With Matthew Stafford finally getting over the hump, winning his first Super Bowl ring with the Los Angeles Rams, that leaves a lot of other great quarterbacks across the league who have yet to win, or even make it to Super Bowl Sunday.
In this list, we will rank the top-five signal-callers in the NFL who have yet to hoist the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
Honorable Mention: Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
While Prescott is in the upper echelon of quarterbacks, his record in the playoffs is what keeps him just outside of this list. The Cowboys have more than enough talent to get to the Super Bowl, but with the offensive line getting older and the past blunders in the playoffs that is associated with this storied franchise, the road back to the Super Bowl for "America's Team" will be a long one unless they can rely on Prescott to show up in the big games.
5.) Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens
After an electrifying MVP season in 2019, Jackson has been all over the place, especially this past season. He looked like the MVP through five games, went on a major slump, and then missed the Ravens' final four games with an ankle injury. Jackson took a ton of sacks and forced things a bit too much, but to his credit, he was playing behind a ravaged offensive line and had a mediocre running game to support him. With Jackson's contract negotiations looming this offseason, the question that remains is, is his play style conducive to winning games when it matters most and how much more punishment can he take before his athleticism becomes zapped?
However, even with those questions in mind, as long as Jackson remains on the team and healthy, the Ravens will remain a threat in the AFC North, especially if the rumors surrounding Antonio Brown's desire to play with Jackson come to fruition.
4.) Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
Although the long-time Falcons signal-caller has regressed some since his appearance in Super Bowl LI, all that's left for Ryan to solidify his legacy with is a ring. The chances of that happening seem to be looking very bleak, at least in Atlanta. With no Julio Jones and the Calvin Ridley situation still being up in the air, it would be hard to justify why Ryan would want to stay in town if he still wants another crack at the Super Bowl.
This season, Ryan was able to beat up on the bad teams, but struggled against any opposing team with just a decent pass rush. With Ryan's arm strength slowly waning and becoming more and more dependent on his weapons, the former league MVP is still a very intelligent quarterback who moves well in the pocket and hits targets. Put him on a different team like, say the San Francisco 49ers, and Ryan is back in the Pro Bowl.
3.) Joe Burrow - Cincinnati Bengals
Heading into his second season in Cincinnati, Burrow's arm strength improved drastically, skipping steps in his development and all but breaking the myth of the "sophomore slump." Coming off a torn ACL, Burrow put himself in the conversation as a top-10 quarterback in the league this season, and was only one drive away from winning the Bengals their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
With a loaded offense full of weapons, if the Bengals can address that porous offensive line, which gave up 70 sacks in the regular season, Burrow's Bengals will be a threat in the AFC for years to come. With the conference being so loaded with top-flight quarterbacks, hopefully Burrow can avoid the same fate as Dan Marino, who like Burrow, lost the Super Bowl in his second season in the NFL. Only Marino was never able to get a second chance at winning it all.
2.) Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals
Murray is one of the most electrifying players in the NFL. With the recent news coming out that he is frustrated with the Cardinals organizations, the two-time Pro Bowler seems to be in win-now mode, and he has every right to be angry, especially looking at what his fellow young gunslingers are doing across the league.
The Cardinals were the best team in football in 2021 until their receiving corps got decimated towards the end of the season, which played a major part in their third consecutive late-season collapse. Arizona lost four out of their last five games and dropped to the fifth seed in the NFC. Part of the blame, whether it's fair or not, has to fall on Murray's back. Going 19-of-34 for 137 yards and two interceptions against the Rams in the playoffs is not going to get the job done.
Whether Murray stays in Arizona or not, he has tons of football left to play. If he can find the right team with the right system to fit his playstyle, Murray can join Russell Wilson as one of the shortest quarterbacks to ever hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
1.) Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills
Allen went head-to-head with Patrick Mahomes during the AFC Divisional Round in what was, arguably, even more entertaining than the Super Bowl.
While the Bills pretty much got bounced from the postseason due to losing a coin toss, his 2021 season wasn't as great as his one in 2020. But even if he wasn't a MVP candidate this time around, Allen is a top-10 quarterback in the NFL, a man who changed a floundering franchise into legitimate playoff contenders. The highs are ridiculously high with this guy, and while the lows can be low, his physical gifts and rocket arm have his potential going forward set sky-high.
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