INDIANAPOLIS – Lamar Jackson fast-tracked the Baltimore Ravens' latest record-breaking achievement.
He opened the second half with an up-tempo game plan that got Indianapolis' defense out of sync. Then, as it wore down, Jackson took full advantage with a series of perfectly timed play calls, including an incredible fake on his 9-yard scoring run to seal a 24-10 victory.
Baltimore surpassed Denver for the most consecutive games with 20 or more points in NFL history. The Ravens have hit the mark 31 straight times, one more than the Broncos from 2012-14.
“We caught the defense off guard,” Jackson said. "The offensive line did a good job and our guys were getting open.“
Jackson's day didn't come with the usual gaudy numbers. He was 19 of 23 with 170 yards and no touchdowns and carried 13 times for 58 yards. Most importantly, he had no turnovers.
But the league's reigning MVP helped the Ravens (6-2) keep pace with the Steelers in the AFC North by making some key adjustments.
After punting on their first five possessions and watching the defense score the Ravens' only points of the first half, Jackson switched it up. The No. 1 ranked rushing offense transformed into a no-huddle, controlled passing team that quickly seized control and never gave Indy (5-3) a second chance once Gus Edwards gave them a 14-10 lead on a 1-yard TD plunge midway through the third quarter.
Jackson followed with the historic scoring run on the next drive to make it 21-10 with 11:08 remaining.