On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens take on the Houston Texans in a huge matchup between AFC divisional leaders.
It will be the third all-time meeting between Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and Texans QB Deshaun Watson, with each QB splitting the first two meetings. This is also the first time that Jackson faces the Texans or that Watson faces the Ravens.
Allow me to explain…
During a week 5 classic in 2016, Clemson beat Louisville 42-36 in a game where Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson, respectively, put up big numbers for their teams.
Watson threw 2 TDs in the final few minutes of the game. He completed 20-31 passes, 306 yards, threw 5 TDs and 3 INT and ran for 91 yards.
Jackson completed 27-44 passes, 295 yards, TD, INT and ran for 162 yards and 2 TDs. But at the end, Jackson came up just inches short on the final play of the game.
The significance of this game is that Clemson ultimately played for the National Championship and beat Alabama. If they would have lost this game, it’s questionable how the season would have played out and if they would have made it.
While Watson is 1-0 in head-to-head games, Jackson got a pretty significant victory in December of 2016 when he won the Heisman Trophy.
Jackson received 526 first place votes and 2,144 points total. Watson received 269 first place votes and 1,524 points total.
Those two were the runaways favorites, as the next move first place votes was Baker Mayfield, with 26.
Season passing stats:
- Jackson – 230-409, 3,543 yards, 30 TD, 9 INT
- Watson – 388-579, 4,593 yards, 41 TD, 17 INT
Season rushing stats:
- Jackson – 260 carries, 1,571 yards, 21 TDs
- Watson – 165 carries, 629 yards, 9 TDs
Round 3 – Sunday November 17
Entering this week’s game, the numbers are very similar
- Watson – 18 pass TDs, 5 INT, 2,432 yards passing, 70% completions, 5 rush TDs, 279 yards rushing
- Jackson – 15 pass TDs, 5 INT, 2036 yards passing, 66% completions, 5 rush TDs, 702 yards rushing