10 NFL Quarterbacks Facing the Most Pressure as the 2012 Season Kicks Off

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10 NFL Quarterbacks Facing the Most Pressure as the 2012 Season Kicks Off
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Which NFL quarterbacks are facing the most pressure this season? 

To answer that, we have to look at the different kinds of pressure for an NFL signal-caller. First, there is the immediate down-after-down pressure of opposing defensive fronts, sidestepping the rush while trying to navigate down the field as evil-mad-genius defensive coordinators come up with new ways to stop them. Clearly, that's not the kind of pressure we mean.

Second, there is the pressure for a quarterback to keep his job—a concern which at least 10 different NFL starters may be facing at some point in the 2012 season.

Last—and most importantly—there is the pressure to win. Every starting quarterback in the NFL feels the pressure to win, but let's not kid ourselves that some quarterbacks have more pressure to win than others.

People expect Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers to win more games than, say, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder. While Ben Roethlisberger may not be as concerned about keeping his job as John Skelton, the pressure to win in Pittsburgh, year in and year out, is far greater than the pressure to win in Arizona.

How each quarterback handles the pressure of his specific situation will go a long way in figuring out how far his team can go this season. Here are the 10 quarterbacks facing the most pressure as the 2012 NFL season kicks off.

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