OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson has streak at a record-setting pace to get a quarter back, won four of his first five starts and it has put the Baltimore Ravens squarely from the playoff race.

Some say Jackson has been the second-most impressive rookie quarterback in 2013 supporting Baker Mayfield. Others believe Jackson’s stats should have an asterisk.

Jackson has played a couple of the worst defenses in the NFL, also a nearperfect initiation for its No. 32 overall pick. That fortuitous series ends Saturday night, even when Jackson faces the Los Angeles Chargers along with also his initial top-10 defense.

“I feel just like that’s likely to be the fastest team we face all season,” Jackson said. “All 1-1 to the ball whatsoever times. They’re flying around, which makes plays [and] making turnovers. They’re a good defense”

But would go so much as to say that this could be the best defense Jackson has faced.

The Chargers’ defense could cause problem, together with pass-rushers Melvin Ingram along with Joey Bosa Assessing the edges and rookie Derwin James playing around to produce plays out of five distinct places.

“I view it just like I’ve to be on my A-game,” Jackson said. “Anything that they give us, take advantage of.”

Within his first five starts, Jackson took advantage of a quirky early period of playing the Cincinnati Bengals (ranked No. 32 in defense), Oakland Raiders (No. 26), Atlanta Falcons (No. 2 4 ), Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 28). The likelihood of playing a bottom-24 defense at a five-game stretch is 11.3 percent, based on ESPN Analytics.

Jackson’s 427 yards rushing are 106 more than every other quarterback in his first five starts in the Super Bowl era. As Baltimore’s top playmaker, Jackson has produced 4 1 rushes reaching 1-5 miles per hour, in accordance with NFL Next Gen Stats since Week 1-5 (the next-closest quarter back is Josh Allen together with 22).

“Lamar can throw it like mad, too, but they will blink and he is running 70 yards,” Chargers safety Adrian Phillips explained. “So through the entire week, we’ll have drills that are devoted to keeping the quarter back from the pocket and never let him escape out. But he is a fantastic athlete. He is gonna get out. We only need to make sure that when he can, we put him on the ground fast”

The Chargers have held the very best running quarterbacks in balance in 2013.

Jackson is averaging almost twice that (85.4) as a beginner, but the Chargers reap the benefits of owning eight days to crack down film with a rushing strategy that no defense has been able to fully power down.

“That’s O planning this week goes to be critical, because you’replaying a team that’s very unconventional in contrast to what we’ve ever seen all year,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn explained. “They’re utilizing their quarter back just such as a running back, and that makes it problematic for the shield. You have to be disciplined and you’ve got to be in your gaps”

Not only will this be the highest-ranked defense that Jackson will face so far, it also marks the first time a national tv audience will find a look at Jackson. Even the Ravens continue to believe nothing was too big for him so much, and there is not any concern with Jackson playing with a primetime game with so many playoff effects at stake.

It’s been demanding for beginner quarterbacks playing under the lights in 2013.

“I’m not worried about prime time,” Jackson said. “spare time is following the game with a ‘W.’ This ’s primetime.”


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