List of NFL starting quarterbacks

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Brett Favre holds the record for most wins and for most consecutive starts by a starting quarterback.

This is a list of starting quarterbacks in the National Football League updated through week 17 of the 2015 NFL season.

Brett Favre holds the record for most wins by a starting NFL quarterback with 186 wins total over his nineteen-year career.[1] Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has the most wins amongst active NFL quarterbacks and is tied with Favre with 186 wins.[2] Favre also holds the record for most consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback. From September 27, 1992, to December 5, 2010, Favre started a total of 297 regular season games and 24 playoff games, totaling 321 consecutive games.[3][4] The longest active streak of consecutive starts is held by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at 179 starts, with his first start coming on November 21, 2004.[5][6]

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  2. "Starter since" refers to the start date of a quarterback's current starter streak (regular season only).
  3. Injury icon 2.svg0 indicates that the quarterback is injured and will not start the following week.
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Division: Team (starting quarterbacks list): Current starting quarterback: College drafted from: Year drafted (pick): Starter since: Ref:
NFC West Arizona Cardinals (list) Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer USC 2003 (1) September 13, 2015 [7]
NFC South Atlanta Falcons (list) Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Boston College 2008 (3) December 20, 2009 [8]
AFC North Baltimore Ravens (list) Mallett, RyanRyan Mallett Arkansas 2011 (74) December 27, 2015 [9]
AFC East Buffalo Bills (list) Taylor, TyrodTyrod Taylor Virginia Tech 2011 (180) November 8, 2015 [10]
NFC South Carolina Panthers (list) Newton, CamCam Newton Auburn 2011 (1) December 21, 2014 [11]
NFC North Chicago Bears (list) Cutler, JayJay Cutler Vanderbilt 2006 (11) October 4, 2015 [12]
AFC North Cincinnati Bengals (list) McCarron, AJAJ McCarron University of Alabama 2014 (164) December 20, 2015 [13]
AFC North Cleveland Browns (list) Davis, AustinAustin Davis Southern Mississippi 2012 (n/a) January 3, 2016 [14]
NFC East Dallas Cowboys (list) Moore, KellenKellen Moore Boise State 2012 (n/a) December 27, 2015 [15]
AFC West Denver Broncos (list) Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning University of Tennessee 1998 (1) January 17, 2016 [16]
NFC North Detroit Lions (list) Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford Georgia 2009 (1) September 11, 2011 [17]
NFC North Green Bay Packers (list) Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Cal 2005 (24) December 29, 2013 [18]
AFC South Houston Texans (list) Hoyer, BrianBrian Hoyer Michigan State 2009 (n/a) January 3, 2016 [19]
AFC South Indianapolis Colts (list) Freeman, JoshJosh Freeman Kansas State 2009 (17) January 3, 2016 [20]
AFC South Jacksonville Jaguars (list) Bortles, BlakeBlake Bortles UCF 2014 (3) September 28, 2014 [21]
AFC West Kansas City Chiefs (list) Smith, AlexAlex Smith Utah 2005 (1) September 13, 2015 [22]
AFC East Miami Dolphins (list) Tannehill, RyanRyan Tannehill Texas A&M 2012 (8) September 9, 2012 [23]
NFC North Minnesota Vikings (list) Bridgewater, TeddyTeddy Bridgewater Louisville 2014 (32) October 12, 2014 [24]
AFC East New England Patriots (list) Brady, TomTom Brady University of Michigan 2000 (199) September 14, 2009 [25]
NFC South New Orleans Saints (list) Brees, DrewDrew Brees Purdue 2001 (32) October 4, 2015 [26]
NFC East New York Giants (list) Manning, EliEli Manning Ole Miss 2004 (1) November 21, 2004 [6]
AFC East New York Jets (list) Fitzpatrick, RyanRyan Fitzpatrick Harvard 2005 (250) September 13, 2015 [27]
AFC West Oakland Raiders (list) Carr, DerekDerek Carr Fresno State 2014 (36) September 7, 2014 [28]
NFC East Philadelphia Eagles (list) Bradford, SamSam Bradford Oklahoma 2010 (1) December 6, 2015 [29]
AFC North Pittsburgh Steelers (list) Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Miami (Ohio) 2004 (11) November 29, 2015 [30]
AFC West San Diego Chargers (list) Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers NC State 2004 (4) September 11, 2006 [31]
NFC West San Francisco 49ers (list) Gabbert, BlaineBlaine Gabbert Missouri 2011 (10) November 8, 2015 [32]
NFC West Seattle Seahawks (list) Wilson, RussellRussell Wilson Wisconsin 2012 (75) September 9, 2012 [33]
NFC West St. Louis Rams (list) Keenum, CaseCase Keenum Houston 2012 (n/a) December 13, 2015 [34]
NFC South Tampa Bay Buccaneers (list) Winston, JameisJameis Winston Florida State 2015 (1) September 13, 2015 [35]
AFC South Tennessee Titans (list) Mettenberger, ZachZach Mettenberger LSU 2014 (178) December 27, 2015 [36]
NFC East Washington Redskins (list) Cousins, KirkKirk Cousins Michigan State 2012 (102) September 13, 2015 [37]

Starting quarterbacks[edit]

AFC East[edit]

Buffalo Bills: Tyrod Taylor[edit]

List of Buffalo Bills starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since September 13, 2015) Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor, an alumnus of Virginia Tech, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He saw spot duty as the backup to Joe Flacco for all of his four years in Baltimore, after which Taylor left as a free agent.

Taylor signed with the Bills in the 2015 offseason, where he competed with incumbent EJ Manuel and trade acquisition Matt Cassel for the Bills' starting quarterback position. Manuel, Taylor, Cassel and Matt Simms each started one preseason game; after the third game, Taylor was declared winner of the competition and thus starting quarterback for Week 1.[10] Because of a technicality, Cassel is actually listed as the starting quarterback for the week 1 game, as both he and Taylor appeared on-field for the first offensive play (an unsuccessful trick play), with Cassel (who would be traded away after Week 2) under center.

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Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill[edit]

List of Miami Dolphins starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 51 (since September 9, 2012) Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill made his first starts in college at Texas A&M playing receiver during the first six games of the 2010 season. Over those six games, he made eleven catches for 143 yards.[38] He attempted four passes during the season opener. He first saw extended time at quarterback during the Kansas game, splitting time with starter Jerrod Johnson. Tannehill finished with twelve completions on sixteen attempts for 155 yards and three touchdowns.[39] In his first career start at quarterback, Tannehill led the Aggies to a 45–27 victory over Texas Tech. He set a school record with his 449 passing yards. He also made a 33-yard pooch punt, his first career kick.[40] Tannehill quarterbacked the Aggies to a victory over eleven ranked Oklahoma, which moved the team into the top twenty-five rankings. He helped the team maintain their ranking through victories over Baylor and number nine Nebraska. He picked up All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.[41] In 2011, Tannehill started all thirteen games (including the bowl game) at quarterback for the Aggies and served as team captain. He threw for 3,744 yards and twenty-nine touchdowns, with fifteen interceptions. He completed 61.6% of his passes and posted a quarterback rating of 133.2. He also ran for four touchdowns. Tannehill concluded his quarterback career at Texas A&M with a total of 5,450 passing yards and forty-two touchdown passes.[42]

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Tannehill with the eighth overall pick.[43] He was the first quarterback selected by the Dolphins in the first round since Dan Marino in 1983. On July 28, 2012, Tannehill signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins worth approximately $12.688 million, with an option for a fifth year, as reported by the Miami Herald.[44] On August 20, 2012, Tannehill was named the starting quarterback over Matt Moore for the season opener against the Houston Texans.[45]

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New England Patriots: Tom Brady[edit]

List of New England Patriots starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 112 (since September 14, 2009) Tom Brady
Tom Brady, prior to suffering his 2008 injury, had been the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots since 2001. Brady was taken in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots in the sixth round and started out as a backup to veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In week two of the 2001 NFL season, Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, knocking Bledsoe out of the game. This resulted in Tom Brady making his first career start September 30, 2001.[46] Brady went on to start every regular season game after that point and went on to lead the Patriots to a playoff season every year between 2001 and 2007 (except for the 2002 season). Brady and the Patriots went on to capture three Super Bowl titles within four years: XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX. In addition to that, he was the Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII and voted to four Pro Bowls. In 2007, Brady and the Patriots completed a perfect regular season for which Brady won the NFL MVP award. However, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. At the time, Brady placed fourth all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback, behind only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Ron Jaworski.[47][48][49]

