NFL Nation: 2013 Week 8 QB Watch NFC

A weekly analysis of the Eagles’ quarterback play:

Rewind: The Eagles’ QB Watch has begun to feel like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You never know what -- or even who, at this point -- you’re going to get. On Sunday, it was some percentage of Michael Vick, who threw an interception on his second pass before aggravating his injured hamstring. Rookie Matt Barkley replaced Vick late in the second quarter. He marched the Eagles to the Giants' 2-yard line before fumbling the ball away. Barkley completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards and one interception. He took three sacks. Most importantly, he wasn’t able to put any points on the board on seven offensive possessions.

Fast-forward: The wheel spins back to Nick Foles, who was cleared via the NFL’s concussion protocol. Foles is very likely to start in Oakland on Sunday. What’s less certain is whether he’ll be the Foles who was named NFC offensive player of the week for lighting up Tampa Bay three weeks earlier or the one who dropped a stinkbomb in three quarters of play against Dallas a week later. Bottom line: Three quarterbacks produced zero touchdowns in the Eagles’ past two games.

Practice makes imperfect: Vick was coming off two weeks of inaction and needed all the first-team practice reps last week. Foles is coming back from a week off due to his concussion and will need to prepare this week. That means precious little practice time for Barkley, who was forced to play two weeks in a row. Barkley said Tuesday that he has never practiced the red zone play on which he fumbled against the Giants. That’s a tough situation for a rookie quarterback.

Prediction: Foles will start. If he also finishes, the Eagles will have a pretty good chance to get back in the win column against the Raiders. Oakland has a middle-of-the-pack pass defense and allows opposing passers to execute with a 93.6 rating. If Foles plays anything like he normally does, he should be able to have a solid performance Sunday. If he plays as he did against Dallas, Barkley could wind up finishing a game based on production rather than injury.

QB Watch: Giants' Eli Manning

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Rewind: Eli Manning was 25-for-39 for 246 yards, no touchdown passes and no interceptions in Sunday's 15-7 victory over the Phialdelphia Eagles. It was the second game in a row in which he did not throw an interception, though the 15 he threw in the first six games of the season are still enough to lead the league through eight weeks. He appears to be playing like a quarterback who doesn't want to make a mistake.

Fast-forward: The Giants are off in Week 9, so Manning gets a break, along with the rest of the team. The Giants return to action Nov. 10 with a home game against the Oakland Raiders, who rank 16th in the league in passing yards allowed per game and have just five interceptions in their seven games so far.

Target watch: Once again, Manning's most-targeted receiver was Hakeem Nicks, who caught seven of the 12 passes Manning thrown his way. It's possible that Victor Cruz would have had more, since he had 10 as it was and had to miss part of the game due to a neck or shoulder injury. Manning threw five passes to running back Peyton Hillis, who caught three of them for 15 yards and looks to be a nice outlet option on checkdown plays for Manning as the protection in front of him continues to struggle.

Prediction: Manning is on pace to throw for 4,334 yards, which would be the second-highest single-season total of his career behind the 4,933 he put up in 2011. I say the Giants don't want him to threaten that mark and he ends up clearing 4,000 for the season but not 4,100. I also think his interception pace (30, which would also be a career high) drops off and he finishes with 23.

QB Watch: Vikings' Freeman, Ponder

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Rewind: With Josh Freeman out because of a concussion he sustained the week before, Christian Ponder returned to the Vikings' starting role on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. But if the game represented Ponder's last chance to significantly shift the conversation about his future with the Vikings, he didn't exactly seize the opportunity. He completed 14 of his 21 passes for a tepid 145 yards, and though Ponder ran for a touchdown, that came long after the Packers had put the game out of reach. He was beset by many of the same flaws he had before he lost the starting job in September. Ponder often fled the pocket at the first sign of pressure, passed up possible completions into tight coverage and couldn't move the Vikings downfield. He attempted just one pass that traveled at least 20 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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Fast-forward: Freeman has been cleared to practice, and coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday that either Freeman or Ponder will start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings have seen just one game from Freeman, and it seems likely they will give him another shot to show what he can do with a little more time in the Vikings' offense, after he hit just 20 of his 53 passes on Oct. 21 against the New York Giants. Freeman pinned some of his inaccuracy on nerves, as well as a lack of time to get comfortable with his receivers, though his career completion percentage is less than 60 percent. Still, the Vikings acquired him for a reason, and will want to see how quickly he can run their offense productively after picking up the scheme.

