Detroit Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell can only compare Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to Michael Vick
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Lamar Jackson makes dynamic plays with his speedy legs and powerful right arm, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to impressive wins such as their latest one over Kansas City.
Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said there’s one player whose skill set can compare to Jackson’s.
“Michael Vick is probably the closest thing,” Campbell said.
Jackson is also close to the former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in the NFL record books. In the win over the Chiefs, he ran for 100 yards for the ninth time in the regular season to pull within one of Vick’s league record.
If Jackson accounts for three touchdowns for Baltimore (1-1) against Detroit (0-2) on Sunday to increase his total to 92, just Patrick Mahomes and Hall of Famer Dan Marino will be ahead of him for the most throwing and running scores by a quarterback through his first 40 games in the NFL.
There’s a good chance Jackson will get himself or a teammate in the end zone with the ball at Ford Field, and not just because he’s facing the lowly Lions, who are giving up 38 points per game. The former Louisville star has thrown or run for a touchdown in 38 straight games, the longest active streak by 11 games and the fifth best in NFL history.
“He’s unbelievable, man, he really is,” Detroit quarterback Jared Goff said. “I think seeing him grow as a passer has been the scariest part of it all.”
Even though Jackson had not beaten Kansas City before Sunday night, he limited his celebration to 24 hours, as he would for any victory.
“I didn’t get on a high horse or anything and be like, `We just won a championship,’ or something,” he said. “None of that has happened yet. We still have a long season ahead of us.”