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Lamar Jackson is treating the AFC Divisional matchup with the Titans ‘as a Super Bowl game’

Lamar Jackson is treating the AFC Divisional matchup with the Titans ‘as a Super Bowl game’

Although Lamar Jackson has had a very successful record-breaking season--leading the league in touchdown passes, being named to the NFL’s first-team All-Pro, and breaking the all-time quarterback rushing record--the MVP favorite remains humble and hungry, determined to achieve one major goal. 

That goal is to win the Super Bowl. 

However, Jackson and the Ravens still have to prove themselves before they can reach that stage and claim that title.  

“I’m not the greatest. I’m not the best,” Jackson said. “I just want to win and keep winning. So, I just have to keep working.” 

The AFC North champion Ravens will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC’s Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. 

Jackson is focused and treating this upcoming game as his last chance. 

“This playoff game is a Super Bowl game, because if you don’t win, you’re out. You’re going home into next season. So, I’m treating every game like it’s a Super Bowl game until I’m in there.”

It marks exactly one year since the Ravens fell short to the Los Angeles Chargers in their wild-card playoff game. It was a game in which the rookie QB struggled, going just 2-for-8 for 17 yards and an interception at halftime. 

“Bro, I really hate it,” Jackson said of that loss. “I can’t wait to play this week coming up. So, I don’t really want to talk about it anymore. It’s over.”

Since then, Jackson hasn’t let his poor performance discourage him but rather using it as motivation to bounce back stronger than ever. Clearly, his mindset has been working. 

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A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

It’s been a good day for tight ends in the NFL.

To start the day George Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the league. Shortly after, Travis Kelce signed an extension keeping him in Kansas City for an additional four years. Now it’s hard to talk about NFL tight ends and not mention either Kittle or Kelce’s name as two of the best in the league. It was only fitting that the two get paid on the exact same day.  

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Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract extension. Kittle deserves every penny of that deal as he’s racked up 2,945 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in NFL history after three seasons. He’s a do-it-all tight end who has great hands, blocks like a guard, and is a huge asset to the locker room.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension. Kelce is a huge part of the Chiefs offense and his stats show that he’s one of the best in the league. He’s the only tight end to ever record four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he’s the fastest tight end ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards.  

Kittle and Kelce have set the bar high with their play on the field, but they have now also set the bar for the price tag at their position that comes along with it. 

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Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Football is back on TV as the new season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered Tuesday evening. It’s the first time in the documentary's 15 seasons that the show will follow two teams, the Los Angles Chargers and Los Angles Rams. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from episode one. 

Anthony Lynn tested positive

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn revealed in the opening scene that he had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year. Lynn is the third known NFL head coach to have contracted the virus, joining New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Justin Herbert shines

The Chargers first-round draft pick was the star player of episode one showing off his arm skills. He nailed almost every one of his targets during accuracy drills. The episode didn’t show too much of any player, but the former University of Oregon signal-caller stole the show in small amount of camera time he had

Rams head coach Sean McVay

Sean McVay’s introduction to the show had fans jealous of the panoramic views from his home in Los Angeles. McVay’s jokes were also a highlight of the episode. 

COVID-19 precautions and safety

Training camp is off-limits to fans in order to decrease potential exposure of the virus for players and staff. With that in mind, Hard Knocks is fans and media members first look at what an NFL training camp in 2020 looks like. From the frequent testing to the outdoor facilities that both the Rams and Chargers have invested in, it's a different type of training camp. It’s also a different type of Hard Knocks, but because of our desire for anything football-related, it has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet.
 
It will be tough to top the excitement of episode one but with two teams in action, there's no shortage of storylines. Episode two airs on HBO next Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. 

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