Monday Night Football this week took us to Los Angeles and the historic L.A. Coliseum to witness the high flying Baltimore Ravens go up against the playoff hopeful Los Angeles Rams. Coming into the night, all eyes were on Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson, and coming out of the night, all eyes were on Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson. The League MVP frontrunner had another fantastic game which included five passing touchdowns and some highlight reel runs, as the Ravens blew out the Rams on the road.
The game began with the Ravens forcing a quick three-and-out, then a punt return gave baltimore’s first drive a kickstart as they began on their own 40 yard line, and Jackson masterfully led a drive to the endzone to find Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who had his first of two touchdowns on the night.
RB Mark Ingram rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass and had over 100 rushing yards in the victory, and he was there postgame to stimulate Jackson’s League MVP campaign once again.
Baltimore’s defense shined as well, forcing two takeaways as they frustrated Gurley, Goff, and the rest of the rams offense from start to finish, allowing just six points scored against them. Superstar back Todd Gurley was held to 22 yards on just 6 carries, and only caught three passes which netted him negative three yards.
WR Cooper Kupp was held in check as well, catching 6 passes for just 35 receiving yards.
A notable moment in the game occured early in the fourth quarter, when the ravens had a 4th down and four yards to go and Justin Tucker was out to attempt a field goal, Lamar Jackson pleaded his way back onto the field and threw a pass for a first down. In a game that was not competitive, a lot of people this morning are talking about this moment and referring to a lack of situational control by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Some social media reaction also accused Lamar Jackson of caring too much about stats and trying to win MVP, something the superstar QB addressed after the game: "I'm trying to win a Super Bowl. We're taking it a game at a time. I'm not worried about MVP."
The Ravens defeat the Rams 45-6 and improve to 9-2 on the season, just one game behind New England for the #1 seed in the AFC, and the Ravens hold the tiebreaker over the Patriots for the #1 seed by virtue of their head-to-head win. Baltimore is also 5-1 on the road this season.
The Rams fall to 6-5, and this is a crucial loss for them in the loaded NFC Wild Card race. They have virtually fallen out of the NFC West Race, now four games back, and are competing with Seattle and Minnesota in the NFC Wild Card in which they are two games back of the Vikings.
Speaking of Seattle and Minnesota, Monday Night Football will bring us to the Northwest and Seattle Washington next week, as the Vikings visit the Seahawks.