Lamar Jackson vs Joe Burrow: Which Quarterback Has Had a Better 2021 NFL Season So Far?

Published 10/23/2021, 2:03 PM EDT


The Baltimore Ravens have enjoyed a fantastic start to their NFL season, thanks to Lamar Jackson. The Ravens are on a five-match winning streak after losing their first match by a razor-thin margin. In their first AFC North clash of the season, they will face the Cincinnati Bengals. After a disappointing season last year, the Bengals are a much better team this year. Major credit goes to Joe Burrow.

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It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and Bengals’ Joe Burrow are two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL right now. In this article, we statistically decode who among the two has had a better 2021 NFL season so far.

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Is Lamar Jackson an early contender for NFL MVP?

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that Lamar Jackson will be an early contender for NFL MVP this season. After all, the stats back him. According to Pro Football Reference, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback is currently in the top ten in the NFL in both passing and rushing yards.

Moreover, he has been instrumental in helping his team rack up wins with influential performances. The quarterback has 9 touchdowns and has covered 1686 yards in just 6 games this season. Additionally, he set the record this season by earning his 35th career win as a starting quarterback before the age of 25. Jackson, this season has simply been unreal!

Joe Burrow, the man carrying the Bengals

While Lamar Jackson is simply on another level, Joe Burrows isn’t behind at all. In fact, according to Pro Football Reference, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has covered 1540 yards and completed an astounding 14 touchdowns in just six games.

Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9)sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91)during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, Joe Burrow has the most touchdown passes of 30+ air yards in the NFL this season. The return of Ja’Marr Chase has certainly helped Joe Burrow as he has vastly improved this season.

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All in all, comparing both the players statistically at this point in the season gives Burrow the edge. But when one looks at how influential the two have been for their teams to swing the results, Lamar Jackson is the undisputed king. Who do you think will end up having a better NFL season? Let us know!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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