In 2008, during a week-one game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard hit Brady in the left knee, tearing both his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament. The hit put Brady on the injury reserves list for the remainder of the season.[50] Backup Matt Cassel would take Brady's starting position for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Brady made his return from injury on September 14, 2009, and has not lost his starting position since then.[25] Since returning, he has brought the Patriots to the playoffs every year since 2009 and was elected to the Pro Bowl four years straight. Brady also won the NFL MVP a second time in 2010. In 2011, Brady led the Patriots to a fifth Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVI, but again lost to the New York Giants. Brady is third all-time in wins by a starting quarterback with a total of 172 wins[46] and has the highest winning percentage (.771) in the history of the NFL.[51] With the Patriots' victory over the Houston Texans in the 2012 divisional playoffs, Brady claimed the record for most postseason victories with seventeen (now stands at twenty-two as of the end of the 2015 season).[52] Considering Brady's many records and achievements, many analysts have called Brady one of the greatest quarterbacks and draft steals of all time.Brady went on to win his fourth Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIX, winning his third Super Bowl MVP, which tied him with Joe Montana for the most with three.[53][54][55][56]

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New York Jets: Ryan Fitzpatrick[edit]

List of New York Jets starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since September 13, 2015) Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick was taken in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Fitzpatrick made his first start in the 2005 NFL season due to an injury to Jamie Martin. He would make two more starts that season backing up Martin and finished the 2005 season with four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Fitzpatrick remained backup through most of his early career and wouldn't make another start until 2008, now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. He started a majority of the games that season after Carson Palmer suffered an elbow injury early on. He finished the regular season, missing the playoffs, with a 4-7-1 record with eight touchdowns, nine interceptions and 1,905 completion yards.[57]

Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills on February 27, 2009, and was given his first start in week seven of the 2009 NFL season.[58] He started in place of an injured Trent Edwards who had suffered from a concussion a week prior. Fitzpatrick remained the starter for the rest of the season except for one game started by Brian Brohm in week sixteen. The Bills finished the 2009 season with a 4-5 record with Fitzpatrick starting and missing the playoffs. Fitzpatrick started the 2010 season being regulated to backup once again to Edwards. After starting 0-2 under Edwards though, head coach Chan Gailey benched Edwards and named Fitzpatrick the starter once again.[59] Fitzpatrick started the next thirteen games, producing a record of 4-9. Brian Brohm started for the Bills in week seventeen to finish the season.[57]

On September 11, 2011, Fitzpatrick was named the Bills starting quarterback for week one of the 2011 NFL season.[60] On October 28, 2011, after the Bills started 4-2 through their week seven bye, Fitzpatrick signed a six year, $59 million contract extension including a $10 million signing bonus with the Bills. He became the first Bills quarterback to sign an extension since Doug Flutie in 1999.[58] After the contract signing, the Bills went on a seven-game losing streak to be officially eliminated from playoff contention. Fitzpatrick played all sixteen regular season games finishing their 2011 season with a 6-10 record.[61] Fitzpatrick finished the season with 353 completions, 3,832 passing yards, twenty-four touchdowns and twenty-three interceptions.[57]

On March 12, 2013, Fitzpatrick was released by the Bills,[62] and six days later, he was picked up by the Tennessee Titans and agreed to a two-year contract.[63] He was the starter while Jake Locker recovered from a hip injury.

Fitzpatrick signed with the Houston Texans on March 20, 2014 after the Titans released him.[64] He started there for one year before he was traded to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[65][66] Following an incident which left incumbent quarterback Geno Smith with a broken jaw, Fitzpatrick was named the week 1 starter for the Jets.[67]

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AFC North[edit]

Baltimore Ravens: Ryan Mallet[edit]

List of Baltimore Ravens starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 2 (since January 3, 2016) Ryan Mallett
Mallett was selected by the New England Patriots with the 10th pick of the 3rd round (74th overall) in the 2011 NFL draft.

Mallett, an Arkansas alum, who was often projected prior to the draft as a first-round talent,[68] fell to the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, where he was selected 74th overall by the New England Patriots.

On August 31, 2014, Mallett was traded to the Houston Texans for a conditional 6th round pick or 7th round pick.[69]

In 2015, Mallett battled for the starting quarterback position against former teammate Brian Hoyer. He ended up losing the competition to Hoyer. He replaced Hoyer in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. Head coach Bill O'Brien announced afterwords that Mallett would replace Hoyer as the starting quarterback.

In week 4 against Atlanta, Mallett was benched for Hoyer with the Texans trailing 42-0, and Hoyer would lead the team to 21 points in a 48-21 loss. Despite Hoyer's success in the game, Mallett was named the starter for week 5 against the Colts. During the Colts game, Mallett was injured and was replaced by Hoyer for the remainder of the game. Hoyer threw for 2 touchdowns but also threw a costly interception to give the Colts a 27-20 victory. Before the Texans' meeting with the Dolphins on October 25, Mallett missed the team flight and was forced to fly commercial to meet with the team in Miami.[70] On October 27, 2015, the Houston Texans officially released him.[71]

On December 15, 2015, in the wake of quarterback Matt Schaub suffering an injury, Mallett signed with the Baltimore Ravens. On December 27, 2015, Mallet threw for a career-high 274 yards, leading the Ravens to a 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on his seventh career start. [72]

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Cincinnati Bengals: AJ McCarron[edit]

List of Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 2 (since December 28, 2015) AJ McCarron
McCarron was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.[73] In August 2014, the Bengals placed McCarron on the reserve/non-football injury list due to shoulder soreness, meaning that he would miss at least the first six weeks of the 2014 season.[74] With Andy Dalton entrenched as the starting quarterback for the Bengals, and veteran Jason Campbell as his backup, the Bengals did not plan for McCarron to see significant playing time during his rookie season.[74]

On December 9, 2014, McCarron was activated after Vontaze Burfict was placed on Injured Reserve.[75] For 2015, McCarron was named the #2 QB and served as back up to Dalton.[76]

On December 13, 2015, starting quarterback Andy Dalton fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in the first quarter of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCarron came on and completed 22 of 32 passes for 280 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but the Steelers won 33-20.[77] The following week, McCarron became the first Alabama quarterback to win an NFL game since Jeff Rutledge of the Buffalo Bills in 1987, when the Bengals beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-14.[78]

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Cleveland Browns: Austin Davis[edit]

List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since January 3, 2016) Austin Davis
Davis went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and signed a free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams. On August 30, 2013, Davis was cut by the Rams.[79]

The Miami Dolphins signed Davis to their practice squad on September 10, 2013.[80][81]

Davis re-signed with the Rams on October 22, 2013, after an injury to Sam Bradford.[82] In the first week of the 2014 NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings, Davis entered the game at the start of the second half in relief of starter Shaun Hill. A week later, due to Hill's injury, Davis made his NFL starting debut on September 14, in a winning effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On September 7, 2015, Davis signed with the Cleveland Browns.[83]

On January 3, 2016, Davis made his second start for the Browns in place of an injured Johnny Manziel.[14]

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger[edit]

List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since November 29, 2015) Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger was taken eleventh overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was touted as the franchise quarterback by then-coach Bill Cowher.[84] Tommy Maddox was the starting quarterback for the Steelers at the beginning of the season, but due to an injuries to him and backup Charlie Batch, Roethlisberger began playing in the second week of the season against the Baltimore Ravens [85] and earned his first start the following week at Miami.[86] After Roethlisberger became the quarterback, the rookie went through the regular season undefeated, getting thirteen straight victories to end the regular season 15-1 and lead the Steelers to the playoffs.[87] The Steelers went on to the playoffs where they defeated the New York Jets in the divisional round, but ultimately lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, in the AFC Championship.[88] After the season, Roethlisberger was awarded both the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. Since 2004, Roethlisberger has been the starting quarterback, only sitting out for rest or injuries.

Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to five other trips to the postseason. After his successful rookie season, Roethlisberger and the Steelers made the playoffs again as a wild card team[89] and winning his first AFC Championship.[90] In 2005, the Steelers won their first Super Bowl under the start of Roethlisberger, defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. The Steelers didn't make it back to the playoffs in 2006, but returned in 2007 to win their division. They lost their wild card match against the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 31-29.[91] In 2008, the Steelers made the 2008–09 NFL playoffs with a 12-4 regular season record.[92] The Steelers went on to defeat the Baltimore Ravens to win their second AFC Championship under Roethlisberger.[93] Roethlisberger won his second Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLIII defeating the Arizona Cardinals. After missing the playoffs the following season, Roethlisberger advanced to the Super Bowl for the third time in his career in six years, but lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. The Steelers made the 2011–12 NFL playoffs, but were quickly eliminated in the wild card round by the Denver Broncos in an overtime loss.[94] Roethlisberger made the 2012 Pro Bowl after the season concluded. Amongst active quarterbacks, Roethlisberger has the fourth largest most amount of wins with eighty seven total through the end of the 2012 season.[95]

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AFC South[edit]

Houston Texans: Brian Hoyer[edit]

List of Houston Texans starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since January 3, 2016) Brian Hoyer
Despite being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Brian Hoyer was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed immediately after the draft with the New England Patriots Hoyer debuted in the Patriots' preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 11 of 19 passes for 112 yards. In the preseason finale against the New York Giants, Hoyer played at quarterback the entire game, leading the team on a comeback after trailing 21–0 in the first quarter to a 38–27 win, completing 18 of 25 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Hoyer finished the preseason 29-44 for 354 yards, including one touchdown, with a 98.1 passer rating. Of the four quarterbacks behind Tom Brady during training camp, the Patriots released Matt Gutierrez, Kevin O'Connell, and Andrew Walter,[96] leaving Hoyer as Brady's only backup when the Patriots made their final cutdowns on September 5. He made his professional debut on October 18, in the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans. On his first drive, he was 5/5 for 35 yards, concluding it with a 1-yard rushing touchdown, which set a franchise record for points scored in the Patriots' 59-0 win. In the 2010 season finale against the Miami Dolphins, Hoyer threw his first career touchdown pass, a 42-yard pass to Brandon Tate.[97] In the final game of the 2011 season, the Patriots sent Hoyer in, and opted to throw to tight end Rob Gronkowski instead of kneeling down, letting Gronkowski break the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a season.[98]

On August 31, 2012, during final cuts, Hoyer was released by the Patriots.[99] He practiced with Saint Ignatius players while hoping for another team to sign him.[100] On November 20, 2012, Hoyer signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers after injuries to starting Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich within a week of each other.[101] He served as the backup to Charlie Batch in Weeks 12 and 13 against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens respectively. He was released on December 8, 2012.

He was claimed on waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on December 10. Hoyer replaced Ryan Lindley in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, and completed 11 of 19 passes for 105 yards and one interception.[102] On December 26, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced that Hoyer would start the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, making him the fourth quarterback for the Cardinals.[103] On May 12, 2013, Hoyer was released by the Cardinals.[104]

On May 16, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns to a 2-year deal.[105] On September 18, in relief of then-starter Brandon Weeden, who was out with a thumb injury, the Browns skipped over 2nd string Jason Campbell and named him the starting quarterback for the Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He threw for 321 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in the team's first win of the season. It was announced later in the week that Hoyer would be the Browns' starting quarterback for Week 4 against the rival Cincinnati Bengals, as Weeden remained out with a thumb injury. Hoyer led the Browns to another win, completing 25 of 38 passes for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with throwing no interceptions in a 17-6 victory. The next day on September 30, Hoyer was named the starter for a third straight game, Thursday Night Football vs the Buffalo Bills. Despite being named starter for three straight games, Hoyer was not declared the official starter for the remainder of the 2013 season by Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski, who referred to the situation as "a week-to-week thing." He later added that, if Hoyer continued to exceed expectations, he would maintain his starting position. However, Hoyer sustained an ACL tear in the Thursday Night game versus the Buffalo Bills ending his promising season.[106]

Hoyer left the Browns after the 2014 season and signed with the Houston Texans, where he was initially named that team's starting quarterback. He lost the job to Ryan Mallett but regained it by week 4.

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Indianapolis Colts: Josh Freeman[edit]

List of Indianapolis Colts starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since January 3, 2016) Josh Freeman
Freeman was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft with one year of college eligibility left.[107] The Bucs later agreed to terms with Freeman on a five-year, $26 million contract, with another possible $10 million in incentives and bonuses.[108]

On November 8, 2009, Freeman started his first professional game at home against the Green Bay Packers. The Buccaneers won, ending an 11-game losing streak. He completed 14 out of 31 passes for 205 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 1 INT, including a fourth down touchdown pass to rookie Sammie Stroughter to take the lead, 31–28 late in the game. Freeman became the youngest quarterback in Bucs history to start and win his first game. On December 27, 2009 he led his Buccaneers to a 20–17 overtime win over the 13–1 New Orleans Saints preventing them from clinching the 1st seed in the playoffs for 1 more week.

The Buccaneers started the 2013 season with a surprising 18-17 loss to the New York Jets after leading 14-5 at the half. Freeman completed 15 of 31 passes (48.4%) and threw for 1 touchdown and 1 interception.[109] After a poor performance in a week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. The Buccaneers began the season with a disappointing 0-3 record, and Freeman was completing 46% of his passes with a near league bottom 59.3 rating (30th). He was released by the team on October 3, 2013 after the team tried unsuccessfully to trade him.[110]

On October 6, 2013, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings.[111] He would begin to compete for the starting job with incumbent Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.

On April 16, 2014, Freeman was rumored to have signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants. The deal was not officially signed until April 21, 2014, when Freeman attended the Quest Diagnostics Training Center to sign the contract and participate.[112] On May 30, 2014, Freeman was released by the Giants.[113]

On April 2, 2015, Freeman signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins[114] On July 24, 2015, Freeman was released, but re-signed with the team four days later.[115] He was released by the Dolphins on September 4, 2015.[116]

On December 29, 2015, Freeman signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He started the final game of the season against the Tennessee Titans on January 3, 2016.[20]

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Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles[edit]

List of Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 17 (since September 28, 2014) Blake Bortles
Bortles was chosen 3rd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles was the first of an eventual 14 quarterbacks to be drafted.[117][118] On June 18, he signed his rookie contract worth $20.6 million guaranteed for four years.[119]

On September 21, 2014, Bortles made his NFL debut when he replaced Chad Henne in the second half of a blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[120] He went on to complete 14 out of 24 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Following the game head coach Gus Bradley named Bortles the starter.

On September 28, 2014 Bortles made his first career start against the San-Diego Chargers. Bortles ended the game with 29-37 for 253 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in a 33-14 loss. His 78.4 percent completion percentage set a record for a rookie quarterback's first start.[121]

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Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger[edit]

List of Tennessee Titans starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since December 27, 2015) Zach Mettenberger
Mettenberger was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th round (pick number 178 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

On September 28, 2014, Mettenberger made his professional debut in relief of the injured Jake Locker in a 41-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He went 2 of 5 for 17 yards with 1 interception.

On October 22, 2014, the Titans decided that Mettenberger would start over Locker and Charlie Whitehurst against the Houston Texans.[122] Mettenberger and the Titans lost 30-16 to the Texans. Mettenberger was 27 of 41 for 299 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Mettenberger started against Pittsburgh on his Monday Night Football debut, going 15/24 for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception and hitting former Steeler Nate Washington for an 80 yard touchdown.

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AFC West[edit]

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning[edit]

List of Denver Broncos starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: (since November 22, 2015) Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning was selected with the first overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.[123] In his rookie season, he passed for 3,739 yards with twenty-six touchdowns, set five different NFL rookie records, including most touchdown passes in a season, and was named to the NFL All-Rookie First Team.[124][125][126] Manning's first win came against fellow rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf, 17-12 over the San Diego Chargers.[127] From his first start at the beginning of his rookie season on September 6, 1998, Manning started every game for the Colts, the last being on January 2, 2011. Manning is second all-time for most consecutive starts (behind only Brett Favre) with 208 consecutive regular season starts and twenty-four playoff games for 227 total consecutive games.[128][129] Manning's consecutive starts streak ended at the beginning of the 2011 season when on September 7, 2011, the Colts officially ruled Manning out for the season opener against the Houston Texans after neck surgery.[130] Manning also holds the record for most wins amongst active starting quarterbacks with 141 wins.[2]

In Manning's fourteen-year career with the Colts, Manning led the Colts to the playoffs a total of eleven times. In 2003, Manning and the Colts had a three seed in the 2003–04 NFL playoffs after winning the AFC South. They defeated the Denver Broncos in the wild card round[131] and the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round to advance to their first AFC Championship under Manning.[132] The Colts would end up meeting Tom Brady and the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and losing the game 24-14.[133] In 2006, Manning led the Colts to the wild card round of the playoffs after winning the AFC South and securing a three seed. Despite three interceptions, Manning completed thirty out of thirty-eight passes as the Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 23-8.[134] The following week they were limited to five field goals and no touchdowns, but defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 15-6.[135] In the AFC Championship game against the rival Patriots, Manning led the Colts to thirty-two points in the second half for a 38–34 victory with the final score coming late in the fourth quarter. The comeback was the largest deficit ever overcome in a conference championship.[136] Manning led the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI and was voted Super Bowl MVP.[137] In 2009, Manning advanced to the 2009–10 NFL playoffs after leading the Colts to a 14-2 record during the regular season and earning a first round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. In the divisional round against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning threw two touchdown passes late in the first half to build a 17–3 halftime lead. He completed thirty passes for 246 yards in his victory over the Ravens.[138] In the AFC Championship against New York Jets, Manning overcame a 17–6 deficit late in the second quarter to lead the Colts to twenty-four unanswered points in a 30-17 win. Manning set a playoff record with his seventh 300-yard passing game in the postseason.[139] However, Manning and the Colts came up short in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints, losing 31-17.[140] In addition to holding various NFL records, Manning is an eleven-time Pro Bowler (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), a five-time All-Pro (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009), six-time AFC Player of the Year (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009) and a four-time Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player (2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009).

After missing the entire 2011 season stemming from neck surgery, and anticipating taking quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Manning was released by the Colts on March 7, 2012.[141][142][143] As a free agent, Manning reached an agreement with the Broncos on a five-year contract worth $96 million on March 20, 2012.[144][145] Although #18 is retired in honor of Frank Tripucka, Manning was given permission from Tripucka to wear it. On August 9, 2012, Manning made his first appearance as a Bronco in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears,[146] where he completed four of seven passes for forty-four yards, and was intercepted once by Bears safety Major Wright.[147] On September 5, 2013 against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning threw seven touchdown passes, becoming one of six quarterbacks to accomplish the feat, and the first since Joe Kapp in 1969.[148] Two weeks later against the Oakland Raiders, Manning broke the record previously set by Tom Brady for most touchdown passes through the first three weeks of the season with 12.[149]

He announced that after the NFL 2015 Season, he will retire. [150]

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Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith[edit]

List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since September 13, 2015) Alex Smith
Alex Smith was drafted 1st overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers, who held the first overall pick, had hired a head coach with a strong personality in Mike Nolan. Nolan thought Smith to be cerebral, introspective, and non-confrontational. Nolan also evaluated Aaron Rodgers but did not believe that Rodgers' attitude could co-exist with him.[151] Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, selected by the San Francisco 49ers. In July 2005, Smith agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million contract with the 49ers; the contract included $24 million in guaranteed money.

Dealt with an injury and being taken in and out of the lineup by then-head coach Mike Nolan, Smith played in nine games in his rookie season, recording just one touchdown pass, against the Houston Texans, while throwing 11 interceptions. After the challenges faced by his rookie campaign, Smith went into the 2006 season with a new offensive coordinator (Norv Turner) and an improved set of offensive weapons around him. The 49ers used their top draft choice on Vernon Davis, a tight end from Maryland. They also upgraded their offensive backfield, trading underachieving running back Kevan Barlow to the Jets, making Frank Gore the feature back. Overall, Smith improved in his second year by throwing as many touchdowns as interceptions. He threw for 16 TDs, 16 interceptions, 2,890 yards and a 74.8 quarterback rating, all improvements over his rookie year. Alex also became the first 49ers quarterback in club history to take every snap from center over the course of a season in 2006. In 2006, Smith was named the starter at the beginning of the season and started all sixteen regular season games. In fact, Smith became the first 49ers quarterback to take every snap from under center for an entire season.[152] He finished the season with 2,893 completion yards with sixteen touchdowns and interceptions a piece, but missed the playoffs with only seven wins.[153]

Smith entered the 2007 season learning under a third offensive coordinator in three seasons. Norv Turner was hired as the head coach by the San Diego Chargers. Jim Hostler replaced Turner. Hostler's system involved a mixture of the offensive system installed by Turner with elements of the West Coast offense installed by Mike McCarthy for the 2005 season. During the offseason, the 49ers added wide receivers Darrell Jackson, Ashley Lelie, and rookie Jason Hill as new offensive targets for Smith. The 49ers did not win a game after September 16 until November 25. Among all NFL quarterbacks who qualify for league statistics, only the Jets' Kellen Clemens had a poorer passer rating than Smith (57.2), Smith completed under 50% of his passes, far below the league average of 60%. Smith was at odds with 49ers head coach Mike Nolan over the severity of his injury. Nolan publicly inferred that Smith was not fighting through the injury, while Smith felt that the injury still affected his ability to throw accurately, an account that was supported by players from the Seahawks.[154][155][156] Nolan decided to rest Smith following a loss in that game to the Seahawks on November 12 and start Trent Dilfer to allow Smith's shoulder to recover. Following the decision, orthopedic surgeon James Andrews said that upon further examination the shoulder did not heal as significantly as Andrews thought it would, and on December 11, 2007, Smith was placed on injured reserve to undergo surgery on the shoulder, ending his season. Smith started a total a seven games, while Trent Dilfer, Shaun Hill and Chris Weinke took the rest of the snaps for the rest of the season.[157]

[158] believed to have been caused by a wire left in his shoulder from the previous surgery, which had sawed through the bone.[159] With Smith injured, it left Shaun Hill and J. T. O'Sullivan to take eight starts each.[160] During the off-season, Smith restructured his contract to remain with the 49ers for two more seasons.[161] During the 2009 off-season, Hill won the starting spot away from Smith and Sullivan, going on to start the first six games of the regular season. However, during haltime of their week seven game against the Houston Texans, Hill was benched in favor of Smith.[162] The next day, Smith was named the starter and remained so for the rest of the season. The 49ers went 5-5 under Smith as starter and missed the playoffs once again. He went 225 for 372 for 2,350 passing yards with eighteen touchdowns and twelve interceptions.[163] In 2010, Smith was again named starting quarterback, but during a week seven game against the Carolina Panthers re-injured his shoulder and was replaced for a total of six games by Troy Smith. Alex Smith's current streak of starts currently begins on January 2, 2011, the last week of the 2011 regular season.[164] In ten games, Smith threw for 2,370 yards, fourteen touchdowns and ten interceptions.[165] In 2011, Smith completed the entire regular season without missing a start and led the 49ers to the 2011–12 NFL playoffs. Smith finished the season with seventeen touchdowns and a league low five interceptions, with career bests in yards at 3,144 and in completion percentage at 61.3%.[166] The 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Playoffs,[167] but lost in the NFC Championship to eventual Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants.[168] In week ten against the St. Louis Rams, Smith sustained a concussion, and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick against the Chicago Bears the following week.[169]

On February 27, 2013, the 49ers agreed to trade Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for the Chiefs' second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.[170] The deal became official at the beginning of the new league year on March 12.[171]

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Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr[edit]

List of Oakland Raiders starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 19 (since September 7, 2014) Derek Carr
Derek Carr was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On May, 16th 2014 he was assigned his requested number of 4. On May 21, he was signed to a 4-year, $5.37 million contract with a $2.2 million signing bonus.

On August 28, 2014, Carr impressed the coaches and fans in the Raiders 4th and final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after coming into the game as backup to Matt Schaub and took the Raiders down the field for three touchdowns in the first quarter and threw another touchdown on their next possession of the second quarter before being relieved.[172] For his short playing time in the game he went 11/13 for 143 yards and 3 TD's for a nearly perfect quarterback rating.

