After a dominating performance against the Jets in Week 15 that included five touchdown passes, the NFL rewarded Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Wednesday by naming him the AFC’s offensive player of the week.
Although we don’t usually spend too much time talking about the player of the week awards around here, Jackson’s win this week is notable because it was his fifth award of the season, which ties the record held by Tom Brady and Cam Newton for the most player of the week awards in a single season in NFL history.
Brady pulled off the feat back in 2007 in a season where he led the Patriots to a 16-0 finish. Newton then followed him up eight years later when he won the award five times during the Panthers‘ 15-1 season in 2015. Based on how the 2019 season is going, there’s a good chance Jackson is going to join those two quarterbacks in another category: MVP winner.
Brady won the MVP in 2007 after winning his five player of the week awards, Newton won MVP in 2015 after winning his five player of the week awards, and at this point, it kind of feels like.
Jackson basically cemented the MVP win during the Ravens’ 42-21 win over the Jets. Not only did Jackson throw five touchdown passes in a game for the third time this season, but he also rushed for 86 yards, which allowed him to break Michael Vick’s single-season record for more rushing yards by a quarterback. Vick finished the 2006 season with 1,039 rushing yards and Jackson now has 1,103 with two games left to play.
Besides Week 15, Jackson also won the player of the week award in Week 1, Week 9, Week 10 and Week 12. If Jackson can win a player of the week award just once over the next two weeks, it will be his sixth of the season, which will break the tie with Newton and Brady and give him the record alone.
Speaking of those Newton and Brady, there is one thing that both quarterbacks have in common that Jackson will want to avoid. Although both quarterbacks had MVP seasons when they won their five player of the week awards, both Brady and Newton ended up losing in the Super Bowl. Brady lost 17-14 to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, while Newton lost 24-10 to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
As for Jackson, he also received another honor this week: On Tuesday, he became the first Ravens quarterback in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl. Jackson was, who set the record for most players voted to a Pro Bowl.
Jackson has totaled 40 touchdowns this season, with 33 of those coming through the air and seven of them coming on the ground. If he throws just one touchdown pass against the Browns on Sunday, Jackson will set the Ravens franchise record for most touchdown passes in a season.