Lamar Jackson Has Shocking Odds to Win the NFL Rushing Title in 2020

Lamar Jackson's odds to win the NFL rushing title in 2020 put him in elite company.
Lamar Jackson's odds to win the NFL rushing title in 2020 put him in elite company. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Lamar Jackson's 2019 season was something we've never really seen in the NFL. He rushed for 1,206 yards across just 15 games, blowing away the next-highest single-season rushing total we've ever seen from a quarterback (1,039 yards from Mike Vick in 2006).

Now heading into just his second season as a full-time starting quarterback, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving Jackson some serious respect. He is being given +2400 odds to lead the NFL in rushing yards in 2020, which is better than all but 13 running backs.

It can be easy to write it off as impossible that a quarterback would win the NFL rushing title, but that would be ignoring the incredible body of work Jackson has put together. His 1,200-yard season in 2019 was not some fluke that came out of nowhere.

Jackson also started seven games to close out his rookie season, racking up 556 yards in that time. Extrapolated to 16 games, that's a pace for 1,271 yards. That would have been good for third in the NFL in 2018.

So with a sixth-place finish among all rushers (in 15 games) in 2019 and a pace that could have put him third among all rushers in 2018, Jackson is in some pretty elite company.

Jackson is truly unlike anything we've seen in the NFL. Michael Vick looked like an anomaly, but Jackson has already blown Vick's records out of the water.

With another year of experience under his belt but still firmly in his athletic prime at 23 years old — only one month older than first-overall pick Joe Burrow — this year could be the perfect opportunity for Jackson to make NFL history yet again.

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