The final week of the 2018 NFL season gave us a glimpse into the future of the league. The first and last picks of the first round last year entered the forum to do battle on Sunday as Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson went head-to-head for the first time in their careers.
The Baltimore Ravens would win 26-24 to clinch the AFC North but the two rookies combined for 645 yards and showed the world what the division is going to look like going forward especially now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have devoured themselves and Andy Dalton still exists.
Baker will probably take home the Rookie of the Year trophy (even though Saquon Barkley is a pro-bowler and a top 5 running back in the entire league). Mayfield can make every single throw and the bullshit about his height need not ever be mentioned again.
But man, when Lamar Jackson hits the turbo button, he’s untouchable. Everyone still thinks scrambling quarterbacks can’t win in the NFL but Jackson singlehandedly dragged the Ravens to the postseason after Joe Flacco started the year 4-5.
The ‘he might get hurt’ is an interesting argument to make for a football player considering that every simple play ends with a car crash-
As of right now, it’s safe to say that these two of the quarterbacks that stand above the rest of the 2018 drafted QBs. Sam Darnold and Josh Allen can become something but with Tom Brady playing for another two decades, I doubt they’ll ever have the rivalry that Lamar and Baker are about to embark on.
The Future of the NFL is bright. Unless you’re an Arizona Cardinals fan in which case you just wasted a season and Josh Rosen looks like he’s never played football before. Yikes.
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