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Which of the Four Remaining Quarterbacks Would You Rather Have Starting For Your Team? (Poll Question)

Often discounted by Pro Football analyst who consider the Jets quarterback simply a game manager, Mark Sanchez has put together winning performance after winning performance in the AFC Playoffs with a 4 and 1 post-season record to show for it. With his 6th playoff start approaching on Sunday Sanchez’s 60.5% completion rate on 124 total passes is sure to take a considerable hit as he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers who currently hold the title as the NFL’s #1 overall defense. Last year, Sanchez, then a rookie, and his Jets lost the AFC Championship game to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, unfortunately for him overcoming Pittsburgh at Heinz Field will likely be a tougher challenge.

If the poll question was “Which of the Four Remaining Quarterbacks Do You Not Trust The Most” Chicago Bears’ signal caller Jay Cutler would take the cake by far. As a life long Bear fan I can honestly say that when it comes to Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense, not knowing what to expect when they match up against the much hated Green Bay Packers, scares me to death. Will we see the cool, calm, and collect Jay Cutler who observes what the defense is offering him then attacks with one of the Bears’ unorthodoxed receiving weapons or will we get the gun slinging, strong armed, overly confident Jay Cutler who tosses the pigskin where he wants opposed to where his easiest target is located. As hard as it is for Bears’ fans to accept, any chance the “Monsters of the Midway” have of moving on to Super Bowl XLV (45) lies on the often slouched shoulders of #6 in Navy Blue.

Until the recent explosion of Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger was probably the most celebrated of the quarterbacks on this list. Aside from his off the field issues, which read like a grocery list, Big Ben has become one of the more stable players in the NFL, leading a very veteran Pittsburgh Steelers squad to the playoffs during 5 of his 7 years in the league, 2 of those appearances ending in Super Bowl Championships. Roethlisberger, 28, is tough, constantly playing through injury and pain, he is also a strong leader, smart decision maker, and can be depended upon to make big plays down the stretch in close games. He boost a career playoff record of 9 and 2 and though the Jets beat his Steelers during week 15, 22 – 17, experts expect the outcome to be different this time around as the Steelers are back at full strength on both sides of the ball.

As mentioned above Aaron Rodgers is the NFL’s flavor of the month. He and his Packers have run off 4 wins in a row including a 10 – 3 week 17 victory over their opponent in the NFC Championship game, the Chicago Bears, and a statement victory last week over the NFC’s #1 seed Atlanta Falcons 48 – 21. During the Packs 4 game winning streak Rodgers has completed 93 of the 128 passes he attempted for 1,179 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Though he shows no signs of cooling off, Rodgers is facing the Bears for the 3rd time this season (2nd at Solider Field in Chicago, IL) and the 1 pick he has tossed during their current win streak came against the Bears. Sunday’s game between the Bears and Packers will be their 181st head to head match-up, which is the most in NFL history. Neither team has much love for the other and with a trip to Super Bowl XLV (45) on the line you can expect it to be a blood-bath. Can Rogers hang or will he and his Packers be sent . . . . . . . . . . . . Packing?

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January 19, 2011 - Posted by | Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethilisberger, Brett Favre, Chciago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, NFL, Off The Field, Other Media, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pro Football Reference, Uncategorized

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