff Race - Robert Mays

Lamar Jackson is capable of taking over games in a way no quarterback of this generation can. Jackson actually threw the ball well in Baltimore’s rain-soaked win over the Seahawks on Sunday, despite what his 9-of-20 passing line might indicate. Even so, the story of this game was the damage Jackson did with his legs. He was effective on both designed runs and scrambles, tallying 116 rushing yards on just 14 carries.

Jackson is averaging a ridiculous 9.9 yards per scramble this season, and a league-leading 6.9 yards per rush. His improvement as a passer in his second season has been the most important development for the Ravens’ long-term outlook, but there’s a case to be made that Lamar Jackson—who is a quarterback—is the most dangerous runner in the NFL right now.

Lamar Jackson is making the Ravens the NFL’s most fun team - Megan Moriarty

It doesn’t seem like it, but it was less than a year ago when Harbaugh benched longtime starter Joe Flacco for Jackson. The decision, like this one on fourth down, was a smart one — Baltimore went 6-2 with Jackson as the starter, clinching a wild card playoff berth in the process. This season, the Ravens are just as hot, sitting at first place in the AFC North at 5-2.

The 22-year-old quarterback’s impact is being felt in more than just box score, too.

“I feel great!” Harbaugh told NFL.com’s Michael Silver after the game. “I feel really good. These are the kind of games that make this league fun.”

Jackson, with his electrifying style of play, has given life to this Ravens team, and to the NFL.

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The Lamar Jackson offense is unique, and it’s hard to defend. They don’t need him to be among the most efficient passers in the game because their rushing attack is so potent. If the defense can round into shape, they should be the class of the division.