The NFL season has been strange with the quarterback position, including an undrafted free agent rookie getting the start in Buffalo to start the year. Even more bizarre is the Minnesota Vikings, who benched their starting quarterback, won their first game with their backup, then traded for another and started him. Now, ESPN reported on Nov. 1 that the Vikings will start their original starting quarterback, Christian Ponder, this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is a look at the start 'em or sit 'em options for quarterbacks in week nine.
Cam Newton: Cam Newton started the season in rough shape, but has turned things around. In the last three games, Newton has eight total touchdowns and has played his best football against the Atlanta Falcons over his career. This should be a big game for Newton.
Tony Romo: Tony Romo will have a monster game against the poor Minnesota Vikings, especially as DeMarco Murray slowly works his way back from injury.
Russell Wilson: Finally, one week after Russell Wilson had one of the worst games of his career, he get s a struggling Tampa Bay this week to turn things around.
Case Keenum: Fans wanted Matt Schaub benched, and now that he is cleared to play, they got their wish. It is now time to see if Case Keenum is the future of the franchise, and after playing well against one of the best defenses in the NFL last game, he gets another tough task against the Indianapolis Colts. This won’t be an easy game for Keenum and the Texans.
Tom Brady: Discount this pick all you want, but Tom Brady is a risky start this week – maybe for the first time in a very long time. He has a right shoulder injury but will get to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, he has only two touchdowns in the last four games and is really missing Wes Welker in this offense.
Joe Flacco: He got his rich contract, but his numbers are nowhere near what they were in the postseason in 2012. No one should be surprised because he has never been a good numbers quarterback. This week, he gets a strong Cleveland defense with the best cover corner in the NFL.