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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 8 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 10/28/21
Bye Weeks: Baltimore, Las Vegas
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Teddy Bridgewater

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1) Teddy Bridgewater vs. Washington

The WFT has been the worst team in the league at playing pass defense and has turned every quarterback they’ve faced into a star. In Week 8, it’s Teddy Bridgewater’s turn. Washington has allowed a league-worst 31.2 FPts/G and 19 touchdown passes. Bridgewater has thrown multiple TD passes in three straight games and sees the return of Jerry Jeudy to a quality receiving corps that includes; Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant.

2) Carson Wentz vs Tennessee

Despite a short practice week and likely no T.Y. Hilton, Wentz should be ready to face a weak Titans’ pass defense this Sunday. The Titans will need to crowd the line of scrimmage to defend Jonathan Taylor and it will leave them vulnerable over the top to strikes from improving Michael Pittman Jr. (4-105-1 last Sunday night in a rain storm). Wentz has thrown just one interception all season, a far cry from last year in Philadelphia, against 11 touchdown passes. He won’t be the top passer this week, but he should still be a solid QB1.

3) Ben Roethlisberger at Cleveland

The “old man” is coming off a bye so should be as healthy as he has been all season. Despite a fading arm, he’s managed to throw for at least 229 yards in five consecutive games and hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 4. The Browns are No. 7 against RBs and No. 24 against opposing QBs, so the game plan should be winning through Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.

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1) Aaron Rodgers at Arizona (Thu)

As hard as it is to say, Rodgers might have a tough time in the desert this Thursday. Short work week, no Davante Adams or Allen Lazard and facing a strong Cardinals’ pass defense which is allowing just 19.7 FPts/G and has yet to allow a 300-yard passer. He will likely get back Marquez Valdes-Scantling to go along with Randall Cobb and Robert Tonyan, but the game plan should center on Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon and not A-Rod’s arm.

2) Tyrod Taylor vs Los Angeles Rams

Although Taylor has been very good for the five-and-a-half quarters of football he’s played this season, averaging 8.1 fantasy points per quarter, facing the Rams is not a pleasant prospect. They are third in sacks (20) and fourth in QB fantasy points allowed (18.6) over the past three games. Only Tom Brady and Kyler Murray have cracked the 21-point mark on this defense in 2021 and Taylor isn’t that good or have their weapons.

3) Trevor Lawrence at Seattle

Lawrence has put up a couple of solid games in a row, but the Seahawks pass defense has improved of late and ranks No. 5 over the past three weeks in QB points allowed (18.8). The Seahawks are much more vulnerable to the run (ranked 29th) and James Robinson should be featured for most of the day.

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