Giving quarterbacks big money doesn't guarantee success or even playoff .

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    The NFL's six highest-paid quarterbacks in 2018 will be spectators this postseason. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million) Authentic Za'Darius Smith Jersey , Atlanta's Matt Ryan ($30 million), Minnesota's Kirk Cousins ($28 million), San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Detroit's Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Oakland's Derek Carr ($25 million) couldn't lead their teams to the playoffs.Only Cousins had a winning record (8-7-1), and he failed in a do-or-die game in the regular-season finale. Cousins, who received a three-year, fully guaranteed, $84 million contract, struggled in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears that eliminated the Vikings. Of the top six on the salary list, only Rodgers has won a Super Bowl. Ryan is 4-6 in the playoffs, Stafford is 0-3 and Cousins is 0-1. Carr and Garoppolo haven't made a postseason start.Among the 12 starting quarterbacks still playing, six are still under their rookie contract and another — Nick Foles — is a backup.Here's a look at a few more numbers entering wild-card weekend:SETTING RECORDS: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke his own record with a 74.4 completion percentage, the highest in a season in NFL history. … Philadelphia's Zach Ertz set a record for most receptions by a tight end (116). … San Francisco's George Kittle set a record for most yards receiving by a tight end (1 Authentic Matt Skura Jersey ,377). … Teams combined to score 1,371 total touchdowns, the highest total in a season. … Eight quarterbacks had a passer rating of 100 or higher, most in a season.LAST MAN STANDING: Philadelphia's Doug Pederson is the only one of seven coaches hired in 2016 still with his team. Adam Gase (23-26, Miami), Chip Kelly (2-14, San Francisco), Hue Jackson (3-36-1, Cleveland), Mike Mularkey (19-17, Tennessee), Dirk Koetter (19-29, Tampa Bay) and Ben McAdoo (13-16 http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/james-hurst-jersey-cheap , Giants) all were fired, some sooner than others.WORST TO FIRST: The Bears (12-4) and Texans (11-5) won their divisions after finishing in last place in 2017. The Eagles won the Super Bowl last year after going worst-to-first in the NFC East.THE NEWCOMERS: Seven teams who weren't in the playoffs last season qualified this year. All seven — Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle — will play this weekend. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the previous year.WILD-CARD CHAMPS: Nine teams who played wild-card games have won the Super Bowl, including the 1980 Raiders, 1997 Broncos, 2000 and 2012 Ravens, 2005 Steelers, 2006 Colts Youth Za'Darius Smith Jersey , 2007 and 2011 Giants and 2010 Packers.TOUGHEST ROAD: The Eagles and Colts are each trying to become only the third No. 6 seed to win a Super Bowl, joining the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers.EASIEST ROAD: Since 1975, 49 of the 86 teams (57 percent) to reach the Super Bowl were No. 1 seeds. In that span, 20 No. 2 seeds, four No. 3, nine No. 4, two No. 5 and two No. 6 made it. Over the past five years, nine of 10 No. 1 seeds played in the Super Bowl. Only the 2016 Cowboys didn't get in.WELCOME TO THE DANCE: Four quarterbacks will make their postseason debut as starters. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky and Houston's Deshaun Watson play this weekend. Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes has a bye.STINGY DEFENSE: In three of the past four seasons, the teams with the stringiest regular-season scoring defense have advanced to the Super Bowl. The Bears led the league with the fewest points allowed per game (17.7) this season. Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams injured his leg during the fourth practice of training camp Tuesday, potentially dealing another blow to Los Angeles' depth in the defensive secondary.But coach Anthony Lynn is cautiously optimistic that his team's latest injury isn't serious.Williams was hurt while defending receiver Mike Williams in a red zone drill. Trevor Williams had to be helped off the field by teammate Jahleel Addae.After getting attention from the training staff, he left Jack Hammett Sports Complex on crutches with his left foot in a walking boot.The injury and Williams' reaction to it were foreboding, but Lynn was hopeful he hasn't lost his starting cornerback for an extended period."You're holding your breath there Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey ," Lynn said. "I think he sprained his ankle, but I don't think it's bad. I mean, it's the fourth day of training camp. Hell, we have coaches around here limping. Coaches are sore, so I can't imagine how the players feel."After the Chargers' history with catastrophic injuries in the past few seasons, Lynn won't exhale until Williams undergoes further tests.The Chargers are a popular pick to earn a playoff spot this fall, but they already incurred serious injuries to two potential key contributors before training camp even began.Los Angeles lost starting tight end Hunter Henry to a knee injury on a non-contact drill in May. The Chargers then lost long-injured former Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett to a torn Achilles tendon during a conditioning test last week.Verrett's most recent injury occurred at the brink of his comeback after missing most of the past two seasons. His newest setback "broke a lot of our hearts," Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward said.But Verrett's absence wasn't a disaster for the Chargers last season because of the surprising emergence of Williams, who stepped into a key role after catching on with the Chargers in 2016 as an undrafted free agent from Penn State.Williams started five games as a rookie, and he started 15 more games last season opposite Hayward in the Chargers' opportunistic defensive secondary. He made the first two interceptions of his career along with 56 tackles and generally provided outstanding coverage."He'll bounce back," defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said of Williams. "Trevor is a great professional, and you know he's going to do whatever he can to get right back on the field. We're just going to wait on him and be patient."The Bolts have been forced to do that quite a bit during Mebane's tenure. They lost a staggering number of man-games to injuries in San Diego during their final two seasons, which were also the worst two seasons of Philip Rivers' 12-year tenure as their starting quarterback. Fans who followed the Chargers from San Diego to LA already know the Bolts went 5-11 in 2016 after losing Verrett www.ravensauthorizedshops.com , cornerback Brandon Flowers, linebacker Manti Te'o, receivers Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson and running back Danny Woodhead for extended periods.Even after losing Verrett last week, the Chargers' secondary is fairly well stocked. Desmond King played extensively as a rookie last season, primarily as a nickel back, while first-round pick Derwin James is expected to be an immediate contributor at safety alongside Addae, who started all 16 games last season."If Trevor's ankle is bad, then I would be concerned about the depth there," Lynn said. "But I'm also confident in those young guys behind him. They're stepping up and making plays in practice, and there's going to be a nice competition in that group."