Sammy Watkins put Lamar Jackson in hot water today. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver told reporter Jamison Hensley that Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs wasn’t about him and Patrick Mahomes, but went on to say that Jackson and the Chiefs superstar look like rivals.
Watkins said that internally things are not exactly how quarterbacks portray them in the media.
Sammy Watkins on Jackson vs. Mahomes
Watkins said in the same interview:
“I think those guys definitely see it that way. You can say no, but the world is looking at two of the best and youngest MVPs in the league and very talented guys. I’m definitely looking at it that way, like, man, Lamar needs to win.
“He’s been doing a great job in this league with the way he behaves as a teammate and as a guy who does the right things off the field. I think it’s time he took the next leap and tried to get a win. “. and I hope that this team, we prepare and the coaches prepare to do our best to achieve a victory for the organization and for him. “
Watkins’ words carry particular weight because the veteran wide receiver played the past three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, and is now in Baltimore.
Having played for both sides, Watkins knows what both quarterbacks think and how they view the rivalry.
Jackson vs. Mahomes
Although Jackson called the Chiefs “our kryptonite,” a better possessive determinant for him would be “me.”
Jackson’s numbers against Mahomes and the Chiefs are appalling. He is 0-3 (30-5 against other franchises), with just a 52.6 percent completion rate. Jackson averages just 170.3 passing yards against the Chiefs and has thrown for just three touchdowns. In his media availability ahead of Sunday’s clash, Jackson said:
“They beat us three times or whatever, but that’s a thing of the past. I’m not thinking about those losses. We will arrive on Sunday night and we will play.”
There may be a rivalry between the two former MVPs, but if there is to be a true rivalry between them, Jackson and the Ravens must find a way to beat Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Otherwise, it is not a great rivalry. Right now, Mahomes owns Jackson on the field.