5 NFL QBs Who Will Bounce Back In Week 14
Any Player Can Have A Bad Game
Any quarterback, whether they're a superstar, average, or well below average is capable of having great games and dreadful ones. In Week 13 we saw one future Hall-of-Famer have the worst game of his 2013 season; we saw a rookie complete a game without throwing a touchdown for the first time in his career, and we saw two quarterbacks play so poorly that they each scored negative points for their fantasy football owners!
Bad games happen to everybody: Peyton Manning completed 19-of-36 passes for just 150 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots. The guys who line up on the defensive side of the football are professionals too, and they wouldn't be on the field if they weren't the best in the world at what they do. What separates an NFL quarterback from just a guy with a good arm is their capability of bouncing back from those bad games. Manning rebounded in Week 13, completing 22-of-35 passes for 403 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in a big victory in Arrowhead against the Kansas City Chiefs. One bad game from your quarterback isn't necessarily a big deal, but when those games start repeating themselves is when teams struggle and when quarterbacks and coaches find themselves in the hot seat.
Let's take a look at five guys who struggled in Week 13 but are primed to bounce-back in Week 14.
5. Mike Glennon
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers' rookie quarterback had thrown a touchdown in every single one of his professional starts before the Carolina Panthers held him touchdown-less last weekend. This week Glennon gets to go home and face the Buffalo Bills who have allowed 23 passing touchdowns this season which is the fourth most in the NFL. The Bills have an underrated defense with a very strong pass rush -- Glennon, like many young quarterbacks is significantly worse under pressure -- and Sunday's match up isn't going to be a walk in the park for the rookie from North Carolina State. The Bills are not the Panthers, though, and Glennon should be able to at least find the end zone once this Sunday.
4. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers had a tough time in Week 13 against a very strong Cincinnati Bengals defense, but I'm expecting him to bounce back nicely in Week 14. Rivers is an exceptional quarterback when he is given time to throw -- he has a 76.2 percent completion rate and a 19:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio when he is not under pressure compared to a 57 percent completion and a 4:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio when he is under pressure. Rivers and the Chargers take on the New York Giants in Week 14, and the Giants have one of the worst pass rushes in football. Rivers should have plenty of time to throw this weekend which should lead to a much better game in Week 14.
3. Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
Flynn is going to take the first-team snaps on Wednesday, and if Aaron Rodgers isn't able to suit up in Week 14 -- he is yet to be medically cleared -- then he will be the starter when the Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Last week Flynn had to face a Detroit Lions defense that has one of the nastiest pass rushes in the league, and they nearly recorded more sacks than Flynn did completions (seven to ten). This week, Flynn takes on a Falcons team that has just 22 sacks and is graded by Pro Football Focus as the worst pass rush in the league (and by a significant margin). Look for Flynn to bounce back in Week 14.
2. Geno Smith
Geno Smith, New York Jets
Geno Smith took bad to a whole new level in Week 13, like The Lone Ranger at the box office bad. Smith was benched at halftime last week after completing 4-of-10 pass attempts for just 29 yards and one interception. Smith looks completely lost out there on the football field and it doesn't help that he has by far and away the least amount of offensive talent in the NFL surrounding him. It's been over a month since Smith has thrown a touchdown, and he has only one game in his last five with a QBR in double digits (scale of 0-100). Geno has been absolutely awful, but doesn't it have to get to a point where there's nowhere else to go but up?
1. Drew Brees
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees had his worst game of the season on Monday night up in Washington against the Seattle Seahawks, and this week he has another tough opponent when the Saints battle the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome.
Brees went 23-for-38 on Monday night and threw for just 147 yards and one touchdown while losing a costly fumble that Seattle took the other way for six. The Panthers' defense has been stout this year, but Brees and the Saints offense are a whole different beast when they're at home -- Brees has a 73.5 percent completion percentage at home to go along with 2,103 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in 238 attempts, compared to a 61.9 completion percentage, 1,653 yards, ten touchdowns and five interceptions in 239 attempts away from New Orleans. I expect Brees to bounce back in a big way in an important match-up in Week 14.
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