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Beyond Brady/Tebow, QB stories aplenty

AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Matthew Stafford is among those quarterbacks chasing notable milestones this weekend.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have been getting a lot of the headlines and attention this week for their upcoming matchup on Sunday. So has Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his successful run in his team's undefeated season.

But let's not forget about some of the NFL's other notable quarterbacks to watch this weekend. Others include:

Eli Manning, New York Giants

vs Redskins, 1 pm ET

Manning has thrown 14 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter this season, four more than any other player in 2011 and tied for the most in a single season in league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Eli Manning Facing 5+ Pass Rushers
2011 Season

The mark was originally set by Johnny Unitas in 1959 and then matched by Peyton Manning in 2002.

Manning has thrown 15 touchdown passes against five or more pass rushers this season, with nine coming in the fourth quarter, most in the NFL.

Rodgers has the second-most touchdowns against such pressure with four.

Manning also leads all quarterbacks with 15 throws of at least 40 yards, three more than Matthew Stafford. He had two against the Redskins in a Week 1 loss.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

at Vikings, 1pm ET

Vikings vs Throws of 11+ Yards
2011 Season

Brees can set the Saints record for most touchdown passes in a season. He enters Sunday with 32, two shy of the mark he set in 2008 and tied in 2009.

He's thrown 11 touchdowns in his last four games and has not thrown an interception in that span. The last time he went five straight games without an interception was in 2004.

Only Rodgers has a higher completion percentage and more touchdowns on throws 11 yards or more downfield than Brees this season. Brees faces the Vikings Sunday, a team that ranks as one of the worst defenses on such throws.

Dan Orlovsky, Indianapolis Colts

vs Titans, 1 pm ET

Orlovsky is 0-9 in his career as a starter. He’s started games for the 2008 Lions (who went 0-16) and this Colts team (currently 0-13). He has the worst record as a starter for any active quarterback, one loss worse than Curtis Painter, two worse than John Beck.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

at Raiders, 4:05 pm ET

Stafford has 3,754 Pass yards this season and needs 246 yards to post the fourth 4,000-yard season in Lions history. The others are by Scott Mitchell (1995) and Jon Kitna (2006, 2007).

Stafford's effectiveness on third down has been a key in both wins and losses for the Lions recently.

In the Lions last nine games, Stafford is 25-for-35 with five touchdowns in third-down situations in wins, 23-for-58 with one touchdown in the five defeats.

Stafford ranks as the NFL's second-most prolific shotgun passer, trailing only Brady in passing yards out of that formation. The Raiders defense has held opposing passers to the seventh-lowest NFL passer rating in the NFL. Opponents have completed 56 percent of their throws in shotgun against them, five percentage points below the NFL average.

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

at Ravens, 8:20 pm ET

Rivers vs 4 or Fewer Pass Rushers
Last 4 Games

After having an NFL-high 21 turnovers through 11 weeks, Rivers has just one turnover in his last three games, tied for the 35th-most in the NFL during that span.

Rivers led all passers with 17 interceptions through the first 12 weeks of the season, including 10 picks against four or fewer pass rushers (tied for the most in the AFC).

But Rivers has turned things around in his last two games, which the Chargers have won by a combined 51 points.

The chart on the right notes the difference in his game against such pressure.