Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is well on his way to locking up the 2019 NFL MVP award, and he added another honor in Week 12 to bolster his resume. Jackson was named AFC offensive player of the week after throwing five touchdowns and rushing for 95 yards against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.
This marked the fourth time this season Jackson has been named offensive player of the week, which matches Cam Newton (2015) for second most such awards in a single season. Tom Brady holds the record with five weekly awards in 2007. Both Newton and Brady won the MVP award those seasons.
Three of Jackson’s weekly awards have come in November alone. The NFL will announce player of the month awards for November in the coming week, and Jackson is likely the favorite. For the month of November he completed 76.2 percent of his passes for 777 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also scrambled for 300 yards and three touchdowns. QB wins should not be an NFL stat, but in November, his team went 4-0 beating the Patriots, Bengals, Texans, and Rams.
Russell Wilson has been Jackson’s primary competition for the 2019 MVP award, but after Monday, it’s hard to see Jackson not winning the award at season’s end. Wilson is critical to the Seahawks roster and they’re probably competing for a top ten draft pick without him. It’s absurd he’s never won an MVP award, but sometimes it’s about timing. This year, as deserving as Wilson is, he’s run into the Jackson buzzsaw.