Misfiring in Dallas: The only game of his career when Freeman had a worse completion percentage than his 37.8 rate in his Vikings debut was -- you guessed it -- in Dallas against the Cowboys last year while he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman hit just 10 of his 28 passes that day, throwing for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also fumbled twice that day, though the Buccaneers recovered both fumbles. The Cowboys have the league's worst defense against the pass this season, but they've made up for all the yards they've given up by intercepting 11 passes, which is tied for the fourth-most in the league.

Prediction: Freeman gets the start and is better in his second start than his first, but still struggles against the Cowboys. He completes 21 of his 40 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.

QB Watch: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick

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Rewind: Colin Kaepernick played brilliantly as the 49ers crushed Jacksonville 42-10 on Sunday in London. Kaepernick led the 49ers to touchdowns on their first four drives. The 49ers had first downs on 18 of their first 35 plays and took a 28-0 lead.

Fast-forward: It’s a bye week for Kaepernick and the 49ers. They sit 6-2 and have won five straight. The lowest point total for the 49ers during the winning streak is 31. Kaepernick is averaging less than 200 yards passing a game, but he is the leader of this offense and takes what the defense gives him. His Total QBR ratings are a prime example of Kaepernick’s influence of the 49ers. In Week 7, he had a Total QBR of 99.0. Sunday, he followed up with a 99.8. It was the first time a quarterback has ever registered back-to-back Total QBR’s of 99.

Keeping up the run: Kaepernick has 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries over the past two games. The 49ers are letting Kaepernick loose on the ground after putting a leash on him the first six games.

Prediction: Kaepernick will get receiver Mario Manningham back from the PUP list in Week 10 against Carolina at home. He will then have Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and Manningham as a reliable receiving options. It will assist Kaepernick in both the passing and running game.

QB Watch: Panthers' Cam Newton

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Rewind: I'm running out of adjectives to describe Cam Newton's stellar play of late. His 111.6 passer rating in Thursday's 31-13 victory at Tampa Bay was his third straight game over 100. He also ran for a team-high 50 yards and a touchdown. He has a quarterback rating of 85 or better that represents the best three-game stretch of his career and third best of any quarterback in the league during that span. This one would have been even better had Ted Ginn Jr. not dropped a perfectly thrown pass that should have been a 73-yard touchdown. But as has been the case for most of this streak, Newton's efficiency has been built around short passes. He was 20-for-24 for 171 yards and two touchdowns on passes of 10 or fewer yards against the Bucs. All this from a quarterback who had completed less than 60 percent of his passes in his first two seasons. Quite prodigious. Hey, there's another adjective.

Fast-forward: Opposing quarterbacks are completing 65.9 percent of their passes against the Atlanta secondary. Carson Palmer was an efficient 13-for-18 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's victory over the Falcons. In other words, there's no reason for Newton's hot streak to end here, particularly when you consider he completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns a year ago against Atlanta. Were it not for a late fumble, he would have gone 2-0 instead of 1-1 against the NFC South champions.

Running wild: That Newton is coming off a season-high 50 yards rushing against Tampa Bay has to worry the Falcons, who have struggled for two seasons against running quarterbacks. That Newton rushed 18 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns in two games against Atlanta a year ago has to be downright scary. The Falcons really haven't faced a running quarterback like Newton all season.

Five-man fronts: Newton struggled against five or more pass-rushers early in the season, but that issue appeared to be corrected against Tampa. He went 11-for-15 for 84 yards and two touchdowns against that front. He had only two touchdown passes against five or more pass-rushers in the first six games.

Prediction: If the Falcons don't find a way to pressure Newton, this could get ugly. Even if they do, because of their recent history against running quarterbacks, this could get ugly. Look for Newton to have his fourth straight game with a passer rating over 100. Look for him to run for a touchdown as well.

QB Watch: Bears' Josh McCown

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Rewind: Josh McCown entered the club's Oct. 20 game for an injured Jay Cutler at the 9:47 mark of the second quarter and scrambled for an 11-yard gain on first down before throwing incomplete to Matt Forte the next play to end the drive. McCown eventually finished with a passer rating of 119.6 in just a little more than a half of action with a touchdown and no turnovers.

Fast-forward: With a bye week and extra prep time for Monday night’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers, McCown has exhibited confidence in the locker room and on the practice field, and expects to fill in for Cutler with little to no drop-off in production. McCown is a little more willing than Cutler to take off and scramble for yardage when things break down, and his athleticism is very similar to that of the starter. Count on McCown scrambling some against the Packers, but he’ll also try to lean on Brandon Marshall early because his involvement is crucial to success for Chicago.

