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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 18 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 1/6/22
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Grab a Helmet

1) Tim Boyle vs. Green Bay

The Packers have no reason to play their starters having clinched the only NFC bye in Week 17. Meanwhile, Boyle is getting a chance to play for injured Jared Goff and while he threw three interceptions last weekend, he also threw for 262 yards and two scores. Against second-teamers, and at home for the first time this season, he may be able to reduce his mistakes.

Taysom Hill

2) Taysom Hill @ Atlanta

Over the past five games, the Falcons’ pass defense ranks 26th and one of the worst teams against running quarterbacks having yielded a league-high three rushing touchdowns over that span. Hill will likely take advantage of that weakness, being it is his strength.

3) Dak Prescott @ Philadelphia (Sat)

Both teams have qualified for the post-season, but could still move up in seeding. However, additionally the Eagles have suffered at least a dozen significant Covid-19 list losses this week and will be huge road underdogs no matter who they end up playing in the playoffs, so likely won’t play their starters. Dallas put up a 41 spot on the Eagles in their first meeting, with Prescott throwing for 238 yards and three scores.

Grab a Clipboard

1) Mac Jones @ Miami

The Dolphins pass defense has been top-10 all season, but since Week 13 has been No. 1 allowing just 11.8 FPts/G. That includes the fewest completions (61) and yards (612) and just two touchdown passes over the four games. The Patriots, already in the post-season, could be scoreboard watching and if the Bills-Jets game gets out of hand for Buffalo, would have no good reason to keep their starters in the game.

2) Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans

In 16 games, Ryan has thrown for under 200 yards seven times, including five of the last eight. Julio Jones is gone, Calvin Ridley is gone. Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts left the last game with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Week 18. Meanwhile, the Saints have allowed just 12.3 FPts/G over their last five contests (ranked No. 2 over that span) and are still in the playoff hunt. They need a win and a 49ers loss at the Rams.

3) Jimmy Garoppolo/Trey Lance @ Los Angeles Rams

While the Rams can’t get the No. 1 seed, staying at No. 2 to avoid a trip to the “frozen tundra” of Green Bay until the NFC Championship, while also knocking a division opponent out of the playoffs seems like a worthy goal. The Rams’ pass defense ranks No. 7 against opposing fantasy QBs and has yielded just one touchdown pass since Week 13.

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