Matt Ryan
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 23: Matt Ryan #2 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Colts 19-10. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

At just under the halfway point of the NFL 17-game season, these quarterbacks have either been benched or injured, or are not performing up to the lofty expectations.

Carson Wentz

The Washington Commanders are 3-0 with backup Taylor Heinecke under center, after starting the season 1-4 with Carson Wentz calling the plays. The North Dakota stand-out has yet to relive the magic of his 2017 Super Bowl season with the Philadelphia Eagles and may have an issue regaining his starting job if Washington continues winning with their backup.

Wentz put up decent stats as a starter, but lacked consistency. His 1,489 yards scoring 10 touchdowns were muddled by his six interceptions. A fractured ring finger placed the seven-year veteran on the Commanders injury reserve list.

Tom Brady

The six-time Super Bowl champion is riding a three-game losing streak, a feat Tom Brady has not seen since his early days as a Patriot in 2002. His high-profile divorce to supermodel Giselle Bundchen, has certainly not helped with his on-field struggles.

The 23-year NFL veteran’s decision to stick around for yet another year has caused more than just a rough start for the 3-5 Tamp Bay Buccaneers. Paired up with first-year head coach Todd Bowles, Brady’s frustrations have spilled over into sideline outbursts. His nine touchdown passes seem miniscule compared to the 40 plus endzone strikes he has averaged over the last two seasons in Florida.

Russell Wilson

In the shadow of great quarterback play by the likes of Denver Broncos legends John Elway and Peyton Manning, in steps Russell Wilson, signed in the offseason, to recapture glory in the Mile High city.

Winning the third and final NFL game taking place in London this year, the 21-17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, across the pond, has yet to win the Broncos fandom over in Denver. The duo of first-year Head Coach Nathanial Hackett, and the former Seattle Seahawks quarterback, has amounted to 1,694 yards and six touchdown passes for the struggling offense, as the Broncos stand at 3-5.

On pace for the least amount of touchdown's Wilson has thrown in a season, in his career. In what can presumably be also the worst start of Wilson’s career, and even rougher start to the five year quarter billion-dollar contract signed this offseason. Wilson is making it difficult for Denver fans to ride high in Bronco's country, if this trend continues.

Matt Ryan (Indianapolis Colts)

At 3-4-1 the Indianapolis Colts’ decision to bench long-time Atlanta Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan, came as a disappointment for the 15-year veteran.

Known as 'Matty Ice,' Ryan was signed to bring his leadership and, on the field savviness, filling the void after the Colts unloaded veteran Carson Wentz during the offseason. His 2,008 yards and nine touchdowns would not seem so bad as his nine interceptions, three of which came at the hands of AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 of the 2022 season.

The Colts have since fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, and replaced Ryan in Week 8 with second year back up Sam Ehlinger.

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