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’s highest profile match ups include a rookie battle between two sensational young quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill, of the Miami Dolphins will be a game time decision. If he’s able to go, he’ll be ready to take on the Colts, and Andrew Luck. However, the best match up of the NFL weekend is taking place in New Jersey. Ben Roethlisberger is traveling to town to take on Eli Manning and the Giants. While the matchups aren’t as scintillating on paper this week, there are sure to be a lot of fireworks on Sunday afternoon. We are counting down from five to one. As always, please feel free to let us know which game presents your favorite matchup.
Sunday November 4, 2012
5. Ryan Tannehill vs Andrew Luck
Tannehill took a hit last week that made him sit out most of the game against the Jets. So far this season, Tannehill has been a pleasant surprise for the resurgent Miami Dolphins. They already have four wins on the season, and he has been an integral part of the rebuilding program. With a win, the Dolphins will be in a tie for first place at the halfway mark. Tannehill has shown great composure in the pocket. Although he has only thrown for four touchdowns, his leadership ability has been at the forefront.
Andrew Luck has led the Colts to second place in the AFC South. The surprising season has shown an incredible turnaround for the city of Indianapolis. He has delivered eight touchdowns early in the season. Luck is very accurate with the ball and seems to be getting better with every game.
The winner of this game will be set to lead their respective teams to the playoffs. Although there is a lot of football to be played, both quarterbacks are on the right track. They’ve proven that they can be winners in the league. This game is taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium.
4. Cam Newton vs Robert Griffin III
Cam Newton has had a disappointing second season with the Panthers. Every week, the Carolina Panthers have had victory in their hands, just to throw it away. If it’s not a fumble by Cam Newton that could seal a victory, it’s the defense giving up big plays and drives to lose games. Cam’s personality has taken a hit with every passing loss. Some say he gets too downtrodden after losses, but he wants to win so bad, losing eats at him. The Panthers really are a couple of defensive stops from being a good team, but until they make the plays in the fourth quarter, they will stay a one win team.
Robert Griffin III had his worst game as a pro last week against Pittsburgh. The receivers didn’t help him out when they dropped passes, but Griffin is not one to make excuses. They are coming in on a two game losing streak, and RG III needs to make big plays on Sunday to turn things around. They are still in the playoff race, but they must win this game today.
Cam and RG III are the two most dynamic quarterbacks to come in the league in some time. Beyond that, they are the last two Heisman trophy winners. They both need victories in a major way, and will most likely be compared to each other throughout their careers.
3. Peyton Manning vs Andy Dalton
Peyton Manning has come back strong after his year off from the game. His game is warming up as the weather gets cold. Early in the year, Peyton was starting off slow and picking up steam as the second half drew to a close. Now he is hitting on all cylinders with the Bronco’s offense. They have started to make tremendous plays in the passing game, and it looks like they are ready to hit the throttle in November.
Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are trying to stop this losing streak after getting off to a good start. They have opportunities to make more big plays in the passing game. With Pittsburgh struggling early, and the Ravens missing key defenders, Andy Dalton has a chance to lead the Bengals to another playoff berth.
Both teams have great chances within the division, yet if they don’t have the fortune of coming out on top, games like these go a long way in earning a wild card playoff slot. Dalton has the Bengals 11th in passing, while Peyton’s Broncos are fourth in passing yards. This game is expected to be high scoring with a bunch of aerial tactics.
2. Tony Romo vs Matt Ryan
Tony Romo can have the greatest game and the worst game in the same day. He might be the most exciting player in the league to watch because you never know what you’re going to get on the field. Dallas as a whole continues to be in a panic situation. No matter what goes on, everything is overblown with the Cowboys. This is exactly the type of win Romo and the Cowboys need.
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have been playing dominating football as of late. No matter what obstacles have been put in front of them, the Falcons have come out the winners. If the Falcons win on Sunday, they can trip and fall into a playoff berth. Matt Ryan has thrown for 17 touchdowns already and he’s looking for more success against the Cowboys.
1. Ben Roethlisberger vs Eli Manning
The Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten off to a slow start, but they seem to be coming on strong now. Ben has thrown for 14 touchdowns in the first seven games. A win here and the Steelers will be well on their way to another playoff berth. Roethlisberger must play well for the Steelers at MetLife Stadium. He’s a big game player, so this shouldn’t be a problem for the Steelers to come in the game focused. They are flying in on Sunday, and heading straight to the Stadium. How they react to a different routine will be a very big key.
Eli Manning saves his best material for the fourth quarter. With him at the helm, the Giants are never out of a close game. So far Eli has thrown 12 touchdowns on the season. Eli has the edge in yards over Ben, but they are both measured in wins more than anything. His best moment was the quick strike to Victor Cruz to win the game against the Washington Redskins. On that play alone, Eli showed the poise and the courage to stand in the pocket with a defender bearing down on him.
Each quarterback has won two Super Bowls, and by the end of the year, this could be the anticipated match up to get to New Orleans.
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