With a five-touchdown performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Baltimore Ravens dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson continued his quest toward his second MVP Award. The second-ever unanimous MVP winner in 2019, Jackson has starred over the past two weeks and, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, is the betting favorite to win the award again in 2023. However, one NFL Analyst, Fox Sports’ Richard Sherman, believes Jackson should not win this season’s award.
Despite Lamar Jackson’s 5 TD performance, it has not changed @RSherman_25's MVP vote:
“I don’t see it as the same as his unanimous MVP season. I give it to Christian McCaffrey.” pic.twitter.com/72AsQ91qX6
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 1, 2024
Richard Sherman Doesn’t Buy Lamar Jackson MVP Hype
Richard Sherman, a three-time first-team All-Pro during his time with the San Francisco 49ers, took the stage on Fox Sports’ Undisputed on Monday. When asked if his opinion changed on Lamar not being the MVP after his performance on Sunday, Sherman said, “No, it did not because the fact of the matter remains the same for me: that did not move the needle for me. The five touchdowns in this game against the Miami Dolphins are almost as many as he had in November and December combined. When you look at the full picture, I don’t see it.”
Jackson dismantled the 11-win Miami Dolphins on Sunday, going 18-of-21 for 321 yards and five passing touchdowns. He also ran the ball six times for 35 yards. His superstar performance came after a two-touchdown, no-turnover performance against the 49ers in Week 16.
However, Sherman continued, pointing towards his lack of touchdowns as a reason he should not earn consideration for the MVP. Jackson has just 29 total touchdowns this season and will most likely sit his team’s regular-season finale with the top seed in the AFC locked up. The last quarterback to win an MVP with under 30 touchdowns was Peyton Manning in 2008.
When pressed about who he would vote for as the league MVP, Sherman said, “Christian McCaffrey.” The 49ers running back leads the league with 2,023 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott also has a case for league MVP. The 30-year-old has tossed a league-best 32 touchdowns this season.
Baltimore Ravens: Lock-Up Top Seed in AFC
With a win over the Dolphins in Week 17, the Baltimore Ravens have earned the top seed in the AFC and will get a bye during the first round of the postseason. The Ravens are in the top five in the league regarding points scored and yards gained. Additionally, they house the top-ranked defense in the NFL. They allow only 16.4 points per game, the best mark in the league.