QBs Win­ston, Mar­i­ota best 1-2 draft

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

Jameis Win­ston and Mar­cus Mar­i­ota al­ready are the best quar­ter­back duo drafted 1-2 in NFL his­tory.

Both play­ers have their teams in play­off con­tention in only their sec­ond sea­son.

Win­ston led Tampa Bay (6-5) to an up­set win over Seat­tle on Sun­day and the Buc­ca­neers are one game be­hind At­lanta in the NFC South. Mar­i­ota had his eighth straight mul­ti­ple TD game to lead Ten­nessee (6-6) over Chicago and the Ti­tans are a half-game be­hind Hous­ton in the AFC South.

In 2015, Win­ston and Mar­i­ota were the sixth set of QBs to be se­lected first and sec­ond over­all in the draft since 1967. This year, it hap­pened again when the Rams took Jared Goff at No. 1 and

the Ea­gles se­lected Car­son Wentz at No. 2.

Other QBs go­ing 1-2 were: An­drew Luck and Robert Grif­fin III (2012); Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb (1999); Pey­ton Man­ning and Ryan Leaf (1998); Drew Bled­soe and Rick Mirer (1993); Jim Plun­kett and Archie Man­ning (1971).

In­juries de­railed Grif­fin’s ca­reer. Couch and Leaf were busts. Mirer was a full-time starter for only three sea­sons.

The Plun­kett-Man­ning com­bi­na­tion was the most suc­cess­ful of them all. Plun­kett was a Su­per Bowl MVP and Man­ning was a two-time Pro Bowl pick de­spite play­ing for the lowly Saints.

So Win­ston and Mar­i­ota have a long way to go.

Here are other over­re­ac­tions fol­low­ing Week 12:

OVERREACTION

The Browns (0-12) won’t lose next week.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They have a bye.

OVERREACTION

Seat­tle’s loss to Tampa Bay proves the Sea­hawks (7-3-1) aren’t on the same level as Dal­las (10-1).

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Rus­sell Wil­son, Richard Sher­man and Co. still have the best chance to knock off the Cow­boys in the play­offs.

OVERREACTION

The Raiders (9-2) are on course to meet the Pa­tri­ots (9-2) in the AFC ti­tle game.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Oak­land might not make it out of the AFC West where the Chiefs (8-3) and

Bron­cos (7-4) have su­pe­rior de­fenses.

OVERREACTION

Tom Brady is the best block­ing QB in the NFL.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

The Jets’ de­fense showed in­cred­i­ble mercy avoid­ing Brady as he led the way on LeGar­rette Blount’s 10yard run.

OVERREACTION

Adam Gase is Coach of the Year. His Dol­phins (7-4) have won six in a row and are right in the mix for a wild-card berth.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Jack Del Rio, Dirk Koet­ter and Bob McA­doo each make a strong case to win it.

OVERREACTION

No An­drew Luck means no play­offs for the Colts (56).

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Luck should re­turn from a con­cus­sion next week and In­di­anapo­lis is only one game out of first place.

OVERREACTION

Play­ing for the win in­stead of a tie will cost the Bron­cos (7-4) the play­offs.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’re tied in the stand­ings with Mi­ami and have five games left. Too much sea­son left.

OVERREACTION

The Car­di­nals (4-6-1) are the big­gest busts of the sea­son.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’ve got com­pe­ti­tion from Green Bay and Carolina (4-7).

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