It seems like Trent Edwards has been featured in every national news publication and radio talk show over the past couple of weeks. Edwards has earned it. He's been terrific in his second season and the main reason for the Bills' surprising 5-1 start. He's getting mention on a number of MVP lists. He has been remarkably efficient for a QB who has played only 16 career games.
Meanwhile, people act as if Chad Pennington is lucky to still be in the league. They talk about his lack of arm strength and the fact that he dinks and dunks his way down the field. But Pennington has actually been very effective this year. He has his shortcomings, but deserves more credit. Look at the six-game stats for the two QBs in today's game. They're almost identical. I know numbers can be misleading, but you have to conclude that Miami's passing game has been just as efficient as the Bills' this season -- and Pennington doesn't have the greatest weapons at his disposal, either.
The Jets have turned the ball over just four times this season, tied for best in the NFL with the Giants. So if the Bills allow Pennington to get in a comfort zone today, they'll be in trouble. They need to get a good rush on him, jam his receivers, and win the turnover battle to get out of here with a win.
ATT CPL YDS PCT. YDS/ATT TD INT SACK RATING
Edwards 152 106 1,209 69.7 7.95 5 2 11-79 98.8
Pennington 172 118 1,396 68.6 8.12 6 3 10-60 97.4