Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Last week was brutal for the Eagles as they couldn’t catch their breath in the Mile High Stadium air. The albuterol is on its way in the form of the Giants defense.
Alright, so that was a terrible analogy, but not nearly as bad as New York’s pass defense. The Giants are tied for worst with 10 touchdowns allowed via the forward pass. This is a great week for Vick to rebound.
Prediction: 275 passing yards, 2 touchdowns; 65 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
To put it simply, Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the game. Combine that with the fact that Detroit boasts a bottom-10 pass defense, and we have a recipe for daytime fireworks in Green Bay this weekend.
Prediction: 375 passing yards, 4 touchdowns; 15 rushing yards
Eli Manning, New York Giants
This has been a nightmare season for Eli Manning. The Giants are 0-4 and the offense is sputtering. But they aren’t alone in this dreamscape.
The Eagles are just one game better, and the offense has steadily fallen off since it put on a show on Monday Night Football in Week 1. A large part of their 1-3 malaise is a horrific pass defense that was second-worst in the league heading into Week 5.
If Manning can’t right the offensive ship against that atrocious defense, all hope will be lost for the Giants. Expect him to right the ship.
Prediction: 325 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
It hasn’t been easy being cheesy in Wisconsin for Matthew Stafford over the years. He has only passed for multiple touchdowns once, a meaningless Week 17 game that saw Matt Flynn throw for six and catapult his career into fraudulence.
So what makes things different this year? Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, that’s what. Stafford finally has a legitimate running game to worry the Packers defense, and both can catch the ball out of the backfield.
Combine that with the Packers giving up over 300 passing yards and two passing touchdowns per game this season, and Stafford might actually get in some work during a meaningful game in Green Bay, for once.
Prediction: 350 passing yards, 2 touchdowns; 15 rushing yards