Ranking NFL’s 32 Starting Quarterbacks For Week 7
Week 7 Quarterback Power Rankings
The 2013 NFL season has had its share of surprising tales so far and we’re only heading into Week 7. The Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated under Head coach Andy Reid, Josh Freeman is now the starting quarterback for the Vikings and Eli Manning and the Giants are yet to tally a win. If you could have picked any of these NFL surprises, you should have taken a trip to Las Vegas and placed a few bets which would have proved to be very lucrative.
With the surprises, the obvious also goes along with it. The Denver Broncos are playing at an unbelievable level with Peyton Manning and the Seattle Seahawks are looking tough behind stellar play from their defense and Russell Wilson.
The quarterback position has become one of the most scrutinized positions in the entire NFL and a solid quarterback is crucial to coming out on top at the end of the season. Second-year quarterbacks are showing no signs of a sophomore slump, although you could argue that against Robert Griffin III but his knee injury he suffered at the end of last season has had an impact on his performance to start the year.
So how does one rank the 32 starting quarterbacks for Week 7? Well some of them appear to be on a roll and I wouldn’t wager against them while some look like they are heading in the opposite direction. A few teams have been dealing with injuries to their starting quarterback and new faces are now directing the team.
Heading into Week 7, the following slides will power rank each of the 32 starting quarterbacks.
32. Case Keenum
With Matt Schaub out with an injury, Keenum will get the start ahead of T.J. Yates. Wait, who's starting? Exactly.
31. Brandon Weeden
By golly this guy is having a tough time. After suffering an injury and the team going on to win games, it appeared Weeden may not start for the Browns again. After an injury to Brian Hoyer, he finds himself starting again. The bottom line with Weeden is that he’s not a guy anyone wants running their offense.
30. Mike Glennon
Regardless of his play, Glennon is the quarterback for the year for the Buccaneers. Glennon has shown improvement as the season progresses, but he’s in no way a top-tier quarterback.
29. Carson Palmer
Since leaving the Cincinnati Bengals, Palmer has not been the same quarterback we’ve once known. So far this season, he has thrown 11 picks compared to seven touchdowns. His 69.3 rating is not too favorable for a starting quarterback.
28. Josh Freeman
I have very low expectations for Freeman in his first start as a Viking. On the Buccaneers, Freeman had a tough time on and off the field and you simply can’t trust this guy yet.
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Not much to say about this quarterback, his play hasn’t been good but his starting experience gives him an added boost.
26. Eli Manning
The Giants and Manning have had their worst start to the season in many years. Manning can’t seem to get anything going on offense and his 15 interceptions already this season are mind blowing.
25. Ben Roethlisberger
This is not the same Big Ben we’ve been accustomed to seeing. He and the team are struggling and it doesn’t look like it will turn around anytime soon
24. Chad Henne
Stepping in for Blaine Gabbert, Henne has done a decent job. The team is yet to find a win but Henne could be the quarterback to get the team their first. Compared to other quarterbacks, he’s not looking the greatest but for the Jaguars, he may be their best option
23. Thad Lewis
Stepping in for E.J. Manuel, Lewis actually had a decent game and looked quite comfortable in his overtime loss last week. He is normally a backup but if he continues to play at this level, he appears to be a halfway decent quarterback
22. Geno Smith
In his first year, Smith has done a decent job as the starting quarterback. He has thrown 10 interceptions thus far but his ability to scramble is a threat to any defense.
21. Ryan Tannehill
This young quarterback has tremendous potential but his team doesn’t boast the record to show it. Regardless of their record, Tannehill is in no way the worst quarterback in the NFL.
20. Terrelle Pryor
Surprisingly, Pryor hasn’t been awful this season. He’s a multi-threat when he’s on the field but has only led his team to two wins.
19. Robert Griffin III
The knee injury looks like it has taken its toll on Griffin. He’s only thrown for six touchdown passes this season but his running ability is a threat to any team he faces.
