Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is the NFL’s new comeback king after another double-digit rally – Baltimore Ravens Blog

November 8, 2021

BALTIMORE – Remember when Lamar Jackson couldn’t pull the Baltimore Ravens out of double-digit deficits?

Jackson established himself as the NFL’s new comeback king by guiding the Ravens to a 34-31 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

He is the first quarterback this season to make three double-digit comebacks, doing so against the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Vikings. This comes after Jackson was 0-6 as a starter in his first three seasons, including the playoffs, when he was behind by 10 or more points.

“He’s a fighter and he’s a spiker,” Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen said. “They try to label him. They try to say all they can about him, because they know what kind of person he is, they know how good he is and how scary he is. People can throw labels at him all they want.” wants; He came back, what, three times this year?

Since taking over as the Ravens’ starter midway through the 2018 season, Jackson has won more games than any other quarterback at 31, and has done so in a dominant fashion for the most part. When Baltimore lagged behind early in games, usually in the postseason, it was like Jackson and the Ravens were in shock. They weren’t used to being in a position to catch up, and their run-first offense didn’t lead to big comebacks.

In 2021, the Ravens (6-2), leaders of the AFC North, have grown accustomed to being behind by double digits, and are more prepared to rebound from deficits due to Jackson’s improvement as a passer. With Baltimore’s top two running backs, JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, out of the season, the Ravens have relied on Jackson’s arm more than ever.

Still, Jackson and the Ravens have struggled to produce complete games. They are winning because they have been able to flip the switch offensively after halftime. Down 24-10 against the Vikings on Sunday, Jackson completed 79.1% of his passes in the second half (19 of 24 for 201 yards) after connecting just 47% of his throws (8 of 17 for 65 yards) on the First half.

“I’d rather not be left behind,” Jackson said. “I’d rather step on the gas and move on, keep scoring. But our team, we are fighters. We believe in each other. We have faith. We were only talking about that in [the locker room]. We just have to keep it going. Hopefully, we won’t be in any more overtime games. “

This is the second time this season that Jackson recovered Baltimore from a 14-point hole in the second half (the 31-25 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football was the other). How awesome is that? In coach John Harbaugh’s first 13 seasons in Baltimore, the Ravens were 2-35 when trailing by at least two touchdowns.

In the locker room after Sunday’s win, Harbaugh gave the ball to “faith.” Veteran guard Kevin Zeitler, who has played for the Bengals, Browns and Giants, told his teammates that he has been on teams and that you knew the game was over when you trailed by 14 points.

“We had those punches to the stomach, but the fact that our guys are sticking up and fighting, I think that’s what makes it special,” Harbaugh said.

It also helps to have one of the most special players in the game in Jackson. On Sunday, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history with multiple 100-yard rushing games and three touchdown passes.

When asked why Jackson is so successful in comebacks, Harbaugh said: “I think his poise, he doesn’t get nervous. It gives each play the maximum chance to be successful, if that makes sense. And then it’s just good. It’s really nice “.