Black QBs Soared & Sunk On Sunday | Lamar Jackson Who? Ravens Backup Tyler Huntley Showed Out

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When examining the performances of Black NFL quarterbacks in Week 15, you’ll find a mixed bag of surprising successes and some regression as we enter the dog days of the season.

SOAR

Ravens backup Tyler Huntley played the game of his life in a 31-30 loss to the Packers.

The Utah Utes product went 28-for-40 for 215 yards, while rushing for 73 yards and accounting for four touchdowns. Huntley displayed a poise and calm about him that was comparable to starter Lamar Jackson in many ways.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn’t have to change the game plan much with Huntley, who’s adept at using his legs and making off-schedule plays with his arm.

Trailing 31-17 with over seven minutes to go, the unheralded backup led the Ravens on consecutive scoring drives to bring them within one with 42 seconds left. Huntley continues to show that he’s capable of being a quality signal caller who’s always ready when his number is called.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh opted to go for two, the conversion failed, and the Packers survived, but not before Huntley threw a major scare into the “Cheeseheads.”

Baltimore has the best backup QB in the NFL. Who can forget his drive to beat the Bears back in November. He led the team 95 yards in under two minutes with no timeouts to win the game.

SUNK

Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) 

The diminutive dynamo continues to struggle since his return from a nagging ankle injury. Murray was erratic on Sunday, going 23 of 41 for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Cardinals’ surprising 30-12 loss to the hapless Lions. The “Redbirds” are now in a dogfight to win the NFC West after being in the top spot to clinch home field throughout the NFC playoffs.

Murray continues to be a “feast or famine” type of QB. Inconsistent from the pocket and inside the numbers and a playmaker when things break down and he can improvise. Murray needs to play better, especially with ace receiver DeAndre Hopkins out until the playoffs.

SOAR BY DEFAULT

Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) 

Dak didn’t light the scoreboard up on Sunday in the Cowboys’ 21-6 road win over the Giants, but he didn’t do anything to hinder them from winning. The $40 million man went 28-for-37 for 217 yards, one touchdown and one fumble.

The Cowboys are 10-4, but the team’s offense has not been sharp for weeks. That’s a cause for concern as the playoffs near, and they’ll need the pre-injury Dak to emerge.

SINK

Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) 

Cam Newton professed he was back when he made his return against the Cardinals. But his play has been nothing to write home about as he continues to prove he’s just not capable of consistently throwing the football beyond 10-12 yards anymore.

Newton probably shouldn’t be starting in the NFL anymore. He was definitely a workhorse as he accounted for 227 yards and both of the Panthers’ touchdowns in a 31-14 loss to the Bills. But much of these yards were accrued when the game was out of reach.

PRAYERS UP

Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos) 

Steady Teady was taken to the hospital after falling awkwardly and hitting his head during a run play. He was kept overnight for observation and is reportedly in stable condition with all extremities in use.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields, Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and Russell Wilson’s Seahawks take the field on Monday and Tuesday night.


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