Why was Lamar Jackson trending on Twitter last night?


I am not disparaging Murray, Prescott, Stafford or Jones. And Jackson is the first to admit his 1-3 playoff record isn’t good enough. But the disproportionate amount of criticism Jackson has received for his lack of playoff success is another example of how he’s held to a different standard than other quarterbacks.

Will Joe Burrow replace Ben Roethlisberger as the Ravens’ longtime nemesis?

Over the weekend, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow played his first playoff game, while Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely played his last.

As the Ravens bid farewell to a longtime foe, did another emerge? Baltimore Positive’s Luke Jones raised the question.

“The Ravens certainly won’t miss Ben Roethlisberger and his 19-10 career record against them, but you wonder if Joe Burrow steps right into that nemesis role with the way he excelled in his second season.” , wrote Jones.

Burrow led the Bengals to their first playoff victory in 31 years on Saturday, as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 244 yards in a 26-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The 2020 No. 1 overall pick is coming off a regular season in which he led the league in completion percentage (70.4), yards per attempt (8.9) and passing yards per attempt ( 9.0) and had the second highest quarterback rating (108.3).

In the Bengals’ two blowout wins over the Ravens this season, Burrow threw for 941 yards and seven touchdowns, as Cincinnati scored 82 points.

With the 25-year-old Burrow as the centerpiece, the Bengals have a strong core of talented young players on offense that includes running back Joe Mixon (25) and wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase (21), Tee Higgins (22) and Tyler Boyd (27).

“It helps throw to a talent like Ja’Marr Chase, whose 116 receiving yards against Las Vegas was just the fifth-highest total of his rookie season,” Jones wrote. “Chase’s two-game burning of the Ravens is common knowledge, but 266 yards against the Chiefs and 159 against Green Bay reflect serious prime-time ability.”

It’s easy to see why Ravens-Bengals could be the AFC North’s main rival in the coming years.

As the Steelers search for Roethlisberger’s successor (players rally around Mason Rudolph) and questions swirl about Baker Mayfield’s long-term future as the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback, the Ravens have Jackson leading a talented roster of players in the offensive position who are all 26 or younger. : tight end Mark Andrews (26), running backs JK Dobbins (23) and Gus Edwards (26) and wide receivers Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (24) and Rashod Bateman (22).

“Of course Cincinnati thinks the same of Lamar Jackson. [possibly being their next longtime nemesis] for a few years,” Jones wrote.


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