Oh, didn't realize you already posted it.They need to tone him down or it won't be too long before he sustains a major injury. He's currently the 9th leading rusher in the NFL with 1,017 yds on 151 carries! Very risky to be having your franchise QB rushing the ball that much. And from what I've seen he isn't exactly sliding down or running out of bounds all the time - he's been hit pretty hard at times.
He could get away with this at Louisville when he ran for an unbelievable 4,132 yds on 655 carries in just 3 seasons! But this is the NFL - he didn't see many 250 lb linebackers with 4.5 speed that want to take your head off when he was playing in the ACC.
I still think Baltimore looks like geniuses drafting him and dumping Flacco, who's looking like an aging injury-prone QB that needs to retire (no surprises there). Jackson is an incredible 17-4 as a starter since taking over mid-season last year. I believe they have the inside track to the SB. And running the RPO with a variety of pistol & spread formations suits his style perfectly (similar to what he ran in college). But if they don't toned his rushing down or at least have him slide down and run out of bounds all the time he could be one hit away from a major injury.
They need Jackson to play tomorrow obviously, but since its the jets at home, I would see if they can get a big lead and rest him for much of the 2nd half.
After that, if the Pats and Chiefs were to lose, Ravens would have the 1 seed locked up already. that's unlikely though.
So they will almost certainly need 1 more win . 10 days until the next game.
At Browns is not an easy game -since Browns killed them last time. Have to play Jackson there. BUT, if you can get the win, you have the 1 seed locked up, and a bye week.
Don't rest the whole squad, but definately rest Jackson against Steelers after that imo. Give him 2 weeks to get to as good fitness as he can.