4 NFL Players Who Will Need to Step Their Game Up Come Playoffs

Justine BrownCorrespondent IINovember 21, 2011

4 NFL Players Who Will Need to Step Their Game Up Come Playoffs

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    The NFL playoff picture is slowly starting to take form and while players like Aaron Rodgers have flawlessly led their team into a great position, other players like Joe Flacco have been doing just enough to get by.

    In the event that their teams make the playoffs, Flacco, along with a few other teams' key players, are going to have to step their game up if they expect to make any noise in the postseason.

Joe Flacco

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    The Baltimore Ravens gave their playoff chances a big boost today with a divisional win over the Cincinnati Bengals.  

    With the way things stand right now, the Ravens will make the playoffs, however if they expect to have any success, quarterback Joe Flacco will have to get a lot more consistent.

    Flacco's performances this season have ranged from a 51.2 quarterback rating to a 117.6 rating and everything in between.  

    Flacco's problem seems to be getting into a rhythm and finding his comfort zone.  

    Hopefully Flacco can use the rest of the season to get into his groove.

Tim Tebow

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    Denver quarterback Tim Tebow's heroics leading his team to three consecutive wins over the past three weeks have been nothing short of amazing, but in the event that the Broncos make the playoffs, it would be preposterous to believe that the quarterback won't have to do more.

    As fun as it would be to see Tebow continue to will his team to victory with his competitive spirit and show-stopping runs, there is just no way that 10 or fewer completions will get the job done in the postseason.

    In the last three games combined, Tebow has completed just 21 passes. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has failed to complete 21 passes in just two games this season. 

    Perhaps Tebow will once again defy the odds and continue to win with similar performances, but that's doubtful.

Caleb Hanie

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    Okay, this was too hard to resist, but the Bears playoff chances may have been snapped with Cutler's thumb.

    Hanie has not had a ton of experience—his playoff performance last year against the Packers consisted of 13 completions on 20 attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 65.2.  This simply will not cut it.

Chris Johnson

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    The Tennessee Titans are currently 5-5 in the AFC South and in second place behind the Houston Texans.  

    If the Titans can figure out a way to string together some wins and make a push for the playoffs, they are going to need significant contributions from running back Chris Johnson.

    Johnson's disappointing season has been the story of the year for the Titans, but after a promising 130-yard performance in Week 10, things seemed to be looking up. However, Johnson followed up that performance with just 13 yards on 12 carries in Week 11.