No one has been more surprising, when it comes to the quarterback position, than the Carolina Panthers' rookie sensation, Cam Newton.
Although he was breaking rookie passing records in his first two games, he came back down to earth last week—passing for only 158 yards and one score.
While so much attention is focused on the young rookie stud, some lesser talked-about QBs have turned heads in this very young NFL season.
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
Grossman has had a surprising start to the 2011 season. He’s passed for 846 yards and five touchdowns, with last week's game against the hated Dallas Cowboys being his lone low point.
This week, he faces a struggling St. Louis Rams defense that has allowed the second most TDs (seven) to opposing quarterbacks.
Look for him to try to take the top off of that secondary with some deep strikes to Santana Moss. Reaching and exceeding 300 yards and a couple of scores is not out of the realm of possibility here.
Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders may have lost that game two weeks ago against the Buffalo Bills, but Campbell shredded the Bills' secondary for 323 yards and two TDs in the process.
Now, Campbell is about to face the league’s worst pass defense in the New England Patriots. The Patriots haven’t been able to stop the pass nor stop the run. Rumor has it that they can’t even stop a nose bleed—but I digress.
The loss of safeties Brandon Meriweather (released) and Patrick Chung (injury) have crippled the Patriots' secondary and with the all of the focus on Coach Belichick stopping Run DMC, you are sure to see Campbell and those speedy receivers attack downfield early and often.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Nobody seems to be talking about how Sanchez is 10th in the NFL in passing yards. That’s mainly because so much is being talked about the Jets’ defense and their larger-than-life head coach, Rex Ryan.
It’s not the kind of game the Jets like to play, however, with absolutely zero run game, Rex’s Jets are being forced to attack via air strikes.
Look for more of the same when the Jets take on Coach Ryan’s former employer in Baltimore. You can bet your fantasy life that Ray Lewis and Co. will have none of it when it comes to Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Sanchez will have to take to the air once again if they are to have any chance of winning.
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