World News – United States – Bengals’ Joe Burrow set for debut clash with ‘the incredible’ Lamar Jackson


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CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow admitted he was sometimes distracted in preparation for his first game against the Baltimore Ravens

Burrow can’t help him He knows he’s supposed to study opposing defenses, but his eyes are on the other side of the ball And it’s hard to blame him The Ravens quarterback and Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson tends to have that kind of effect

On Sunday, the two quarterbacks face off in the NFL for the first time as division opponents when the Bengals travel to Baltimore to face the defending AFC North champions (1 p.m. ET, CBS) It’s a clash between two of the NFL’s most talented young quarterbacks

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« He’s obviously one of the best players in the league right now, two or three years ago, » Burrow said of Jackson on Wednesday. « He’s amazing He’s fun to watch »

The two have been somewhat bonded since their high school years Burrow and Jackson were in the recruiting class of 2015 and every quarterback was vastly undervalued in hindsight

Burrow barely broke through the ESPN 300 rankings that year at No 298 and Jackson didn’t pull it off at all No quarterback was invited to the Elite 11 final, which is considered the best competition for high school quarterbacks

Asked about it on Wednesday, Burrow laughed and noted that things had worked out pretty well for him and Jackson

« I’m not the most talented guy in the world, but I worked a lot to be ready for game day, and I’m proud of my game and the execution of the offense, » said declared Burrow

« You know I’ve played with a lot of guys who can throw the ball 75, 80 yards and aren’t where I am now, aren’t where Lamar is now So you know he there are a lot of different things that go into the quarterback game « 

Burrow and Jackson each won the Heisman Trophy In fact, including Baker Mayfield of Cleveland, three of the four starting AFC North quarterbacks have all won college football’s highest individual honor.

Last year the Bengals found out just how problematic Jackson can be for opposing defenses When the Baltimore Week 10 Bengals took down, Jackson took the ball on a false play option and walked away. made his way through the defense in one of the best NFL highlights of the 2019 season

« I saw him a bit, » Bengals rookie linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither said this week « (I’m) tired of seeing him »

Burrow lives up to his pre-draft hype Last week he became the first rookie in NFL history to throw 300 yards or more in three straight games Burrow notched his first NFL victory in the 33-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars

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« That’s pretty stupid, » said Jackson, who loves Burrow’s game. « But I don’t wish him success against us I want to win this game »

For the Bengals to ever reign supreme in the AFC North, they will likely have to find a way to dominate Jackson and the Ravens

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World News – United States – Bengals’ Joe Burrow ready for first clash with « the incredible » Lamar Jackson


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