Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

This week’s rankings are a little bit “odd”, due both to the bye weeks and some difficult matchups.  Let’s take a look at how things look for now, though they will be updated later in the week if necessary:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Washington
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Kansas City
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Arizona
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  5. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Houston
  6. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. New York Giants
  7. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  8. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  9. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tennessee
  10. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
  12. Shaun Hill – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
  13. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  14. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Detroit
  15. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
  16. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Baltimore
  17. Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  18. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  19. Bruce Gradkowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  20. Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – at Dallas
  21. Derek Anderson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans
  22. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  23. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
  24. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
  25. Jake Delhomme – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta


  • Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the league and he gets to face a Redskins team that is allowing 305.0 passing yards per game.  They even allowed Kevin Kolb, who had lost his job in Philadelphia, to step in for an injured Michael Vick and got 22-35 for 201 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  There’s no question who the best quarterback in the league for this week is.
  • After seeing the Giants’ relentless attack of Jay Cutler on Sunday night, there no longer is a guarantee that Matt Shaub torches that defense.  That’s not to say that he’s not a good bet to excel, but they easily could turn to Arian Foster to carry the offense (the Giants had allowed 136.7 rushing yards per game entering last night).
  • On the other hand, the Houston Texans are allowing a league leading 337.8 passing yards per game.  They’ve allowed 8 TD vs. just 2 INT.  Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more then their five passing plays of over 40 yards allowed.  With those numbers, you have to like Eli Manning’s chances of producing.
  • Jay Cutler suffered a concussion last night, so you now have to consider him questionable for Week 5.  We’ll keep him on the rankings for now, but may have to adjust that later on.
  • For now, we will have Kevin Kolb on these rankings over Michael Vick, who is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.  Obviously, depending on the news, we will adjust things accordingly later in the week.
  • Donovan McNabb has a tough matchup, considering the Redskins’ receiving corps is not overly impressive.  Look for Charles Woodson to bottle up Santana Moss, meaning if the Packers can shutdown Chris Cooley, it could be a long day.
  • For as poor as the passing game of the Vikings has been, a meeting with the Jets just makes matters worse.  Brett Favre is a QB2 this week.
  • Who would’ve imagined that Shaun Hill could be a borderline QB1 this week?  The Lions are giving him plenty of opportunities to throw (three straight games of at least 43 attempts), and he has two games of at least 330 yards in his last three.  Against a Rams defense, if there were every a time to consider him, this would be it.
  • For as good as Kyle Orton has been, he has a tough draw this week against a Ravens defense which has allowed just 119.0 passing yards per game over the first four weeks.  Consider him a low-end QB2 for the coming week.
  • While Sam Bradford has a good matchup, it’s still tough to trust him as a rookie.  He’s thrown an interception in each of the four games this season and he figures to be inconsistent moving forward.
  • If Jake Delhomme is healthy, he’s likely to return as the Browns QB.  For now he’ll be included on this list, but if things change later in the week we’ll update things accordingly.
  • A new offensive coordinator didn’t magically solve the 49ers production, huh?  Alex Smith threw for 188 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT in Week 4 and is a tough play at this point.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 5 Rankings:

    Week 5 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
    Week 4 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)


    1. Ken says:

      Pack could n`t contain the Lion`s passing game so Moss and Cooley might be ok plays?

    2. Steve Coppola says:

      Where’s Fitzpatrick? Does he have ANY value against a terribleJags Pass Defense? need a 1 week fill in and wondered between Fitz and Donovan? (Tough match up)

    3. admin says:

      I’d still go Donovan. That game could turn into a shootout, and with Portis out they will likely put the ball in his hands. He definitely has more potential to produce then Fitzpatrick does.

    4. Niko says:

      I have the not-so pleasurable burden of having to choose between Freeman, Orton, and Hill. Will the Lions be run-centric with a healthier Best (on turf no less)? Will Orton defy all logic again and dominate (I have doubted him before and was burned)?

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