Top 5 Melanated QBs Following Week 2: Patrick Mahomes Is Still The Gold Standard

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Sep 20th, 2022   /   0 COMMENTS

It’s that time where we rank the top five Black signal callers in the league following Week 2. As it’s been for quite awhile, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is still the gold standard. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson albeit in a loss, was his usual dynamic playmaking self. 

1. Patrick Mahomes - Chiefs


One week after torching the Cardinals for well over 300 yards and five touchdowns, Mahomes was his usual self in a big (27-24) win over the division rival Chargers. KC battled back from a (17-7) deficit to get the big early season win. While Mahomes didn’t throw for as many yards or touchdowns in this one, he made two plays that have become synonymous with his play at the position. With his team teetering Mahomes made a sidearm throw between three Charger defenders for a touchdown. And his laser to wide receiver Justin Watson on third-and-five for a touchdown with the defense applying heavy pressure, just reassured Mahomes’ greatness. 


Following the tough hard fought victory, Mahomes kept it simple saying this. 


“We scored when we needed to score. I’ll just keep reiterating. I’m so proud of those young guys on the defense, man.”


2. Lamar Jackson - Ravens


In Baltimore, Jackson did everything he needed to, but his defense blew leads of (28-7) and (35-14) in a 42-38 home loss to the Dolphins. In the game Jackson passed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for over 100 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with a 75-yard touchdown pass and run in the same game. 


Looking at the Ravens defense on Sunday, they may need some more superhuman performances by Jackson. His efforts put him into sole custody of first place all-time for QBs rushing for 100 yards. Jackson’s 11th-time doing so broke the tie with former NFL QB Michael Vick. 


3. Kyler Murray - Cardinals 


The Cardinals looked to left for dead again following their blowout season opening loss to the Chiefs. This time they trailed the Raiders (20-0) and (23-7) before mounting a furious comeback to steal the win on the road. Murray’s ability to extend plays and throw darts was on full display as the Cards mounted their rally. Murray looked like the diminutive 

dynamo we witnessed in high school and college, extending plays and just being a headache for a Raiders pass rush that got to him but couldn’t seem to corral him. 


Hoping to avoid the dreaded (0-2) hole, Murray showed why the team gave him that big extension in the offseason. 


Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said this about his QBs magical playmaking. 


“It’s not how we drew it up. I’ll say that.”


But when you have someone like Murray, you just let him play and give him as many options as possible. 

4.Jalen Hurts - Eagles 


The Eagles signal caller continued his great play after the team’s season opening win over the Lions where he tallied, 333 total yards, including 90 rushing. Hurts was dynamic in the Eagles home opener against the Vikings on Monday night. He passed for 333 yards passing on (26-31), plus he added another 57 yards rushing. Philly has deep playoff run aspirations and the play of Hurts will go a long way in determining if that happens. Head coach Nick Sirianni has designed a scheme that accentuates Hurts unique dual-threat skillset. They’re loaded on both sides of the football.

5. Russell Wilson - Broncos 


It wasn’t a pretty first half for the Broncos and Wilson following Monday night’s last second debacle in a loss to the Seahawks. Wilson came out off in his home debut in the “Mile High City.” After hearing “boo birds” rain down in the stadium as the Broncos went in for halftime. A different Wilson appeared in the second half, and while he was still a bit erratic he made enough plays to help him team avoid an (0-2) start.

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