Throughout their brief time in the NFL, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen have each taken some significant strides towards proving to be rising stars under center. It has seen them each lead their respective teams to a tremendous amount of success in the 2019 season that has put both franchises in promising spots. When the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens this upcoming Sunday for Week 14 action, it will also make NFL history in one unique way.
Lamar Jackson putting together MVP season
It has been nothing short of a stellar 2019 campaign for Jackson, who has broken out as a legitimate star in the NFL in just his second year.
The 22-year-old has become the most exciting player in the league to watch behind his electrifying play behind his dual-threat ability with his arm and legs. Jackson has broken numerous NFL records along the way while continuing to lead the Ravens to currently hold the top record in the league behind an eight-game winning streak.
He has also thrust himself into the midst of the MVP conversation as the clear-cut frontrunner for the award heading into the final month of the regular season. Jackson has been a nightmare for opposing defenses to matchup due to his running ability. However, he has remained a highly effective passer completing 66.5% of his passes with 25 touchdowns to five interceptions for 2,532 yards while holding a 109.6 passer rating.
His play over the last month helped him earn AFC Player of the Month as he passed for 882 yards with 14 touchdowns on a 136.8 passer rating along with 401 rushing yards and four touchdowns over that span. Jackson’s performance on the field this season has continued to silence the doubters while raising the Ravens into being considered not only the top team in the NFL but also the favorite to win Super Bowl 54.
Josh Allen proving to be the real deal
In many similar ways, Allen entered the NFL with several questions around his ability to play the quarterback position at the next level.
The 23-year-old has taken some notable steps forward in his second season as he’s helped guide the Bills to one of the best records in the AFC well on pace to earn a playoff berth with a chance to possibly snag the AFC East division title.
Allen still faces questions concerning his accuracy throwing the ball, but the Bills have tailored the offense around his skillset with his mobility. He has passed for 2,591 yards along with 16 touchdown passes to eight interceptions while rushing for 430 yards and eight touchdowns. His ability to make plays with his legs has brought another element to Buffalo’s offense alongside their stout defense.
Allen still has plenty of room for improvement as a passer, but he has shown some promising improvements in his game that have put a bright future ahead of the Bills.
Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen set to make history
The Week 14 matchup between the Bills and Ravens holds plenty of playoff implications that could shake up the AFC picture.
But it’s also beyond that, as it’s a historic matchup between Jackson and Allen, as they have set an NFL record for the most combined rushing yards between opposing starting quarterbacks, according to Michael Davis Smith of Pro Football Talk.
That record is the most combined rushing yards for any matchup of starting quarterbacks in NFL history. Jackson has 977 rushing yards this season, and Allen has 430. Their combined 1,407 rushing yards are the most ever for any two quarterbacks facing each other.
Jackson may be doing the bulk of the heavy lifting in that regard, but it shouldn’t diminish the high level of production that they have each had running the ball. It also speaks to the transition the league could be starting to make to include more mobile quarterbacks with the next generation.
It sets the table for what could be a highly entertaining matchup that is a precursor to a second meeting in the playoffs.