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Pete Carroll says Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is a ‘nightmare’ to defend

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is one of the most explosive forces in the NFL, and the Seattle Seahawks will get to experience that first hand when they take on the Ravens this Sunday.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is well aware of how dangerous Jackson can be.

“He’s as good as we’ve ever seen,” Carroll told reporters on Wednesday, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “He’s as fast and as elusive as we’ve seen. Cam Newton has always been really difficult to play against. They have so much offense and all that. These guys, likewise. They seem even more apt than with Cam to just let him go and run and play football, just like you see the guys playing in college. He’s tough, physical, explosive, and creative. He’s throwing the ball well, too. It’s a real nightmare. Very difficult.”

Jackson has been an MVP candidate thus far, as he has thrown for 1,507 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 65.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 96.7 through six games. In addition, he has carried the ball 69 times for 420 yards and a couple of scores, averaging an NFL-best 6.7 yards per attempt.

As a result, the Ravens’ offense has flourished, as Baltimore ranks No. 1 in yardage and second in points per game.

Of course, the biggest difference for Jackson between this year and his rookie campaign is his improvement in throwing the football. Last season, Jackson completed just 58.2 percent of his passes in seven starts.

Baltimore has gotten off to a 4-2 start. Meanwhile, Seattle is 5-1.