Teams making changes, QB Shuffle

Quarterbacks across the league have been yanked, pushed, signed and cut as the half way mark has passed. QB Jeff George is back, the walking quote machine will have Chicago a topic on every talk show.<br><br> Week 12 QB Wire starts in New England.

New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady hit only five different receivers and completed only 50 percent of his throws, completing 15-of-30 passes for 172 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. It was the first time Brady didn't throw a touchdown pass in 17 games, although he had one nullified when David Patten was called for pushing off on a 23-yard touchdown reception. Brady was under heavy pressure throughout the first half even though he only was sacked once. He completed 6-of-10 passes for 61 yards in the second half and had time to throw, but often had no open receivers, particularly in the red zone.

Chicago Bears
QB Chad Hutchinson will start Sunday for the Bears, becoming the fourth different quarterback to start a game for them this season. Craig Krenzel, who started the past five games, is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle.

QB Jeff George signed with the Bears and practiced with the team Monday. Chicago felt the need for another quarterback with Craig Krenzel out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. "Given the injury to Craig, we felt that we needed a veteran and Jeff by our research was the best veteran out there," said general manager Jerry Angelo. George has been out of the league since being with Seattle in 2002.

Oakland Raiders
QB Kerry Collins' 92.7 pass rating was his second best of the year. The previous week he had a 105.8. Over the last two weeks, he has six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Carolina Panthers
QB Jake Delhomme has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 of his last 17 regular season games. Delhomme engineered seven fourth-quarter touchdown drives last season, and finally got his first of this year on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals
QB Shaun King has struggled greatly, and the offense is going nowhere. The Cardinals could gain only 245 yards against the Jets, and King ended the team's most serious threat by throwing an interception at the Jets' five-yard line.

QB Josh McCown is expected to regain his starting job Sunday in Detroit. Coach Dennis Green has not committed to a starter but it's hard to envision him sticking with Shaun King, who has struggled with accuracy. The Cardinals have lost two straight and scored only 13 points with King as the starter.

Detroit Lions
QB Mike McMahon got his first playing time of the season against Indianapolis. McMahon completed 11-of-15 passes for 77 yards, but he didn't get the Lions into the end zone and is expected to be back in the backup role when the Lions play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills
QB J.P. Losman dressed as the third quarterback and played the final two series. He completed his only pass for 17 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs
QB Trent Green threw yet another fourth-quarter interception with the game on the line. It's the fourth time that has happened in the last four games, all losses. In each defeat, the Chiefs have had opportunities to either tie the game or win outright with a touchdown in the final minutes, but failed to score on any of those chances. "We didn't finish when we had the chance," said Green, whose throw to former Chiefs linebacker Donnie Edwards from his own 24 set up the game-winning field goal with 2:24 remaining. "We continue to move the ball well, but San Diego made fewer mistakes than we did. That sort of sums up the season for us."

Green's 66.8 quarterback rating against San Diego, with no touchdowns and one killer fourth-quarter interception, was his worst game since posting back-to-back sub-55s in the first two weeks of the season, both losses.

San Francisco 49ers
QB Tim Rattay lost his fifth and sixth fumbles of the season while being sacked eight times. Rattay, who was battered constantly against the Dolphins, completed 23-of-38 passes for 181 yards. His passer rating was 72.4.

Minnesota Vikings
QB Daunte Culpepper threw an ugly interception that led to a field goal in the first half, and lost a fumble on a sack in the red zone midway through the fourth quarter that nearly cost the Vikings the game. Culpepper also threw his 28th touchdown pass of the season, a team record after 11 games, and ran for a touchdown. His 28 career touchdown runs are tied for third-most by a quarterback in his first six seasons. Hall of Famer Otto Graham holds the record of 33.

Tennessee Titans
QB Steve McNair lost two fumbles, threw an interception and took the blame for the Titans' loss in Houston. He also banged up his chest yet again when he landed on it after a fourth quarter run. After the game he dropped hints about considering retirement after the season, but quickly reeled the idea back in saying it has always been a possibility.

San Diego Chargers
QB Drew Brees passed for a career-high 378 yards, and ran his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 193, which broke Dan Fouts' team record.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Brian Griese had a pass intercepted by defensive end Julius Peppers, who outraced the Bucs' quarterback 46 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie in the third quarter. Playing despite a strained hip flexor, Griese passed for 347 yards and two touchdowns. The scoring tosses were to Pittman, who finished with a career-high 134 yards receiving on eight catches. "We didn't make enough plays," Griese said. "You can't come on the road and turn the ball over three times, miss three field goals and expect to win."

Houston Texans
QB David Carr led the Texans comeback from an 18-point deficit, passing for two third-quarter touchdowns for a 31-21 victory over the Titans. After Houston allowed Brett Favre to rally the Green Bay Packers from a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes on Nov. 21, Carr did his best Favre impersonation, erasing the largest deficit in a victory in franchise history.

Carr's 201-yard performance pushed his season total to career-high 2,742 passing yards. His previous high was 2,592 yards as a rookie in 2002.

New York Giants
QB Eli Manning started his second game and absorbed his second defeat since replacing veteran Kurt Warner. Manning endured, which is about all that can be said of his latest performance. He finished the game, which was a positive development considering that he was "running for his life," according to coach Tom Coughlin.

Cleveland Browns
QB Kelly Holcomb threw five touchdown passes in Cincinnati, but coach Butch Davis wouldn't commit to who will start the next game. Jeff Garcia did not start against the Bengals because of a sprained shoulder suffered against the Jets on Nov. 21. "We're going to go back and take a look at the film and see exactly what we have to do to try to win next week," Davis said when asked about the quarterback situation. Holcomb passed for 413 yards and threw five touchdown passes -- three of them to Steve Heiden and two to Antonio Bryant.

Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Ben Roethlisberger had his worst day in nine starts. He completed only 9 of 20 passes, the first time he has been under 50 percent. He had 131 yards, was sacked four times and did not scramble well - he had six carries for four yards. His passer rating of 66.9 was his second lowest. The rookie ran his NFL-record start to 9-0. It looks as though he misses 6-foot-5 Plaxico Burress, who has been out nearly the past seven quarters. The last two defenses, Cincinnati and Washington, blitzed him like no others and were successful, sacking him 11 times in those two games. "I think we played two great defenses the last two weeks," Roethlisberger said. "Cincinnati has a great front seven and this team has a great front seven. It was one of those things where they were bringing them from all over. Our line has done a great job of still holding guys off."

New York Jets
QB Quincy Carter completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, about 55 yards of it in the air, to put the Jets ahead for good near the end of the third quarter. Sandwiched by three defenders on the first drive, Carter had to leave the game with a head injury but returned after the next few drives to complete 8 of 12 passes for 133 yards and the touchdown to Moss.

QB Brooks Bollinger was forced into the game on the very first drive when Quincy Carter was temporarily knocked out with a head injury. He played well 5 of 9 for 60 yards despite his inexperience and showed the Jets they wouldn't be out of a game with him passing the ball.

Seattle Seahawks
QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled Sunday as the Seahawks fell behind early and were forced to throw. Numerous dropped passes, including at least three by wide receiver Darrell Jackson, kept Hasselbeck from getting into a rhythm early.

Green Bay Packers
QB Brett Favre will make his 200th straight regular-season start Monday night against St. Louis amid considerable pomp and circumstance. "It is simply incomprehensible," said Ron Jaworski, who held the old record for quarterbacks at 116. "Brett shattered my record, and he just keeps going and going."


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