Quarterback Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens are the team that everyone in the NFL fears nowadays, with an 8-2 record, a 6-game winning streak and not too many tough games ahead for the rest of the season, the Ravens are looking to cruise through the rest of the season.
Within its last six consecutive wins, Baltimore shredded to pieces three strong playoff contenders with a combined score of 65 points: handing a 30-16 defeat on the road to the Seattle Seahawks, winning the New England Patriots 37-29 at home, and again handing a 41-7 blow to the Huston Texans on Sunday.
QB Lamar Jackson is the star of the Baltimore Ravens’ show right now. And in winning game against Huston, he seemed to take it to a whole new level. Jackson didn’t just weave his way through the Texan’s defense, as he does to every other defense this season. He didn’t accelerate into a spinning move like last week, and didn’t leave confused defensive linemen all over the filed catching their breath, as he does every week.
This time around Jackson controlled the game, pushing through on the first quarter, skilfully controlling the second quarter and it almost seemed as if he waited for Baltimore to lead 21-0. Then, on the 2nd-and-1 from his own 41-yardline, Lamar Jackson faced a handoff, got away from a Huston defender behind the line of scrimmage, shook off four Texan tackles and bolted into the open field to for a 39-yard completion.
Jackson completed this season 2,258 yards for 19 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions, he holds a 66.3% completion rate this season, and in the past five games, he had no interceptions.
As Lamar Jackson’s MVP odds are increasing by the hour, and the Ravens now seem to have a favourable schedule ahead of them, he is now the favourite for many bookies.
PointsBet for example, one of the premier global sportsbooks, has announced it will be issuing early payouts to their customers who wagered on Lamar Jackson to win MVP this season. According to PointsBet, Jackson accounts for 13% of their MVP Futures tickets, and is their second-biggest liability after Carolina Panthers Running Back Christian McCaffrey.
Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO said: “We’ve really enjoyed watching Lamar Jackson make the impossible look easy every Sunday…He is steaming toward well-deserved NFL MVP honors as he racks up the yards, rewrites the record books and redefines the quarterback position.” Aitken Added: “Given that, we think it’s only fair to reward all of our clients who had the foresight to place their bets on the right long shot.”
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