The Chiefs’ Matt Cassel and Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, a pair of seventh-round draft picks in 2005, will face each other on Sunday. They rank in the middle tier of NFL’s quarterbacks, according to Randy Covitz of The Star.ELITE CLASS
Tom Brady, NE . His ticket to the Hall of Fame is punched.
Drew Brees, NO No one’s thrown for more yards in a single season.
Peyton Manning, Den Four-time MVP could be working on a fifth.
Eli Manning, NYG Two Super Bowl titles are one more than his big brother.
Aaron Rodgers, GB Reigning MVP after 15-1 season.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pitt Rodgers denied him a third Super Bowl title.
Philip Rivers, SD Only one on this list without a Super Bowl ring.ON THE CUSP
Joe Flacco, Balt He’s led Ravens to playoffs in each of his four seasons.
Matt Ryan, Atl He’s led Falcons to playoffs in three of his four seasons.
Alex Smith, SF Finally put it all together in 2011.
Matt Stafford, Det Might have game’s strongest arm.STILL HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE
Michael Vick, Phil Andy Reid’s future in his left hand.
Jay Cutler, Chi Million-dollar arm, but 10-cent heart.
Tony Romo, Dal He’s won just one playoff game in his career.
Matt Schaub, Hou Texans won without him last year.
Carson Palmer, Oak Just doesn’t look comfortable as Raider.FEELING THE HEAT
Mark Sanchez, NYJ Has Tim Tebow looking over shoulder.
Matt Cassel, KC Fourth year of his five-year contract.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Threw league-high 23 INTs in 2011.
Kevin Kolb, Ariz. Hasn’t been convincing with Cards.HOT SHOTS
Robert Griffin III, Wash A debut for the ages.
Andrew Luck, Ind. He’s a can’t miss prospect.
Cam Newton, Car He’s a freak _ 4,000 yards passing, 706 rushing.
Sam Bradford, Stl Rams need to give him some help.
Andy Dalton, Cin Playoff berth in rookie year.A LOT TO PROVE
Blaine Gabbert, Jax Coaching change should help ex-MU Tiger.
Josh Freeman, TB See above.
Ryan Tannehill, Mia Three INTs, 39.0 passer rating in debut
Brandon Weeden, Cle Four INTs, 5.1 rating in debut
Russell Wilson, Sea Could prove the skeptics wrong.
Christian Ponder, Minn Hand the ball to Adrian Peterson.
Jake Locker, Tenn Not a bad debut against Patriots.