After picking up a narrow win over the Steelers last week, the Patriots are set to host another AFC rival on Sunday.
New England will face the Baltimore Ravens for the first time since 2020 and the third time in the Lamar Jackson era.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the Ravens are still one of the best teams in the league at forcing turnovers. The Ravens can also put points on the board in a hurry and wreak havoc on special teams.
So what do Jackson, coach John Harbaugh and company have to say about the Patriots?
Here are five interesting things Baltimore said about New England this week.
Lamar Jackson was surprised when he saw Bill Belichick smiling
Bill Belichick’s sense of humor usually comes out more in person than in other situations, Jackson said.
*“I saw Belichick smile,” Jackson said. “Usually, when I see him, he’s a puzzled face, an impassive guy. When I saw him smile, I thought, ‘Damn, you have a sense of humor.’ I told him that, and he was like, ‘Yeah.’ I’m like, ‘I didn’t expect you to smile.’ »
Jackson traveled to New England ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Patriots had two first-round picks and passed Jackson twice, picking Sony Michel and Isaiah Wynn.
The last time the teams met, the weather was ‘like a hurricane’
Jackson is hoping for a better time than the last time the teams met. The rains during the 2020 game were heavy.
The Patriots won 23-17 at Foxborough. Jackson went 24-34 for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as well as 55 yards on 11 rushes.
“That one was the worst. It was the worst ever – like a hurricane,” Jackson said.
John Harbaugh studies Belichick as much as he can.
They’ve had plenty of memorable playoff battles, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh says he still takes time to study Belichick.
“I’ve said many times that you try to study the best in the business, in your profession,” Harbaugh said. “So I study Coach Belichick as much as I can. You’re not in their meeting rooms, but you watch their tape all the time and you see what he’s saying and what you think they’re trying to So nothing but the utmost admiration and respect, and that’s what makes it so meaningful to go up there and compete against these guys and against his team.
‘It’ll be fine’ if Mac Jones is under pressure, says Marcus Williams.
The Patriots gave up no sacks last week against Pittsburgh. Ravens safety Marcus Williams is looking to change that.
“He’s a good quarterback. I’ve faced him before,” Williams said. “He likes to get the ball out quickly. He’s a talented guy. [If] we just have a little pressure on him [and] remove the ball, everything will be fine.
Pthe atriots bring “incredible intensity”, according to Kevin Zeitler
Earlier in the week, Belichick said the Ravens were a model of consistency. Ravens offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler complimented the Patriots in the same way.
“Every time you watch New England you see almost perfectly mastered technique, incredible intensity and strength,” Zeitler said. “There’s a reason they’ve been so successful over the past 22 years. And we’re going to have to give it our all this week, because you know they’re not going to give us anything.
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