Lamar Jackson is expecting a “lights-out game” when his Baltimore Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL on Sunday.
The Ravens (5-1) will be bidding to hand the Steelers (6-0) their first loss of the season when the rivals meet at M&T Bank Stadium.
Baltimore quarterback Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, said he was excited for the clash with the Steelers.
“It’s the teams going out there battling, but it’s the cities, too. I feel like our fans, our city, they get the most out of it – more than we do sometimes,” he told reporters.
“I can’t even imagine being in the stands watching us perform against them or them perform against us.
“It’s going to be a lights-out game.”
Jackson will come up against Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who is 15-10 in his career against the Ravens, but only 4-6 on the road.
The 23-year-old Jackson said he had been influenced by Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion.
“I definitely watched him put up big numbers in Super Bowls – the two Super Bowls I watched him play against the [Arizona] Cardinals and [Seattle] Seahawks,” he said.
“It epitomizes what football is.”
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Jackson has been held under 200 passing yards in four consecutive starts, although the Ravens have won three of those games.
His completion percentage this season is just 63, which ranks 26th of 32 qualifiers.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hopes Pittsburgh can contain Jackson.
“I wish I had the answer to that. I wish the National Football League had the answer to that. In check is a strong term, one that I choose not to use,” he said.
“We’re just going to play to the best of our abilities, we are going to play within our personality, and we need to be on the details.
“We need to play fast and play collectively together and hopefully that is enough.”