Friday, September 26, 2008

QB Rankings for Week 4

Rodgers is on fire and Tampa Bay's defense is giving up 230+ yards through the air and five touchdowns. They are pressuring the quarterback however, so Rodgers may get hit, But the Oline is playing relatively well and I think Green Bay's depleted and banged up secondary will allow Tampa Bay to move the ball, and force Rodgers to do the same to stay ahead.

Romo is playing excellent ball, though he has one brain freeze a week. Still that won't kill him - nor you - this week as he will continue to be be on fire this week. The 'Skins are coughing up just under 200 yards a game through the air - expect Tony Romo to surpass that as the Cowboys don't match averages - they surpass them. Washington has been good at pressuring the QB, but Dallas' Oline is outstanding, so Romo will have plenty of time to toss the rock this week

I have been ranking Cutler high all year - mostly the #1 spot - and this week is no different. The Chiefs' pass rush is almost nonexistant and so is there rush defense. In fact, here's a case where the pass defense looks better statistically than it is. People don't throw a lot because they can run all day - thus the Chiefs have decent pass defense numbers. Cutler will throw and hit Marshall and Sheffler (and Royal) for some yards. He'll tear the D up through the air and I just don't have him ranked higher as he won't have to. Theonly limit on his yards is the fact that Shanny will run the ball as often as he can and grind the clock out.

Phillip Rivers is heading to Oakland to visit a Raiders team that is just a huge mess, organizationally speaking. And don't think that doesn't affect performance on the field. They played better the last two weeks than they did against Denver in week 1, but still give up 200+ yards per game and have allowed four TDs so far. Like Cutler and Rodgers, Rivers has gone off the last few weeks and the Chargers need to beat the Raiders to stay afloat in the division. They will come out hard and while the corners in Oakland can play tough, they can be beat - especially DeAngelo Hall, who has had more than one lapse this season. Rivers could be limited by a big game from LaDainian Tomlinson, but wil lstill put up very good points.

Drew Brees is losing weapons by the bucketload - first Colston, now Shockey and perhaps David Patten. And yet, the ball gets moved through the air. If they could run block, he'd have a ceiling, but since they struggle there, Brees will air it out. The Saints are tough against the pass - only an average of 160 yards a game through the air. But Bush always breaks a long one on a screen and I think they will have problems containing him. Finally, the Saints secondary can be thrown on - at some point Brees may find himself playing catchup and this may degenerate into a shootout.

On the short end of the scale - Derek Anderson (19) may have a better than average game but one mistake and he could be yanked. Matt Schaub (18) is facing a resurgent Jags defense and is himself under scrutiny and could get the hook. Damon Huard (14) may only be a game manager but he can move the ball well and will make Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez owners happy. Avoid Trent Green (23) this week - the oline is the problem there and I worry Green may not make it out of the game. Injury woes and a bad team equals a nonstart in my world.


Quarterbacks
  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Buccaneers
  2. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Redskins
  3. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Chiefs
  4. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
  5. Drew Brees, Saints vs. 49ers
  6. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Jets
  7. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Bears
  8. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers at Saints
  9. Carson Palmer, Bengals vs. Browns
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Rams
  11. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Cowboys
  12. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Falcons
  13. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Texans
  14. Damon Huard, Chiefs vs. Broncos
  15. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Cardinals
  16. Brian Griese, Buccaneers vs. Packers
  17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Ravens
  18. Matt Schaub, Texans at Jaguars
  19. Derek Anderson, Browns at Bengals
  20. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Vikings
  21. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Panthers
  22. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Titans
  23. Trent Green, Rams vs. Bills
  24. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Eagles
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Chargers
  26. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Steelers

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