Lamar Jackson: Justin Herbert has been “balling out of control”

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One of the best games on the Week Six slate will take place in Baltimore, as the 4-1 Chargers come to town to take on the 4-1 Ravens.

Both teams feature dynamic young quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson is coming off one of the best games of his career on Monday night. And Justin Herbert threw for 398 yards with four touchdowns and ran in a touchdown in Los Angeles’ Week Five victory over Cleveland.

After winning offensive rookie of the year in 2020, Herbert has been terrific to start his second season. He’s completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,576 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Jackson may be one of the frontrunners for MVP, but on Wednesday he told reporters he’s well aware of Herbert’s strong play to start 2021.

“I really haven’t watched those guys like that, but I do see him on Instagram and stuff like that, flashing around, doing his thing,” Jackson said in his press conference. “He’s a very talented quarterback, and he’s been doing his thing. Hopefully, it slows down a little bit when we’re playing against him. We don’t want to hype him up too bad this week. But he’s definitely been balling out — balling out of control.”

In his last three games, Herbert’s thrown for 11 touchdowns with no interceptions, so Jackson has a point there. But Jackson’s performance on Monday showed he can play as well as anyone in the league.

It’s the first matchup between the QBs on Sunday and could be the start of a solid AFC rivalry.

12 responses to “Lamar Jackson: Justin Herbert has been “balling out of control”

  1. Herbert’s going to throw for 400+ against this Ravens defense. Anthony Averett is STILL trying to find Michael Pittman Jr. Best thing the Ravens can do is hope the run game can come alive. Last team with the ball wins this game.

  2. Dang I can’t wait for this game. As a life long CHargers fan I have waited a long long time to have a premier QB.

  3. ruffrcr says:
    October 14, 2021 at 11:12 am
    Dang I can’t wait for this game. As a life long CHargers fan I have waited a long long time to have a premier QB.
    _________________
    Dan Fouts, Phillip Rivers? I will spare you John Hadl.

  4. Herbert is playing extremely well but it doesn’t hurt that the NFL has clearly decided to boost LA into relevance in a cash grab. (See 4th & 4 interference call during the Browns game)

  5. “Ponto60 says:
    October 14, 2021 at 11:43 am
    Balling out of control. How articulate.”

    John Gruden, is that you????

  6. ariani1985 says:
    October 14, 2021 at 10:42 am
    Herbert > Jackson and both > Tua and mac Jones combined . Class dismissed!

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    Mac Jones looks good and is doing it with no superstars on offense as a rookie. He has no Mark Andrews, Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen. I like both Herbert and Lamar but I am super impressed with Mac Jones so far.

  7. This is a really important game and will reveal which one of these teams is a legit playoff contender in the AFC. The Bolts are a unknown and Herbert’s rise feels awfully similar to Josh Allen’s rise, who has blown past Lamar in terms of becoming a well-rounded QB who can make all throws and plays at key times to win playoff games. Herbert is still raw. As for Lamar, we know what he can do. He can run well, and hit Mark Andrews on 5-10 yard slants and outs when he’s wide open. But in the playoffs against good defenses who take Andrews out of the game, Lamar struggles mightily.

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