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>>BAL­TI­MORE: The emerg­ing ri­valry be­tween Patrick Ma­homes and La­mar Jack­son takes cen­tre stage as the Kansas City Chiefs and Bal­ti­more Ravens put their un­beaten records on the line in NFL week three.

To­mor­row’s clash be­tween Ma­homes and Jack­son — win­ners of the 2018 and 2019 NFL MVP awards — is the high­light of a round brim­ming with in­trigu­ing match-ups.

Thus far, Ma­homes-Jack­son has shown all the signs of join­ing the ranks of some of the NFL’s great­est quar­ter­back ri­val­ries, from Joe Mon­tana and John El­way to Pey­ton Man­ning ver­sus Tom Brady.

To­mor­row’s game in Bal­ti­more marks the third oc­ca­sion that Ma­homes and Jack­son have gone head-to-head.

Both pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters have been high-scor­ing games set­tled by one score, with Ma­homes lead­ing the Chiefs to a 27-24 over­time win in 2018 be­fore steer­ing the team to a 33-28 vic­tory last sea­son.

With both Ma­homes and Jack­son al­ready dis­play­ing flashes of the ge­nius this sea­son that pro­pelled them to their MVP hon­ours, to­mor­row’s game has all the mak­ings of an­other thriller.

“It’s a very ex­cit­ing game, the whole world’s watch­ing you — time to put on a show,” Jack­son told re­porters ear­lier this week.

Ravens coach John Har­baugh ad­mit­ted his play­ers are chomp­ing at the bit to have an­other crack at last sea­son’s Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons, in what could well be a sneak pre­view of the AFC Cham­pi­onship game.

“Who wouldn’t get ex­cited for a game like this?” Har­baugh said.

“When you’re play­ing a team that is the de­fend­ing champs, the favourites to win the whole thing again the type of play­ers they have, the coaches they have? You’re go­ing to get ex­cited about it. We try to em­brace it and make the most of it.”

Ma­homes mean­while heads into the game fresh from en­gi­neer­ing an­other Chiefs come­back last week against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers, lead­ing his side to a 23-20 over­time vic­tory.

Ma­homes’ 302-yard, two-touch­down per­for­mance in­cluded an in­cred­i­ble 54-yard strike to Tyreek Hill, the sort of im­prob­a­ble, off-bal­ance pass that is rapidly be­com­ing his call­ing card.

It left Chiefs coach Andy Reid, part of the Green Bay coach­ing staff dur­ing Brett Favre’s 1990s glory years, com­par­ing Ma­homes to the Pack­ers icon.

“When that foot­ball is in their hand, it’s the same thought process,” Reid said of Ma­homes and Favre.

“They both have phe­nom­e­nal vi­sion, just like fighter-pi­lot vi­sion. They see ev­ery­thing, and then they’re go­ing to rip your heart out. Every throw they’re go­ing to try and gut you.”

 ??  ?? IN FORM: Chiefs QB Patrick Ma­homes.
IN FORM: Chiefs QB Patrick Ma­homes.
 ??  ?? READY TO GO: Ravens QB La­mar Jack­son.
READY TO GO: Ravens QB La­mar Jack­son.

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