5 NFL QBs Primed for Bounce-Back Performances in Week 17

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5 NFL QBs Primed for Bounce-Back Performances in Week 17

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Heading into Week 17 of the NFL season, there are still five spots up for grabs in the NFL Playoffs. The NFC has had only two teams clinch, and there are still seven teams battling for four spots. The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have clinched in the NFC, and the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts have clinched in the AFC.

With a lot on the line in Week 17, teams will need their quarterbacks to step up and lead them to victories in must-win games. In Week 16, Denver got four touchdowns out of Peyton Manning and Cincinnati got four touchdowns from Andy Dalton. Cam Newton led Carolina to a win with 26 seconds left to beat the New Orleans Saints and clinch his first ever playoff berth. Tony Romo also led the Dallas Cowboys to a win with 1:08 left against Washington to give them something to play for in Week 17.

For Detroit, they were eliminated after a loss to the New York Giants, and former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford was to blame for most of it. Stafford threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions, including one with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown to tie the game at 20. The Giants went on to win 23-20 and mathematically eliminated the Lions from the postseason.

With former Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and potentially Aaron Rodgers on teams that are fighting for a playoff spot in the last week of the season, you can expect that position to be the one to decide the final spots. Coming off of rough Week 16 performances, these five quarterbacks will rebound in Week 17 and give their team a chance to win.

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5. Russell Wilson

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Against Arizona, Russell Wilson competed just 11 of his 27 passes for 108 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception while he was sacked four times. Even though Seattle has clinched a playoff spot, they will be playing to win the division and clinch a first round bye. In Week 17, they will play against the St. Louis Rams who rank 20th in passing defense.

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4. Carson Palmer

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The only quarterback on this list that won in Week 16, Carson Palmer had one of the worst games of his career. He was 13-of-25 for 178 yards and had one touchdown with four interceptions. Palmer has his Arizona Cardinals in the thick of the wild card race but will need to win in Week 17. While he can't play much worse than he did in Week 16, he will be up against a very good San Francisco defense. In their first matchup he threw for nearly 300 yards and had two touchdowns.

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3. Drew Brees

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Four weeks ago it seemed like a certainty that the New Orleans Saints would be in the playoffs when they were sitting at 9-2 and leading the NFC South. Heading into Week 17 they are 10-5 and fighting for a wild card spot. They lost the division lead to the Carolina Panthers in Week 16, and Drew Brees had just one touchdown and two interceptions. In his last two games he has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions, which is the most he has had in a two game stretch this season. In Week 17, he will get to play in the Superdome against the 4-11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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2. Joe Flacco

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Heading into Week 16 against the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens were in control of their playoff fate. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw zero touchdowns and had two picks in a 41-7 loss to the Patriots. Now they need help to get in and will be facing the division winner Cincinnati Bengals. He wasn't sharp in the first meeting between these two teams, but Flacco will need to play great for Baltimore to have a chance.

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1. Ryan Tannehill

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Heading into Week 16, the Miami Dolphins were in control of their playoff destiny and were on a three-game winning streak. During those three games, quarterback Ryan Tannehill played his best football since he entered the league with eight scores and two interceptions in that stretch. Sunday against Buffalo he played the worst game of his career with only 82 yards passing in a shutout loss. He was also sacked seven times for 46 yards and had only three passing first downs. In Week 17 he will be home against the New York Jets, a team that he threw a season high 331 yards against in a must-win situation for Miami.