Lamar Jackson secured a big victory in his first NFL start against the Bengals to end the Ravens’ three-game losing streak.
The 21-year-old quarterback helped Baltimore pull off a 24-21 win in a critical matchup that will help determine the Ravens’ playoff fate. He had a big task of filling in for starting quarterback Joe Flacco, who has been dealing with a hip injury, and Jackson was tabbed the starter in Week 11 over Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, delivered an impressive performance in his first start as he completed 13-of-19 passes for 150 yards, though he did have one interception. His rushing game was where he made an even stronger impact as he had 27 carries for 117 yards.
He also became the first Raven to rush for more than 100 yards in a game this season, according to NFL Network.
Lamar Jackson is the first Raven to rush for 100 yards in a game this season.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 18, 2018
Jackson, 21, became Baltimore’s first rookie starting quarterback since 2008, when Flacco jumped to the top of the depth chart because of injuries to Kyle Boller and Troy Smith, ESPN notes.
The Ravens move to 5-5 on the season, while the Bengals fell to 5-5 after starting the season 4-1.