Our weekly look at quarterbacks who are under the center of attention:
Tom Brady in Play-Action Situations
Last 2 Seasons
Brady will look to use play action to help confuse the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which will try to pressure him from all sides. Play action has been one of Brady's strong points this season. He has six touchdown passes and zero interceptions on attempts out of play action. That's as many touchdowns as he threw all of last season in 55 fewer attempts.
McNabbFor the second time this season, McNabb will face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Monday Night Football. In Week 4, McNabb completed just 8-of-19 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception, which was good for a 60.2 passer rating. Among qualifying quarterbacks this season (14 pass attempts per team game played), the NFL average passer rating is 85.9. McNabb has finished with a rating lower than the league average in seven games this season. That's tied for the most in the department with the Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson. Last year, McNabb had a total of six games with a rating that low or worse.
Most Consecutive Games Played
While Sacked At Least Once
Cutler was only sacked once in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. In two games this season in which Cutler was sacked only once, he has five touchdown passes and no interceptions. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cutler has been sacked at least once in each of his last 14 games played. The only quarterback with a longer active streak is former Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton with 15.
Last week, Sanchez helped the New York Jets to a comeback victory over the Detroit Lions with a strong fourth quarter and overtime. He completed 10-of-18 passes for 144 yards from the fourth quarter on, his most pass attempts and yards he's ever thrown for in the fourth quarter and overtime. In fact, with 74 attempts in that situation, he's one shy of his total from all last season. The accuracy was a surprise because this season, Sanchez's 45.9 completion percentage in the fourth quarter and overtime is only better than Jimmy Clausen among quarterbacks with at least 40 attempts.