OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s one of the most anticipated regular season football games in recent recent memory... on Monday night.
"It’s a very exciting game," said Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. "You’re the only one being watched at that time. The whole world is watching you. It’s time to put on a show. It’s a primetime game."
Ravens vs. Chiefs.
Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes.
Arguably the best two quarterbacks in the NFL, and the last two league MVPs, lead their teams into M&T Bank Stadium.
"Going against a great talent like him, a guy who can throw the ball anywhere he wants on the field, make things happen each and every game. It’s very exciting," said Jackson about Mahomes.
"He’s a great player. He can make all the throws. He can run with the ball. He can really do it all," said Mahomes about Jackson. "He’s a great player and I look forward to the contest this week."
Both teams are 2-0 this season. That record matches Chiefs’ mark against the Ravens the last two years. Both games were in K.C. and decided by a combined eight points.
"We were hoping last year that we could see them in the AFC Championship. But, things like that just fall the wrong way," said Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters. "So, we get the opportunity to play them this year and we got to take advantage of it."
This year there is even more importance thrust upon this game. With seven teams now making the playoffs in 2020, only the top seed will earn a bye. Monday’s result could be the deciding factor for who gets that No. 1 spot when the postseason rolls around.
"We understand that these early season games have impact and that games won in September definitely have an impact on December," said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh.
A couple players returned to Ravens practice on Thursday. Both defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (knee) and receiver Chris Moore (finger) were back from injuries and participated on a limited basis.