What felt simultaneously as a blowout and a close game with the New York Jets ends with a final score of 42-21.
MVP: Lamar Jackson
Death, Taxes and Lamar Jackson being named MVP. He aired out five touchdown passes against this Charmin soft Jets defense and sat out the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter due to the victory. Also, he added another 86 yards on the ground and broke or tied three records tonight. My word, he’s good at football.
CB Jimmy Smith — A solid first half, including a fourth-down pass breakup in the endzone lands number 22 on the winners list. Great job by the veteran cornerback today.
RB Mark Ingram — Add another two touchdowns for the veteran tailback tonight as he rushed the first one in and caught Jackson’s fifth touchdown pass to bookend the scores tonight.
WR Seth Roberts — Three targets, three catches for 66 yards and a highlight touchdown. A great display by Roberts to show he can play the role of a pass-catcher when called upon.
TE Mark Andrews — He wouldn’t let Jackson steal all the record-setting fun, so he caught a touchdown of his own to set the new franchise record for most touchdown passes caught by a tight end. Great showing by Andrews tonight.
WR Marquise Brown — Some Toe Drag Swag tonight with a nice 24-yard touchdown helped a slight overthrow from Jackson turn to six instead of incomplete. Hollywood has now tied the franchise record, set by Torrey Smith and also tied by Marlon Brown for the most touchdown receptions by a rookie receiver (7).
WR Miles Boykin — Another touchdown for another rookie receiver tonight.
OLB Tyus Bowser — A big strip-sack tonight which turned the engine back on for the Ravens offense.
OLB Matt Judon — The stat sheet won’t show just how effective Judon was for the Ravens defense tonight. He stuffed the run and created multiple pressures on Sam Darnold.
CB Marlon Humphrey — Great coverage tonight by Humphrey, including two solid passes broken up.
DE Jihad Ward — A solid game by Ward tonight, including a big-time pressure on Darnold on third down.
SS Chuck Clark — His first interception was tonight and he’s truly settled this defense down into the machine it is.
LT James Hurst — Did you notice it wasn’t Ronnie Stanley playing left tackle? Exactly.
Special Teams — Tucker with a PAT miss. A blocked punt. Some not-perfect snaps. Terrible kick and punt return coverage. Overall, a horrible night by special teams and I’m not going to soften my wording.