Both teams are sitting atop their respective divisions and have pioneered thrilling finishes in the past couple of weeks, with Jackson putting on an unreal show on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts.
Well, both Herbert and Jackson received massive praise from the other team ahead of what should be a must-watch game.
Lamar Jackson gets real on the talent of rising star Justin Herbert
By now, everybody knows Herbert’s name. The second-year quarterback is setting the league on fire as the Chargers have topped the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and Cleveland Browns over the past three games.
Herbert continues to set NFL records and is throwing his name in the MVP conversation– and rightfully so. Jackson is also an MVP candidate for obvious reasons, and the Ravens star spoke highly of Herbert– although he contained it a bit with their matchup this weekend (h/t Ryan Mink).
“He’s a very talented quarterback. He’s been doing his thing. Hopefully it slows down a little bit when we’re playing against him. We don’t want to hype him up too bad this week. But he’s definitely been balling out of control, for sure.”
Lamar Jackson on Justin Herbert
Let’s not forget that Jackson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Saying this about Herbert is outstanding, and nobody can deny the talent of the former Oregon Ducks star who the Chargers nabbed one pick after Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jackson is right; Herbert is balling. On the season, he has 1576 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions as the Chargers have run to the top of the AFC West.
Brandon Staley gives Lamar some hype as well
On the other hand, Jackson has been dealing through the first five weeks of the season. Even more impressive is that he is doing this with a subpar Ravens running attack after both Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins suffered season-ending injuries.
Jackson has 1519 yards through the air with eight touchdowns and has added a team-high 341 yards on the ground with two scores. The Ravens lead the NFL in yards per game (452) and are 4th and 5th in rushing yards and passing yards per, respectively.
In turn, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley spoke highly of Jackson ahead of their matchup.
Staley is correct, and Jackson is setting unreal NFL records and is in the thick of the MVP conversation, along with Herbert. Moreover, the former Heisman Trophy winner just torched the Colts defense for 442 yards through the air with four passing scores in a wild overtime victory.
Chargers-Ravens is the game of the weekend
This matchup includes two MVP-worthy quarterbacks and two teams right in the thick of AFC contention after impressive starts to the season. Both sides are coming off ridiculous victories, including Herbert and the Chargers making a wild comeback against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
After five weeks, the Ravens, Chargers, and Buffalo Bills are all 4-1 and tied for the top spot in the AFC, and none of these three look to slow down anytime soon.
Baltimore will need another stellar outing from Jackson, and the Chargers will lean on Herbert, although Austin Ekeler will be a whole other issue for the Ravens defense.
Sit back and get ready for one of the best games of the season between two legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference