AFC North Holds Best Group of Quarterbacks

By Brandon Sweeney
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

There’s Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton — I think you can make the claim that the AFC North holds the best group of quarterbacks over any other division in the NFL. Three Super Bowl trophies reside in the north since these quarterbacks hopped onto the scene. Also, several playoff appearances by each of them make this one of the toughest divisions to play against.

Starting with Roethlisberger, a savvy, underrated veteran who can get it done. Roethlisberger’s three Super Bowl starts rank only second in the league to Tom Brady. Not to mention Roethlisberger’s four AFC Championship appearances. Roethlisberger holds an NFL record for the most wins (51) in his first five seasons (2004-08). Big Ben is also the franchise leader in passing touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Steelers with 219.

After making the playoffs for the fifth-consecutive season, Flacco won the Baltimore Ravens a Super Bowl. Flacco made the ranks of two previous AFC Championships, but lost them both. After Flacco made the Ravens champions, they rewarded their quarterback with a contract that would make Flacco the highest paid player in NFL history. Flacco now holds several franchise and NFL records — starting with the most road playoff wins as a quarterback (six) and the most passing yards in Ravens’ history (21,545).

Dalton has yet to have the postseason success that the other quarterbacks in the division have had, but Dalton has established himself as a leader and productive starter in the National Football League. Starting with the great bond and connection he created with wide receiver A.J. Green. Dalton helped a team get over former quarterback Carson Palmer by taking the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs in three-consecutive seasons. Sadly, Dalton and the Bengals lost in the first round every time.

This division holds the biggest rivalry in all of football between the Steelers and Ravens. Each game is seemingly decided by three points or less, but is always effected by one or two plays made by Flacco or Roethlisberger. All three quarterbacks have reached the playoffs in each of their first two seasons in the league.

Although the Cleveland Browns have been unable to add to this tight, contested division, these three quarterbacks make the AFC North what it is.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL football for Follow him on Twitter @SweeneyRant, Like him on Facebook and add him to Google+.

You May Also Like