Lean on cast; stay who you are: The Bears believe strongly in McCown’s ability to fill in successfully for Cutler, and they’ll play hard for him. So if adversity rears its head against the Packers, it’s important for McCown to maintain his cool to make sure things don’t snowball on the offense. McCown also needs to lean on his strong supporting cast, and not feel like he needs to carry the offense all alone. All he’s got to do is distribute the ball to the playmakers, and let them all do their jobs, while not turning over the ball with fumbles or passes forced into coverage.

Prediction: The extra preparation should make for an eye-opening performance from McCown. Having been a part of the offense from the time Marc Trestman laid the foundation, McCown is just as much of a master of the offense as Cutler. Look for an efficient performance from McCown, where his passer rating is somewhere in the high 80s to 90s with limited turnovers.

QB Watch: Saints' Drew Brees

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Rewind: Drew Brees had one of the more under-the-radar five touchdown games you'll ever see in a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Part of the reason is that such performances are the norm for Brees (he now has eight five-TD games, an NFL record). The other reason is that Brees and coach Sean Payton actually expressed their frustration with the offense's inconsistency after the win. After a sloppy start, the Saints trailed 10-7 late in the first half before Brees went on a tear. He finished with 332 yards and no interceptions.

Fast-forward: Brees and the Saints will take their show on the road to face the New York Jets, but that shouldn't slow them down much. Brees played well in similar conditions outdoors at Chicago and New England in October. The key will be which Jets defense shows up. New York's D had been playing well for most of the season before losing in a 49-9 debacle last week at Cincinnati. The secondary got picked apart as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for five touchdowns of his own.

"If we don't play better pass defense than we played this past week, [Brees] will throw for 700 yards,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday.

What pressure? According to Pro Football Focus, Brees had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when the Bills blitzed. He certainly handled the pressure on his best throw of the day -- a 42-yard touchdown pass on the run, on third-and-20, to rookie receiver Kenny Stills in the fourth quarter.

Prediction: Brees might have to stay patient Sunday against a Jets defense that is better than what it showed last week. And Ryan will probably have a creative plan for keeping Brees as off-balance as possible. But Brees has proven this year that he can deliver even if a late rally is required. How about a more pedestrian 288 yards and three touchdown passes in a 27-17 win?

QB Watch: Redskins' Robert Griffin III

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Rewind: Robert Griffin III played one of his worst games since coming to Washington, completing just 15 of 30 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. There were times Griffin was hurt by his receivers dropping passes and not getting open. Other times, the protection broke down, though it was better than people realized; many of the hits occurred not because the blocking was bad but the ball was held too long (for a variety of reasons). Denver took away Griffin’s zone-read runs. The Broncos used more 3-4 looks than they had all season, and the athleticism and discipline at outside linebacker prevented Griffin from getting outside. Griffin left the game late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but it was not severe and he could have returned had the outcome been in doubt.

Fast-forward: San Diego’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the past 11 quarters (four of those against the Indianapolis Colts) and it has recorded 14 sacks in its past four games. But the secondary has struggled, with only two interceptions and 27 pass plays for 20 or more yards, the fourth-worst total in the NFL.

Downfield struggles: Griffin excelled on passes 15 or more yards downfield last season, ranking first in the NFL in Total QBR at 99.8, according to ESPN Stats & Information. This year he’s last in the NFL at 8.5. Part of that stems from an inability to maneuver defenses around courtesy of the play-action pass, like he could more often last year. But it also could stem from missing an offseason of work and still trying to find his rhythm.

Prediction: Griffin recovers with a better day than he had against Denver, but the Chargers have a solid defense, so we’re putting Griffin down for 200 yards passing and another 60 rushing the ball.

QB Watch: Lions' Matthew Stafford

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Rewind: Defining moment? Yep, it was one of them for Matthew Stafford on Sunday. He had thrown two interceptions. His team was trailing by six points with 1:02 left. What he did next won’t be forgotten in Detroit for a while. He led his team 80 yards in 50 seconds, capped by a fake spike-turned-touchdown-run with 12 seconds left to give the Lions the win. Along the way, he threw for 488 yards, 329 of them to Calvin Johnson, who posted the second-best receiving day in NFL history.

Fast-forward: The Lions and Stafford are off this week, so it will be a good time for him to rest an arm that has thrown an NFL-leading 338 passes, completing 62.4 percent of them. He’ll need the rest, too, because Detroit heads to division rival Chicago and then Pittsburgh after the off week.

On pace for a big year: At the midway point, Stafford is on pace for the best yardage season of his career. Through eight games, he has completed 211 of 338 passes for 2,617 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. More importantly for Detroit, he’s been making mostly good decisions during the Lions’ 5-3 start and has helped put Detroit in position for its second playoff berth in three seasons. Stafford is not quite on a personal-best pace for touchdowns (he had 41 in the 2011 season), but he has been much better placing the ball this season.

