Which QBs are under the most pressure heading into Week 5?
In Week 5, it’s time for NFL.com to take a look at the quarterbacks under the microscope.
Here’s what we know about the top QBs at the moment, based on what we’ve seen so far this preseason: * Derek Carr, Raiders QB: Carr, who’s missed the last five games due to a knee injury, is still a year away from becoming the league’s all-time passer record holder, but the Raiders are confident that they’ll be able to get him back on the field for a crucial Week 5 showdown with the Patriots.
They’ve already given up the third-most points in the league and have allowed the most sacks, and they’ll need to continue to do well to hold onto the No. 2 seed in the AFC West.
* Tom Brady, Patriots QB: Brady, who missed the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury, has been a revelation for New England this preseason.
He’s thrown for more than 4,000 yards in each of his last two games, and he’s completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,735 yards with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Brady has been sacked just once in the first three games.
He has also been sacked eight times, and is completing 67.5 percent of passes.
* Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins QB: Tannehill, who has been on fire as a passer in his rookie season, has thrown for 4,917 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He also has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game, and his rushing average of 9.9 yards per carry ranks third in the NFL.
But he has been pressured on just 12.8% of his dropbacks and has allowed 10 touchdowns on 25 pass attempts.
* Eli Manning, Giants QB: It was never a given that Eli Manning would be the Giants’ quarterback of the future, but he’s done a lot to help his cause this preseason and has already surpassed his previous career high in completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdowns and touchdowns to interceptions.
Manning has completed 73.4 percent of the passes thrown his way and has thrown two touchdown passes.
He is completing 70.3% of the passing attempts in his last five starts, averaging 3.3 yards per pass attempt and he has also thrown three interceptions.
* Kirk Cousins, Redskins QB: Cousins is still rehabbing a broken leg suffered during the preseason and it will be a long time before he can return to the field, but it’s been an encouraging preseason for Cousins, who completed 71.6% of passes thrown in his first four starts and has led Washington to three wins.
Cousins has been the team’s most efficient quarterback through the first half of the preseason, completing 60.4% of pass attempts, and throwing three touchdown passes in his past four starts.
He was sacked just twice.
* Alex Smith, Ravens QB: Smith is a bit of a mystery.
He looked like the quarterback of tomorrow in Week 1, but now he’s had to learn how to operate under new offensive coordinator John Harbaugh’s scheme.
Smith has thrown seven touchdowns in his previous four starts, but has just one completion for 16 yards.
The Ravens have allowed four touchdown passes to opposing quarterbacks.
Smith’s numbers aren’t all that great this preseason, but his play in Week 4 and his recent touchdown-to-interception ratio suggests that he should be able return to form for Week 5.
* Cam Newton, Panthers QB: Newton has been one of the best quarterbacks in the game this preseason with his legs, but that’s not exactly what the Panthers have been looking for.
Newton has thrown just two touchdown throws in his final five starts.
Newton’s passer rating has been 91.6, but in Week 5 he’s completed just 38.5% of passing attempts and has been intercepted eight times.
He had a passer rating of just 65.5 against the Broncos in Week 3.
He did throw for at-least 3,000 rushing yards, but had just three touchdowns on passes of 20 yards or more.
* Marcus Mariota, Titans QB: Mariota is the only quarterback to have thrown for over 4,500 yards in four consecutive games and has the Titans on track to go 8-1.
Mariota has thrown 16 touchdown passes, one touchdown each in the last two outings.
The Titans are allowing just one touchdown pass and have given up just two scores to opposing passers.
He completed 69.3 percent of passing plays and has a passer efficiency of 104.7.
He hasn’t thrown an interception in his four career starts.
The Bucs are allowing the most rushing yards per game to opposing offenses, but Mariota will need to find a way to make up for the lack of explosive plays from his team this season.