On September 1, 2014, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced that Carr would start over Matt Schaub in the team's opener against the New York Jets, and mentioned that the decision was not week to week and that Carr would be the Raiders starting quarterback moving forward.[173] Carr therefore became the first rookie quarterback in Raiders history to start a season opener, and was also the only rookie quarterback from the 2014 draft class to start in week one.[174]

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San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers[edit]

List of San Diego Chargers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 148 (since September 11, 2006) Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers was drafted fourth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and then traded to the San Diego Chargers. He started out as the third-string quarterback behind starter Drew Brees and Doug Flutie. Rivers wouldn't make a single start for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, only playing in a total of four games.[175] After Brees suffered an injury and was traded to the New Orleans Saints, Rivers was named quarterback for the 2006 season. He made his first start on September 11, 2006, against the Oakland Raiders and hasn't missed a start since then.[31] Rivers passed only eleven times, but completed eight passes for one touchdown, in a 27–0 victory. After his first game, Rivers led the NFL in quarterback rating with 133.9.[31] In his first season, Rivers won fourteen of his sixteen regular season games, leading the Chargers to first place in the AFC West and to the 2006–07 NFL playoffs. Rivers was unsuccessful in his first playoff start however and lost the divisional round game against the New England Patriots by the score of 24-21.[176] After a 1-3 start to the 2007 season, the Chargers found their groove, finishing 11-5 and winning the AFC West for the second straight year. The Chargers also won their first two playoff games since the 1994 season, beating the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts before falling to the Patriots for a second year straight, this time in the AFC Championship Game, 21-12. In the 2007 AFC Championship Game, Rivers' was lauded by his teammates and the press for playing the entire game with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which later required surgery and was ranked among the NFL Top 10 Gutsiest Performances.[177]

In 2008, Rivers and the Chargers made the playoffs again with a record of 8–8 and won their division for a third year in a row. The Chargers became the first team since the 1985 Cleveland Browns to win their division at 8-8 and also became the first team in NFL history to start the season 4–8, yet make the playoffs.[178] The Chargers ultimately lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Playoffs.[179] In the 2009 season, Rivers won thirteen regular season games, leading the Chargers to their fourth consecutive division title and a bye week in the playoffs. Despite this though, like his rookie season, Rivers and the Chargers were eliminated in the divisional playoffs with home-field advantage, this time by the New York Jets 17-14.[180] In 2010 and 2011, Rivers failed to make the playoffs, losing the division for the first time in his career. Despite that, Rivers posted career highs in total number of completions and in yards thrown with 4,710 and 4,624 yard seasons.[175]

Rivers has been named to the Pro Bowl a total of four times, in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and was also the 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year. Through the end of the 2012 season, he also has the seventh most wins amongst active starting quarterbacks with seventy total.[181] Rivers is now fifth all-time in NFL history for most consecutive starts. He has had 112 consecutive regular season games and seven playoff games, for 119 total consecutive games.[175]

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NFC East[edit]

Dallas Cowboys: Kellen Moore[edit]

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since December 27, 2015) Kellen Moore
Despite his success in college, many analysts have doubted Moore's professional potential, especially his relatively small stature at slightly shorter than 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m),[182] as well as doubts about arm strength and mobility. He was projected as a late draft pick or priority free agent.[183] He was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but was signed immediately post-draft by the Detroit Lions.[184] Upon being signed by Detroit, Moore stated, "I don't think there will probably be a more motivated quarterback."[185]

On September 5, 2015, following the team's preseason, Moore failed to make the initial 53-player roster and was released during the team's final cuts of training camp.[186]

On September 6, 2015, Moore signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was placed on the team's practice squad.[187] He was promoted to the active roster on September 23, 2015.[188]

On November 10, 2015, Moore was waived by the Cowboys. On November 12, Moore re-signed to the practice squad.

On December 2, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Moore off their practice squad.[189]

On December 19, 2015, Moore made his NFL debut in a game against the New York Jets, replacing an ineffective Matt Cassel. His second career NFL pass was intercepted by Marcus Gilchrist of the New York Jets.[190] On the next drive, Moore threw his first career touchdown, connecting with Dez Bryant.[191]

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New York Giants: Eli Manning[edit]

List of New York Giants starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 170 (since November 21, 2004) Eli Manning
Eli Manning was drafted first overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and then traded to the New York Giants. Manning started out as the backup to former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, but after three losses in four games, Warner was benched and Manning got the start. Manning got his first start on November 21, 2004[6] and has started every game for the Giants since then for 161 consecutive starts (the most amongst active NFL quarterback and third in NFL history).[5] In seven starts his rookie season, Manning would only get one win and missed the playoffs.[192] In 2005, Manning finished among the top five quarterbacks in both passing yards and touchdown passes, while leading an offense that finished third in the NFL in scoring with a total of 422 points.[193][194] It was the most points the Giants scored in a single season since 1963 and the Giants won the NFC East with an 11-5 record[195] and advanced to the postseason. Manning and the Giants faced the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs, but was shut out 23-0.[196] In 2006, Manning returned the playoffs after finishing the season with 3,244 completion yards, twenty-four touchdowns, eighteen interceptions and completed 57.7 percent of his passes.[197] Manning finished the season with a quarterback efficiency rating of 77.0 (eighteenth in the league) with 6.2 yards per attempt. The Giants finished 8-8 in the NFC East and earned a wild card game against division rivals Philadelphia Eagles, but lost the game 23-20.[198] The Giants returned to the playoffs for a third year in a row in 2007. On January 6, 2008, Manning went twenty of twenty-seven for 185 yards playing on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The underdog Giants won 24-14, and Manning had two touchdown passes.[199] On January 13, 2008, Manning led the Giants to an upset victory over the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys, the number one seed in the NFC.[200] The victory secured an NFC Championship berth against the Green Bay Packers on January 20, 2008. In the championship game, the Giants beat the Packers in overtime, with a score of 23-20.[201] The victory secured Manning and the Giants a trip to Super Bowl XLII.[202] This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the New York Giants since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.[203] The Giants defeated the then-undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP.[204]

Coming off their Super Bowl run in 2007, Manning managed to return to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and won the NFC East with a 12-4 record. The Giants faced the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round and lost 23-11.[205] At the end of the season, Manning was voted to the 2009 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance. In 2009, Manning and the Giants started the season, but dropped the final eight of eleven games. The Giants ended at 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time with Manning as a starter since his rookie season. In 2010, they missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year after finishing 10-6 and losing a tiebreaker with the Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Chicago Bears and advanced to the playoffs. The Giants returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season in 2011. The Giants entered the 2011 postseason as underdogs, with the lowest winning record of any NFC team. The Giants first defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 in the wild card round and then stunned the defending Super Bowl champions and top-seeded Green Bay Packers to advance to the NFC Championship Game. In the win, Manning completed twenty-one out of thirty-three attempts and threw three touchdowns and one interception.[206] The following week, the Giants would avenge their regular season loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a 20-17 overtime win in the NFC Championship Game.[207] This victory secured Manning and the Giants a second trip in five years to the Super Bowl, setting up a highly anticipated rematch against the New England Patriots. In the most-watched program in the history of United States television,[208] Manning once again led the Giants to an upset victory over the 2½ point favored Patriots 21-17, his second Super Bowl win and the fourth overall for the franchise.[209] Like 4 years before, Manning was again named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVI, becoming the third quarterback in a row to win the award.[210] The Giants also became the first team ever with fewer than ten wins in a sixteen-game regular season to win the Super Bowl[211] and Manning was voted into the 2012 Pro Bowl, his second Pro Bowl in his career.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Sam Bradford[edit]

List of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since December 6, 2015) Sam Bradford
Bradford was drafted by the St. Louis Rams first overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

On March 10, 2015, Bradford was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, along with a 2015 fifth round draft pick in exchange for Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth round pick and a 2016 second round pick.