Prediction: Stafford won’t throw any touchdowns or interceptions this week. He’s off.

QB Watch: Packers' Aaron Rodgers

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Rewind: In his most efficient performance of the season, Aaron Rodgers completed a season-high 82.8 percent of his passes (24-of-29) in Sunday’s 44-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings. At least two of his incompletions were throwaways and there was one drop. He had his second straight interception-free game, and his QBR of 98.6 was the highest since he became a starter in 2008. He threw both of his touchdown passes to receiver Jordy Nelson, and both came with Nelson lined up in the slot position.

Fast-forward: Rodgers has won his last six starts against the Chicago Bears, including the 2010 NFC Championship Game. The Bears come to Lambeau Field on Monday night. His last loss to the Bears came on Monday Night Football on Sept. 27, 2010.

New targets: A week after getting second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin more involved against the Cleveland Browns with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, Rodgers targeted rookie Myles White seven times, and White caught five of them for 35 yards against the Vikings.

Prediction: Rodgers doesn't have Brian Urlacher to worry about anymore. The former Bears linebacker had three career interceptions against Rodgers, including one in the NFC title game. Without Urlacher to bother him, look for Rodgers to continue his interception-free streak.

QB Watch: Buccaneers' Mike Glennon

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Rewind: Mike Glennon completed 30 of 51 passes for 275 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a Thursday night loss to Carolina. Glennon also was sacked three times in a game in which the Bucs couldn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.

Fast forward: Going to Seattle could be Glennon’s toughest test so far. The crowd noise is as loud as any stadium in the league. Perhaps more importantly, Seattle has an excellent defense, which includes one of the league’s top secondaries.

Moving parts: Glennon will be without No. 2 receiver Mike Williams, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. That’s going to create a big void because Williams was the next option after Vincent Jackson, and the Bucs aren’t loaded with experienced depth at receiver. It’s likely that Tiquan Underwood will move into Williams’ role. The good news here is that Underwood got most of his work with Glennon in the preseason.

Prediction: Coach Greg Schiano said Monday that the Bucs have been putting Glennon in a tough spot by having him throw too much. Schiano said he wants more balance with the running game. That may sound nice in theory, but it will be tough to make that a reality. Running back Doug Martin seems likely to miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury. That means rookie Mike James will be the primary ball carrier. If the Bucs fall behind early, Glennon could be throwing just as much as he has been in recent weeks.

QB Watch: Falcons' Matt Ryan

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Rewind: Ryan posted a season-low 47.2 passer rating in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It was the first time his passer rating has dipped below the 80s this season as he attempted a career-high 61 passes, completing 34 for 301 yards. Ryan threw a season-high four interceptions after entering the game with just three picks on the year. And this came a week after he was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week while posting a career-best 148.4 passer rating.

Fast-forward: There is optimism that wide receiver Roddy White will return from hamstring and ankle injuries sooner than later, which would significantly help Ryan’s cause. Asking Ryan to survive without Julio Jones (season-ending foot surgery) and White is a bit too much, no matter how capable Ryan is of making others around him better. It would help his cause, too, if the Falcons were able to put together some sort of a running game to give the offense much-needed balance. Steven Jackson rushed for only 6 yards on 11 carries in his return from a hamstring injury.

New target? It was a promising sign to see another unheralded receiver emerge for Ryan, even despite the loss at Arizona. Drew Davis set career-highs in both receptions (five) and yards (77) while being targeted seven times, second-highest on the team to emerging Harry Douglas (18 targets). Davis gained his quarterback’s trust with a one-handed catch down the sideline against Tampa Bay. Ryan needs contributions from every member of the receiving corps the rest of the way, Davis included.

Prediction: Ryan will rebound from his dismal showing in the desert, but it won’t necessarily translate into a victory at Carolina. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is playing at a high level and will face a struggling Falcons defense. It could be a shootout, but Newton has his full arsenal of weapons. Ryan doesn’t. For the record, Ryan is 7-3 versus the Panthers and once threw for 369 yards against Carolina.

QB Watch: Rams' Kellen Clemens

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Rewind: Kellen Clemens gave the Rams just about what was expected in his first start of the season and 13th of his career against Seattle on Monday night. He showed grit and toughness in running for extra yards and first downs with no hesitation. He also made a few plays down the field with his arm after escaping pressure.

On the flip side, Clemens was also as advertised in the passing game. He wasn't very accurate, completing 15 of 31 passes, and had a pair of costly interceptions. Neither interception was entirely his fault but his tendency to overthrow receivers was evident on both. Ultimately, he wasn't able to get the offense into the end zone the one time he needed to pull off a win against Seattle.

