After a prime-time showdown, last night, between future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees for Sunday Night Football, the Monday Night Football showdown features a duel between the two quarterbacks who have won the last two NFL Most Valuable Player awards.
Patrick Mahomes has led the reigning Super Bowl champions to a 2-0 start this season. The 2018 league MVP completed 27 of 47 passes last Sunday for 302 yards in Los Angeles while rallying the Chiefs to a late touchdown to force overtime where they defeated the Chargers by a 23-20 score. Mahomes added another 54 yards on the ground for 356 of total yardage in the game.
Kansas City trailed by a 17-6 score midway through the 3rd quarter. That was the sixth straight time (including the playoffs last season) where Mahomes has successfully rallied his team to victory if the Chiefs were trailing by a double-digit deficit. However, Mahomes has been placed in that situation to where he had to bring his team back from a deficit of at least ten points in four his last five games, including last year’s postseason.
Lamar Jackson followed up his team’s 38-6 victory over Cleveland in the opening week of the season by leading the Ravens to a 33-16 victory last week at Houston. Last year’s MVP completed 18 of 24 passes for 204 yards while adding an additional 54 rushing yards. Baltimore has won fourteen straight games in the regular season. The Ravens also possess the best point differential in the NFL as they have outscored their first two opponents by +49 points. Jackson is completing 77.6% of his passes this season.
Despite their young careers, this is already Mahomes-Jackson III. These quarterbacks first clashed on December 9th in 2018. Mahomes completed 35 of 53 passes for 377 yards to lead Kansas City to a 27-24 victory in overtime. Jackson accounted for 214 total yards with 67 rushing yards and two touchdown passes in the loss.
The rematch took place on September 22nd just over a year ago again in Kansas City where the Chiefs pulled out a 33-28 victory. Mahomes completed 27 of 37 passes for 374 yards with three touchdown passes. Jackson accounted for 313 total yards with 267 of them coming in the air.
The third act of this trilogy moves to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium for the first time. This is also the first opportunity for the Ravens to play the host for Monday Night Football. COVID-19 protocols in Maryland prohibits fans in the stadium so Baltimore will be playing in an empty building for the third straight game. BetAnySports
lists the Ravens as a 3.5-point favorite for this showdown with the total set at 54. ESPN broadcasts the game with the kickoff scheduled for 8:15 PM ET.