Action Jackson! (Ravens-Washington; 10.04.20)

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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

WASHINGTON — After a humbling loss on national television last week, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson got back to his electrifying style of business as usual on Sunday. He also got back to breaking more records.

The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player threw for two touchdowns, both to tight end Mark Andrews, as well as ran a score in from 50 yards as the Ravens defeated their Beltway rivals, the Washington Football Team, 31-17 on Sunday afternoon to get back in the win column after a home defeat to Kansas City last Monday night. In his 35th career regular-season game, Jackson became the fastest quarterback to post 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 career rushing yards, surpassing Michael Vick’s pace (39 games).

Baltimore’s defense and special teams came up big, forcing a fumble and converting a fake punt in the first half to set up two of their three first-half scores.. 

Jackson and the Ravens were humiliated last week in a 34-20 loss to the defending Super Bowl champions, a game where Jackson threw for only 97 yards while his quarterback counterpart, Patrick Mahomes, accounted for five total touchdowns. The short week had nary an effect on the Ravens, as cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who just signed a $98 million extension earlier in the week, forced a fumble from running back J.D. McKissic on Washington’s second possession to set up Baltimore’s first score, a Mark Ingram II 1-yard touchdown run with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter.

That turnover now marks the 16th consecutive game in which Baltimore has forced at least one turnover, the longest current streak in the league.

Washington drove the ball to inside the Baltimore 40-yard line on its first drive of the second quarter, but it ended with no points as Dustin Hopkins’ 54-yard field goal smacking the left upright. Three plays later, after getting the ball in good field position after Washington’s field goal miss, Jackson darted up the middle of the field and eluded a couple of tackles on his way to the longest touchdown run of his career and a 14-0 Baltimore lead.

Jackson (8) sidestepped all tacklers on his career-long touchdown run of 50 yards in the second quarter. (Yusuf Abdullah/ALOST)

Washington gained only seven fewer yards than Baltimore over the course of the game (343-350) while running 14 more plays, and put pressure on the Ravens after a perfect deep ball from Dwayne Haskins to Antonio Gibson for 40 yards set up a Gibson 2-yard touchdown run to cut Baltimore’s lead in half with 4:41 in the first half. But Baltimore came up with another big play outside of its offense to reassert control.

Facing a fourth-and-nine from Washington’s 43, Baltimore successfully executed a fake punt as punter Sam Koch completed a 15-yard pass to the right-side gunner, wide receiver Miles Boykin. Three plays later, Jackson threw the first of his two touchdown passes to Andrews, a corner route that covered 25 yards and restored Baltimore’s two-touchdown advantage, at 21-7, with 1:49 left in the second quarter.

What the completion, Koch, currently in his 15th season (all with the Ravens), is now a perfect 7-for-7 passing in his career, the most passing attempts without an incompletion in NFL history.

Jackson and Andrews hooked up again for a score, from 22 yards out, midway through the third quarter to extend Baltimore’s advantage to 28-10.

Haskins, who came under fire after comments from head coach Ron Rivera after last weekend’s defeat in Cleveland suggested that his starting job was in real jeopardy, completed 32 of his 45 passes for 314 yards. Ten of his completions went to Terry McLaurin, who posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season with an 118-yard effort on Sunday. Despite the defeat, Washington is just a game and a half out of first place in the NFC East, as three of the teams in the division — Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia — have only one win at the season’s quarter pole while the New York Giants dropped to 0-4 later in the day.

Before the start of the game, both teams wore black shirts bearing the phrase “RIVERA STRONG,” as Rivera was on the sidelines coaching Washington just days after receiving treatment for cancer. Rivera was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma during the offseason.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday’s game, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 33 pictures in total. Along with hoping that you enjoy the pictures, we encourage those of you who are serious about educating oneself and making a tangible difference in the fight against social injustice — but struggling to find a starting point — to click this link, an anti-racism resource guide for white people.

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