NFL Quarterback Rankings

NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 1

Like the BCS, style points count. So do geeky, black-and-white stats such as touchdowns and quarterback rating. Wins and losses? Definitely. Leadership? Uh-huh.

When it comes to my weekly NFL Quarterback Rankings - if I had one of those little encircled R's to signify a trademarked idea, it'd go here - the criteria is everything, nothing and all that's in between.

Past performance and future potential is considered, but mostly - like college football's weekly Top 25 - it's an attempt to identify the quarterbacks you'd most like to have starting for your team in this game, this week, right now. Injuries, obviously, significantly plummet value. A clever new TV ad might bump a player a notch.

Last year San Diego's Phillip Rivers wound up as my No. 1. This year? Let the scrambling begin ...

32. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders.

31. Matthew Stafford, Lions.

30. Jake Delhomme, Panthers.

29. Marc Bulger, Rams.

28. David Garrard, Jaguars.

27. Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers.

26. Matt Schaub, Texans.

25. Brady Quinn, Browns.

24. Brodie Croyle, Chiefs.

23. Kyle Orton, Broncos.

22. Shaun Hill, 49ers.

21. Brett Favre, Vikings.

20. Mark Sanchez, Jets.

19. Chad Pennington, Dolphins.

18. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks.

17. Trent Edwards, Bills.

16. Jason Campbell, Redskins.

15. Carson Palmer, Bengals.

14. Jay Cutler, Bears.

13. Kerry Collins, Titans.

12. Joe Flacco, Ravens.

11. Donovan McNabb, Eagles.


10. Kurt Warner, Cardinals.

9. Matt Ryan, Falcons.

8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers.

7. Eli Manning, Giants.

6. Peyton Manning, Colts.

5. Tony Romo, Cowboys.

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers.

3. Phillip Rivers, Chargers.

2. Drew Brees, Saints.

1. Tom Brady, Patriots.

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Richie Whitt
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