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Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins[edit]

List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 16 (since September 13, 2015) Kirk Cousins
Cousins was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. He saw significant playing time as the backup to Robert Griffin III, who had been drafted second overall in the same draft. On August 31, 2015, Cousins was named the starter for the regular season opener, ahead of Griffin and Colt McCoy. Kirk Cousins throwback uniform 2015.jpg

NFC North[edit]

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler[edit]

List of Chicago Bears starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since October 4, 2015) Jay Cutler (American football)
Jay Cutler was drafted eleventh overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft. He originally served as backup to Jake Plummer until November, when Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan announced that Cutler will replace Plummer, and in his first game against the Seattle Seahawks, Cutler completed ten for twenty-one passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, with his first touchdown pass going to tight end Stephen Alexander.[212] In 2007, his first full season as the starting quarterback, Cutler became the first Broncos quarterback to begin his Denver career with a touchdown pass in his first seven games. However, Cutler injured his leg against the Denver Broncos, and was replaced by Patrick Ramsey.[213] In 2008, Cutler led the AFC in pass completions (102), passing yards (1,275) and passing attempts (157), and was second in passing yards per attempt (8.12), third in passing touchdowns (9), and passer rating (98.6), and fifth in completion percentage (65.0%). Though Denver originally was 3-1, the Broncos eventually went 4-7, and was eliminated from playoff contention. Despite this, Cutler was named as a reserve to the 2009 Pro Bowl.[214] In 2009, Shanahan was fired, and was replaced by Josh McDaniels.[215] Talks of a possible three-way trade between the Broncos, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would involve trading away Cutler, began circulating.[216] As a result, Cutler expressed his disappointment, and requested a trade from the team.[217]

Ultimately, Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton and three draft picks in the next two drafts.[218] In his debut game against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler threw four interceptions, as the Packers would go on to win 21-15.[219] Like Denver in 2008, Chicago would go 3-1, but the Bears would then win only four games for the rest of the season. Against the San Francisco 49ers in week ten, Cutler threw a career-high five interceptions, including a game-ending interception by Michael Lewis.[220] Cutler's total of twenty-six interceptions led the league. In 2010, Cutler's interception total dropped by ten, but Cutler was also sacked a league-high fifty-two times. Against the New York Giants, Cutler was sacked an NFL record nine times in the first half before going out with a concussion.[221] However, the Bears still went on to go 11-5, and qualify for the playoffs. In Cutler's playoff debut against the Seattle Seahawks, he threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, en route to a 35-24 victory.[222] In the NFC Championship Game, Cutler left the game with an MCL injury, as the Bears lost to the Packers 21-14.[223] After the game, Cutler was hit with criticism on Twitter by various critics, including players Maurice Jones-Drew, Darnell Dockett, Deion Sanders, and Mark Schlereth, who questioned his toughness.[224][225] The Bears would eventually defend Cutler,[226] along with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who called the criticism "disrespectful" and "very inappropriate".[227] In 2011, Cutler and the Bears went 7-3, though Cutler still repeatedly was sacked, leading to an incident during a game against the Minnesota Vikings where Cutler shouted at offensive coordinator Mike Martz, "Tell him I said fuck him!"[228] Against the San Diego Chargers, Cutler broke his thumb while attempting to tackle Antoine Cason,[229] and was eventually placed on injured reserve,[230] leading to the Bears starting Caleb Hanie as Cutler's replacement.[231] However, the Bears would lose five consecutive games, and had to rely on Josh McCown to play in the final two games, as the Bears were then eliminated from playoff contention with an 8-8 record.[232] In 2012, the Bears promoted offensive line coach Mike Tice to offensive coordinator, who gave Cutler the ability to call audibles before the snap, which Cutler wasn't allowed to do under Martz.[233] The Bears hired Jeremy Bates, Cutler's former quarterbacks coach in Denver,[234] and also acquired his former teammate Brandon Marshall.[235] Cutler was undefeated in games when he has a passer rating over 100[236] until the Bears lost to the Seahawks in week thirteen.[237] Against the Houston Texans in week ten, Cutler sustained a concussion, and was replaced by Jason Campbell. Cutler was then ruled out of the game against San Francisco, and was replaced by Campbell.[238] Cutler finished the season with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 114.7, which led the league.[239] In 56 games played with the Bears, Cutler became the team's all-time leader in passer rating (81.9) and completions (1,034) while ranking second in yards (12,292) and touchdowns (82).[240] In week seven of 2013 against Washington, Cutler tore a groin muscle after getting sacked by Chris Baker, and was ruled out for the next four weeks.[241] However, on November 7, Cutler was medically cleared to start against the Detroit Lions.[242] In his return, Cutler threw a touchdown to Brandon Marshall, while also throwing an interception. In the second quarter, Cutler suffered an ankle injury after being hit by Stephen Tulloch,[243] which limited his performance, and he was replaced by McCown on the final drive.[244] Cutler ended by completing 21 of 40 passes for 250 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a 69.8 passer rating. On November 11, head coach Marc Trestman stated that Cutler is not expected to start week eleven against the Baltimore Ravens, meaning McCown will most likely get the start.[243] McCown eventually started the game, and on November 18, Trestman announced that Cutler will not play in week twelve.[245] On December 12, Trestman announced that Cutler will start in week fifteen against the Cleveland Browns.[246] In the season finale against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler completed 15 of 24 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a 103.8 passer rating, but the Bears lost 33-28. The loss marked the third time in Cutler's career that his team lost despite recording a 100+ passer rating. He ended the 2013 season having completed 224 of 355 passes for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a career-high 89.2 passer rating.[247]

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Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford[edit]

List of Detroit Lions starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 67 (since September 11, 2011) Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford was the selected by the Detroit Lions as the number-one overall draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.[248] Stafford was immediately named the starter after beating out veteran Daunte Culpepper for the starting job.[249] Stafford made his first start in the NFL on September 13, 2009, against the New Orleans Saints. He was the first Lions rookie quarterback to start the season since Greg Landry in 1968. He completed sixteen of thirty-seven passes for 205 yards and three interceptions; he was intercepted twice by Darren Sharper, the other time by Scott Shanle. He also ran in a 1-yard touchdown.[250] Stafford was placed on injured reserve on December 24 for the minor knee injury, with backups Culpepper and Drew Stanton getting the remaining starts.[251] Stafford concluded his rookie season having passed for 2,267 yards, thirteen touchdowns, and twenty interceptions. In all ten of the games he started for the Lions he either threw or ran for a touchdown.[251] Stafford returned to the starting position at the beginning of the 2010 season, but injured his right shoulder in the season opener against the Chicago Bears. Stafford returned on October 31 against the Washington Redskins and threw four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 37–25 win.[252] On November 7, Stafford re-injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Lions 23–20 overtime loss to the New York Jets.[253] Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on Stafford's throwing shoulder, which included an AC joint repair and a clavicle shaving, thus ending his 2010 season.[254] Stafford only started three games total in 2010, with backup Shaun Hill starting for the majority of the season thereafter.

In 2011, Stafford would return as the starter for opening day on September 11[17] and would go on to start every game in the regular season for the first time in his career. On January 1, 2012, Stafford became the fourth quarterback in NFL history and third in the 2011 season, along with Tom Brady and Drew Brees, to throw for 5,000 passing yards in a season after collecting 520 passing yards against the Green Bay Packers in a 45-41 loss in Week seventeen. Stafford finished the season with a 10-6 record, leading the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999. The accomplishment makes Stafford the second youngest quarterback in NFL history to do so behind only Dan Marino.[255] Over the last four games of the 2011 regular season, Stafford became the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 1,500 yards (1,511) and fourteen touchdowns over a four-game span. During the Wild Card round in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, Stafford threw for 380 yards with three touchdowns passes and rushing for one, but threw two late interceptions in the fourth quarter that sealed the game for the Lions, as they were defeated 45-28.[256] Stafford was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season. He was also later named the 2011 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year, PFWA Comeback Player of the Year and the NFL Alumni's Quarterback of the Year.[257] In 2012, Stafford attempted 727 passes, passing Drew Bledsoe's record set in 1994.[258]

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Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers[edit]

List of Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 21 (since December 29, 2013) Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers was taken with the twenty-fourth pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers spent his first three seasons with the Packers as a backup to long-time veteran Brett Favre, who had started every game for the Packers since September 27, 1992.[3] However, Favre's retirement announcement on March 4, 2008, opened up the Packers' starting quarterback position to Rodgers for the 2008 season. Although Favre decided to return from retirement, he was traded to the New York Jets, which meant that Rodgers would become the starter.[259] With Rodgers making his debut as a starter, the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 24–19 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers ended the game with 178 yards passing and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).[260] Rodgers would finish the 2008 season with six wins as a starter and missing the playoffs. He totaled 4,038 yards with twenty-eight touchdowns and thirteen interceptions.[261] Rodgers returned as the starter for all sixteen games in 2009, finishing the season with eleven wins and placing second in the NFC North and securing a wild card playoff game. In his first action as a starter in the playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals, Rodgers's first pass was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However he finished the game going twenty-eight of forty-two for 422 yards with four touchdowns. Despite Rodgers' offensive efforts, the Packers lost the game when he fumbled on the last play of the game in overtime. The ball was returned by Karlos Dansby for the winning touchdown in the 51–45 Cardinals victory. It was the highest scoring playoff game in NFL history.[262] Due to his regular season performance, Rodgers earned a trip to his first Pro Bowl as the NFC's third Quarterback behind Drew Brees and Brett Favre. However, after Favre dropped out due to injury and Brees was replaced due to his participation in Super Bowl XLIV, Rodgers became the NFC's starter for the game. He finished the day fifteen of nineteen passing with 197 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort.

