Bills’ Josh Allen effuses extraordinary praise on Ravens’ Lamar Jackson ahead of matchup
Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Ravens star Lamar Jackson are two of the best quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Allen spoke very highly of Jackson, the reigning MVP winner, prior to their big matchup this weekend:
“I tell this to everybody I talk to about him — he is one of the greatest dudes you can be around. He really is,” Allen said during his press conference on Tuesday morning, via ProFootballTalk. “And for him to kind of have the adversity of coming out the first year and people doubted him, and then go out and explode on the scene last year and just be this dynamic quarterback. You see the impact that he makes in his communities on Instagram and stuff like that. He’s just one of those special guys. Obviously, they’ve been having success, he’s had a lot of success early in his career.”
Allen and Jackson are set to square off against each other for the first time. While the Ravens star has regressed a bit in the 2020 season, it’s Allen who has been playing at an MVP-caliber level.
The Wyoming product finished top five in the league in yards, touchdowns, and quarterback rating. Allen had 4,544 yards in the air with 37 touchdown heaves. He also added eight rushing touchdowns and even threw in a touchdown reception.
While Allen is likely going to miss out on the MVP because of guys named Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, he has shown he’s the real deal and should be in the conversation.
Nonetheless, Allen has nothing but utmost praise for his Ravens counterpart:
“I root heavily for him, just knowing what he went through his first year, how he’s been able to do it, and how humble, how awesome he is off the field. He’s just one of those guys you root for. And it’s hard to not root for him when we’re playing against him. But we’re enemies on Saturday, and we both know that. But he’s just one of those guys, again, I can’t say enough about just how good of a dude he is and it makes you love him that much more on the field.”
The Bills and Ravens will square off Saturday evening in a highly anticipated matchup and what figures to be a plane ticket to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, who will need to beat the Cleveland Browns to reach the AFC Championship Game.