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5 NFL QBs Primed for Bounce-Back Performances in Week 16

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5 NFL QBs Primed for Bounce-Back Performances in Week 16

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In a quarterback-driven league, games are often decided by which quarterback has the hot hand. Even the best quarterbacks, however, can have off days and put their teams at a disadvantage. But the very best find ways to bounce back from poor performances and carry their teams over the top the very next week.

Week 15 saw some uncharacteristically off days for some elite NFL quarterbacks. Many teams in position to solidify their spots for the playoffs and build momentum for a Super Bowl run stumbled in upset losses over the weekend which shook up the playoff picture a bit. Week 16 should see theses elite signal callers get back on track, however, as they round into form or at least save face with a strong showing this week.

Some will need to get back on track to salvage their teams’ playoff positioning. Others are scrambling just to qualify for the game while still others are just playing to save their jobs. Many quarterbacks across the league need to have strong days to lead their teams to wins in Week 16, but some need it more than others to wash away the bad taste of poor Week 15 performances.

Some of those poor showings were a product of expectations and the high bar set for some of these quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis. A few of them are suffering from bad reputations that were only reinforced by tough outings and one was just plain bad. All of them need to get back on the right track in Week 16 for their sakes as well as their team.

So without further ado, we count down five NFL quarterbacks who are primed for bounce-back performances in Week 16.

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5. Eli Manning

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Week 15: 18 of 31, 156 yards, 0 TDs, 5 INTs in 23-0 loss to Seattle Seahawks

Week 16 Matchup: at Detroit Lions (No. 23 vs pass)

The New York Giants have looked terrible this season and Eli Manning is simply a reflection of it. Facing the No. 1 pass defense in the league didn’t help but Eli set himself apart in his struggles with five interceptions on the day, pushing his total to a league-leading 25 on the season. He has a slightly easier challenge in Week 16 against Detroit, who rank No. 23 against the pass this season, and will need a strong performance to prove he is still the quarterback for the Giants moving forward.

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4. Tom Brady

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Week 15: 34 of 55, 364 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT in 24-20 loss to Miami Dolphins

Week 16 Matchup: at Baltimore Ravens (No. 13 vs pass)

Tom Brady didn’t have a bad game, really, but when the game was on the line in the 4th quarter, Tommy Terrific came up short for the New England Patriots. He threw for 365 and two touchdowns even with most of his receiving corps sidelined but the one interception late cost the Pats an opportunity to seize home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Baltimore has been tough on Brady but the New England captain needs to have a good showing to get some momentum for the Pats heading to the playoffs.

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3. Tony Romo

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Week 15: 29 of 48, 358 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs in 37-36 loss to Green Bay Packers

Week 16 Matchup: at Washington Redskins (No. 21 vs pass)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Tony Romo throws a late interception that costs the Dallas Cowboys a game in December. To be honest, however, Romo was only a part of the problem as the Cowboys’ blew a 26-3 lead to the Green Bay Packers even though he’ll likely receive most of the blame. Romo’s late interceptions helped Green Bay rally to take the lead late and then sealed their fate. Against Washington this week and the No. 21 ranked pass defense, Romo needs to have a bounce-back performance to keep Dallas in the playoff hunt and save face for Romo.

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2. Matt Stafford

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Week 15: 18 of 34, 235 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs in 18-16 loss to Baltimore Ravens

Week 16 Matchup: vs New York Giants (No. 12 vs pass)

Plagued by drops and poor decisions, Matt Stafford had a rough showing on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. His three interceptions killed the Lions’ chances even as the Detroit defense kept Baltimore out of the endzone for the entire game. This week, Stafford has a chance to get right against the New York Giants, who have been a mess this season, though they still rank No. 12 against the pass. Stafford has thrown away the division lead for Detroit and now he needs to throw them back into it.

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1. Peyton Manning

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Week 15: 27 of 41, 289 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT in 27-20 loss to San Diego Chargers

Week 16 Matchup: at Houston Texans (No. 2 vs pass)

Peyton Manning has been on an MVP-style pace this season with the Denver Broncos which made his mediocre day on Thursday against the San Diego Chargers look worse than it probably was. His 289 yards were the second-lowest total of the season as the Broncos were held to a season-low 20 points. Denver was fortunate to hold on to the No. 1 seed in the AFC but need Peyton to step it up this week against Houston. While the Texans rank No. 2 against the pass this season, they have lost 12 straight coming into Week 16 and can be picked apart if Manning is on his game.