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    Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    Following is a team-by-team look at the NFC’s starting quarterbacks on Kickoff Weekend:

    ARIZONA:
    Two-time NFL MVP (1999, 2001) KURT WARNER will lead the Cardinals on Kickoff Weekend.
    The 11-year veteran enters his fourth season with Arizona and owns the third highest career passer rating in NFL history with a 93.2 mark.
    Last year, the three-time Pro Bowl selection played in 14 games (11 starts) and passed for 3,417 yards with 27 touchdowns while posting an 89.8 rating.
    Warner threw for 21 touchdowns in last season’s final eight games, the most in the NFL over that span (TOM BRADY, 20).

    ATLANTA:
    Rookie quarterback MATT RYAN, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, used an impressive training camp to seize the starting job.
    Ryan posted a 25-7 record (.781) as a starter at Boston College and led the Eagles to three Bowl games.
    The 2007 ACC Player of the Year set numerous school season passing records, including yards (4,507) and touchdowns (31).

    CAROLINA:
    After missing most of the 2007 season with an injury, JAKE DELHOMME returns to start on Kickoff Weekend for a franchise-record fifth consecutive year.
    The 10-year veteran is the club’s all-time leader in starts (63), attempts (1,934), completions (1,156), passing yards (13,955) and touchdowns (97).
    Delhomme, who guided the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII and earned a Pro Bowl berth that year, is the only quarterback in team history to pass for 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (2003-05).

    CHICAGO:
    The Bears will turn to KYLE ORTON as the team attempts to return to the postseason after an appearance in Super Bowl XLI in 2006.
    Entering his fourth season, Orton has posted a 12-6 (.667) record as a starter.
    In 2005, the former Purdue star guided Chicago to 10 wins, the most by a rookie drafted in the fourth round or later since the common draft was instituted in 1967.
    He also set franchise rookie records with 190 completions, 368 attempts and 1,869 yards while leading the club to a division title.

    DALLAS:
    All-Star TONY ROMO, who enters his sixth season, guided the Cowboys to a club record-tying 13 wins last year and led the NFC with a 97.4 passer rating, the third highest mark in franchise history behind Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks ROGER STAUBACH (104.8 in 1971) and TROY AIKMAN (99.0 in 1993).
    The former Eastern Illinois star established team season records for touchdowns passes (36), passing yards (4,211), completions (335) and 300-yard games (7) en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl berth.

    DETROIT:
    JON KITNA threw for 4,068 yards last year, his second with the Lions, becoming the first quarterback in club history with back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons.
    Kitna, who passed for a career-high 4,208 yards in 2006, ranks fourth in the NFL with 8,276 yards over the past two seasons.
    The 12-year veteran has thrown for 200 yards in 28 of his 32 starts with Detroit, the most 200-yard games in the NFL during that span.

    GREEN BAY:
    Former first-round draft pick AARON RODGERS, who was selected No. 24 overall in 2005, will make his first career start on Kickoff Weekend at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
    Last year, in a game against Dallas, Rodgers was called upon in relief duty and passed for a career-high 201 yards and one touchdown.
    In college, Rodgers posted a 17-5 (.773) record as a starter at California and threw for 5,469 yards and 43 touchdowns.

    MINNESOTA:
    Third-year quarterback TARVARIS JACKSON posted an 8-4 (.667) record as a starter last year and guided the Vikings to seven wins in his final 10 starts.
    A second-round selection (No. 64) in the 2006 NFL Draft from Alabama State, Jackson became only the third quarterback in team history to start a game as a rookie, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (1961) and TOMMY KRAMER (1977).
    Last year, Jackson led NFC quarterbacks with three rushing touchdowns and passed for nine scores, including three TDs of at least 60 yards.

    NEW ORLEANS:
    Eight-year veteran DREW BREES had an NFL-record 440 completions last year, and set season team marks with 4,423 passing yards, a 67.5 completion percentage, 652 attempts, 28 touchdowns and 11 games with 250 passing yards.
    In his first two years with the Saints, Brees has posted the only two 4,000-yard seasons in franchise history and his 8,841 yards during that span are the most in the NFL.
    In 2006, the All-Star quarterback guided New Orleans to the NFC Championship Game and was a co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

    NEW YORK GIANTS:
    The defending Super Bowl champions will once again be led by ELI MANNING, who guided the team to an NFL-record 10 road victories (including playoffs) last year.
    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft passed for 3,336 yards and 23 touchdowns last year, joining PHIL SIMMS as the only players in club history with 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
    Manning also joined Simms as the only quarterbacks in team annals to be named Super Bowl MVP.
    Entering his fifth season, Manning has started 61 consecutive games for the Giants, including the playoffs.