Fast-forward: Another week of preparation, albeit a short one, should serve Clemens well in terms of timing with his pass-catchers. He'll need it considering things don't get a whole lot easier this week with Tennessee's seventh-ranked pass defense on the other side. On the bright side for Clemens, the Titans' pass rush is about middle of the pack at 18th in the NFL with 20 sacks. Tennessee has only six interceptions, tied for 20th in the league.

Of course, Clemens will also have to deal with a Tennessee defense that figures to be fired up to take on the Rams because of the presence of defensive consultant Gregg Williams. Williams was the Rams' coordinator under coach Jeff Fisher for a few weeks before being suspended for his role in Bountygate. Williams never coached a game in St. Louis, which also fired his son Blake after one season, and it stands to reason he'll have a bone to pick with the Rams.

Finishing drives: The Rams' defense and special teams was good enough against Seattle to give them some prime opportunities in the red zone. Finishing drives with touchdowns instead of field goals was a strength under Sam Bradford. Against the Seahawks, Clemens was 3-of-8 for 11 yards in the red zone and couldn't get in the end zone on four attempts. Nobody is expecting Clemens to post 300 yards and five touchdowns every week but for the Rams to have a chance to win, they need him to score touchdowns.

Prediction: The Titans' defense is quite good but it's not nearly as imposing as Seattle's. The Rams had success against the Seahawks by running the ball and the Titans' run defense is 24th in the league. Clemens should be able to have a bit more success against Tennessee's group, but it's also fair to expect the Titans to throw everything they have at him in this one. Clemens is better positioned to lead the offense this week, but the Titans will also probably leave him banged up come Monday morning.

QB Watch: Cardinals' Carson Palmer

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Rewind: Even though the numbers weren’t there, Sunday was Carson Palmer’s best outing since Week 1. And in some ways, it was his best game of the season. Thanks to the run game improving, Palmer was given more time. And with that simple change, he was able to make smarter decisions -- for the most part, even though he still had one interception. Palmer even took off for a 9-yard run. His passes were crisp and the timing seemed to be improved overall.

Maybe I went too far out on a limb with my prediction. Still, I did hit on a couple things. I said everyone -- offensive line, the running backs and the receivers -- would step up, and they did. However, Palmer didn’t throw for 315 yards (he had 172) nor did he toss three touchdowns (two), but he did have one pick.

Fast-forward: In two weeks, Palmer will face the best pass defense in the league (Houston), but he can only hope the Cardinals’ running game shows up like it did Sunday. If Arizona can spread the Texans’ defense by running the ball effectively, the Cards can work the passing game to a variety of receivers effectively. Add in the possibility of taking the top off again with the likes of Teddy Williams and Brittan Golden, and Palmer could look like he's 25 again.

Returning stronger: What’s a game without a Palmer interception? On Sunday, he threw only one and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn’t bother to say anything about it. He knew Palmer understood what he did wrong. Palmer came back and completed 11 of his last 14 passes for 149 yards, including two touchdowns.

Prediction: We’ve seen it all this season, so it’s tough to predict what Palmer will do. Let’s say, after two weeks off, he’ll go for 289 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson

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Rewind: Despite being sacked seven times, the most of his career, Russell Wilson kept his composure and made the key plays when the Seahawks needed them in a 14-9 victory Monday night at St. Louis. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 139 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the third consecutive game. Wilson threw two TD passes to Golden Tate, including a catch-and-run 80-yard score that was the difference in the game. It was the longest touchdown pass in Wilson’s career. He was 5-for-6 for two touchdowns when connecting with Tate. Wilson was 5-for-12 when throwing to anyone else.

Fast-forward: The Seahawks return home to CenturyLink Field to play the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Wilson has to hope his offensive line plays better. It couldn’t play much worse than it did against the Rams.

No time to think: Wilson was sacked or put under duress on 12 of his 25 dropbacks Monday (48 percent), the second-highest percentage of dropbacks under pressure he has faced in his career. Wilson has been pressured on 100 dropbacks this season, the most in the NFL. Monday was the first game in which he did not attempt a scramble, mainly because he never had a chance to scramble. Defenders were on him before to could get away. Wilson completed only four passes on the 16 dropbacks in which the Rams sent five or more pass-rushers. The other dozen dropbacks featured seven incompletions and five sacks. But on the nine instances in which the Rams sent four or fewer rushers, Wilson was 6 of 7 passing for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Prediction: Despite their 0-7 record, Tampa Bay has some talented players in the secondary, including cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson. They could give Wilson a few problems, but not enough to keep him from posting his 12th consecutive home victory.

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