1. Lamar Jackson
A Raven listed at the top of the rankings on a Steelers page is probably blasphemous for some, but there’s no to denying the truth. Lamar Jackson, the NFL’s unanimous 2019 MVP, an accomplishment that only he & Tom Brady can claim, is damn near the ultimate QB threat.
His debut year was for the history books, as Jackson triumphed Baltimore’s single-season passing touchdown record of 33 set by Vinny Testaverde, throwing for 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2019. He would also surpass one of his few NFL comparisons and childhood hero, passing Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record with 1206 rushing yards, averaging 6.9 yards per attempt.
Just insane to what he did in his first full year as the starter, it didn’t stop there. He became the first QB ever to pass for more than 3000 yards and run for more than 1000 yards in a single-season in the NFL.
Accompanied by what could’ve been regarded as the deepest TE group, WR Marquis Brown, & RB Mark Ingram, who will now be coupled with rookie RB JK Dobbins in 2020, the offense has been built perfectly around him to maximize his talents. Add an OC that has experience with these types of quarterbacks; there’s no telling the heights they can reach with each other.
Luckily for the Steelers, they will have to deal with Jackson two times a year, one being the week before the bye and the other on Thanksgiving day in Pittsburgh. 1-0 in his career against the Steelers, as Ravens K Justin Tucker would nail a game-winning OT field goal, the Steelers managed to crutch Jackson’s game. Forcing him into 3 INTs, although he was able to run for 70 yards on 15 attempts, this rivalry can overcome the superior talents at times and give fans an intensity like no other.