Ryan, Flacco could be winningest rookie tandem

One of the biggest stories of this season — maybe the biggest story — is the rookie arms race between Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. The two rookie quarterbacks have led their teams to a combined 18-10 record — each quarterback’s team is 9-5 — and have thrown for a combined 5,671 yards — Ryan for 3,146, Flacco for 2,526. Now, with at least one win in their four remaining combined starts, they would finish the season with the highest combined winning percentage by two rookie quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era. And, with a combined 247 yards passing over the season’s final two weeks, Flacco and Ryan also will have the most passing yards ever in a season by a rookie tandem.

The highest combined season winning percentage by two rookie quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (minimum eight starts each):

Year Quarterbacks W-L Pct.
1983 John Elway/Dan Marino 11-8 .579
1979 Steve Fuller/Phil Simms 12-11 .522
2006 Matt Leinart/Vince Young 12-12 .500
2006 Bruce Gradkowski/Vince Young 11-13 .458
2003 Kyle Boller/Byron Leftwich 10-12 .455
2003 Joe Flacco/Matt Ryan 18-10 .643

The most combined passing yards by two rookie quarterbacks in a season (all-time):

Year Quarterbacks Combined yards
1998 Charlie Batch/Peyton Manning 5,917
2008 Joe Flacco/Matt Ryan 5,671
1993 Drew Bledsoe/Rick Mirer 5,327
1998 Ryan Leaf/Peyton Manning 5,028
2002 David Carr/Joey Harrington 4,886
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