Rankings are based on previous week’s ranking in addition to how the player has played to this point throughout the season. This isn’t a ranking based solely on this week alone.
1. Matt Ryan (1) [ ↔ ]
I Tweeted just before the long bomb, “Matt Ryan, THIS is your life.” Well, he threw a long bomb and got his team in position to win the game. Nobody has done enough to dethrone him.
2. Matt Schaub (7) [ ʌ ]
Schaub didn’t have the most spectacular game of the week, but one of only a few close enough to climb the rankings this far and this high.
3. Robert Griffin III (5) [ ʌ ]
Griffin is climbing this week because he played an excellent first-half, overcame some costly penalties, and grabbed his first comeback victory. Griffin in the no-huddle with his headset malfunctioning, led Washington through the air and with his feet into FG range for a victory.
4. Ben Roethlisberger (4) [ ↔ ]
The Steelers had a bye this week, so Ben’s ranking won’t be affected, especially with some guys dropping and not enough climbing.
5. Tom Brady (9) [ ʌ ]
Tom played one of the greatest second halves of football ever. He didn’t do it all himself, but he did enough to climb the rankings and get closer to where he’s accustomed to being.
6. Joe Flacco (6) [ ↔ ]
I’ve got Flacco staying put. He tried his hardest to be Joe Wacco, but he managed to overcome his mistakes and make some very good decisions and secure the victory for the Ravens.
7. Andy Dalton (8) [ ʌ ]
Dalton is climbing, because he is continuing to play solid football and has been consistent. He’s not doing so well that he’ll leap ahead of anyone in front of him if they stay consistent as well, but he’s damn sure playing some of the most solid football in the league.
8. Peyton Manning (12) [ ʌ ]
All week long, people speculated if 18 still had it. He didn’t have to throw deep to come from behind. The pressure was off. But that’s in large part due to his playing sound and building an early lead. By far the best game out of Peyton so far this season.
9. Eli Manning (2) [ v ]
Tough loss for Eli, who played pretty well save for a stupid throw into the endzone that should have been picked off, a stupid throw into the endzone that was picked off, and the decision to throw deep to Barden late in the game.
10. Christian Ponder (3) [ v ]
Ponder and the Vikings got the win, but Ponder’s contributions were nearly non-existent. But he didn’t turn the ball over, and he didn’t do anything to cost his team.
11. Philip Rivers (13) [ ʌ ]
Excellent response to a horrid game in Week 3, but still not enough to jump back into the top 10.
12. Kevin Kolb (10) [ v ]
Kolb threw 2 picks, almost lost the game, but played well in crunch time and overtime, and got the job done against the Dolphins.
13. Drew Brees (19) [ ʌ ]
Brees played a very complete game despite the lack of a run-game in the philosophy. He threw for 3 TD’s, extended his streak of games with at least 1 TD to 47 to tie Johnny Unitas, and barely lost to the Packers who were playing inspired football.
14. Aaron Rodgers (23) [ ʌ ]
Finally with some help. Rodgers posts 4 TD’s, and gets a critical win against the New Orleans Saints with a come-from-behind victory.
15. Andrew Luck (15) [ ↔ ]
Bye week leaves Luck at a standstill.
16. Alex Smith (11) [ v ]
Really didn’t contribute to the game save for a few throws and mediocre completion percentage.
17. Jay Cutler (32) [ ʌ ]
A week really can change some things, can’t it? Cutler gave the ball away, but not through the air. He threw 2 TD’s (the touchdown to Hester was absolute beauty and his read to Marshall was top-notch). This was good Jay, and it brings him out of the basement.
18. Cam Newton (27) [ ʌ ]
Inconsistent… but this week that played in his favor on the rollercoaster. He had a costly fumble late in the game (it literally cost them a sure win) but Cam played SUPER against the Falcons for most of 4 quarters. His mistake hurts, but his play helps him climb a bit.
19. Michael Vick (31) [ ʌ ]
It’s almost as easy for a QB to look good against the Giants as it is to look good against the Redskins… but I won’t take anything else away from Vick’s game. He moved well, made plays with his feet, hit on a huge TD pass, and got a big win in the division and finally looked like a decent QB.
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) [ v ]
With just the first half, Fitzpatrick would have climbed into the top 10… but then he had an abysmal second half that was the anti-Brady. Can’t help but drop him for his 4 INT’s.
21. Ryan Tannehill (26) [ ʌ ]
Tannehill played a helluva game, but he threw two picks… two COSTLY picks. He performed at a very high level, but he needs more consistency from week-to-week and to cut those mistakes out.
22. Brandon Weeden (30) [ ʌ ]
What a performance by Brandon Weeden. 5 drops by his receivers, one of which was a sure TD which would have put the Browns within 3 rather than needing a TD to tie the game at the end. Weeden made beautiful throws all night, and although he threw a pick but no TD’s (damn drops), he posted one of the best performances of the week.
23. Sam Bradford (24) [ ʌ ]
No TD’s, 1 INT, barely over 50% completions. Maybe he should submit a request to play the Redskins secondary every week?
24. Blaine Gabbert (25) [ v ]
Blaine threw his first INT of the season, but did have a TD. But he lost.
25. Carson Palmer (21) [ v ]
You can’t play this bad in division games, especially when Peyton Manning is across from you lighting it up.
26. Josh Freeman (29) [ ʌ ]
Freeman played a pretty solid game against the Redskins, but nothing like what was expected of him. Most of his stats came in trash time as well.
27. Russell Wilson (16) [ v ]
There was no “miracle” this week. No TD’s and 3 INT’s does nothing but make you drop on the power rankings.
28. Jake Locker (20) [ v ]
Here I was growing fond of Jake Locker and he goes out with injury.
29. Mark Sanchez (22) [ v ]
30. Matt Stafford (17) [ v ]
Stafford didn’t throw a pick… but he didn’t throw a touchdown. He didn’t compile many yards or a completion percentage worth discussing in a positive manner. He DID get a rushing touchdown, but that’s no saving grace for this one.
31. Tony Romo (18) [ v ]
32. Matt Cassel (28) [ v ]2 TD’s, 3 INT’s… division game. And he was playing in his back yard.