This weekend’s Bengals-Ravens game should be a matchup of former Heisman Trophy winners, with Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow going against Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson.
Jackson won league MVP honors in his second NFL season, but even he didn’t get off to the fast start as a rookie that Burrow has. Last week, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 or more yards in three consecutive games.
Burrow has caught people’s attention around the league, including from his counterpart in Baltimore.
“I like his game,” Jackson told the Ravens’ team website about Burrow. “Obviously he broke records for passing yards in consecutive weeks. That’s dope. But I don’t wish him success against us. I want to win.”
When Lamar Jackson plays against Joe Burrow on Sunday, it will mark 2nd starting QB match-up in NFL history between the reigning NFL MVP and reigning Heisman winner, per Elias Sports Bureau.
The first instance came in 1971, when MVP John Brodie beat Heisman winner Jim Plunkett.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 7, 2020
Through four games, Burrow has thrown for 1,121 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Earlier this week, the former LSU star paid Jackson some compliments, calling the third-year star “unbelievable.”
Joe Burrow on Lamar Jackson: “He’s unbelievable. He’s fun to watch.” Said he finds himself watching Lamar instead of opposing defenses when breaking down tape.
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 7, 2020
Now, Jackson has missed the last two days of practice with an unspecified knee injury, leaving his status for Sunday’s game in a bit of doubt. We’ll have to see what he does tomorrow.
The Ravens and Bengals will kick off at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Hopefully Jackson and Burrow both put on a show.
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