Lamar Jackson 23 Yards Away from Breaking Michael Vick’s Rushing Record Tonight Against Jets

© Provided by Oath Inc. Lamar Jackson was the best quarterback on the field Sunday in Seattle and is making a case for MVP consideration. (Kirby Lee/Reuters)

Lamar Jackson sits 23 yards from making history in Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets. Or, for Jackson, one decent run.

Jackson currently has 1,017 rushing yards, behind only Michael Vick’s 1,039 yards in 2006 for most rush yards by a QB in a single season in NFL History.

Vick is ready for his record to be obliterated.

“It’s a cool moment in sports, especially for Lamar and also for the Baltimore Ravens,” Vick told the team’s official website. “It’s something that everybody can be excited about. Breaking that record, it’s something I can honestly say I didn’t think I’d see for a long time. When Lamar was coming out of college, we had conversations. I used to tell him, ‘Play your game, be you.’ But I couldn’t even foresee Lamar doing this so quickly. It shows if you’re with the right teammates, the right coaches, the right organization, what can happen.”

Odds are at some point Thursday night, likely early, Jackson will set the record. In his 20 career starts, only once has Jackson not generated at least 39 yards, and that was in Week 1’s blowout win over Miami (six yards on three carries).

The Jets run defense has been the most productive part of their team this season, ranking second in yards given up per game, but shutting down Jackson is a different beast.

The list of superlatives is long, so take a breath before you dive in:

» Jackson has a higher passer rating (109.2) than the average QB to win MVP (107.7) since 2000.

» Through 14 games, the Ravens‘ QB has 28 passing TDs and 35 offensive TDs this season (most in NFL). Six games with three-plus pass TDs (most in NFL). 109.2 passer rating this season (4th in NFL). 117.2 passer rating on 3rd down (3rd in NFL).

» 2,677 pass yards (20th in NFL) and 1,017 rush yards (9th) in 2019: First player with 2,500-plus passing yards and 1,000-plus rush yards in a season; first player to average 200-plus passing yards per game (205.9) and 60 rush YPG (78.2).

» On pace to become the first player in NFL history to record a 100-plus passer rating and 1,000-plus rush yards in the same season. (Vick only generated one season with a 100-plus passer rating: 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles — 100.2.)

» Jackson leads NFL in pass TD (28) and leads all QBs in rush yards (1,017). The last QB to do so: 1994 HOF Steve Young (35 pass TD, 293 rush yards) — Young won NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX. The last two players to rank top 5 in passing TDs and lead QBs in rush yards won NFL MVP that season (Other: 2015 CAR Cam Newton).

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SOURCE: NFL, Kevin Patra