Clausen will become the sixth quarterback in league history to start against the same team for two different clubs in one season, according to Stats, Inc. His only other start this year came against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 27 -- a forgettable 26-0 loss -- while he was with the Chicago Bears. Ten weeks later and on a new team, Clausen might have to face the NFL's No. 2 defense for a second time.
In his Week 3 game against Seattle, Clausen struggled mightily, completing 9 of 17 passes for 63 yards. The Bears punted on all 10 possessions, which is the only time a team has punted on every possession in the past 35 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The game also ended the Bears' streak of 194 games without being shut out.
Clausen said this week that playing the Seahawks this season is a benefit in terms of preparation.
"Losing doesn't help," he said. "But just going in there and preparing for them, I think it's definitely going to help if I have to go in there."
History isn't on Clausen's side if he must face Seattle again. The last three quarterbacks who have started against the same team for two different clubs -- Chris Chandler vs. Saints in 1991, Kerry Collins vs. Falcons in 1998 and Orton vs. Raiders in 2011 -- were all swept by those teams. Orton, though, did split against the Packers in 2011.
Clausen is just focused on trying to prove himself. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame and was supposed to be the Carolina Panthers' quarterback of the future when he was drafted in 2010. But he's now on his third team in three seasons and owns a 1-11 record as an NFL starter.
"Every single day is another job interview," Clausen said. "You have GMs, coaches and scouts watching practice tape and watching game tape. So, you're always getting evaluated."