Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tied Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino for the best start by a quarterback since 1966 after leading the Ravens to a win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9. Jackson, who led the Ravens to a second half comeback and a 24-10 win over the Colts, improved to 25-5 as a starter in the NFL.
Jackson was thrilled after tying Marino as the Dolphins legend -- a nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback, three-time All Pro First-team, one-time MVP, a five-time passing yards leader and three-time touchdowns leader -- is considered as one of the best quarterbacks ever.
"It's pretty cool, I'm up there with a Hall of Famer," Jackson said, per ESPN. "But you still got to win each and every game. So, it's all right." Ravens coach John Harbaugh was impressed with Jackson -- who completed 19-of-23 passes for 170 yards against the Colts.
"I think that's really something. Wow," Ravens coach Harbaugh said of Jackson tying Marino's mark. "Lamar will tell you it's a team effort, I think the team will tell you that you couldn't win those games without Lamar."
Harbaugh shows full confidence in Jackson
In Week 8, the Ravens fell short on their home field against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jackson once again this season found himself on the back end of criticism. This season, the Ravens have lost two games -- but both of those two games came against top teams and Jackson's ability to lead the Ravens against top teams was questioned.
"Lamar is our guy. We're with him all the way -- 100 percent," Harbaugh said. "We got his back. We believe in him. We love him. He's that kind of a person. He gives you everything he's got every single week.
You're going to have critics in this league. You're going to have critics in life. That's part of it. He understands that." Ravens safety Chuck Clark also spoke positively of Jackson as he said the team has the full trust in the reigning NFL MVP.
"We just trust him," Ravens safety Chuck Clark, who scored on a 65-yard fumble return in the first half, said.. "A lot is put on his shoulders to make plays, and [there's] outside criticism. But, like I said, we trust him, and we stick with him regardless of what happens.
Our defense does their part; offense does their part, and we click and just go to get the 'W' at the end of the day."