When you reach the level Lamar Jackson has this season at quarterback for the Ravens, teams no can no longer plan to stop you. They can only hope to slow you down.
For the Jalen Ramsey and the Rams' defense, they know Jackson can and will make plays with his legs and put pressure on them with his arm.
The key for the Rams on Monday night will be to weather the storm every time Jackson evades the rush for a first down or makes a throw only a few humans can make, and continue to play within themselves.
To do that takes a fair amount of mental fortitude, and Ramsey pointed to the classic movie "Little Giants" as a form of inspiration for Monday's clash.
"I mean we're not going to prepare for him to make plays. We know it'll happen, he's a professional, he's a first-round draft pick," Ramsey told ESPN's Lindsay Thiry before the game. "But the game is 90 percent mental, and 10 percent physical. We learned that from the 'Little Giants.'"
The All-Pro cornerback has the right idea, but he's misquoting the movie here. In the 1994 masterpiece, the "Little Giants" were preparing for a pee-wee football game against a much more talented Cowboys team. Before they took them on as massive underdogs, NFL legends John Madden, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Tim Brown and Steve Entman paid them a visit to offer advice.
Entman words of wisdom were, "The game is 80 percent mental, and 40 percent physical."
So while Ramsey's head is in the right place, he needs to get his percentages straight.
The Rams' newest addition this season also asked Michael Vick for advice on how to slow Jackson down, so it's clear the Ravens' MVP candidate is on his mind.
And why wouldn't he? Jackson has been the most electric player in all of football this season and led the Ravens to their best start since they last won the Super Bowl.
The Rams have little hope for slowing down Jackson on Monday night, but at least Ramsey has a great taste in movies.
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