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Lamar Jackson Has A Major Opportunity In Second Career Start

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Louisville legend Lamar Jackson will be the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback for the second consecutive week.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was once again vague about his quarterback situation, but he indicated Jackson will lead the offense against the Raiders.

“I’m counting on Lamar being the starter for this game,” Harbaugh said after Friday’s practice. “I think that’s pretty straightforward.”

Veteran starter Joe Flacco hasn’t practiced over the past two weeks since suffering a hip injury. Flacco won’t need surgery and as of last week the timetable for his return was Dec. 2 against the Falcons.

With that said, Lamar Jackson could make that a tougher decision for Harbaugh is he can once again lead the Ravens to a victory.

In his debut as the starter, Jackson ran the ball 27 times, which was the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Through the air, Jackson was 13-of-19 for 150 yards and an interception.

“I know I can throw,” Jackson said. “I ran 27 times [on Sunday]. I didn’t try to. We did whatever it took to win. Hopefully, I’m going to start throwing the ball more. The game plan is coming up. We’re going to be throwing the ball. They’re going to see.”

Jackson has a major opportunity in his second career start going up against an Oakland defense that is extremely vulnerable. The Raiders have allowed 29.3 points per game this season, which is the third-worst in the NFL.

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