Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson said facing Patrick Mahomes and Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs is "just like any other game" as he downplayed the blockbuster NFL clash.
It will be a battle of two former MVPs and two of the hottest teams in the NFL when the Ravens host the Chiefs in Baltimore on Monday.
The Ravens, who lost in the divisional playoffs last season having posted a 14-2 record, and the Chiefs are both 2-0 heading into Week 3.
But speaking to reporters on Thursday amid plenty of hype regarding the showdown, Ravens quarterback and reigning MVP Jackson said: "It's just like any other game."
The Ravens will come up against former MVP and Super Bowl MVP Mahomes – who finished 27 of 47 for 302 passing yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards in Kansas City's 23-20 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week.
"I don't have to focus on Mahomes," Jackson said. "I got to focus on their defense. I got focus on scoring. I got to focus on my job and making my offense do our thing. But my defense has to worry about him."
The Ravens overcame a slow start to extend their regular-season winning streak to 14 games – the longest run since the Carolina Panthers reeled off 18 successive victories in 2014-15 – after topping the Houston Texans 33-16.
Jackson threw for 204 yards and a touchdown, while he rushed for 54 yards.
The Ravens and Chiefs were on track to meet in the AFC Championship game last season before Baltimore were upstaged by the Tennessee Titans as Kansas City went on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Asked if the Ravens eventually need to beat the Chiefs, Jackson said: "Yeah, eventually. And they're in our way right now, so that's our goal."