2011 NFL Playoff Preview: The Championship Quarterbacks

Walker DanielsCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2011

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron RodgersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The best online sportsbook experts are watching the NFL championship games very closely to see who has the NFL betting edge.

The quarterback on any team is always important when figuring Super Bowl betting odds, but these four championship quarterbacks have both a positive and negative effect on their teams in a way that is stronger than past years.

Let’s take a look at how each quarterback affects the Super Bowl odds for their team in these upcoming NFL championship games.


Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

He has only played two playoff games this year, but Aaron Rodgers already has 546 passing yards and six touchdowns to his credit. It goes in line with his regular season production of 3,922 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.

Although, it does appear that Rodgers has stepped it up a notch in the playoffs. To find out that Aaron Rodgers has a whole new level that people had not yet seen is something that should scare the entire Chicago Bears defense.

Rodgers rushed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. In the playoffs, Rodgers only has 17 rushing yards and one touchdown. Rodgers has decided to stay in the pocket, and with the time he is getting he can be very dangerous.


Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler had 274 passing yards and threw for two touchdowns in the divisional win over the Seattle Seahawks. For the regular season, Cutler threw for 3,274 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. But, he also threw for 16 interceptions.

Cutler has the big arm that can challenge any secondary, but he also has the habit of throwing balls into places that they should not be thrown.

It looks like head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Mike Martz have been able to control Cutler’s temper this season, but whether or not they will be able to stop Cutler from throwing key interceptions in the NFC Championship game may be a different story.


Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is a two-time Super Bowl champion. He is one of the few quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl in his second year as a starter. He has amazing improvisation abilities, but he brings the need for improv on himself most times.

Roethlisberger holds the ball too long. Rather than throw the ball away, he will try and make something happen or take the sack. He can also drive Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin crazy by throwing interceptions rather than throwing the ball away.

If Roethlisberger tries to throw wild and inaccurate passes against the Jets cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Darelle Revis, then the Steelers will be watching the Super Bowl on television. But if that Big Ben magic is there, the same magic that pulled out the divisional game against the Ravens, then Roethlisberger could be playing for his third Super Bowl title.


Mark Sanchez – New York Jets

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is still limiting how much Mark Sanchez throws the ball. It was a good plan against the Patriots as Sanchez threw three touchdowns and no interceptions.

As long as the Jets can find ways to limit how much throwing Sanchez has to do, then they have a chance at winning the game. But if the AFC Championship comes down to Mark Sanchez needing to throw deep and accurate passes, then it may be a long day for New York.