Quarterback Lamar Jackson and his Baltimore Ravens beat Colts, 24-10, for 10th straight road win.
Jackson finished 19-for-23 for 170 yards and added 13 carries for a team-high 58 yards inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He completed 12 straight passes to end the game, though none went to practice squad call-up Dez Bryant, who was active for the first time since Dec. 31, 2017. The performance marked a confident turnaround from a Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in which he had four turnovers and completed less than 50% of his passes.
Jackson, who put the game all but out of reach for the Colts (5-3) with a 9-yard naked-bootleg run early in the fourth quarter, outdueled Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers, who finished 25-for-43 for 227 yards and an interception. The Ravens (6-2) have won 10 straight road games and scored at least 20 points in an NFL-record 31 straight games.
Give the Ravens enormous credit for flipping the script after the Colts dominated them in the first half. They picked up their offensive tempo. Lamar Jackson threw accurately and used his legs judiciously. Their offensive line gave the backfield room to work after a terrible first half. Their defense, playing without Marlon Humphrey and Calais Campbell, controlled the Colts after a rough first quarter. Marcus Peters created two essential turnovers. Young players such as Justin Madubuike and Malik Harrison made important contributions to the effort. From pandemic-impeded practices to that shockingly flat first half, the Ravens faced a mountain of complications against a good opponent. If the 2020 season ends the way they want it to, we might remember this as the week when they found their legs.
This year, he has led the Ravens to a 6-2 record, including a 4-0 mark on the road. After a slow start to the game against the Colts, Jackson led the Ravens to three scoring drives in the second half to put the game away.
It was the first time Baltimore won a game in Indianapolis over seven meetings.
“I think they understand the gravity of that win,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re going to be proud of that win.”
The goal now is to keep rolling and for Jackson to win a playoff game for the first time of his career.
“Just keep it going,” Jackson said. “We want to score points – that’s our job. Everyone gets paid to do that so just keep moving the ball down the field, trying to hit my receivers in their numbers and letting guys do their thing.
WHO IS LAMAR JACKSON
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). In 2019, he was the NFL Most Valuable Player, the second player to receive a unanimous selection for the award, and the fourth African-American quarterback to be named MVP. While in college, he won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and was unanimously selected as an All-American during his sophomore year in 2016.
Jackson was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He began his rookie season as a backup, but became the team’s starting quarterback following an injury to starter Joe Flacco. During the season, Jackson helped the team clinch the AFC North division title and became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. In 2019, his first full season as starter, Jackson set a record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback and led the league with 36 touchdown passes.