Matt Milano “pretty confident” Bills can contain Lamar Jackson

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After the Titans beat the Ravens in the playoffs last season, then-Titans defensive back Logan Ryan said that the team came up with their defensive plan by watching tape of a Week 14 game between Baltimore and Buffalo.

The Bills lost that game 24-17, but they held Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to 40 rushing yards on 11 carries and 145 yards through the air while picking off one pass. Jackson did throw three touchdown passes, but the experience leaves linebacker Matt Milano feeling positive about his team’s chances this weekend.

“We’re pretty confident in being able to contain him,” Jackson said, via Matt Parrino of NewYorkUpstate.com.

The Ravens had some rough patches this season, but they’ve reeled off six straight wins after knocking off the Titans in a postseason rematch. Jackson ran for 136 yards in that win and Milano said the Bills have to “play fast, play free and everybody’s gotta be running to the ball.”

That was also the case last year, but there is one big difference in this year’s matchup between the teams. Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a pedestrian 17-of-39 for 146 yards in last year’s game and his improved play this season makes for a very different Buffalo offense than the one the Ravens last saw.

18 responses to “Matt Milano “pretty confident” Bills can contain Lamar Jackson

  1. I’m really excited for this game. Purely from a fan’s view, this is one of the most exciting playoff games in years. Buffalo and Baltimore are both getting that win off their backs and coming to a head for a battle I expect to see in the post season for a few years to come. Should be a good rivalry for teams competing for the AFC championship for a few years to come.

  2. So tired of the thirsty for attention no name players who should be more worried about doing their jobs then getting hits on social media for running their mouths . Easy answer should have been , Jackson is a great player but I’m confident in our defense to play well . Just became a Ravens fan .

  3. Josh Allen is better than last year but the Bills run D is worse. Might be a wash. Either way I’m thinking there’s gonna be some points scored in this one.

  4. Just tackle, no second chances, don’t let them gain yards after first contact and it’s Buffalo, all the way.

  5. Milano? LOL. I remember LJ put a juke on him last year, both his knees buckled on him and crumbled (pun-intended) like a Milano cookie right before our eyes. The juke was so legendary, it became a meme.
    Make sure you wear your 7-spike cleats this time around buddy! It will be tough sledding!

  6. The Bills need a full time spy watching Jackson on every play. Not sure if Milano is fast enough for the job. Might need to leave it to a faster CB.

  7. no name player? I guess you don’t watch a lot of football – he’s one of the most versatile LB’s in the league and a top Free Agent in 2021. While I don’t like bulletin board type comments, it at least came from the guy tasked to do it – Matt go show ’em.

  8. Way to cherry-pick the most inflammatory comment, out of context… here is the full quote:
    “We’re pretty confident in being able to contain him. You gotta be ready to rock, you know? He can make anything happen at any time. Being aware of him at all times is gonna be key for us,” Milano said. “We just gotta be sound tacklers. A lot of other quarterbacks could just run it up and they’re gonna slide or be one cut. With Lamar, he’s a very shifty guy. … You just gotta make a play. That’s what it really comes down to. Once you try and put a pin in exactly what it is to defend it, that’s when you really lose. You just got to go out there and make it happen and not think too much. Play fast, play free and everybody’s gotta be running to the ball at all times because you never know when he’s gonna slip.”

  9. I am so tired of hearing about Lamar the running back. Yes, he’s a great scrambler. He’s a bad passer. His offense was 20th in the league this year.
    The Ravens offense is entirely built upon Lamar scrambling for a long TD run and some 3rd and long scrambles to convert. I’ve watched every one of their games the last 2 seasons. Putting up 20 points against the worst defense in the playoffs, and perhaps the NFL, last week was not good. Yes, Lamar won his first playoff game and congrats to him. But he was terrible throwing the ball again with another bad pick and bad reads. If he didn’t bust that great TD run, the Ravens probably lose.
    You’re playing with fire. You have to be able to throw the ball in the playoffs to win games and make a real Super Bowl run. Period. That’s not Lamar.

  10. Every time I see the name Matt Milano, I mistake it for that wacky, formerly cute actress Alyssa Milano.

  11. The Ravens have the best rush attack of all time and Lamar’s career passer rating is 102.6. Sure sounds like an offense entirely built upon Lamar scrambling.

    No one knows who will win this game. Two really good teams. The outcome is a toss up.

  12. Seems to me the Bills had a difficult time just containing the Colts tight ends last week. Jackson is a lot faster & more elusive than those guys. Good luck with that.

  13. LamarJacksonisElite says:
    January 15, 2021 at 12:37 pm
    Milano? LOL. I remember LJ put a juke on him last year, both his knees buckled on him and crumbled (pun-intended) like a Milano cookie right before our eyes. The juke was so legendary, it became a meme.
    Make sure you wear your 7-spike cleats this time around buddy! It will be tough sledding!

    7 23 Rate This
    Milano is probably one of the fastest and smartest Line Backers in the league…He kept him in check. Also… He’s the reason Tight Ends don’t put up many numbers like Travis Kelce for the Chiefs. watch out for the snow !

  14. mackcarrington says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:02 pm
    Seems to me the Bills had a difficult time just containing the Colts tight ends last week. Jackson is a lot faster & more elusive than those guys. Good luck with that.

    He was assigned to a different job mostly against the run not the TEs. Lamar only ran for 40 yards in the game last year against the Bills. They know how to cover Lamar.

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