ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Controversy: Prefers Lamar Jackson Over Patrick Mahomes in AFC Championship
ESPN’s outspoken personality Stephen A. Smith has caused controversy by choosing Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson over Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes as his AFC Championship quarterback. As two-time MVP Mahomes leads the Chiefs against the top-ranked Ravens, the game is expected to garner record NFL viewership. Despite Mahomes’ strong postseason record, Smith surprised First Take co-hosts by favoring Jackson in this crucial battle.
Stephen A. Smith’s Surprising Statement
Stephen A. Smith, known for his honesty, favored Lamar Jackson over Patrick Mahomes for the AFC Championship on ESPN’s First Take. Smith controversially chose Jackson over Mahomes in this crucial clash despite Mahomes being one of the best quarterbacks ever.
Two-time Super Bowl champion and elite quarterback Patrick Mahomes has a 13-3 postseason record. With a 67% career completion rate, Mahomes has 4,561 yards, 38 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in playoff games. In the first five seasons of his career, he included six straight AFC titles and three Super Bowls.
With a 2-3 record and a 75.7 rating, Lamar Jackson has struggled in the playoffs. Jackson’s dual-threat abilities, with 93.4 rushing yards per game, add a dynamic dimension to his game while completing 58% of his passes for five touchdowns and five interceptions. Smith likes Jackson because of his unique skills.
Chiefs’ Super Bowl Return Challenge
Smith’s co-hosts, notably Marcus Spears, were surprised by his choice given Mahomes’ postseason success. Fans and commentators debated Smith’s shocking AFC Championship quarterback pick, sparking a sports community buzz.
Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs hope to win the AFC Championship game against the Ravens to reach their second straight Super Bowl. The team’s postseason win over the Buffalo Bills showed Mahomes’ talent, setting records with tight end Travis Kelce and cementing their title hopes.