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QBs Jackson, Kyler Murray Provide Great Week 2 Matchup

Big Bad Morning Show
September 13, 2019 - 12:10 pm

By Austin Medina  

Arguably the two most unorthodox quarterbacks will match up in Baltimore this upcoming Sunday.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who before last week’s incredible performance was regarded more as a running back, brings a dual-threat ability similar to Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is a more polished passer but stands at just 5’10. Both quarterbacks have received criticism since their arrival in the NFL have many things in common.

Both Jackson and Murray were collegiate icons, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Both decided to focus their Combine on their passing ability, while rejecting to run the 40-yard dash. Both quarterbacks broke dozens of school and conference records during their careers and have become the face of a new quarterback trend.

Their high-level speeds keep defenses guessing and both have big-play ability. Jackson and the Ravens will have the offensive advantage this Sunday as they face a Cardinals defense without their best defender. Cornerback Patrick Peterson is suspended for the first six games of the season after violating the league’s PED policy.

Jackson will have to be weary of the Arizona pass rush, as Pro Bowler Chandler Jones and former Ravens great Terrell Suggs will be breathing down the 22-year olds neck.

On the other hand, Murray will face a ferocious Ravens defense playing in their first home game of the season. The Ravens secondary is arguably the most complete in the NFL, with new addition Earl Thomas making an impact in centerfield.

Sunday’s game will prove to be a huge test for both quarterback’s. For the Cardinals, protecting Murray with short and simple passes should be a key. For Jackson and the Ravens, decision-making will be paramount as they will need to decipher whether Arizona is taking away the run or playing the pass. Nevertheless, the first home game for Baltimore this Sunday should have nothing short of fireworks.