Can You Match the QB and RB Duo to the Right NFL Team?


By: Gavin Thagard

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It's fourth-and-1 in the final minutes of the game, and a team needs to score to secure the victory. That means they have to put it all on the line and go for the first down. The best teams in the league have two options in this situation: throw the ball or run it. Of course, the only way that a defense will fear both a pass play and run play is if an offense has an elite quarterback and running back on the field together. If that's the case, then all options are open.

When looking at the landscape of the NFL, the 32 offenses across the league wouldn't be complete without the QB and RB duos that make those offenses versatile against the top defenses. After all, few offenses find success throwing the ball 50 times a game. That's where a running back comes in, as they not only save a quarterback's arm but also relieve some of the pressure from pass rushers keying in on the signal caller.

How familiar are you with every backfield in the NFL? Whether they play for a playoff contender or a team trying to rebuild, these backfield tandems can be seen competing every week during football season. When you're ready, see how competitive you are by tackling this quiz.

Do you know where Lamar Jackson shows off his elite running skills next to Mark Ingram?

Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram make up the best rushing offense in the NFL, averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground. Much of that success has to do with Jackson's electrifying running style that puts him at the top of the MVP race.


Perhaps one of the most disappointing teams in 2019, where does Matt Ryan suit up beside Devonta Freeman?

Both Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman were starters when the Atlanta Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they gave up the biggest lead in Super Bowl history in a loss to the New England Patriots. Since going down in that game, the Falcons haven't fully recovered to make another run at a title.


What team went in a different direction in 2019 with a new head coach while keeping Andy Dalton and Joe Mixon behind center?

The Cincinnati Bengals tried benching Andy Dalton halfway through 2019, but the move didn't result in better production. Hoping to get their first win on the season, Dalton was reinserted in the starting lineup against the New York Jets, giving the Bengals a win in his first game back.


Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott were supposed to be much better for which NFL team that has been up and down all season?

Even though Ezekiel Elliott is still a young player, he has already won two rushing titles with the Dallas Cowboys, which isn't that big of a surprise considering he was a first round pick. The bigger surprise is Dak Prescott, who has made two Pro Bowls in his short career.


One of the best rushing duos in the NFL, how familiar are you with the team that relies on Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey to win games?

The Carolina Panthers have been up and down throughout the 2019 season, mainly because of Cam Newton's health. Luckily , Christian McCaffrey has been a consistent star, racking up enough stats to put him in the MVP conversation.


When Matthew Stafford is healthy, do you know where he plays next to Bo Scarbrough?

The Detroit Lions went through several running backs before finally settling on Bo Scarbrough in the backfield with Matthew Stafford as QB. Stafford needs all the help he can get, as he's still looking for his first Super Bowl appearance since entering the league in 2009.


Can you match Tom Brady and Sony Michel to the team where they keep racking up wins?

Coming into 2019, the offense for the New England Patriots was completely decimated by injuries, off the field issues and players retiring. Luckily, Tom Brady still had Sony Michel in the backfield, one of his few trusted weapons.


Marlon Mack takes handoffs from Jacoby Brissett on which NFL team?

Andrew Luck was supposed to be the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts coming into the 2019 season. However, he retired just before the season started, leaving Jacoby Brissett to take up the reins.


Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley make up one of the youngest backfields in the NFL. Where is their youth being utilized?

After being drafted as the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, many analysts thought Daniel Jones was overrated coming into the season. However, he showed that he could balance out the offense beside Saquon Barkley, who was taken the year prior as the second overall pick.


Can you match Carlos Hyde and Deshaun Watson to the team where they are the ignition to an explosive offense?

The Houston Texans are best when Deshaun Watson is using both his legs and arm to make plays. This versatility keeps defenses off balance and allows Carlos Hyde to do work on his own running down the field.


Todd Gurley and Jared Goff are trying to help which team get back to the Super Bowl?

With Todd Gurley there to take handoffs and balance out the offense, Jared Goff had the best season of his career in 2018, leading the Los Angeles Rams all the way to the Super Bowl. However, the Rams' high-powered offense was completely shut down by the New England Patriots, and the team hasn't fully recovered from the loss.


Are you familiar enough with Kyler Murray and Kenyan Drake to know which team they're trying to help rebuild?

Kyler Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after he won the Heisman Trophy in college. The Arizona Cardinals added Kenyan Drake via trade to help Murray in the backfield, and throughout the season, the two have shown how dynamic they can be moving forward.


Pick the team that puts up huge offensive numbers with Patrick Mahomes and LeSean McCoy on the field.

Patrick Mahomes took the football world by storm in 2018, his first season as a full-time starter with the Kansas City Chiefs. After throwing for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, Mahomes was awarded the NFL MVP, giving him plenty of momentum coming into 2019 when he was teamed up with LeSean McCoy.


Josh Allen is a young quarterback playing beside veteran running back Frank Gore for which NFL team?

Coming into the 2019 season, the Buffalo Bills have only made the playoffs once since 1999. However, they have put together a roster built around a stout defense and a rushing game that made them a serious contender for the first time in 20 years.


Will you be able to identify the team that has relied on its defense as Mitch Trubisky comes into his own playing beside David Montgomery?