In 2010, with a 10–6 record, the Packers entered the NFL playoffs as the number six seed wild card. Rodgers led the Packers past the top three seeds in the NFC on the road in consecutive weeks. In the wild card round, they defeated the number three seeded Philadelphia Eagles 21–16. In the divisional round, Rodgers completed thirty-one of thirty-six pass attempts for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a 48–21 victory over the number one seeded Atlanta Falcons.[263] During the contest with the Falcons, Rodgers tied an NFL record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3 games). On January 23, 2011, Rodgers struggled with a 55.4 passer rating as the Packers beat the number two seed Chicago Bears by the score of 21–14 win to capture the NFC Championship.[264] The Packers earned a trip to Super Bowl XLV, which they won, 31–25, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers completed twenty-four of thirty-nine pass attempts for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and was named Super Bowl XLV MVP for his performance.[265][266] He was also named the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year for the 2010 season.[267] In 2011, Rodgers got the Packers off to a 13–0 start until they were beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played the best season in his career to date, throwing for 4,643 yards, forty-five touchdowns and just six interceptions, good for a passer rating of 122.5, which is now the best single season passer rating in NFL history.[261] The Packers finished the regular season with a 15–1 record, a Green Bay Packers franchise best. Rodgers started fifteen of the sixteen games, with the only exception being week seventeen against the Detroit Lions, a game in which he could be rested after the club clinched home-field advantage for the playoffs the previous week. Matt Flynn would make the final start for the Packers to end the regular season. Rodgers would return for the playoffs, but lost to the Packers' divisional round opponents, and eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants 37-20.[268] At the end of 2011, Rodgers was voted to his second Pro Bowl, named a first team All-Pro and Associated Press Athlete of the Year, and was awarded the NFL MVP award.

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Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater[edit]

List of Minnesota Vikings starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 15 (since October 12, 2014) Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the 32nd and final pick of the first round of the draft. The Vikings had traded their second round and fourth round picks to the Seattle Seahawks to move up and select Bridgewater.[269] Bridgewater signed a four year contract worth $6.85 million with a $3.3 million signing bonus with the Minnesota Vikings.[270]

Bridgewater made his regular season debut on September 21, 2014 against the New Orleans Saints, entering in relief of the injured Matt Cassel and finishing the game with 150 passing yards.[271] He was named the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season after Cassel was placed on injury reserve.[272] On Sunday, September 28, 2014, he made his first regular season start against the Atlanta Falcons and won the game, in large part due to his 317 passing yards and his rushing touchdown, his first NFL touchdown.[273]

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NFC South[edit]

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan[edit]

List of Atlanta Falcons starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 86 (since December 20, 2009) Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan was taken by the Atlanta Falcons third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. Ryan being drafted came on the heel of a season trying to replace their former starter Michael Vick with various backups Byron Leftwich, Chris Redman and Joey Harrington. On August 24, Ryan was named the starting quarterback for the September 7 regular season opener against the Detroit Lions becoming the first rookie quarterback to start a season for the Falcons since Steve Bartkowski in 1975.[274] In the game, Ryan completed his first NFL pass for a 62-yard touchdown to Michael Jenkins, becoming the first quarterback to throw a touchdown on his first career NFL pass since Michael Bishop of the New England Patriots in 2000.[275] Ryan would go on to start all sixteen regular season games for the Falcons and give them a playoff berth for the first time since 2004.[276] He finished the season with 3,440 passing yards, seventeen touchdowns (one rushing), and eleven interceptions. Ryan became one of the two rookie quarterbacks to throw for over 3,000 yards in their rookie season (the other being Peyton Manning). On December 31, Ryan was named the AP NFL Rookie of the Year.[277][278] Ryan made his first playoff start against the Arizona Cardinals on January 3, 2009, in a losing effort, 30-24.[279] The following season wasn't as successful as the Falcons ended with a record of 9-7 and placed second in their division, missing the playoffs. However, the Atlanta Falcons attained back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.[280] 2009 is also the year Ryan missed his first games as a starter. Ryan suffered a turf toe injury during the game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chris Redman stepped in for the remainder of the game and for the next two weeks (both losses against the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints).[281] Ryan returned from the injury on December 20, and hasn't missed a single start since then.[8]

In the 2010 season, Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to an NFC best 13-3 record, second in the NFL behind only the 14-2 New England Patriots. He set career highs with twenty-eight touchdowns, a 62.5 completion percentage and 3,705 completion yards while only tossing nine interceptions.[282] The Falcons held home-field advantage and had a bye week in the playoffs, but lost their divisional round game against eventual Super Bowl champions the Green Bay Packers.[283] Ryan was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl at the conclusion of the season where he threw for two touchdowns (one to Tony Gonzalez and the other to Larry Fitzgerald.) The 2011 regular season wielded similar results and for the first time the history of the franchise, the Falcons clinched consecutive playoff berths. The Falcons also won ten or more games in consecutive seasons for the first time in their history. Ryan finished the season statistically strong with 347 completions for a career high 4,177 yards, with twenty-nine touchdowns and twelve interceptions.[282] Ryan made his third trip to the playoffs in four years, but ultimately lost to eventual Super Bowl XLVI champions, the New York Giants by a score of 24-2.[284]

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Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton[edit]

List of Carolina Panthers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 8 (since September 14, 2014) Cam Newton
Cam Newton was taken by the Carolina Panthers as the first overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He won the starting quarterback position away from Jimmy Clausen and Derek Anderson and made his first NFL start on September 11, 2011. In his NFL debut game, Newton was twenty-four for thirty-seven passing for 422 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, in a 28–21 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With a quarterback rating of 110.4, he also rushed for a touchdown, and became the first rookie to throw for 400+ yards in his first career game. His 422 passing yards broke Peyton Manning's rookie record for most passing yards on opening day.[285] In his second career game, a 30–23 home loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, Newton broke his own record, set the weekend previously, with 432 yards passing, throwing and rushing for a touchdown.[286] Newton's 854 passing yards through the first two games of the season, the most in league history by a rookie,[287] broke the NFL record of 827 set by Kurt Warner in the 2000 season and stood as the most by any quarterback in the first two weeks of the season until New England's Tom Brady broke the mark again later in the day with 940.[287] He also became the only player to begin his career with consecutive 400-yard passing games[288] and broke the Carolina Panthers franchise record of 547 yards previously held by Steve Beuerlein.[289] On December 24, 2011, in a 48-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for sixty-five yards and a score. In the process, he broke Peyton Manning's record of 3,739 yards passing for a rookie. On January 1, 2012, against the New Orleans Saints, Newton threw for 158 yards and becoming the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards. He finished his rookie season with 4,051 passing yards.

On January 22, 2012, Newton was named to be heading to the Pro Bowl after the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Because Eli Manning was one of the three quarterbacks for the NFC to be selected, and with Newton being picked as the NFC alternate later in December, Newton was able to play in the Pro Bowl with Manning headed to the Super Bowl. He finished the Pro Bowl with 186 yards along with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Newton was named both the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on February 4, 2012, and was later also named Sporting News Rookie of the Year and PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 2015, Newton took Carolina to a 15-1 record. Newton is also a candidate for the NFL 2015 MVP award. He will lead Carolina into the playoffs, and will play his 4th NFL Playoff matchup against the lowest seed to enter the divisional round.

