Baltimore (5-2) defeated Detroit (5-2) last weekend and made that game look like a walk in the park by trouncing the Lions on their way to a 38-6 victory inside M&T Bank Stadium. Everybody stepped up and played extraordinarily, but Lamar Jackson truly stole the show.
Jackson finished the game by completing 21-of-27 passes for 357 yards while tossing three touchdowns. He was so close to getting a perfect quarterback rating, earning a 155.8 mark. He added 36 yards rushing and scored a touchdown on one of his scrambles.
All of that put future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets on notice. During his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers expressed his long-standing appreciation for Jackson, dating back to his college days.
"I've always been a fan of Lamar since he was in college," Rodgers said. "He’s possibly the fastest guy on the field every game and he throws it all over the place."
Rodgers made sure to remind everybody watching that Lamar "has won MVP; sometimes we forget about who Jackson is." For Rodgers, in his own words, Lamar Jackson is "a hell of a player."
Lamar Jackson showcased his dual-threat prowess that he already started to flash back in his Louisville days and that ultimately helped him become the second-ever unanimous MVP of the NFL.
Rodgers himself, during his playing days in Green Bay as the quarterback of the Packers, secured his first MVP award in 2011 and then added three more such accolades to his tally in 2014, 2020, and 2021. Rodgers signed with the New York Jets earlier this year after winning the Super Bowl with the Packers in the 2010 season.
It is a shame that Rodgers suffered a near-season-ending injury in Week 1, barely a few seconds into his chapter in New York. He has been making huge strides in his recovery, however, so don't rule out a postseason comeback--as wild as that sounds.
Will we have the chance to watch Lamar face AR in an AFC title matchup? Here's to hoping!