Mitch Trubisky has the athleticism to run the football himself, but he often neglected to use his legs during the 2019 season because defenses have been stacking the box. However, when he's smart about when to run the ball, the Chicago Bears' chance of winning goes up.


Select the team that's always in the playoff race with Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones on the roster.

For years, the Green Bay Packers have relied on the arm of Aaron Rodgers, refusing to surround him with enough talent to compete at a high level. Rodgers was always good enough to make it work, but as he ages, the Packers are going to have to find more players like Aaron Jones to help him out.


Are you able to identify the team where Nick Chubb has been a workhorse playing beside Baker Mayfield?

The Cleveland Browns had a ton of hype coming into 2019, and much of that hype had to do with the backfield in Cleveland. However, Baker Mayfield hasn't been able to hold up his end of the stick, as he has particularly struggled with turning the ball over.


Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara are stars on a team that was a Super Bowl favorite coming into the 2019 season. Can you identify the team?

Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara make up one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Kamara is an elite running back who can both run the ball and catch passes, while Brees is a veteran quarterback who many rank as one of the greatest of all time.


Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert are starters on one of the biggest surprise teams of the year. Can you name the team?

The San Francisco 49ers have separated themselves from just about every team in the NFL. Though their defense is the main reason for this, their offense has been good enough to get wins with players like Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert.


Do you know where Melvin Gordon is trying to help veteran quarterback Philip Rivers win his first Super Bowl?

Philip Rivers has been leading the Los Angeles Chargers since 2004 when the team was still located in San Diego. There have been many changes since then, including in the backfield, but none of those changes have resulted in a Super Bowl.


Are you familiar enough with Ben Roethlisberger and James Conner to know where they are competing?

Ben Roethlisberger and James Conner had a lot to prove after the departure of two key offensive players in the offseason. They proved nothing in the first game of 2018, falling 33-3 to the New England Patriots.


Can you place Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell on the team they are trying to help rebuild?

The New York Jets have desperately been trying to find their way out of the bottom rung of the NFL, which is why they acquired Le'Veon Bell in the 2019 offseason. However, his pairing with Sam Darnold has done little to improve the Jets' chances of making the Super Bowl.


Ryan Tannehill has shown his first round potential playing beside Derrick Henry on which NFL team?

Derrick Henry has proven he's one of the best running backs in the league while playing for the Tennessee Titans. Add in the arm of Ryan Tannehill, who has completely revamped his career in Tennessee, and it becomes pretty clear why the Titans are in the playoff race.


Can you match Josh Jacobs and Derek Carr to the correct franchise?

Head coach Jon Gruden has to figure out who he can trust after taking over the Oakland Raiders in 2018. That means the futures of both Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs are in question, even though they have performed relatively well in 2019.


Nick Foles signed with which NFL team where he lines up in the backfield with Leonard Fournette?

With Leonard Fournette on the roster and a tough defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars thought they were a quarterback away from making a championship run. That hasn't been true in 2019, as the team continued to lose games despite signing Nick Foles.


Can you match Ryan Fitzpatrick and Patrick Laird to the team where they have put up horrible offensive numbers throughout the season?

The Miami Dolphins have been the butt of many jokes, especially to start the 2019 NFL season. The team went 0-7 before they finally got a win over the New York Jets, another team that struggled in 2019.


Where has Adrian Peterson been helping rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins develop as the pair try to win games?

Adrian Peterson was once the best running back in the NFL, but he's had to take over a mentor role on the Washington Redskins, who have struggled to make the playoffs since he joined the team. Of course, since he's playing beside a young quarterback, his cachet is very important for the team's future.


Can you identify the team where Kirk Cousins has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league playing in the backfield beside Dalvin Cook?

Kirk Cousins was heavily criticized in the early part of the 2019 season for failing to find his star players. The one player who did always get them, however, was Dalvin Cook, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career.


Do you know which team continues to be mediocre with Jameis Winston and Ronald Jones II behind center?

Before the start of the 2019 regular season, there were questions on whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would stick with Jameis Winston moving forward. They decided to keep him in the starting spot, but his inability to protect the football has been a detriment, even with second-year running back Ronald Jones II on the field.


How well do you know the team that has one of the best backfields in the league when Russell Wilson and Chris Carson are on the field together?

Russell Wilson continues to be one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league, and Chris Carson has been huge in keeping some of the pressure of carrying the Seattle Seahawks off Wilson's back. Without as much pressure, Wilson has been able stay healthier than he was in past seasons.


What team has been up and down throughout the 2019 season with Carson Wentz and Miles Sanders behind center?

The Philadelphia Eagles made a tough decision following the 2018 season when they decided to go with Carson Wentz instead of Nick Foles moving forward. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP from the previous year, but ultimately, Wentz was viewed as the better longterm investment.


Select the team that has struggled on offense as they've gone through several changes before finally settling on Drew Lock and Phillip Lindsay in the backfield.

The Denver Broncos are several years removed from their victory in Super Bowl 50, and they still haven't found a quarterback to replace Peyton Manning, who retired following the championship game. Drew Lock is young and developing, but the Broncos are looking to win now if they want to capitalize on their defensive talent.


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