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New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees[edit]

List of New Orleans Saints starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 10 (since October 4, 2015) Drew Brees
Drew Brees was drafted thirty-second overall in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Brees started out as a backup to Doug Flutie and not starting a single game his rookie season. By 2002, Brees was named the starter and made his first career start on September 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[290] Brees started every game in 2002 but finished the season with only eight wins and missed the playoffs. Brees started the first eleven games in 2003, but was replaced by Flutie for the remainder of the season after a disappointing start. In 2004, the Chargers drafted Philip Rivers and it was anticipated he was going to be the new starter. However, due to Rivers holding out, Brees remained the starter throughout the 2004 season and led the Chargers to win the AFC West with a 12-4 record and to the playoffs. Brees was named the 2005 Pro Bowl and named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.[291] Through 2005, Brees played out the remainder of his contract with the Chargers with a franchise tag, expecting not to return the next season.[292] In the final game of the season however, Brees tore his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble after being hit by Broncos safety John Lynch. Denver tackle Gerard Warren hit Brees while he was on the ground, causing the injury. In the off-season, Brees was signed by the New Orleans Saints after fully recovering from his injury.[293]

Between 2006 and 2011, Brees has started all but one game for the New Orleans Saints, a week seventeen game in the 2009 season to rest for the playoffs.[294] Brees led the Saints to the 2009–10 NFL playoffs after placing first in the NFC South with a 13-3 record. The Saints defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Divisional Playoffs[295] and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Conference Championship, taking the Saints to their franchise-first Super Bowl appearance.[296] The Saints met the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV and defeated them 31-17 while Brees won the Super Bowl MVP award. Since becoming a member of the Saints, Brees has been elected to the Pro Bowl five times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and named an All-Pro four times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011). Brees also won the AP Male Athlete of the Year and the Sportsman of the Year in 2010 and the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award in 2011. In 2011, Brees set the NFL single-season record for most passing yards in a season by a quarterback, with 5,476 yards, surpassing Dan Marino.[294] Amongst active quarterbacks, Brees has the third most wins as a starter with ninety-two total.[297]

On September 25, 2015, Sean Payton announced that starting quarterback Drew Brees would miss the first game of his career with the Saints due to a bruised rotator cuff and that Luke McCown would get the start on September 27 against the Carolina Panthers.[298] Brees would return as the starting quarterback the next week on October 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston[edit]

List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since September 13, 2015) Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston, an alumnus of Florida State, was selected first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and became starter in week 1 of the 2015 season. Jameis Winston 2015.jpg

NFC West[edit]

Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer[edit]

List of Arizona Cardinals starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 3 (since September 13, 2015) Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer was selected as the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer started out as a backup behind Jon Kitna for the 2003 season with Palmer not taking a single snap that year. In 2004, Palmer won the starting position away from Kitna and got his first start on week one of the season against the New York Jets. Palmer completed eighteen of twenty-seven passes for two touchdown passes and an interception in a 31-24 loss.[299] Palmer started for the first thirteen games with 432 completions for 2,897 yards with eighteen touchdowns and interceptions a piece. In his week fourteen game against the New England Patriots, Palmer sprained his knee and missed the rest of the season.[300] In 2005, Palmer would start all sixteen games that season and led the Bengals to the playoffs for the first time since 1990, winning the AFC North with a record of 11-5. On January 8, 2006, the Bengals met their division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. During the game, Steelers defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen dove at Palmer's left leg, violently wrenching Palmer's knee, and he was forced to leave the game. An MRI revealed a severe knee injury, thought to be career-threatening at the time. Palmer had tears of both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments as well as cartilage and meniscus damage.[301] Having knocked Palmer out of the game the Steelers went on to win 31–17. In the off-season, he underwent rehabilitation and recovered from the injury successfully in time for the 2006 season. Palmer was awarded the AFC Player of the Year, FedEx Air Player of the Year and the NFL Alumni Ouarterback of the Year. He was also voted to the 2006 Pro Bowl as a reserve. Palmer returned for the 2006 season and started every regular season game, but failed to make the playoffs after a week sixteen loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and ending 8-8.[302] Palmer was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row and won the Pro Bowl MVP award. In 2007, Palmer started his third complete season of sixteen games, but missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record, finishing third in the AFC North.

In 2008, Palmer's consecutive start streak of fifty-one games came to an end when he missed the Bengals week four game against the Cleveland Browns. The cause of Palmer's sore elbow was later diagnosed as a partially torn ligament and tendon and he was placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season.[303] In 2009, Palmer led the Bengals to the 2009–10 NFL playoffs after winning the division with a 10-6 record. The Bengals lost to the New York Jets in the wild card round by a score of 24-14.[304] In 2010, Palmer started all sixteen games and finished with his worst season record of his career at 4-12 and requested he be traded.[305] Palmer was placed on the reserve/did not report list on July 29, 2011, after failing to report to training camp in the 2011 off-season.[306] The Bengals, preparing for a future without Carson Palmer, selected quarterback Andy Dalton with their second choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. After nine weeks into the 2011 season, and after Dalton led the Bengals to a 6-2 start, Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders after starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with an injury.[307] On October 23, Palmer came off the bench against the Kansas City Chiefs to relieve starting quarterback Kyle Boller who had thrown three interceptions and had the team down 21-0. Palmer completed eight of his twenty-one passes for 116 yards and threw three interceptions in his Raider debut. Palmer took over as starter for the remainder of the season on November 6 against the Denver Broncos.[308] He went on to finish the regular season with four wins in the nine games he started, missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Broncos.

On April 2, 2013, Palmer was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 draft after the Raiders acquired Matt Flynn. Palmer ended his tenure in Oakland completing 60.1 of his passes while throwing for 4,018 yards in fifteen games (second most in Raiders history) along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.[309] Amongst active quarterbacks, Palmer has the tenth most amount of wins with fifty.[310]

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San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert[edit]

List of San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since November 8, 2015) Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

On March 11, 2014, Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th-round pick.[311]

On November 4, 2015, Gabbert was named the starting quarterback, replacing Colin Kaepernick.[312]

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Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson[edit]

List of Seattle Seahawks starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 51 (since September 9, 2012) Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson, prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, had been projected by NFL scouts and analysts to be a middle-round pick.[313] On April 27, 2012, Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (seventy-fifth pick overall) of the draft.[314] Wilson signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the Seahawks on May 7, 2012.[315] He made his debut on August 11, 2012, in the first Seahawks preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans. Wilson played the entire second half and finished with twelve pass completions on sixteen attempts for 124 yards, a thirty-nine yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and an interception. He also led the team in rushing with fifty-nine yards on four attempts and a thirty-two yard touchdown for a 27-17 win.[316] Wilson had his first preseason start on August 24 against the Kansas City Chiefs, finishing with thirteen pass completions on nineteen attempts for 185 yards and two touchdown passes, along with two rushing attempts totaling fifty-eight yards.[317] On August 26, 2012, Wilson was named the Seahawks starting quarterback for the 2012 season.[318] With the Seahawks victory over the Chicago Bears in week thirteen, Wilson has thrown a total of three touchdown passes in the final two minutes of a game or overtime, the most by any rookie since 1970. Wilson has lost only 1 home game , having a record of 13-1. Wilson also has the highest passer rating at home with 122.0.[319] Wilson concluded the regular season with an 11-5 record (8-0 at home), a 100.0 passer rating (one of two rookie quarterbacks to ever finish a season with a triple-digit passer rating. the first being Robert Griffin III with a 102.4 passer rating.), twenty-six touchdowns and ten interceptions. With his twenty-sixth touchdown pass, he tied Peyton Manning's rookie record. His +16 touchdown-to-interception differential set an NFL record for rookie quarterbacks.[320] Russell Wilson vs Vikings, November 4, 2012.jpg

LA Rams: Case Keenum[edit]

List of St. Louis Rams starting quarterbacks Current consecutive regular season starts: 1 (since December 13, 2015) Case Keenum
Keenum went undrafted in the 2012 draft. He chose to stay close to home and signed with the Houston Texans.[321]

On March 11, 2015, Keenum was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a 7th-round pick in 2016.[322]

On November 16, 2015, the Rams announced that Keenum would be the starting quarterback in place of Nick Foles.[34]

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