The 2011 NFL Divisional Playoffs may be one of the more exciting and interesting NFL games – relating to the quarterbacks who will battle for the right to represent their respective team in the direction of Super Bowl XLV. This years Divisional Playoffs have brought out the best and worst of emotions from NFL fans that may felt slighted that their respective team did not advance to the next round of the playoffs. The more interesting fact about this year Divisional Playoff scenario, each one of these quarterbacks did not come from unpretentious means, as a matter of fact; it has been their innate natural abilities that have earned them the right to play in the 2011 NFL Divisional Playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers: It may be by coincidence that Aaron Rodgers was chosen in the 1st round (24th overall) by the Green Bay Packers, but it was not by accident that allowed Aaron Rodgers to become the starting QB for the Packers organization in 2008. Aaron Rodgers will not break Brett Favre consecutive game streak, but if he can stay healthy throughout his NFL career he may win more championships than Favre did. Aaron Rodgers was just several yards shy of having another 4000 yard campaign for the 2010 season. It may be too early to don Aaron Rodgers as the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but if he helps the Packers win Super Bowl XLV, it will place him in an elite class. My prediction for Aaron Rodgers; Rodgers will pass for 4 scores, and throw 1 interception, and pass for 325 yards, plus rush for 1 touchdown.
Jay Cutler: Throughout Jay Cutler’s two year tenure with the Chicago Bears it has been a bitter sweet one for sure, and he has endured much criticism for his risky decision making. If by chance Jay Cutler helps lead the Bears to a Super Bowl Victory, the majority of those bad feelings will be forgotten and dismissed as a thing of dreadful remembrance. The Denver Broncos waited until the 11th round of the Draft to choose Jay Cutler. Despite only playing 3 years for the Denver Broncos, Jay Cutler may exact some revenge to the sports media as not being a poster child favorite leading up to the 2011 Divisional Playoffs. My prediction for Jay Cutler; Cutler will pass for 5 scores, and throw 2 interceptions, and pass for 338 yards, in addition to having one game changing touchdown run. Jay Cutler will best Aaron Rodgers, and will help the Bears to play in Super Bowl XLV.
Mark Sanchez: The second time around for Mark Sanchez may prove to be the best point in time for the Jets quarterback to lead his team to Super Bowl XLV. The second year QB from USC is proving to be one of the more exciting, and more interesting quarterbacks to come along in some time. Mark Sanchez is not an ultra flashy quarterback relating to his stats resume, but he has learned to be a time manager relating to winning big games, that otherwise would be remembered as a disastrous affair. Mark Sanchez does not have an extensive resume playing in postseason games, but his learning curve has evolved into something that could lead his Jets team to a Super Bowl appearance in Dallas Texas . My prediction for Mark Sanchez; Sanchez will pass for 225 yards, throw 4 touchdowns, have 1 interception, and lead the Jets offense to a last minute drive, that will ultimately help them defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger: A 4 game suspension did not slow down Ben Roethlisberger outstanding game play in 2010. Roethlisberger is a rare breed of a quarterback whose valiant skill level is to be admired by his resilience to make split second decisions. Ben Roethlisberger was the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl Championship. If Ben Roethlisberger remains steady at the helm, it may prove that he will help his Steelers team win a 3rd Super Bowl Championship. Big Ben has been in the postseason more times than Mark Sanchez, and his experience will not be enough to best Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez last minute game winning drive. My prediction for Ben Roethlisberger; Roethlisberger will throw 3 touchdowns, pass for 298 yards, and throw 2 costly interceptions.
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