Playing quarterback in the NFL might be the most difficult position in all of sports.
So when a QB has a bad game it is understandable.
But, they are always expected to bounce back.
It is also one of the most scrutinized positions in sports.
After one bad game, fans are ready to move on from their franchise QB.
Without further ado, these three quarterbacks need to bounce back in Week 5.
Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons
Marcus Mariota was signed by the Falcons with the idea that he could be a bridge QB to whatever rookie they draft.
While he may not be the long-term option in Atlanta, teams around the league will take notice of how he plays this season.
Unfortunately for him, he struggled against the Cleveland Browns last week.
Mariota completed only seven of 19 passes for 139 yards and one interception.
After a third quarter interception by Marcus Mariota, #Falcons coach Arthur Smith had his offense run it 14(!) times in a row — including a TD drive. Message delivered.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 2, 2022
Atlanta struggled to get anything going through the air and that was a big reason for their struggles on offense.
Even though they won 23-20 last week, they need to be much better in Week 5 against Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers have one of the top defenses in the NFL and can be very difficult to move the ball against.
Being huge underdogs in the game means the Falcons will be forced to throw plenty.
It is on Mariota to keep his team in the game.
Drake London and Kyle Pitts give the Falcons two good pass-catching options that should be the focal points on Sunday.
This will be a tough test for Mariota on Sunday, but he needs to play much better if the Falcons want any chance to win in Tampa Bay.
Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
It has been a few tough weeks for Carson Wentz.
Facing the Eagles and Cowboys in Weeks 3-4 made life very difficult for him.
Carson Wentz this season:
Pass TD Pass Yds
Weeks 1-2 7 650
Weeks 3-4 1 381 pic.twitter.com/8yqsJxkPEo
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 6, 2022
He was sacked a combined 11 times in the past two weeks and the Commanders lost both games.
In Week 5, Washington hosts the Tennessee Titans, another playoff team from last year.
This season the Titans have struggled on defense.
They are allowing 392.3 yards per game and 25.3 points.
Wentz and company should be in for a get-right game.
This game is very important to Wentz, as he has been terrible in recent weeks.
His QBR is 35.7 and that ranks 25th in the NFL.
He could be in danger of losing the starting job if things do not turn around soon.
As long as he has time to throw, he must protect the football and give the Commanders a chance to win.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite having a great start to the 2022 season, Lawrence struggled mightily in Week 4.
The Jaguars played on the road against the Eagles and turned the ball over far too many times.
The weather conditions for the game were far from ideal, but Lawrence needed a better showing.
In total, Lawrence had five turnovers in the game including four fumbles.
Trevor Lawrence lost 4 fumbles today. He's the first player this century to lose 4 fumbles in a game. pic.twitter.com/LotACYeOgu
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 2, 2022
This was a major setback after such a promising start to the season.
He now must bounce back against a division opponent in the Houston Texans.
The Texans are the only winless team in the NFL so Lawrence should have plenty of success against their defense.
Keep an eye on how the second-year QB responds in his game, as this is one of the few times his team is a heavy favorite.
The Jaguars have a chance to surprise some teams in the AFC this year, but Lawrence will have to be much more careful with the football.
This matchup has a big bounce-back opportunity for Lawrence written all over it.