The 2020 NFL regular season has come to a close. 256 games completed, and I find it remarkable considering the circumstances and uncertainty the league and world have faced the last 9 months.
Through it all, these athletes sacrificed their health, persevered and provided us much needed entertainment, often on days of the week that we wouldn’t traditionally find an NFL football game.
What a historic season, and now it’s onto the playoffs for 14 teams this season instead of 12. Through it all, we started the season with a record 10 Black starting quarterbacks and
- Patrick Mahomes is the gold standard and all he did was lead his Chiefs to a (14-2) record, really (14-1) as he didn’t play in the season finale with homefield advantage and the lone conference bye already secured. KC will await the lowest remaining seed following next weekend’s opening “Super Wild Card Weekend”.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 2, 2021
He finishes a stellar regular season with (4740 Yards) to go along with (38 TD passes and 6 INTs). Any opponent will be hard-pressed to slow him down in the postseason.
2. Russell Wilson has led his Seahawks to the postseason for the 8th time in his 9-year career. He was the MVP favorite early in the season and although he fell back to the pack he still led the Hawks to a (12-4) record and NFC West division title with a suspect defense and shotty running game.
They won’t be the favorite to win the NFC, but with him under center it’s possible. For the season he finished with (4212 Passing Yards) along with (40 TD Passes and 13 INTs). And oh yeah he’s married to Ciara “ha ha” and they are building on their family 100 miles an hour.
3. Lamar Jackson struggled early on this season and the Ravens even sat at (6-5) and fighting for their collective playoff lives the last 5 weeks of the season going (5-0) to clinch a playoff berth.
Jackson became the first QB to rush for (1000 Yards) in two different seasons, only he and Michael Vick have ever accomplished this very rare feat. Passing the football isn’t his strong suit as of now but he’s showing some development weekly and even finished the season with (2757 Passing Yards) with (26 TD passes and 9 INTs). It wasn’t the league-leading 36 TDs that he had in his 2019 MVP season, but the Ravens are still a dangerous out for any team in the AFC.
4. Deshaun Watson passed for (4823 Yards) the most In the entire league, to go along with (33 TD passes and 7 INTs) but his Texans were done before the 2020 season even began with the ridiculous trade of DeAndre Hopkins and subsequent firing of Bill O’Brien.
The actual season didn’t get much better, Houston blew too many games and finished the season at 4-12. That should have been enough for a Top 3 pick in the draft, but that pick was traded to the Dolphins a couple of seasons ago to land left tackle Laremy Tunsil. I’d venture to say their only hope is for a guy like Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy to walk through the door next season.
5. Kyler Murray, the diminutive dynamo did all he could to carry the Arizona Cardinals to the playoffs. But in the end, he came up short after being hampered the last couple of weeks by nagging injuries.
He wowed us with his heart, arms and legs as he kept the Cards in the thick of the playoff race until the season finale. For the season he finished with (3971 Passing Yards) along with (26 TD passes and 12 INTs). He also rushed for (833 Yards) and (11 Rush TDs).
More Brothers Coming
Maybe next season we’ll see the likes of Jalen Hurts make this list more often if he’s the guy in the city of
Or Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina after a season in the offense. Or maybe 2021 draft picks Justin Fields (Ohio St) and Trey Lance (North Dakota State).