Week 1 wasn’t a good week for NFL quarterbacks, as several starters fell victim to injuries. Let’s take a look at which signal callers went down and what their status is for Week 2.
Matthew Stafford, Lions
Stafford won’t play this week and there’s a good chance that he won’t be ready until November after hurting his shoulder in the Lions’ loss to the Bears last Sunday. Shaun Hill takes over as the full-time starter after nearly leading the Lions to a last-second victory, although he’s not much of a threat in the passing game. He has never been a vertical passer and while his mobility makes him unpredictable to a defense, the Lions’ offense won’t be the same with him under center and Stafford on the sidelines. Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Lions a 3.5-point underdog against the Eagles in Week 2.
Kevin Kolb, Eagles
Kolb failed some concussion tests on Wednesday after suffering the injury in last week’s loss to the Packers. That means he’s out and Michael Vick is in after the former Falcon nearly led the Eagles to an impressive comeback. Vick obviously gives the Eagles more of a mobile threat than Kolb does, although he has always been inconsistent as a passer. Still, he should have little problem moving the ball through the air against the Lions, who own one of the worst defensive backfields in the league. That said, the last time Vick paid a trip to Detroit, he and the Falcons were routed in 2006. A lot has changed since then of course, but it’s something to be aware of as the Eagles find themselves 3.5-point road favorites this weekend.
Matt Moore, Panthers
Status: Expected to play
Moore is the only quarterback who was seriously hurt in Week 1 that should be able to start in Week 2. He’s expected to practice this week after the concussion he was diagnosed with last Sunday has been described as mild. That said, he still has to pass tests leading up to Sunday and if he can’t go, rookie Jimmy Clausen would start in his place. Of course, with how bad Moore played last Sunday in New York, maybe the Panthers should start Clausen anyway.