NFL: How Teams with First-Year Starters at QB Will Fare

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NFL: How Teams with First-Year Starters at QB Will Fare
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Every year, there are at least a handful of teams with new faces at quarterback. Whether it's a rookie or a veteran getting his first opportunity in the spotlight, changes at quarterback are bound to happen with struggling teams.

This year, that will be the case with Miami, Tennessee, Seattle, Washington, Indianapolis, and Cleveland.

The line of rookie quarterbacks starting this season are Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and perhaps Russell Wilson. Jake Locker is in his second year, but it will be his first year as the starter. Matt Flynn is still wondering whether he'll be the man in Seattle.

Playing with a rookie quarterback has yielded mixed results across the league, with more positive outcomes in recent memory. Last year we saw Andy Dalton lead the Bengals to the playoffs and Cam Newton breathed new life into the Carolina Panthers.

Both the Ravens and Jets made it to the AFC championship with rookie quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez a few years back. It's nearly impossible to predict what will happen when starting a rookie, but let's try to predict anyway.

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