In Week 5, the New York Giants took down future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers in London. This week, they’ll be going up against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
That’s a tough task in back-to-back weeks, especially when considering how highly Jackson is regarded in the Giants’ locker-room.
“It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for the defense. We’re going to try to attack them the best we can, but in my eyes, he’s the best quarterback in the league,” safety Julian Love told reporters. “It’s going to take all of us to account for him and they have some serious weapons around him. It’s going to be a big matchup; it’s going to be a big game for us to be intentional about how we approach it.”
The Giants will have some added insight into Jackson’s strengths and weaknesses courtesy of defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, but that will only take them so far, says Love.
“He has a lot of insight into him. He knows him, he’s been there. We’ve had some guys who were there. We’re going to try to use that to our advantage but at the end of the day, he’s a player who’s growing and getting better each year,” he said. “You can’t fully be like, ‘This is how he was last year,’ because his game keeps taking big steps.
“He’s one of those quarterbacks who, similar to Aaron Rodgers last week, he throws a lot at you. He has a lot of different looks, a lot of different tendencies. You’ve got to play him true, so we’ve got to do that with Lamar as well. He has a huge arm, so we’ve got to play him true and play him straight up which is tough, but it’s what you have to do versus good quarterbacks.”