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There was a lot of anticipation for Sunday’s matchup between Jalen Ramsey and Justin Jefferson, who are two of the best players at their respective positions. Ramsey is the ultimate shutdown corner, while Jefferson has emerged as one of the top playmakers anywhere in the NFL in only his second season.
Jefferson said this offseason that he circled the Vikings’ game against the Rams for the sole reason of going up against Ramsey, and then this past week, he mentioned that in order to solidify himself as a top receiver, he had to play well against Ramsey.
Well, Jefferson had a big day with eight catches for 116 yards, but that doesn’t mean he won his matchup with Ramsey – despite what some fans are saying on Twitter.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ramsey lined up across from Jefferson 21 times. Jefferson was targeted by Kirk Cousins five times, but Ramsey allowed just three catches for 24 yards. One reception went for a first down and Jefferson’s longest reception was 9 yards against Ramsey.
The Rams’ Pro Bowl cornerback also broke up one pass when covering Jefferson.
Justin Jefferson vs Jalen Ramsey this week
🔒 21 cover snaps
🔒 5 targets
🔒 3 catches
🔒 24 yards pic.twitter.com/3plLaO8wUk
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) December 27, 2021
So before you go on Twitter and claim that Jefferson cooked Ramsey for 116 yards, understand that the vast majority of his receptions and yards came against other defenders. He caught two passes for 50 yards against Darious Williams, and had receptions of 21 yards against Dont’e Deayon, 16 yards against Nick Scott and 5 yards against Jordan Fuller.
Ramsey knows how he played against Jefferson and anyone claiming the second-year wideout won this matchup is mistaken.
People who actually watch the games & know football, I personally appreciate y’all… the rest of y’all can kick rocks 😂
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) December 27, 2021
It was really just another day at the office for the Pro Bowler Ramsey, who’s continued to have an outstanding season with the Rams this year.