Lamar Jackson: Ravens ‘going too see’ Tom Brady, Patriots again
Lamar Jackson came out on top in his showdown with Tom Brady on Sunday night, but the Baltimore Ravens quarterback predicts it won’t be the last time he matches up with the legendary New England Patriots signal-caller in the near future.
Jackson outplayed Brady in the Ravens’ 37-20 victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots, rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another. During an interview that aired Tuesday on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Jackson claimed he never thought about the fact he was going up against the an all-time great during the game.
Further, Jackson, whose 6-2 Ravens sport a comfortable two-game lead in the AFC North, believes a postseason showdown with Brady and the 8-1 Patriots could very well occur come January.
“When I was on the field, it wasn’t hitting me,” Jackson said, via NFL.com. “I’m trying to compete. When I touch that field, my goal is to come out with victories and that’s what I wanted to do.
“Like I said, I didn’t care who I was playing against, you know? Tom Brady, the G.O.A.T. of all G.O.A.T.s, six Super Bowls, 20 years doing it, the guy’s still playing like he’s a second-year player, a third-year player like he’s a young guy in the league and still you can’t take nothing from him. It was crazy.
“I know we’re going to see him again, so we’ve just got to prepare.”
Jackson obviously has been outstanding in his second NFL season, having already led the Ravens to a postseason berth in 2018 after filling in for an injured Joe Flacco and never giving the starting job back to the veteran.
Many have argued that running quarterbacks like Jackson — who is on pace to rush for 1,000 yards this season — aren’t able to withstand the punishment associated with so many rushing attempts. What’s more, naysayers argue Jackson’s style is not conducive for a team to successfully realize Super Bowl aspirations.
“Just got to keep proving them wrong,” Jackson said of the doubters.