by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Just when you think you have all of the answers the NFL seems to change the questions. It’s time to write Tom Brady off, right? Obviously those who took that stance have been proven completely wrong. How about Russell Wilson? Would anyone have expected him to be a Top 5 option at any point in 2014, especially in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers? That’s exactly where he is, though.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how all of the quarterbacks shake out for the coming week:
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New England
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Detroit
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
- Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at Kansas City
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Minnesota
- Can anyone slow down Andrew Luck? He’s thrown for at least 312 yards in six of seven games this season, including 344+ in five of them. He’s also thrown multiple touchdowns in six games, with 3+ four times. While Pittsburgh may be a “tougher” matchup, it really doesn’t matter. He’s the elite in the game at this point.
- Remember when Carolina was one of the best defenses in the league? At this point forget it, as they continue to be beaten up on a weekly basis (this past week it was Aaron Rodgers who threw three touchdowns against them). Russell Wilson, meanwhile, is coming off one of the most impressive performances we’ve seen as he threw for 312 yards and 2 TD while also rushing for 106 yards and 1 TD. It was his third consecutive game with a rushing TD and he has thrown 2 TD in five of six games. Given the way he’s been playing and the matchup, he’s an easy QB to love.
- Tony Romo is coming off a 3 TD performance, his fifth straight multi-TD game (250+ yards in four straight). With the Redskins having allowed 15 TD already this season, he should be in store for another impressive performance.
- Carson Palmer is clearly still rounding into form after missing four weeks (three games), but he’s thrown for 503 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT over the past two weeks. With the Eagles yielding 13 TD in six games (even with a shutout of the Giants) and just 3 INT, he should be viewed as a viable low-end QB1 for the coming week.
- Will Calvin Johnson be back for Week 8? Even if he’s not Matthew Stafford has proven he can get the job done with Golden Tate and he is going to have a favorable matchup. Don’t overlook him.
- While Cam Newton isn’t coming off the best game, the Seahawks have been struggling and have been beaten up by opposing tight ends (making the presence of Greg Olsen a major advantage for Newton). While he’s borderline QB1, it’s a bit tough to trust him given his inconsistencies this season.
- There appears to be issues brewing in Chicago and Jay Cutler draws a Patriots’ defense that is extremely tough against the pass. While it’s hard to say he isn’t a viable option, he also is tough to trust heading into this week.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: