There was a television sitcom airing a few years ago I remember watching here and there: "Everybody Hates Chris" it was named. It looks like the new version of this thing, if applied to the NFL, would be named "Everybody Hates the Ravens."
In its latest chapter, or in a recent ESPN article written by Jeremy Fowler (if you prefer) in which he quotes many NFL executives and evaluators, an anonymous person stirred some debate by comparing Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow.
"Love the Ravens, but if all things equal, two-minute drill, I'm taking Burrow over Lamar."- Anonymous NFL evaluator
The evaluator, one of those Trademarked Ravens Haters we have to endure these days, showed no hesitation in claiming "Love the Ravens, but if all things equal, two-minute drill, I'm taking Burrow over Lamar." Uh, oh, the audacity.
Despite this comparison, clearly favoring Burrow over Jackson in a head-to-head competition, the stats and facts tell a very different and swung (favoring Jackson) story.
The former regular season (and unanimous) MVP, boasts impressive stats this season. The very own ESPN, whom the "evaluator" talked to, has Jackson ranked first among quarterbacks with 440 rushing yards while also putting him in sixth place among qualified players with a 100.8 passer rating.
Over the Ravens' first nine games, Jackson has recorded 14 total touchdowns (nine passing, five rushing) and three interceptions. The Ravens are second in the NFL standings only behind the Philadelphia Eagles.
Burrow has passed for fewer touchdowns (12), thrown more interceptions (four), and led his team to a good-not-great 5-3 record in comparison to Baltimore's supreme 7-2 balance.
On the other hand, Burrow, dealing with a lingering calf injury in the first half of the season, holds a 16th rank among qualified players with a 90.6 passer rating. The Bengals quarterback has thrown 12 touchdown passes and four interceptions for the 5–3 Bengals.
At least the consensus vote after "an informal survey" included in the same article, pegged the Ravens as the favorites to face the Eagles in the Super Bowl next February.
This being the landscape of NFL pundits and Raven's haters, you can easily guess who they would have picked as the eventual winner had the survey asked about that...