Dallas Cowboys

NFL Preview: The Quarterbacks

No. 1 in Jessica's heart. No. 3 on my list.

Not playing fantasy football for the first time in 20 years this fall has its consequences:

More free time. More disposable income. Less contact with the geekdom subculture.

But it also has me woefully unprepared for the NFL season, which technically starts Thursday night with Giants-Redskins. To sharpen my skills, I decided to jot down all 32 starting quarterbacks off the top of my noggin’. (Nailed 29 of them, but remind me again who the hell is JT O’Sullivan?) Then I figured, what the heck, let’s rank ‘em.

For a comprehensive grading of backups (Brad Johnson comes in at No. 11 as the only sub with a Super Bowl ring as a starter) go here. For my last-second, catch-up ranking of starting quarterbacks, all you gotta do is jump.

1. Peyton Manning – Colts

2. Tom Brady – Patriots

3. Tony Romo – Cowboys

4. Eli Manning – Giants

5. Carson Palmer – Bengals

6. Philip Rivers -- Chargers

7. Derek Anderson – Browns

8. Donovan McNabb – Eagles

9. Jeff Garcia – Buccaneers

10. Matt Hasselbeck – Seahawks

11. Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers

12. David Garrard – Jaguars

13. Drew Brees – Saints

14. Brett Favre – Jets

15. Vince Young – Titans

16. Jay Cutler – Broncos

17. Kurt Warner – Cardinals

18. Aaron Rodgers – Packers

19. Jake Delhomme – Panthers

20. Marc Bulger – Rams

21. Matt Schaub – Texans

22. Trent Edwards – Bills

23. Jason Campbell – Redskins

24. Jon Kitna – Lions

25. Chad Pennington – Dolphins

26. Tarvaris Jackson -- Vikings

27. JaMarcus Russell – Raiders

28. Matt Ryan – Falcons

29. Kyle Orton – Bears

30. Brodie Croyle – Chiefs

31. Joe Flacco – Ravens

32. JT O’Sullivan – 49ers -- Richie Whitt

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