Saturday night, in the middle of the NCAA game between Louisville and Syracuse, Lamar Jackson will receive a tribute when the Cardinals rCut out the number 8 the quarterback wore when he played on the college show.
But before Jackson returns to his student days, he will have another trip to the past.
At the start of Week 10, Baltimore Ravens travel to Miami to face the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Lamar grew up in a neighborhood half an hour north of where the lights go on today for the second half of the NFL season.
The most recent time Jackson was there, it was an afternoon in his backyard.
On September 8, 2019, Baltimore defeated Miami 59-10.
Leading the NFC North, Va Ravens and Lamar returned to South Florida.
Baltimore wants a win that secures at least a game lead over the rest of its division with Pittsburgh (5-3), Cleveland (5-4) and Cincinnati (5-4).
While Jackson is chasing something no quarterback has done since Randall Cunningham did it in 1990: Finish within the top 10 of the passing yards and rushing yards categories.
Through Week 9, Jackson is ninth through the air and sixth through the ground.
The rival that nobody wants to face when they are at their best.
Last Sunday against Vikings, Jackson ran 120 yards. It was the 10th game in which the Ravens man broke the 100-yard rushing barrier.
The Ravens have won their most recent three meetings against the Dolphins. CEach victory by a 30-point margin: 38-6 in 2016, 40-0 in 2017 and 59-10 in 2019. Only the Falcons from 1994 to 1995 had three straight wins against the same opponent by 30 or more points. It was against the 49ers.
The data to take into account.
The NFL has already seen a historic number of closed games on Thursdays in 2021. Of the nine Thursday games played so far, five have been decided by three points or less. That’s the most such games in a single season in league history.
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Lamar Jackson returns to his native Florida to face the Dolphins in NFL Week 10