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Los Angeles Rams 6, Baltimore Ravens 45: MVP makers

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A national audience was treated to a show on Monday. A show that made sure Ravens QB Lamar Jackson took the lead in the 2019 NFL MVP race by completely dismantling a Rams team without an offense in 2019.

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson celebrates a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12, Nov. 25, 2019.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson celebrates a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12, Nov. 25, 2019.
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Let’s be honest. It was easy to see this coming.

The Baltimore Ravens absolutely dismantled the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football on the Rams’ home field, 6-45.

The story coming out of this for the rest of the NFL world was Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. He’s been absolutely fantastic. The MVP talk is fully justified. He’s incredible.

Equally incredible in the literal sense? The degeneration of the Rams’ offense under Head Coach Sean McVay. It’s fine and good to stack points on struggling teams with inept defenses, but you’ve got to be able to compete with good teams if you’re going to make the playoffs. The Rams’ offense simply can’t compete with good teams this year overall. Through 11 games, we’ve seen enough from QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley and the offensive line and from McVay himself to know this isn’t a good offense. But it’s not even average. It’s falling into below average territory with the knowledge that between the lack of draft capital and, assuming some deals in place, the lack of free agency spending available, this offensive depth chart isn’t going to change much over the next few years.

This is the new Rams. And we’re going to have to accept it until they prove themselves different from what we’ve seen since the Chicago Bears kept a six-point lid on this offense in Week 14 last year.

The rest of the NFL caught up to the Rams’ offense. Tonight, the defense had little to no shot of keeping with Lamar Jackson.

And what you’re looking at is a team that simply isn’t good enough to compete with the better teams in 2019.