The NFL takes center stage on Sunday afternoon across the United States and there are plenty of juicy match ups on the schedule. We are counting down the highest profile quarterback match ups every week. This week we are showcasing some scintillating matchups in the NFC East with all four quarterbacks making the list. This is a big week for the Eagles Mike Vick and coach Andy Reid. Eli Manning goes into Dallas to try and avenge their earlier loss from opening night. The young gun, Robert Griffin III takes his show on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stay tuned for the rest of the great matchups on this NFL Sunday. We are counting down from five to one. As always, please feel free to let us know which game presents your favorite matchup.
5. Cam Newton vs Jay Cutler
Cam Newton is off to a slow start in his second season with the Carolina Panthers. They are a handful of plays from being 5-1, but every week something seems to go wrong for the Panthers. They had Atlanta on the ropes with a game clinching first down, but then Cam fumbled the ball backwards. He has to start coming up with winning plays in the clutch to help his team get back in the win column.
Jay Cutler has been playing well for most of the year and his early season gripes with the bear’s offensive linemen seem to be a distant memory. He has the luxury of leaning on his great defense in addition to the new offensive weapons at the skill positions.
Believe it or not, Cam Newton and the Panthers average more passing yards than Jay Cutler. Winning is everything in this league and it’s time for Cam to get off the deck. This will be a very tough task against the Bears defense, but the season is on the line right now.
4. Matt Ryan vs Michael Vick
Matt Ryan replaced Michael Vick in Atlanta and his promising career has been excellent all the way through, even though detractors would like to tell you otherwise. He has the Falcons off to a 6-0 start and they have pulled out some monumental victories out of the jaws of defeat. They are facing the Eagles who are also coming off a bye, so both teams should be well rested. Ryan will try to keep the lead the Falcons have built up in the NFC South.
Michael Vick plays ok at times, but has too many turnovers. He needs to use the running game from LaSean McCoy to build up equity in the passing game. They’ll have a legitimate chance to win this game if they keep the ball, and produce in the red zone. Vick will be hit and sacked, but he can not fumble the ball on Sunday.
While the Falcons are looking to remain undefeated, the Eagles need this game to remain over 500 in the league. They are in dire straights at this point. It’s time for Michael Vick to play his best game of the season. Ryan has been making great comebacks in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles are prone to giving up leads late in games.
3. Robert Griffin III vs Ben Roethlisberger
Robert Griffin III has another big quarterback matchup with Ben Roethlisberger. Every week he continues to impress with his poise in the pocket, and down field speed. RG III runs more now than he did in college, and he has become so effective in the Redskin’s offense. His accuracy and arm strength are uncanny. The Redskins need to pull off this upset to get to 500, and maintain playoff possibilities.
Ben Roethlisberger is the big man on campus. He can be elusive without moving, and strong while running out of the pocket. From his words, he still isn’t completely comfortable with the new offensive scheme, but his play has been great this season. Look for “Big Ben” to take more shots down field against the Redskin’s defense. If the receivers can hold on to the ball, the Steelers will have a big offensive output.
2. Eli Manning vs Tony Romo
Eli Manning continues to produce touchdowns in the clutch. Last week he fought through his struggles to find Victor Cruz down the seam of the Redskin’s defense. He has thrown for close to 2500 yards and has the Giants in first place. Eli has the ability to bounce back from bad plays in a heartbeat. The Giants are 5-2 with the chance to put some distance between them and the Dallas Cowboys. They have never lost at the new Cowboys stadium.
Tony Romo came up big in their win against the Panthers last week. He has the chance to lift the Cowboys to a tie in the loss column with a win over the Giants. They already won in the opening week at New York, so this win will also give Dallas the tie-breaker if both teams end up tied. Romo has put up impressive stats against the Giants throughout his career, but needs a win like this to be perceived in a different light.
The Giants definitely don’t want to lose twice to their bitter rival within the division. Eli is known to come up huge in games like these, so expect him to be on fire right out of the gate. Romo will do his best to keep pace in this high scoring affair.
1. Drew Brees vs Peyton Manning
Drew Brees is on a mission to get the Saints back into playoff contention. Brees has a lot of work to do as the Saints sit at 2-4. This is a must win game for the Saints, and their offense will have to play well for them to pull off the road victory in Denver. Look for Drew to spread the ball around to all of the receivers to keep Denver’s defense off balance. He will have to get the ball out quickly to avoid the pressure from Elvis Dumervil and company.
Peyton Manning continues to start slow in the first quarter, but picks the pace way up in the second half. They are 500 in the league and seem to be ready to take control the AFC West. Their schedule starts to lighten up overall. Peyton should have an easy time moving the ball against the Saints defense from the beginning.
This is the Sunday night game, so all eyes will be on Drew and Peyton this evening. Maybe they will go blow for blow with an aerial assault. The winner of this game will feel pretty good about the team’s chances of making it to the playoffs. However, the Saints have more ground to make up than the Broncos, and they need this game more.
The games are heating up as we enter the month of November. The road teams all have a chance to pull off the victory this week. For exciting NFL action, please check your local listings.
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