OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Two months after evaluating Baker Mayfield to Brett Favre, Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale heaped excessive reward on Patrick Mahomes.

“I feel Mahomes is [Joe] Montana — I am speaking in regards to the San Francisco Montana and never the Kansas Metropolis Montana,” Martindale mentioned. “I feel how all the things is cyclical and historical past repeats itself. I feel you are seeing that mixture between Andy [Reid] and Mahomes of Montana and Invoice Walsh. I actually do.”

Montana, who completed his profession with the Chiefs after 14 years with the 49ers, is taken into account top-of-the-line quarterbacks in NFL historical past, profitable 4 Tremendous Bowls and two NFL Most Priceless awards.

In his first season as a starter, Mahomes is a frontrunner for this yr’s league MVP award after throwing 41 touchdowns, that are tied for the second-most by 12 video games in NFL historical past.

Martindale’s praise comes days earlier than the Ravens and the NFL’s No. 1 protection face the Chiefs and the league’s highest-scoring offense.

Mahomes leads a Kansas Metropolis offense that tops the league with 37 factors per sport. Baltimore’s protection leads the NFL in fewest yards (281.7) and factors allowed (17.eight).

Patrick Mahomes is placing up MVP-like numbers for the Chiefs. Hana Asano for ESPN

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith sees Mahomes having extra of a resemblance to one other Corridor of Fame quarterback.

“We’re simply him like a younger Brett Favre — slightly bit extra athletic,” Smith mentioned. “He can actually sling the ball.”

The Ravens have given up 16 landing passes this season, that are tied for third-fewest within the league. Just one quarterback has thrown greater than two touchdowns in a single sport towards Baltimore this season (Andy Dalton in Week 2).

Mahomes has produced 4 or extra landing passes in seven video games.

“He is smart past his years, the way in which he controls the road of scrimmage, the way in which he checks, the audibles, snap rely, the way in which he strikes the safeties along with his seems to be and his dropbacks,” security Eric Weddle mentioned. “[I’m] clearly impressed with what I’ve seen, and it is thrilling for me to go on the market and check out to make him mess up with what I can do and perhaps pressure him into some throws he would not need to do.”

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