AFC North quarterback rankings – No. 1: Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)
This shouldn’t come as any surprise to Bengals fans considering how badly Lamar Jackson has destroyed this team on his own. In six games against the Bengals, Jackson has thrown for 902 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions while rushing for 442 yards and two scores.
Jackson’s best performance against Cincinnati came in Week 6 of the 2019 season when he rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 victory. It was a beatdown by the guy who would go on to win the MVP title that year.
While Jackson didn’t have as good of a season in 2020 as he did in his MVP-winning season, that was to be expected. He threw for 2,757 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine picks while dashing for 1,005 yards and had seven trips into the end zone with his legs. We all know that Jackson is a run-first quarterback and he proved that once again last year, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year.
The Ravens might not have won the division last year and they might not be the favorites to do so this year but make no mistake, as long as Lamar Jackson is their quarterback, they’ll be threats to go all the way.
I could understand people swapping Burrow and Roethlisberger on this list but that’s about the only change that could be made to these rankings. Jackson is easily the best quarterback in the division and while Mayfield is passable, he did lead his team to a playoff win a season ago.
Burrow can work his way up this list but he’s going to have to ball out while Mayfield will have to regress or not improve much from his 2020 campaign. Here’s to hoping Burrow finishes the season in the top half of the division quarterbacks.