Is Lamar Jackson now better than Tom Brady? We breakdown the Ravens vs Bucs matchup in Week 8 and give our take.
Thursday Night Football in Week 8 saw Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens take on Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida.
Lamar Jackson has always been focussed on the hunt for a Super Bowl victory. And that’s what Tom Brady has over him – 7 rings, in fact. However, the Ravens’ 27-22 victory over the Bucs on Thursday Night represented a major swing in the fortunes of both star quarterbacks.
Let’s take a look at Lamar Jackson’s, and Tom Brady’s, contributions to the game on Thursday Night Football, followed by the core reasons why Lamar Jackson is now the better of the two.
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Tom Brady vs Ravens
This game was one to forget for the (un)disputed G.O.A.T. A number of records were broken by Tom Brady against the Ravens, none of which he will want plastered in the media. Unlucky, Tom, these records are there for everyone to see.
Most Sacked QB of All Time
In Week 8, Brady became the most sacked quarterback in NFL history. When sacked twice at the end of the first half, he equalled and then broke Ben Roethlisberger’s unwanted record. I’m sure Big Ben will thank him.
Now, this comes as no surprise. I mean, Brady is 45 years old. He’s been around the block. More games equals more sacking opportunities. But it’s not a nice record to have to his name.
Another Unwanted Record…
This is the one he really won’t want. The Bucs’ defeat to the Ravens means that Tom Brady has lost three consecutive NFL games for the first time in his career. For this to come so late on in his career too is a massive blow.
Lamar Jackson vs Bucs
This is a different story altogether. Lamar played a blinder on Thursday Night Football.
With 238 passing yards on the night, this wasn’t the standout takeaway. Tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver Rashod Bateman were sidelined with injuries, but Jackson made it work in their absense. He led the Ravens to touchdowns on their first three drives of the second half, which proved decisive in this victory.
His passing on the night was also of incredible quality. Passing completion was high and he was a pleasure to play with as Baltimore secured its first win streak of the season.
Is Lamar Jackson Better than Tom Brady?
Remember we mentioned Lamar Jackson’s obsession with Super Bowl success? Well, on that front there is no denying that Tom Brady has had a better career so far than Lamar Jackson. Ten Super Bowl appearances (with seven wins) says it all.
However, Lamar hasn’t even played that many NFL seasons. Give him a break. The Super Bowl appearances and victories will hopefully come in time.
So, let’s take a look at why, based on current ability, Lamar Jackson is jumping above Brady in the QB rankings this season.
1. Lamar Jackson is Taking Responsibility
We’ve covered Jackson’s early drives on Thursday Night, which have been present in his recent performances. Someone’s got to step up, and Lamar is showing that he is the man to do it.
Getting points on the board early is vital in big matches like Thursday’s against the Bucs. And that’s exactly what he helped to do. Even with some important teammates out of the game.
Brady, on the other hand, seemed to lack personality and desire. Nothing special came of Thursday’s performance, which is just not like Brady. Not in previous years, anyway.
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2. Momentum is Huge
Both positively and negatively. Tom Brady has now suffered three consecutive defeats. Time will tell just how big an impact this will have on his season, but for now it’s not looking good for him.
Lamar Jackson, on the other hand, is dragging the team through games single-handedly at times. Now 5-3 for the season, momentum is with Baltimore. Confidence will be high in the camp, especially when it comes to their main man.
3. Brady Missing Layups
Yes, if you just look at Brady’s stats (325 passing yards), you would think that it was others on the field who were struggling throughout the game. That would be understandable, as 325 is some number.
However, before the Bucs’ final drive, Brady was actually 1 for 5 on red-zone throws. Simply not good enough.
There was an overthrow to Mike Evans early in the game, who was wide open in the end-zone. Another similar play took place in the third quarter. To top it all off, an overthrow to Kyle Rudolph followed by a terrible throw to Evans both occurred in the fourth quarter. It was crunch time, and Brady just didn’t deliver.
Can we see Lamar Jackson matching Tom Brady’s all-time Super Bowl record? Perhaps not. But, can we confidently say that we’d rather have Lamar in that QB spot compared to Tom Brady right now. Absolutely!