Jimmy Clausen would join rare club with start against Seahawks


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen took the first-team snaps in practice on Wednesday as backup-turned-starter Matt Schaub did not practice due to a chest injury.

If Schaub isn’t able to play Sunday and Clausen has to start against the Seattle Seahawks, he would be joining a very rare club.

Clausen also started against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 for the Chicago Bears. The list of quarterbacks to start games against the same opponent, but with two different teams in the same season is a rather short one.

According to STATS, Inc., via Tim Booth of the Associated Press, only five other quarterbacks have ever had that opportunity in league history.

Kyle Orton was the most recent quarterback to do it and the only one to do it with two separate opponents in the same season. Orton faced both the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in 2011 as a member of the Denver Broncos. After being released by Denver and claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs, Orton started games against both Green Bay and Oakland before the end of the season.

In 1998, Kerry Collins started games against the Atlanta Falcons as a member of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

In 1991, Chris Chandler started games against the Saints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Phoenix Cardinals. In 1974, Norm Snead started games against the Dallas Cowboys with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, and in 1962, Jack Kemp started games against the New York Titans with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

If Schaub can’t play Sunday, Clausen will be just the sixth different player in history to join the list.

17 responses to “Jimmy Clausen would join rare club with start against Seahawks

  1. Hed also join a club called QBs who couldn’t even put up 1 point in 2 games against the Seahawks.

  2. Jimmy Clausen looks like the ‘Upside down face’ kid from Family Guy.


    I always thought he looked like an ostrich

  3. Don’t look now folks but Seattle Seahawks are number 2 total defense and number 3 in scoring defense with Jimmy Clausen, Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel coming up next.

    By end of the year the defense may be number 1 scoring defense 4 years in a row. I don’t think that has ever been doing. LOB already matched Purple People Eaters record of 3.

  4. I can’t stand Clausen but at least he probably wants to play.

    Schaub has had a “No mas” look about him since the moment he saw Flacco go down and realized he was going to have to actually go play football again after all.

  5. Don’t look now but the Ravens are a top 10 defense now after struggling to start the season. This could be a low scoring game from both teams.

  6. Johnny The Foosball gets popped with a hard cider Sunday night and benched again, Clausen gets released and signs to replace Davis and the Hawks gets Jimmy Boy a third time this season with his third team! (I’m rooting for this scenario…)

  7. He’s in his own club. The other five all did it with two teams in the same division, meaning they had several common opponents, or against a team that’s in the same division as one of the teams he played for, meaning they played twice, or both.

    He’s the only one of the six to do it with two teams that are in different divisions, against a team that’s in a third division.

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