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Lamar Jackson's improvement as a passer gives the Baltimore Ravens a shot to win it all this year

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball as Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis (94) defends during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had one of the best games of his young career on Monday night, dragging his team back from the brink to defeat the Indianapolis Colts on primetime television. 

It was a historic performance that not only eradicated a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit; it was one that took a blowtorch to the tired narratives that had been plaguing him and his team for the past two years.

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Through five weeks, Lamar’s spellbinding outing ranks second in terms of total expected points added (EPA) generated in a single game this season, behind only Tom Brady’s Week 5 demolition of the Miami Dolphins.

The Ravens quarterback generated 25.22 EPA against the Colts on the back of four touchdowns and over 500 total yards. He was able to do this despite fumbling at the 1-yard line in a crucial goal-to-go scenario trailing by 13. That fumble alone lost him around 7 (EPA) and caused the Ravens to go down 19.

Jackson was exceptional as a runner in his MVP season in 2019, and while he did lead the league in passing touchdowns, his passing grade ranked fifth in the NFL during the regular season. Additionally, once he trailed in the playoff game vs. the Titans, he struggled to efficiently move the ball.

This year, it seems like the tables have turned, as Jackson has taken big strides as a passer, ranking near the top in terms of his passing grade.

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