It's Week 6 in the NFL season. It's been a great season so far, and there are some quarterbacks who have lit it up.
Primarily two coming from the AFC West: Philip Rivers of the Chargers and Kyle Orton of the Broncos are the two leading passers in the NFL. There are 14 games this week, which include those two QBs in action.
Which five quarterbacks are set to have huge games? Here's a look at the most likely candidates.
One of the more pleasant surprises in the NFL so far this season is Jets' second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez. He hasn't turned the ball over once this season. How is that possible?
After throwing 20 interceptions in his rookie season, all we heard this preseason was how his turnover problems would affect the team. He's played complete turnover-free football and should have a big game this week.
The Jets are facing the Denver Broncos, and Sanchez will have a huge advantage. Not only are the Jets playing in thin air, not a big deal since Kyle Orton is too, but the Broncos secondary is all beat up. Defensive backs Brian Dawkins, Darcel McBath and Andre Goodman are all out for Denver with various knee and ankle injuries, so that will allow Sanchez to put up huge numbers with some good receivers.
If you have him on your fantasy team, you should be in for a good week.
Which quarterback wants to have the biggest week in the NFL? How about Ben Roethlisberger? This guy wants to eliminate the distractions of his off-the-field problems by showing the Pittsburgh fans he's still Big Ben.
Alright, that may be a little hokey, but he's still talented and should have a great week. The Steelers are facing the Browns at Heinz Field, so why not think Roethlisberger will have a big game?
The Steelers normally handle the Browns, and it's not as if Cleveland has a great defense. They're 18th in the league against the pass, so it's a good bet that Big Ben will have a big game in his 2010 debut.
This will be a great game, featuring two of the best teams in the AFC. The Ravens visit the Patriots, having not been to Foxboro since crushing New England in last season's AFC Wild Card matchup.
There is every reason to believe that Flacco will have maybe the best week of any quarterback considering how bad the Patriots defense is. New England is 28th in the NFL against the pass and have looked very old. They gave up 30 points two weeks ago to the Buffalo Bills.
The one thing that may make you think Flacco won't have a huge game is his performance last week. He faced the Broncos and their injured secondary and didn't throw a touchdown pass, only going for 196 yards.
But the Patriots defense is worse and you'd assume Flacco is set to have a huge game like last January.
Philip Rivers currently leads all quarterbacks in passing yards through five weeks and is set for a huge game against the Rams. With all the weapons the Chargers have and as bad as St. Louis' pass defense is, Rivers could put up north of 40 points.
The Chargers are first in the league in passing yards, and they'll be playing in a dome in St. Louis with no weather conditions.
San Diego themselves have not had a strong start to their season. They're only 2-3, but in their two wins, they've scored 38 and 41 points respectively. In both games, Rivers had a passer rating of way over 100.
The Chargers don't want to lose two straight games and drop to 2-4, so look for another huge game out of Rivers in a win over St. Louis.
Alright, so this one wasn't hard to figure out, but it doesn't stop me from doing it anyway. Peyton Manning will have the biggest game of the week if not the season.
The Colts will be in Washington to take on the Redskins on Sunday night, and will Manning have a great time. The Redskins have arguably the worst pass defense in the league, ranked 30th in that category.
In Week 2, the Redskins gave up nearly 500 passing yards to the Texans' Matt Schaub, a quarterback in the same division as Manning, but who's not as good. Manning has better receivers and is just a better quarterback than Schaub at this point—so imagine what he'll do.
The game against the Texans was also in Washington, so it's not as if something will change at home. This game could be a shootout between Manning and Donovan McNabb, but Manning is the one who'll shine in the Sunday night spotlight.