Jimmy Clausen could make NFL history this week, but not the kind any player will write home about. If he starts or splits time playing with Matt Schaub for the Baltimore Ravens versus Seattle, he could set a new mark in futility for quarterbacks.
He could be shutout by the same team (Seattle) while playing for two different (Baltimore and Chicago) teams.
Earlier in the season during Week 3, Clausen played for the injured Jay Cutler. In the game, Seattle shutout the Bears 26-0, in what was one of the most inept performances offensively to date this season.
In the game, Clausen managed just 63 yards passing and the Bears had to punt on every one of their 10 possessions.
Five quarterbacks in the NFL have played for more than one team during the same season against the same team twice. Included in that list of quarterbacks is Kyle Orton who played for the Broncos and Chiefs and faced the Raiders and Packers. The other four quarterbacks included Norm Snead, Jack Kemp, Kerry Collins and Chris Chandler.
Schaub sustained a few big hits against Miami in the Ravens loss 15-13 last Sunday. He may have to cede some of his playing time to Clausen even if doctors clear him to play.
Schaub sat out of practice on Wednesday and his status is unknown for Sunday’s game.
This season the offense for the Ravens has been ravaged by season ending injuries, which does not bode well for Clausen scoring if he does play.
Seattle only gave up seven points last week to Minnesota in a 38-7 win.
The overall record for NFL quarterback playing a minimum of two games against the same opponent while playing for two different teams during the same season is 4 wins and 9 losses.
During their second and or third games that record drops to 2-5, which is not a surprise considering the majority of signal callers do not change teams that often during the season.
Likely the best game was played by Kerry Collins in this situation, when he threw for 302 yards with 3 touchdowns the second time he played Atlanta in 1998.
He also might have the dubious distinction of having the worst performance as well, as he passed for just 87 yards with 3 interceptions against Atlanta on the third time, he played the Falcons that season in ’98.