    PHILADELPHIA:
    Veteran quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB, who enters his 10th season, looks to return the Eagles to the playoffs.
    In his career, the former Syracuse star has posted a 73-39 (.652) record and has led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl and four NFC Championship Games.
    McNabb’s 73 victories and seven playoff wins are the most by a quarterback in Eagles history.
    The five-time All-Star passed for 3,324 yards and 19 touchdowns last year in 14 starts.

    ST. LOUIS:
    The Rams will once again turn to eight-year veteran MARC BULGER to lead the way.
    In his career, Bulger has passed for 18,625 yards, 106 touchdowns and posted an 88.1 passer rating, the second-best mark in Rams history.
    The two-time All Star, who won MVP honors at the 2004 Pro Bowl, has passed for at least 3,800 yards three times in his career, including 4,301 yards in 2006.

    SAN FRANCISCO:
    Veteran quarterback J.T. O’SULLIVAN will make his first NFL start on Kickoff Weekend for the 49ers.
    The former star at UC Davis was drafted in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints in 2002.
    O’Sullivan, who was the NFL Europa 2007 Offensive Co-MVP with the Frankfurt Galaxy, spent last season with Detroit, playing in four games under offensive coordinator MIKE MARTZ, who also joined San Francisco this year.

    SEATTLE:
    Three-time All-Star MATT HASSELBECK aims to lead the Seahawks to their fifth consecutive division title and sixth playoff berth in a row.
    Entering his eighth season with Seattle, Hasselbeck is the highest-rated passer in team history with an 86.3 rating and his 15 300-yard passing games are the most by a Seahawk.
    Last year, the former Boston College standout earned a trip to the Pro Bowl by setting team marks in attempts (562), completions (352) and passing yards (3,966).

    TAMPA BAY:
    In his first season with the Buccaneers in 2007, JEFF GARCIA guided the team to a division title and earned a Pro Bowl berth.
    The 10-year veteran hopes to lead Tampa Bay back to the playoffs this year as the Buccaneers aim to become the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
    Last season, Garcia ranked third in the NFC with a 94.6 passer rating and was second in the NFL with a 1.2 interception percentage.

    WASHINGTON:
    JASON CAMPBELL enters his fourth NFL season and is the team’s starter on Kickoff Weekend for the second consecutive year.
    The club’s first-round selection in the 2005 draft (No. 25) completed 250 of 417 passes (60.0 percent) for a career-high 2,700 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as Washington went 9-7 and clinched a playoff berth.

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    Re: Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...gallina/080815

    I like this one better for Green Bay.

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    Re: Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    Thanks for the read Webby.

    Wasn't aware that TJ's rushing TD's lead the NFC.

    Orton scares me a bit.
    Don't like how he dinks/dunks the ball.
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    Re: Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    "Marrdro" wrote:
    Thanks for the read Webby.

    Wasn't aware that TJ's rushing TD's lead the NFC.

    Orton scares me a bit.
    Don't like how he dinks/dunks the ball.
    Did you watch any of his pre-season games?
    I only saw one. But he was very sharp.
    Their defense won't hold up and their offense is likely to be inconsistant.
    But they aren't likely to be pushovers.
    But I believe our running game will be more than they can handle once again.
    What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. Its the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"
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    Re: Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "Marrdro" wrote:
    Thanks for the read Webby.

    Wasn't aware that TJ's rushing TD's lead the NFC.

    Orton scares me a bit.
    Don't like how he dinks/dunks the ball.
    Did you watch any of his pre-season games?
    I only saw one. But he was very sharp.
    Their defense won't hold up and their offense is likely to be inconsistant.
    But they aren't likely to be pushovers.
    But I believe our running game will be more than they can handle once again.
    You know me. I always over analyze the games......
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    Re: Week 1 Preview: Starting QBs

    Tavaris lead the conference is something?! HOLY

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