Battle of the Elites: Davante Adams vs Jalen Ramsey Promises to Be a Clash for the Ages

Published 01/16/2021, 3:29 PM EST
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 23: Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers runs the route against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


When the Green Bay Packers host the LA Rams at Lambeau Field, one matchup is surely not to be missed. The best wide receiver in the league versus the best cornerback. Davante Adams versus Jalen Ramsey.

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And with the stage for this classic showdown being the NFC Divisional Round set, the two of the best in their trade will not only earn bragging rights, but a place in the Conference Championship game as well.

Davante Adams shines brightest in the end zone

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Adams’ ability to dominate in the end zone separates him from the rest of the top WRs in the league. With 18 touchdown receptions this season, he is head and shoulders above his opposition.

What makes this stat even more impressive is that he recorded this feat even after having missed 2 games. In terms of total number of receptions as well, the Packers wide receiver is joint second in the league with 115.

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Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The man is a yardage churning machine as well. With 1,374 receiving yards, he has been Aaron Rodgers’ go to from the pocket. His receiving yards average is a thing to marvel.

Averaging 98.1 yards a game, 100+ yard games are just another a day in the office for the wide receiver. Another stat that proves Adams’ dominance in the air is his catch completion rate.

Up from 65.4% in 2019 to 77.2 in 2020, when Adams gets his gloves on a football, more often than not they tend to stick.

Jalen Ramsey shuts out elite WRs for fun

The LA Rams trade for Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 is arguably the best bit of business done by any franchise in the past couple of years.

The cornerback is certainly the best in the league. Shutting out wide receivers. In fact, he’s done it multiple times this season against some of the very best.

Against Stefon Diggs, Ramsey shadowed the WR to allow him just one completion. That to for a gain of just 4 yards. Seattle Seahawks D.K Metcalf wasn’t spared either.

Sep 13, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) celebrates after breaking up a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) in the second half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of the 3 times that the 2 sides have met this season, Metcalf could only register 4 catches in total. Not in a single game, but 3 entire games.

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DeAndre Hopkins suffered the same fate as well. 5 catches for just 48 yards through 2 games. A total shutdown. Mind you, these are all 2020 Pro Bowl candidates we’re talking about.

Both Adams and Ramsey have made it to the All-Pro team this season. And now they finally face one another with everything on the line at Lambeau Field.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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