The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs seem primed for a decade of showdowns considering the quarterback strength of both teams, and if there is one team that could thwart a potential dynasty in the making it’s Baltimore.
Recently, Fox Sports analyst Colin Cowherd took a look at the biggest elements that could work to halt the Chiefs, and the Ravens, specifically Lamar Jackson, placed high on the list in the No. 2 spot. This is due to Jackson’s overall talent and ability to be with a great organization into the future.
“His name is Lamar Jackson. When you have a well-run organization like the Lakers when they were well run and you give them Kobe (Bryant) and then you give them Shaq, you’re playing for second place,” he said. “They got a good owner, they got a great quarterback, they got a good front office, they got a great coach. Lamar Jackson is going to be a problem for everybody in the AFC for a decade. This is going to be a big problem.”
Some of the other elements that could prevent a Chiefs dynasty according to Cowherd? The cost of the Patrick Mahomes contract, other great young quarterbacks in the AFC, Bill Belichick adding a new elite quarterback in 2021 and the fact that winning a Super Bowl is hard to do.
No matter what happens, Cowherd is right in this instance. It’s probably wise to remember Jackson as a huge threat for the foreseeable future to the Chiefs.
Colin Cowherd Taking Patrick Mahomes Over Lamar Jackson
Even though Jackson isn’t going anywhere, Cowherd might not take him over Mahomes. After watching the Super Bowl, Cowherd made a proclamation about where the Baltimore Ravens‘ quarterback stands against the Chiefs’ signal caller.
“I’d still take Patrick Mahomes the next 10 years. I think there’s a gap between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson,” Cowherd said. “When Lamar Jackson trails late in games, he gets further away from what makes him special; the feet. When Patrick Mahomes trails late, he leans into his greatest talent, throwing the ball.”
As Cowherd continued, Mahomes is never out of a game, something which showed up in the Super Bowl which is different than Jackson.
“There’s no formula with Patrick Mahomes. He can trail by 21 late, it doesn’t matter. That’s the gap between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, and it’s no shot at Jackson. You saw the gap. You felt the gap,” he said. “Even the Baltimore coaches first half against Tennessee’s low wattage offense, when Baltimore trailed first half, you could sense the Baltimore coaches’ panic. In the Super Bowl, there was never any panic. That’s the gap. That’s the difference. Not all MVP’s are flawless.”
Cowherd believes that Jackson has conditions to be able to win games, while Mahomes doesn’t.
“As long as he gets the ball, he’ll win. I don’t feel that way with Lamar,” he said. “I feel there’s a certain style and the game has to work a certain way and Lamar needs a running game. He’s better playing with a lead, playing downhill. Don’t want him trailing by 2 touchdowns with 6 minutes left. I thought you saw a gap there.”
As always, it’s easy to judge these things in an immediate vacuum but likely, the only thing needed to completely judge this is time.
Analyst Predicts Patrick Mahomes-Lamar Jackson Rivalry
In Mahomes vs. Jackson, the league could have its new top rivalry for years to come. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press even goes so far as to say it could become this generation’s Brady vs. Manning.
Mahomes has made back to back AFC Championship game appearances, while Jackson has been knocked out of the playoffs the last pair of seasons. Mahomes won last year’s MVP award, and Jackson could very likely be on track to do the same this season. Both play a different game than Brady and Manning, which could only figure to shake things up further for the league in terms of style and competition.
All of that could set up a fantastic rivalry for football fans for a long time. But the duo better start to win multiple Super Bowls in order to reach what Brady and Manning had head to head for years.
Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes
Though the duo did not meet up in the 2020 playoffs and haven’t dueled there as of yet, it will not be a stretch to see them battle into the next decade as the next “it” rivalry at quarterback in the NFL. Mahomes, just a few years into his career, has burst on the scene with an MVP award, All-Pro honors and has been to a pair of Pro Bowls. Jackson is set to do the same after his work this season.
Head to head, the Chiefs have beaten the Ravens two straight games dating back to 2018. Jackson hasn’t yet managed to get over the hump with a win against his biggest rival. Until he does, it’s fair for some to keep him behind Mahomes in terms of the best in the NFL.
Stay tuned in the future, of course, to see where the argument goes in the coming years. Many see this as the new big rivalry in football for a long time.
Jackson will have his chances at thwarting Mahomes for the next decade or more, and there could be tons of encounters to be had.
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