Big Ben, Vick top No. 2 QB ranks
At season's end, if you've survived 16 weeks to have something to play for, sticking with the lineup that got you there is usually the best call. But be aware of recent developments with health issues, PT and obviously the on-field performance of the player and his team. Weigh those crucial starting decisions with all these factors in mind, but make the ultimate call based on what you know you will be able to live with during the offseason should things not work out, because the worst possible outcome of a Super Bowl is to have to second guess yourself for those eight long months.
1. Michael Vick at New York Giants - With Nick Foles fracturing his hand, Vick will get one last chance to start in a Philadelphia uniform. This is both an audition for Vick for the rest of the league and a chance for him to put New York's slim playoff hopes completely to bed. Expect Vick to come out extremely motivated and ready to take advantage of a miserable Giants secondary that's been torched the last two weeks.
2. Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia - The Eagles have allowed opposing quarterbacks to get at least two touchdowns in 10 straight contests. In a game the Giants absolutely must have for any hope of defending their title into January, expect the real Eli Manning to step up.
3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland - Big Ben was unable to go the first time Pittsburgh and Cleveland met in a game the Steelers gifted away via a whopping eight turnovers. He'll get revenge, though, facing a Browns defense ranked 27th against the pass.
4. Joe Flacco at Cincinnati - Way back in Week 1, Flacco pitched it for 299 yards and two touchdowns on a Bengals team that was not up to speed defensively. Cincinnati has made great strides since, but Flacco is a big-game quarterback who is up to the challenge. With Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta all stepping up lately, and his first 4,000-yard season within reach, expect Flacco to be at his sharpest.
5. Philip Rivers vs. Oakland - Rivers has not put up the yards lately, but he has tossed six scores in the last three games while not throwing a single pick. With the 30th-ranked Raiders scoring defense coming to town, Rivers should keep finding the end zone in what will likely be his last game under Norv Turner.
6. Chad Henne at Tennessee - The Jaguars last win came against the Titans, and though Henne will not have Cecil Shorts (concussion) to make plays for him in this one, he should still be able to produce against a defense playing as poorly as any in the league. Tennessee has given up 29 passing scores this season and allows nearly 250 yards per game through the air. Henne may not post the 260 yards and two touchdowns he notched a month ago against the Titans, but he should get close.
WEEK 17 No. 2 QUARTERBACK RANKINGS
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13. *Michael Vick PHI at NYG
14. Chad Henne JAC at Ten
15. Jay Cutler CHI at Det
16. Eli Manning NYG vs. Phi
17. Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Cle
18. Ryan Tannehill MIA at NE
19. Joe Flacco BAL at Cin
20. Philip Rivers SD vs. Oak
21. Jake Locker TEN vs. Jac
22. Sam Bradford STL at Sea
23. *Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. NYJ
24. *Matt Ryan ATL vs. TB
25. *Andrew Luck IND vs. Hou
26. *Andy Dalton CIN vs. Bal
27. Christian Ponder MIN vs. GB
28. Greg McElroy NYJ at Buf
29. Brady Quinn KC at Den
30. *Ryan Lindley ARZ at SF
31. *Matt Leinart OAK at SD
32. *Brandon Weeden CLE at Pit
33. *Colt McCoy CLE at Pit
34. *Terrelle Pryor OAK at SD
35. Brian Hoyer ARZ at SF
36. *Nick Foles PHI at NYG
37. *Carson Palmer OAK at SD
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