Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen Setting the Standard for Rushing Quarterbacks in the NFL

Published 01/15/2021, 1:39 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


We are a day away from witnessing the Divisional Playoffs between Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills. Both teams put in a strong display last weekend to secure a spot in this year’s NFL Divisional Playoff Round.

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The Ravens comfortably beat AFC South champions, Tennessee Titans, by a 13-20 scoreline.

Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills defeated Indianapolis Colts by a 24-27 margin to seal a date against the Ravens. Both teams will go head-to-head in a blockbuster clash on Saturday at the Bills Stadium.

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Ahead of this mouth-watering encounter, let’s take a look at both the starting quarterbacks who are bound to be future superstars.

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Lamar Jackson made his way to the NFL MVP title last year with comfortable ease. He became only the second player (after Tom Brady) to win the award by a unanimous vote.

Lamar ended the 2019 season with the league record of the quarterback with the most rushing yards in a single season (1,206).

He has continued in the same vein this season. After the Week 17 game, Jackson became the first QB in NFL history to rush for 1,000+ yards for multiple seasons.

Allen has spoken of his upcoming opponent with great admiration in a recent interview. “He’s one of the greatest dudes you can be around…

“I root heavily for him just knowing what he went through his first year and how humble and awesome he is off the field,” Allen said in a pre-game press meet.

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Since 2018, Jackson and Allen led the NFL in rushing yards among quarterbacks. The Ravens QB is comfortably at the top, with 2,906 rushing yards while Allen is second with a tally of 1,562 rushing yards.

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Lamar Jackson’s 2,906 rushing yards is by a far stretch the most for a quarterback in his first 3 seasons in the league’s history.

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton is second with 2,032 rushing yards in his first 3 seasons, and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is 3rd with 1,877 yards.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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