18. Joe Flacco
A big new contract has Flacco locked up for many more years but his play so far is not deserving of it. Flacco has more picks than touchdowns this season but he’s done enough to earn them a winning record thus far
17. Andy Dalton
Dalton isn’t having himself the greatest start to the season, yet his team is 4-2 and first in the AFC North. His rating has only been over 100 in two games this season but if he’s guiding his team to wins, does it matter?
16. Nick Foles
Entering the game for an injured Michael Vick, Foles preformed like he’s deserving of the starting job. Foles has 542 yards passing with six touchdowns and get this, no interceptions. Turnovers are huge for the Eagles success and Foles is playing with a chip on his shoulder
15. Colin Kaepernick
Not quite the stellar quarterback we saw in the latter half of last season, Kaepernick has had his share of struggles. His 55.9 completion percentage is nothing to get excited about but you never know when he’s going to sprint down the sidelines 70 yards for a touchdown.
14. Cam Newton
When you think of an up and down quarterback who can be tough to trust, you think of Newton. In some games this season he has shined and in some games he has stumbled. He’s still a big time threat to any team that faces him
13. Sam Bradford
Bradford is quietly having himself a fantastic start to the season. He’s amassed 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Compared to performances from other quarterback’s around the league this season, he’s rising the rankings
12. Alex Smith
Under Andy Reid, Smith and the Chiefs have turned their franchise around. Smith’s numbers may not be mind blowing (seven touchdowns, three interceptions, 79.8 rating) but he’s leading the team to win every week.
11. Matt Ryan
The Atlanta Falcons hoped this would be their season to shine but so far that has not been the case. The team is marred by injuries which has limited Ryan’s weapons but for Ryan himself, he’s not playing awful as he has 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
10. Philip Rivers
Having one of his best starts to the season in quite some time is Rivers. He’s amassed a 108.7 rating behind 14 touchdowns and five picks. If Rivers continue to play at this high level, the Chargers are again a threat.
9. Tony Romo
Romo is having one of the best starts to the season as any quarterback in the NFL. He threw for over 500 yards against the Broncos and nearly came out with a win. When the game is on the line, he does tend to struggle but regardless, he’s playing at a high level.
8. Jay Cutler
Unless you’re a Bears fan, you wouldn’t have guessed that Cutler would have this nice of a start to the season. He’s thrown 12 touchdown passes while accumulating six interceptions. He gives his team a chance to win every week and do I dare say I wouldn’t mind having Cutler as my starting quarterback?
7. Matthew Stafford
Stafford throws more than any quarterback in the league which can be grueling on ones arm but Stafford shows no signs of slowing down. With a new weapon in Reggie Bush, Stafford has multiple options in the passing game to succeed.
6. Tom Brady
With the loss of his top-four receivers, Brady has had a tough time. He has airmailed some passes and the young receivers are dropping passing which has led to his 56.9 completion percentage. Regardless of his numbers, it’s Tom Brady. He’s still one of the better quarterback’s in the league and their 5-1 record proves it.
5. Russell Wilson
With his team making a strong case for Super Bowl contender, Wilson continues to play at a top-notch level. I would take this guy on my team any day.
4. Andrew Luck
Luck looks to be the quarterback for many years for the Colts and is playing like it’s his 10th year in the league. His understanding for the game is head and shoulders over other quarterbacks and he’s one of the best, if not the best, young quarterback’s in the league.
3. Aaron Rodgers
The Packers receivers got a little banged up last week but Rodgers still found a way to get it done. With a win over the defending Super Bowl champions, Rodgers has proved himself to still be one of the best quarterbacks in the league
2. Drew Brees
There’s no second guessing Brees, he’s been one of the best and continues to hold that status.
1. Peyton Manning
What can I say? This guy has it all. The team looks unstoppable and Manning even rushed for a touchdown for the first time in five years. He’s without a doubt the top quarterback right now