Week 2 NFL Picks: Quarterbacks Who Will Cost Their Teams the Game
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler started a trend with his pitiful performance against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Cutler wished the Green Bay secondary "good luck" before the game, but it was him who needed all the help he could get. Cutler's four turnovers and abysmal 28.2 QB rating crippled the Bears offense on their way to a 23-10 defeat.
While Clay Matthews and the Packers defense deserve most of the credit, Cutler's play made it impossible for the Bears to win. Here are other quarterbacks who will cost their teams the game this week.
Michael Vick vs. Baltimore Ravens
This offseason, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said he thought his team could be a dynasty. However, they looked far from it in their 17-16 nail-biting victory against the Cleveland Browns.
Vick's turnover-happy performance nearly cost the Eagles the game, as he threw four interceptions and sported a QB rating of 51.0. This week, he will be faced with an even tougher task against the Ravens veteran defense.
Expect the injury-prone quarterback to get "happy feet" against this pass rush—as just making eye contact with linebacker Ray Lewis will put you in a daze.
Vick should do his best to stay away from safety Ed Reed, who is a pick-six waiting to happen. Vick set the league on fire in 2010, but this week he will be the one getting burned.
Prediction: Ravens 31, Eagles 13
Mark Sanchez vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had a nice performance against the Buffalo Bills last week, totaling 266 yards and three touchdowns. However, that does not take away from the fact that he is probably a better GQ model than NFL signal-caller.
Dick LaBeau's defense was exploited by Peyton Manning last week, but what else did you expect from the living legend? The Steelers still boast one of the league's best defenses, which will greatly benefit from the return of safety Ryan Clark.
Sanchez has been known to fold when pressure is in his face, and they don't call it "Blitzburgh" for nothing.
Prediction: Steelers 27, Jets 10
Kevin Kolb vs. New England Patriots
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was the savior last week in the team's 20-16 victory against the Seattle Seahawks—making fans forget all about his prior struggles. Okay, maybe not.
Kolb's fourth-quarter touchdown pass was clutch, but don't overlook his uninspiring performance in the preseason, which is why he didn't start in the first place.
The Patriots defense knows how to take the ball away, tying for second in the NFL with 23 interceptions last season. The Cardinals will be playing catch-up with Tom Brady & Co. all day long.
Anticipate Kolb to revert back to his old ways, forcing passes into coverage.
Prediction: Patriots 42, Cardinals 14
Blaine Gabbert vs. Houston Texans
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has looked vastly improved from his lackluster rookie season in 2011.
How many INTs will Gabbert throw against the Texans?
Gabbert threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings last Sunday, but the Texans defense is an entirely different monster. Houston had the league's third best pass defense last season, giving up 190 yards per game.
Gabbert will be flustered by the Texans pass rush of J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed, as their defense will get the best of the young quarterback.
Prediction: Texans 31, Jaguars 10
Matthew Stafford vs. San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled in the Lions' opener last Sunday, throwing three interceptions against the St. Louis Rams.
Things won't get any easier for the gunslinger this week, as the 49ers sport the league's best defense. San Francisco confused Aaron Rodgers last week, containing the league's best quarterback.
Expect Jim Harbaugh's defensive unit to do the same to Stafford, as 49ers cornerback Carlos Rodgers and Calvin Johnson's foot injury will be enough to slow down the Lions lethal passing attack.
Prediction: 49ers 28, Lions 17
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