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06 Oct 2009

QB Week 5

Who would you start, Matt Schaub at Arizona or Big Ben at Detroit? Both are good options but I'm not sure which one to pick.

Posted by: Brendan Scolari on 06 Oct 2009

3 replies , Last at 07 Oct 2009, 4:14am by Zheng

Re: QB Week 5
by Zheng :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:33pm

Schaub. I'd expect the Steelers to get up early and start handing off a lot. The beauty of Schaub's situation is that Houston's hopeless defense gives every game shootout potential. I think.

Re: QB Week 5
by galactic_dev :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 1:30am

Does that mean you'd start Warner vs. Houston rather than Garrard vs. Seattle (and coming off a hot week)?

I would start Ben over Schaub because a couple long td bombs against detroit will inflate his stats nicely.

Re: QB Week 5
by Zheng :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 4:14am

I believe in Garrard, but Warner is a no brainer. Seattle hasn't got the run D or the high powered offense that might force him to throw a lot. I'd expect to see a lot more of MJD. Warner, who is probably a better QB and definitely has better weapons with a weaker run game and defense, would be throwing like mad anyway, and having to stay ahead of Houston's offense would only encourage that.

A couple of long TD bombs would indeed pad Ben's stats nicely, but if he then spends the second half handing off to Rashard, it limits him. Houston-Arizona is two top offenses versus two weak defenses--could turn into a points race.

That's my logic, anyway.

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