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Completing the Cycle

Three Quarterbacks in NFL history have beaten every team in the NFL:

Joe Montana beat all 28 franchises.

Fran Tarkenton beat all 28 franchises.

Brett Favre beat all 32 franchises.

During the 2014-15 season, two more Quarterbacks have the opportunity to join this list.

Peyton Manning(Denver Broncos) has defeated 31 NFL franchises, and will have a home game against the Indianapolis Colts to complete the cycle.

Drew Brees(New Orleans Saints) has defeated 31 NFL franchises, and will have a home game against the Baltimore Ravens to complete the cycle.

Tom Brady has defeated every NFL franchise except the New England Patriots.

There are four other Quarterbacks in NFL history that retired a single team away from completing the cycle (though you can't really fault someone for playing their whole career with a single franchise):

Terry Bradshaw - Pittsburgh Steelers

John Elway - Denver Broncos

Ken Stabler - LA/Oakland Raiders

Kerry Collins - Miami Dolphins (Lost all 5 games against the Miami Dolphins in his career)

Ben Roethlisberger can join Terry Bradshaw with a road win over Atlanta this year, leaving him a win over his own Pittsburgh Steelers from completing the cycle (Big Ben currently has wins over 30 NFL franchises).

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Joe Flacco has wins over 28 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 29 NFL franchises with a home win over Atlanta this season (leaving him Seattle, Green Bay, and of course Baltimore).

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Eli Manning has wins over 28 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 30 NFL franchises with a home win over Indianapolis and a road win over Tennessee Titans this season (leaving him San Diego and of course the NY Giants).

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Matt Ryan has wins over 28 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 29 NFL franchises with a home win over Pittsburgh this season (leaving him New England, Houston, and of course Atlanta).

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Aaron Rodgers has wins over 27 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 29 NFL franchises with a home win over New England and a road win over Miami this season (leaving him Cincinnati, Kansas City, and of course Green Bay).

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Philip Rivers has wins over 27 NFL franchises, and doesn't play any of the 5 franchises he still doesn't have a win over (Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay, New Orleans, and of course San Diego)

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Jay Cutler has wins over 25 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 27 NFL franchises with road wins over New England and San Francisco this season (leaving him Houston, Baltimore, Washington, Denver and Chicago)

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Carson Palmer has wins over 25 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 28 NFL franchises with a home win over Philadelphia, a road win over NY Giants, and either a home or road win over San Francisco (leaving him Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, and New England).

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Tony Romo has wins over 25 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 27 NFL franchises with road wins over Jacksonville and Tennessee (leaving him Dallas, Denver, New England, Baltimore, and San Diego).

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Alex Smith has wins over 23 NFL franchises, and has the opportunity to make it 27 NFL franchises with a home win over New England, road wins over Miami and San Francisco, and either a home or road win over San Diego (leaving him Atlanta, Carolina, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Kansas City).

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Matt Schaub has wins over 25 NFL franchises, but the expectation is that he will be released, so we don't know where he'll be lining up next year.

Every other active Quarterback needs at least 10 more franchises to complete their cycle.

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[Edit: Adding discussion CK and I had regarding Kaep.]

Kaep currently has wins over:

  1. SEA
  2. ARI
  3. STL
  4. GB
  5. CHI
  6. NO
  7. ATL
  8. TB
  9. CAR
  10. WAS
  11. NE
  12. MIA
  13. HOU
  14. TEN
  15. JAX

Kaep can add 7 more NFL franchises this season, giving him wins over 22 NFL franchises, with wins over:

Home Games: Philadelphia, Kansas City, San Diego
Road Games: Dallas, NY Giants, Denver, Oakland

Now, lets look at the 2015 teams that could be added:

Home: Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati
Away: Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh

So, he has the opportunity to make it 28 franchises at the completion of the next 2 seasons (not including playoff matchups).

The 4 teams that he hasn’t beaten and won’t play in the regular season this year or next:

Indianapolis
Buffalo
NY Jets
San Francisco

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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