The glaring difference between Ravens QBs Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III, per Steelers’ Cam Heyward
The Baltimore Ravens will have a chance to deal the Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss of the season when they visit Heinz Field on Tuesday. However, they’ll have to do it without quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, who has been placed on the team’s Reserve / COVID-19 after reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus. Replacing Jackson as the team’s starting quarterback is Robert Griffin III, who is making his first start this season.
But despite facing a backup signal-caller, the Steelers aren’t taking the Ravens lightly, especially after what happened the last time the team’s met when Griffin was under center. Defensive tackle Cameron Heyward certainly hasn’t forgotten it, per ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin.
Q: What’s the difference facing RGIII vs Lamar Jackson?
Cam Heyward. “He got the last win vs. us.” #Steelers
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 29, 2020
Heyward is referring to the team’s meeting in Week 17 last season, when the 30-year old Griffin led the Ravens to a 28-10 win over the Steelers in a game where Baltimore played its backups against Pittsburgh’s starters after having secured the top seed in the AFC. Griffin finished that game by completing 11 of 21 passes for 96 yards and one interception while adding eight carries and 50 rushing yards.
Griffin, however, will be facing a different Steelers this time around. Pittsburgh remains the league’s only undefeated team at 10-0, with their stingy defense leading the NFL in points allowed per game, sacks, and takeaways. The Steelers already defeated the Ravens with Jackson under center in Week 8, 28-24, but Heyward and his teammates certainly haven’t forgotten the last quarterback to defeat the Steelers.
Ravens fans certainly hope that history will repeat itself and that Griffin can lead the team to another win over their division rivals.