Which backup QB is in the most trouble in Week 3?

Zach Kruse
Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will face a motivated Seahawks team without his star receiver Alshon Jeffery.© USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will face a motivated Seahawks team without his star receiver Alshon Jeffery.Welcome to the week of the backup quarterback.

Thanks to injuries, the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys will all be rolling out their No. 2 quarterbacks in Week 3. And all three backups could be in big trouble.

The Bears are starting Jimmy Clausen for Jay Cutler (hamstring) in Seattle, the Saints will go with Luke McCown for Drew Brees (shoulder) in Carolina, and the Cowboys are playing Brandon Weeden in place of Tony Romo (clavicle) at home against Atlanta.

Chicago and New Orleans figure to get the worst of it.

Clausen’s start will come against the Seahawks, a surprise 0-2 team finally returning home after two tough road games. Seattle’s defense hasn’t been the dominant, shut-down unit of the past three years, when the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in scoring defense each season. But the return of safety Kam Chancellor could help re-energize the unit, and there’s too much talent on the defense—at every level—for Seattle to not get turned around.

Clausen also won’t have top receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Sunday won’t be much easier for McCown.

The last time the veteran quarterback started a game, he completed 6 of 19 passes for 59 yards and four interceptions in a 32-3 loss to the New York Jets in 2011. McCown probably won’t be that bad again Sunday, but the Panthers defense figures to make his life very difficult.

Through two games, Carolina ranks second in points allowed and fifth in yards allowed. The Panthers are also in the top 10 in passing yards, interceptions and yards per attempt.

The Cowboys have the best chance of making it out of Week 3 with a win.

While Weeden is no world-beater, he’s not facing a top defense. The Falcons—despite a 2-0 start—have allowed the 29th most passing yards in the NFL. No Dez Bryant complicates matters for the Cowboys, but the Dallas offense figures to lean on its dominant offensive line with both Romo and Bryant out of the picture. The Cowboys also have a defense playing as well as any in the NFL so far in 2015.

The Bears and Saints—two struggling clubs—can’t say the same.

Weeden and the Cowboys have a chance in Week 3, but Clausen and McCown are in trouble. Either quarterback winning on Sunday would represent one of the bigger upsets of the early 2015 season.

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3 Responses to “Which backup QB is in the most trouble in Week 3?”

  1. jp says:

    Dallas bears steelers all in trouble..philly dodged a bullit still in trouble… Jack. Tsmpa on the way to three win season’s

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