Let’s be perfectly honest with our BetAnySports customers – Lamar Jackson didn’t win the MVP award last season by throwing the Baltimore Ravens into the #1 playoff seed. He got there by being perhaps the most mobile quarterback of all time and throwing as a way of balancing things up, with the idea of not losing the game. He was a “game manager,” but then again, all quarterbacks are game managers in a sense.
What Jackson did was take an offense that, if we explained the concept to you, would appear easy to stop, and make it unstoppable.
If you think about it, if I told you a team would be running the football 54% of the time and throwing passes primarily to running back and tight ends, you would think that with all the superior athletes on defense and the “minds” operating as defensive coordinators on that side of the ball, these guys from Baltimore would be able to move at a pedestrian level at best.
But they were #2 in the NFL last season in yards per game.
This year maybe some of that has caught up to them. The Ravens are just 18th in that “Total Offense” category. And nobody was talking about Jackson as a viable MVP candidate.
But he did register a second straight 1000-yard season on the ground. And this team has gotten past the first playoff round and ventures into Buffalo on Saturday night for the right to advance to the AFC title game.
Can Jackson get them there on his arm? That is the subject of a prop at BetAnySports – one of dozens and dozens that you’ll find on this game – part of the overall experience that makes things so exciting,along with reduced juice for better odds and Sports Betting Prime for real-time wagering.
Lamar Jackson – Passing Yards
Over 197.5 Yards -115
Under 197.5 Yards -115
Before we go into this in detail, let’s just explain that while Baltimore’s overall numbers were down, they have been perking up in the latter stages of the season. In five of their last six games they have reached 400 yards or more, and they have averaged 425.5 over that span. Projected over the course of a full season, that would have been good enough to lead the league. In one of those games (vs. Cincinnati) they had the almost ungodly total of 404 rushing yards.
Through the air, they have been good enough to get by as long as they could run the ball. Jackson exceeded this posted total of 197.5 on only five occasions this season. In two of those games he was facing teams that were completely defenseless (Jacksonville and Houston). Two games were defeats, in which he was playing some catch-up and/or just had to throw the ball more (New England and Pittsburgh). And then there was the season high of 275 yards against a Cleveland team that was totally discombobulated in the first week of the season for any number of reasons.
Everything else was under that – and we’re talking eleven games’ worth.
What we’re saying is that the Ravens did not have to get inflated passing totals from him to go on their current roll. And Jackson has been producing yardage in a more comfortable way (for him) lately – averaging 104 yards rushing in his last three games.
The recommendation here has to go on the “UNDER” side.
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