5 Quarterbacks Who Really Need a Good Game in Week 2

Donovan McNabb had what was probably the worst games of his career. Eli Manning wasn’t as bad, but a loss to the Redskins ain’t a good way to start a season. Tony Romo crumbled in the fourth with his notorious ability to implode and turnover the ball. Matt Cassel? He stunk, like the entire Chiefs performance. Kyle Orton continues to be a decent quarterback on a team that expects much more then mediocre.

Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings

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Not just the worst quarterback of week one – the worst player, in all 16 games. Numbers? 7-15 (46.7%), 39 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked twice, QB rating 47.9.

It couldn’t have been any worst for McNabb making his Vikings debut. Forget about the loss, 14-17, which was actually pretty tight considering how badly their quarterback did. Well, what are defenses for? McNabb was simply embarrassing, and Adrian Peterson, the best back in the NFL, needs help if the Vikings are to do something in the NFC this year. Anything would be better than what McNabb produced last Sunday.

Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

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The Numbers? 22-36 (61.1%), 119 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked twice, QB rating of 64.5.

Cassel and the Chiefs surprised a lot of people in 2010 by making the playoffs. Cassel even won the AFC Offensive player of the month last November. It looked like the beginning of something special for the Arrowhead fans. Instead? They get a completely humiliating defeat at home against the Bills. Yes, the Bills, 41-7. We just didn’t come out and play well. … We all have to make a collective effort to get better. 

Eli Manning, New York Giants

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Eli talked prior to the season about how he should be considerd among the elite quarterbacks in the league. Yes, in the Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers and others category. What a joke. Winning a Super Bowl doesn’t make you a first class QB.

Numbers? 18-32 (56.3%), 268 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, sacked four times, QB Rating of 70.9. The protection had real problems, that’s true. Still, Manning has to back up his big, and kind of stupid, words.


Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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It’s not like Romo struggled all game. For three quarters, he was pretty brilliant. It’s that old disease – turnovers in the fourth, that came out to haunt him and the Cowboys again, in a game they pretty much had signed, sealed and delivered.

Numbers? 23-36 (63.9%), 342 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, sacked four times, 101.9 QB Rating. As you can see, Romo had a pretty good game. But without the W, and another mess of an ending, Cowboys fans don’t care. Another loss, and the talk of Romo losing 7 of his last 8 starts will become much more louder and hard to ignore, no matter his numbers.

Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos

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Two words? Tim Tebow. And it’s like everyone knew this would happen. Kyle Orton had help from a great Bears defense in the year he helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl. Someone once told me that the most important job in the whole state of Colorado is being the Broncos QB. Numbers? 24-46 (52.2%), 304 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 5 times, 71.3 QB Rating. Orton isn’t number one material for a team with playoff aspiration, no matter how you look at it. Tebow isn’t as well probably, but that’s a different story.