Nothing beats a good list! So here you go, a “Doin Work” exclusive list for all to enjoy!
Doin Lists QB Ranking Edition
10. Joe Flacco/Eli Manning
I couldn’t choose between the two. Eli Manning will finish with better numbers, but despite a Super Bowl victory on his resume in which he was named MVP, I still don’t trust him in crucial moments. I think it’s his face. Joe Flacco on the other hand, is pretty cool come crunch time. In fact, had it not been for another guy on this list, the Ravens would sit on a 7-2 record atop the AFC North, on the strength of Flacco’s come back effort against Atlanta this past Thursday.
Tampa Bay has no business in being a playoff contender, and yet here they are. The development of LaGarrette Blount, the resurrection of Mike Williams, and a solid defensive unit have all contributed to their success. But the main reason is because this kid Josh Freeman, only in his second year, knows how to win. His numbers aren’t mind blowing, but he’s pretty clutch if you need a score late to win one.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t quite having the season we expected after last year’s break out, but he’s still a top flight guy. Several factors have contributed to Rodgers’ slow start, if you can call it that, but mainly injuries. Losing Jermichael Finley was huge, as he had become Rodgers’ safety valve on the team. Yet a 6-3 record, tied for first in the North, and a solid 2,300 yards passing with 15 touchdowns has him in the top ten.
Kyle Orton, really? If you’re not a Broncos fan, or a fantasy football stud, then you’d have reason to be shocked. But Orton is second in the league in passing yards and is tied for fifth in touchdowns thrown. Part of me has him ranked high on this list, simply because I’m happy for the guy. He wasn’t wanted in Chicago and backed up Rex Grossman. He was supposed to be keeping the seat warm for Tim Tebow. Instead, he’s developed into a legitimate star in Denver. In fantasy that is. But still.
Drew Bees leads the league in completion percentage and is third in touchdowns thrown, and yet I have him sixth on my list? I’m robbing Brees here, I know, but he’s not blowing me away this season. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by his past brilliance, and so now I’m being greedy. Despite no running game, and a Super Bowl hangover, the Saints are 6-3 thanks to the arm of Brees. I expect him to be higher up on my list come season’s end.
Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. He and the Colts have not had the most impressive season in recent history, but they’re still the team to beat in the AFC South. Manning lost Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon for all, or some part of the season, yet, he continues to put up Manning numbers. To be honest, this is the most dangerous version of Manning, the one that’s doing enough to fly under the radar until the conference championship. Watch out.
4. Michael Vick
I might have Mike Vick one or two spots too high on my list according to some. Make your own list then. When Vick’s on the field and healthy, there’s absolutely no game plan that can stop this guy. We’ve all known about his ability to run, but his arm has finally caught up to his legs, and the combination of the two makes him lethal. New York sits atop the NFC East right now, but I don’t think that will last long.
Philip Rivers acts like a dick. But 90% of you would want that jerk on your team. Keep it real. He’s like Barry Bonds, minus the steroids controversy. He’s putting up huge numbers for an injury plagued team and without VJ. He currently leads the league in passing yards and is second in touchdowns thrown. I’d have him ranked #1 on my list, if not for Diego’s record. Still plenty of games to play though.
Is that the Falcons with the NFC’s best record? You best believe it. Not only are they sitting pretty at 7-2, but they have quality wins against the Saints, Bucs and most recent, Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta has talent across the board, but it starts with Ryan. His masterful performance this past Thursday versus the Ravens, which included a game winning drive, is the reason why he’s ranked so high. Hate on.
Tom Bieber. Tom Terrific? What ever the case, Brady has regained his MVP form, and despite the setback he and the Pats took in Cleveland, is there any other team you would least want to face in the playoffs than New England? Who are the receivers on this team!? Exactly. Brady picked apart the best defense in the league with a kid named Gronkowski. Gronkowski people.
November 15th, 2010 at 9:48 am
Wow, I knew you were hight on Matty, but not quite #2. I’d probably put Vick slightly lower since he hasn’t played all their games and move coach Peyton Manning up.
Rivers is as lame as they come, but I doubt I’d say that if he was the Raiders QB!
It was awesome to see Orton tear up KC yesterday! Raiders tied for first what what!!!
November 15th, 2010 at 10:58 am
Is that the Raiders sitting atop the AFC West!? Congrats man!
November 16th, 2010 at 9:31 am
Okay, okay, after last night, I’d say that you didn’t put Vick too high 🙂
November 15th, 2010 at 9:51 am
Nice to see Josh Freeman make your list.
The NFL has to be secretly hoping Tom Brady has a wicked second half so they can come up with an excuse not to award Michael Vick the MVP.
November 15th, 2010 at 10:55 am
I’m sure the NFL secretly wishes there isn’t a Mike Vick vs. Big Ben Super Bowl match up too! The media would have a frenzy!
November 16th, 2010 at 2:25 am
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Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……
November 29th, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Brady , Manning and Brees stand out amongst their peers playing today. But what I now find more interesting is this latest take on the best QB’s in the league under the age of 30 . ESPN’s take is that Rivers is the best of the bunch in that category and I don’t doubt that for one minute !
tophatal ………….. 🙂