With the end of October , I decided to do a monthly review of the starting NFL quarterbacks. Who’s the best? Who’s in the top 10? Who’s the worst starting QB in the NFL? This is a list not based on their careers, but based on how they are playing right now.
*must have attempted 150 passes.
1. Aaron Rodgers- 1st in completion percentage, 1st in yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns, 3 interceptions. Clear cut, the best quarterback in the NFL right now.
2.Tom Brady- Despite losing to Big Ben on Sunday, Brady’s numbers are still slightly better than Big Ben. More yards, better yards per attempt, better completion percentage, more passing touchdowns. Still can’t go wrong with either quarterback.
3. Drew Brees- Brees has thrown 44 more passes than anyone else in the league. However, his completion percentage is still very high at 70 percent and he’s second in the league with 19 touchdowns. There is concern for Brees, as he has been sacked 19 times, which is 6th in the NFL.
4. Big Ben- Big Ben is having a fabulous season, perhaps the only reason for concern is offensive line. Roethlisberger has been sacked 25 times, which is the most in the league. If the offensive line keeps him upright, the Steelers will be in good shape.
5. Matthew Stafford- No one is surprised by Stafford’s great season, it’s always been a matter of him staying healthy. His 19/4 touchdown to INT ratio is fantastic and it seems he and Megatron make sweet music together.
6. Eli- Eli is putting together quite a season. He only had three picks in the entire month of October which is impressive considering the team’s struggles running the football. Eli will put to the test in the next month so it will be interesting to see where his ranking will be. The Giants go to New England, San Francisco, have a home game vs. Philadelphia, and finish the month in New Orleans.
7. Matt Schaub- Numbers are virtually identical to Eli’s. Will likely take a jump when Andre Johnson gets back.
8. Ryan Fitzpatrick- Fitzpatrick just signed a monster contract to Buffalo and his numbers back it up. He’s third in completion percentage, 5th in touchdown passes, and 6th in QB rating.
9. Michael Vick- Vick has gotten a little unlucky with the tipped passes turning into interceptions, but he’s had a solid season regardless. He’s in the top ten in touchdowns, QB rating, and completion percentage. He also is on pace for over 800 rushing yards.
10. Tony Romo- Despite his struggles against Philadelphia, Romo has had a solid season. He ranks in the top ten in touchdowns and passing yards. Romo still has tendency to turn the ball over at the wrong times, IE the Lions game, but with an easier schedule coming up, his numbers will likely improve.
11. Cam Newton- I’m not necessarily stunned by Newton’s success, but the amount of success he’s having is staggering. He’s second in passing yards and in the top ten in passing touchdowns. Cam also had seven rushing touchdowns and is on pace for over 600 yards rushing.
12. Philip Rivers- Rivers has been a turnover machine this season. He has 11 interceptions and five fumbles while only throwing 13 picks all of last season. He’s still sixth in completion percentage and in the top ten in yards, so perhaps Rivers has gotten a little unlucky. Either way, the Chargers are now in a dog fight for the AFC West with the Chiefs and Raiders.
13. Matt Hasselbeck-Hasselbeck has had a bounce back type of season. He’s ranked in the top ten in completion percentage and touchdowns all of this while Chris Johnson has been terrible and Kenny Britt being injured. Titans have managed to stay competitive as well, only a half game behind the Texans in the AFC South.
14.Joe Flacco- Flacco is 31st amongst qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage and 27th in quarterback rating. He had one touchdown in the month of October as Ray Rice was the focal point of the offense.
15. Alex Smith- I just can’t believe in Alex Smith. Yes, his team is 6-1. Yes, he’s thrown 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions, but he’s only attempted 182 passes because the focal point of the offense is Frank Gore. Gore and the defense are the biggest reasons the 49ers are 6-1. I don’t believe Alex Smith can win a football game himself. He’s simply a game manager.
16. Jay Cutler- Cutler’s been okay this season with only one offensive weapon. Matt Forte has been a savior for Cutler. Cutler has also been sacked 21 times, so the Bears must keep him upright in order to make a playoff push.
17. Matt Ryan- Ryan has regressed this season. Ryan is only 18th in passing yards and 20th in QB rating, while the Falcons already have as many losses as last season.
18. Mark Sanchez- Sanchez only has six interceptions on the year, but his completion percentage is only paltry 55 percent. Sanchez does have 12 touchdowns which ranks 9th in the NFL.
19. Josh Freeman- Freeman has struggled with turnovers, which is odd considering he only had six picks all of last season. The good news is Freeman’s accuracy is still virtually the same as last season. Many expected Freeman to make the jump to elite and with half the season to go and the Bucs in the playoff race, there is still plenty of time for him.
20. Kevin Kolb- It’s been a struggle for Kolb in his first year as a starter. However, with Larry Fitzgerald, he’ll figure it out.
21. Andy Dalton- Dalton has had a very successful rookie season up to this point. 62.4 completion percentage, along with almost 1500 passing yards, with 9 touchdowns and seven picks. Dalton has also had the advantage of a weak schedule. His five wins have been against Jacksonville, Buffalo, Cleveland, Indy and Seattle.
22. Colt McCoy- McCoy’s numbers are slightly down from last season. His accuracy has dipped from 60 percent to 57 percent and his yards per attempt have dropped from 7.1 to 5.6. McCoy’s touchdowns are up though while his interceptions are down.
23. Jason Campbell- Campbell wasn’t having a bad year before his broken collarbone. With Carson Palmer in the mix, even if Campbell can come back, he’ll be the backup.
24.Matt Cassel- Even with the Chiefs’ 4 game winning streak, Cassel has only been okay. Cassel only has nine touchdowns along with nine interceptions He actually has four picks and one touchdown in the last two Chiefs’ wins.
25. Tavaris Jackson- Jackson came back after an injury and threw for a soft 323 yards against the Bengals. Jackson has six touchdowns along six picks this year.
26. Sam Bradford- Bradford has been out the last two games. He’s taken a step backwards, but it’s mostly because his offensive line is brutal and he has no one to throw to.
27. Donovan McNabb- McNabb couldn’t move the offense efficiently and eventually lost his job. It’s his third job lost in 18 months.
28. Kyle Orton- Orton is solid quarterback, but seems destined to a career as a backup.
29.Rex Grossman- Grossman got off to a nice start, but after his four pick performance against the Eagles, he lost his job.
30. Curtis Painter- Painter is doing a wonderful job of helping the Colts secure Andrew Luck
31. Blaine Gabbert- Gabbert has only completed 45 percent of his passes and his yards per attempt and yards per game rank dead last. Is it all his fault? No, the Jags stink, but Blaine Gabbert has secured the Sports with Balls award for worst starting quarterback of the NFL through October.