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Jimmy Clausen vs. Todd Collins: The Week 5 matchup nobody could have predicted

Posted by dan.parzych  
October 7, 2010
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Jimmy Clausen  of the Carolina Panthers watches from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

When the Carolina Panthers host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, two quarterbacks will square off against one another that nobody on the face of this earth could have predicted—Jimmy Clausen and Todd Collins.

Clausen was drafted this year by the Panthers, but nobody expected him to receive any playing time this early in the season. If anything, it seemed like Carolina would throw him in towards the end of the season if they had no shot at the playoffs. After leading the Panthers to a 4-1 record down the stretch of the 2009 season, there were high expectations for Matt Moore this year now that Jake Delhomme was no longer calling the shots at quarterback.

Instead, Moore struggled during the first two games and John Fox decided to give his rookie quarterback a chance to be the starter a lot earlier than most of us expected.  Considering the weapons he has on offense, Clausen has looked decent so far and was pretty close to pulling off a shocking upset over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints. The experience is good for him now, but like I said, his lack of weapons on offense could make his rookie season a long one—especially now that Steve Smith is dealing with an ankle injury.

As for the Bears, they will be going with the 38-year old Collins—who will be making his first start with the Bears after spending the last four seasons with the Redskins. Chicago decided to rest Jay Cutler after he suffered a concussion in the first half of the team’s 17-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday night. The concussion came after Cutler was sacked for the ninth time…in the first half.

While he’s been around in the league for 16 years, Collins isn’t really the type of quarterback one would call “experienced” considering he’s started just three games since 1998. He played briefly for the Bears on Sunday after Cutler left, but was forced to leave the game after the Giants roughed him up as well.

Sunday’s matchup between these two teams will provide an opportunity for both quarterbacks to make a name for themselves. Five weeks in, nobody could have predicted Collins and Clausen would be squaring off against each other at this point in the season. While Collins will most likely be back on the bench once Cutler is healthy enough to return, at least Clausen knows he’s still got plenty more games to play in 2010.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL,  where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.

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