Teams starting rookie quarterbacks went 4-0 on Sunday, an NFL first

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The four teams that started rookie quarterbacks on Sunday all won, and that was something special.

According to Elias, this week was the first time in the Super Bowl era that teams with rookie quarterbacks went 4-0.

The Browns won with Baker Mayfield, the Jets won with Sam Darnold, the Cardinals won with Josh Rosen and the Bills won with Josh Allen. That has never happened before.

Mayfield went 25-for-43 for 342 yards as the Browns beat the Ravens 12-9. Darnold went 10-for-22 for 198 yards as the Jets beat the Broncos 34-16. Rosen went 10-of-25 for 170 yards as the Cardinals beat the 49ers 28-18. Allen went 10-of-19 for 82 yards as the Bills beat the Titans 13-12.

The four rookie quarterbacks have all shown flashes of talent, but none of them has played extremely well: Mayfield has the highest passer rating of the bunch, at 81.4, and that is well under the NFL average this season of 93.2. So all four quarterbacks won on Sunday, but they all still have plenty of work to do.

29 responses to “Teams starting rookie quarterbacks went 4-0 on Sunday, an NFL first

  1. Darnold did not have the best completion percentage but did throw 3 TD passes, 75 yard, 35 yard and 20 yard strikes.

    Rosen had a nice 75 yard TD pass.

    There is a lot of potential for all of them. It would be nice to see Allen make more plays with his arm than scrambling, but you have to start somewhere.

    Throw in Watson and Mahomes and suddenly there might just be more young star quarterbacks coming along in the nfl.

    I do wonder if the Giants are really going to regret passing on Darnold. Or any QB for that matter. At the rate they are going they will take a new QB for the 2019 draft anyway.

  2. Mayfield’s passer rating is 81.4. Question: what is the QB rating of any QB against the Ravens; what was the QB rating of the other rookie QBs? The other QBs completed less than 50% of their passes, Mayfield 59%. I think Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes are the two most exciting young QBs in the NFL.

  3. When this all boils down we’ll get a much better view, but early returns are that they were drafted in approximately the correct order. Bake Money for the win!

  4. it would probably mean that teams are now more likely to draft a quarterback in the first round instead of giving multi-million dollar contracts to journeyman quarterbacks who are career backups. The Case Keenums and Tyrod Taylors of this world will make a lot less money in the future.

  5. mayfieldroadboy says:

    “I think Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes are the two most exciting young QBs in the NFL.”

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    I love pointing out that they were both drafted by John Dorsey in back-to-back drafts.

  6. What’s pretty interesting is, at least to the eye so far, it seems like the order the QBs were drafted is about right. With maybe the exception that Rosen could have gone before Allen.

  7. Mayfields numbers would have been better if Landry had run the right rout on that one interception. He turned left instead of right as Baker was expecting. The ball was right on the money! He’s gonna be a good one.

  8. 4 rookie QB got carried to wins over bad teams by their teammates for the first time in NFL history yesterday…….

  9. gfan8611 says:

    4 rookie QB got carried to wins over bad teams by their teammates for the first time in NFL history yesterday……
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    Sometimes it is good enough to just not make mistakes and give your team a chance to win.

  10. Just as crazy is that all teams that surround Lake Erie went 3-0. When was the last time Detroit, Buffalo and Cleveland all won at home on the same weekend?

  11. All four of those guys are already better than Blake Bortles, which isn’t saying much.

  12. And these are not gimmick QB’s – running backs who think they can throw and by wearing a Halloween QB costume that makes them QB’s. These are all passers first and with profound talent.

    Now the Cowboys should draft a real QB instead of that mess that is sinking in his third year.

  13. gfan8611 says:

    4 rookie QB got carried to wins over bad teams by their teammates for the first time in NFL history yesterday……

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    I don’t think the Ravens are a bad team, check yourself.

  14. urmomsmyho says:
    October 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm
    What’s pretty interesting is, at least to the eye so far, it seems like the order the QBs were drafted is about right. With maybe the exception that Rosen could have gone before Allen.
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    I dont think that will end up being right. Everyone knows Allen wasn’t/isn’t ready, even the Bills’ brass. But would you rather watch Peterman develop or Allen develop? Allen seems to have the right attitude to not wither under pressure and actually learn while he’s in there. They were talking about bringing in Derek Anderson behind him. That would b smart. I think Allen ends up the better QB. We’ll see.

  15. Allen has been a GD rollercoaster this season.Though, I attribute almost none of it to him. The OC has refused to use his HBs this season and instead of high percentage throws to get his QB some confidence, hes dialing up deep bombs, bootlegs and fleaflickers.

    When Allen is kept upright and given short and mid passes, he moves the ball. When the OL collapses and hes asked to pick up 3rd and 20, he falls apart and makes those rookie mistakes.

    As a Bills fan, it looks bad, really bad now…however, I think this might be a situation like Jared Goff. The QB looks terrible in the rookie season…but once hes given protection and weapons hes suddenly leading an elite offense. The Bills have among the most cash to spend next offseason and another high draft pick incoming to overhaul the OL and get a receiver capable of catching a football. Maybe we can trade for Robert Woods…worked for the Rams

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