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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.
9. Josh Freeman
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.
8. Aaron Rodgers
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.
7. Kyle Orton
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.
6. Drew Brees
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.
5. Peyton Manning
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.
3. Philip Rivers
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.
2. Matt Ryan
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.
1. Tom Brady
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.