With all of the top quarterbacks on the field for Week Nine, match-ups certainly play a huge role in the rankings. Let’s take a look at how things look:
- Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at New York Giants
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Donovan McNabb – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Detroit
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Arizona
- Kurt Warner – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. San Diego
- Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh
- David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
- Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
- Jake Delhomme – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Seattle
- Matt Cassell – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
- Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
- Jason Campbell – Washington Redskins – at Atlanta
- Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- I can see Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub getting into a big-time shootout, which gives Manning the edge in being the #1 QB for Week 9 over Aaron Rodgers.
- Drew Brees is one of the best QBs in the league, we all know that, but he squares off with the best passing defense in the league. Considering that the Panthers find themselves among the ten worst rushing defenses, it is very likely that the Saints unleash Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell & Reggie Bush, limiting Brees’ potential value.
- For as good as the Giants’ passing defense was early in the season, as they face the better QBs in the league they are being exposed. The secondary has been plagued by injuries and it is hard to imagine them limiting Rivers in the coming week.
- Jay Cutler has the potential for a big week against the Cardinals, but his 11 TD vs. 11 INT ratio for the season is not very awe-inspiring. Still, look for him to be a must use option this week.
- David Garrard has a positive match-up, but the Jaguars are just not a team that focuses on the passing attack much to find the end zone. He has just five touchdown passes on the season and three of them came in one game. That makes it tough to depend on him as a starter, but as a bye week replacement he is a solid option).
- Matt Ryan has been very good this season, but one of the few things the Redskins do well is defend the pass. Look for the Falcons to lean on Michael Turner.
- Tony Romo has found his stride of late, throwing for 918 yards and 8 TD over his last three games. At this point he’s re-emerged as a must start option in all formats.
What are your thoughts? Who was left off the list? Who should be higher? Who should be lower?
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