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Lamar Jackson has chance to solidify MVP candidacy on Monday Night Football

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is now even money to win the 2019 NFL MVP award.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens looks to throw the ball during the second half against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens wrap up Week 12 with a big Monday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. The Ravens are looking for a win to maintain pace with the New England Patriots, while the Rams need a win to hang around a couple games back in the wild card.

This game presents a stiff test for Jackson as he builds his MVP case. Wade Phillips’ defense has improved, particularly with the addition of Jalen Ramsey, and might have a chance at even beginning to contain Jackson. That combined with the game being in prime time provides Jackson a chance to solidify his spot atop the MVP leaderboard.

Entering Week 12, Jackson was the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook with +170 odds. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was second at +200. Following Seattle’s big win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson improved to +175, and Jackson improved to even money (+100). Seattle won, but Wilson had a fairly quiet day. He threw for 200 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and added 15 rushing yards. Not a bad day, but a bit under the radar given the high expectations surrounding Wilson.

Jackson is making his Monday Night Football debut tonight, and it’s the start of a two week stretch that could all but lock up the MVP award. He gets the Rams in prime time, and then hosts the impressive San Francisco 49ers defense in Week 13. The 49ers defense is coming off a huge performance against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in which they shut down the Green Bay passing attack. If Jackson can put together big performances in wins over LA and San Francisco, it might be time to shut down the balloting.