Updated QB Power Rankings After NFL Week 13

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIDecember 4, 2012

Updated QB Power Rankings After NFL Week 13

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    Our Week 13 NFL quarterback rankings have seen quite the change thanks to an exciting week of NFL games. From a new quarterback holding down the No. 32 spot to three rookie quarterbacks ranked in the top half of our rankings, there is plenty to see in our updated rankings.

    With three-quarters of the 2012 season in the books, this week we looked at more of the big picture of the season instead of focusing solely on the play in Week 13. Here are the updated quarterback rankings for Week 13.

    You can see Week 12's rankings here.

32. Ryan Lindley, Arizona Cardinals

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    Last Week's Ranking: 31

    Season Statistics: 50-of-103, 448 yards, zero touchdowns, five interceptions, one fumble lost

    Ryan Lindley has only played three games, but he absolutely looked like the worst quarterback in the league in Week 13.

    He barely completed 30 percent of his passes while posting a ridiculously low quarterback rating of 28.0. He looks like he'll be way more than a long-term project for the Arizona Cardinals, which is the last thing they need.

31. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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    Last Week's Ranking: 29

    Season Statistics: 204-of-371, 2,436 yards, 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, five fumbles lost

    When you get benched for Greg McElroy in the third quarter, you deserve to drop a few spots in the quarterback rankings. In fact, the only reason Mark Sanchez is still on this list is because he could actually start in Week 14.

    However, that would be a terrible decision for the New York Jets and Rex Ryan. Sanchez has been absolutely awful this year, as evidenced by his three-interception game in Week 13.

    There simply isn't a logical way that New York can still believe Sanchez is its quarterback of the future.

30. Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Last Week's Ranking: 32

    Season Statistics: 67-of-106, 635 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions

    Faced with an extremely difficult situation, Brady Quinn and the Kansas City Chiefs rose to the occasion on Sunday with a big win.

    Quinn threw two touchdown passes and amassed 201 yards while finishing the game with a 132.1 quarterback rating. This was easily the best game of his career and might even give the Chiefs some hope for the remainder of the season.

29. Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Last Week's Ranking: N/A

    Season Statistics: 45-of-70, 475 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions

    With Ben Roethlisberger missing his third straight game with a rib and shoulder injury, Charlie Batch made his second start of the season in Week 13.

    While it wasn't always pretty, Batch did just enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers to walk away with a huge win over the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the game with 276 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.

    When Roethlisberger does return, he'll be much higher in these rankings, but until that happens, Batch will remain on this list.

28. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Last Week's Ranking: 30

    Season Statistics: 81-of-133, 793 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions, one fumble lost

    Nick Foles' Week 13 performance was easily the best in his rookie season. In fact, it was enough for Andy Reid to feel confident in leaving Michael Vick on the bench for the remainder of the season.

    The next four games will go a long way toward deciding whether the Philadelphia Eagles will stay with Vick as their starter in 2013. Basically, Foles is getting an extended on-field interview for the remainder of the season.

    If he continues to show improvement, we might see No. 9 at No. 1 on the depth chart at the beginning of next season.

27. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

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    Last Week's Ranking: 28

    Season Statistics: 120-of-212, 1,473 yards, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions, four fumbles lost

    It hasn't exactly been the type of sophomore season that the Tennessee Titans were hoping for from Jake Locker. 

    He's been one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the league, especially since he came back from a shoulder injury. In those three games since that injury, Locker has completed only 50 percent of his passes. He also has only four touchdowns compared to seven turnovers.

    While Locker has certainly looked like the quarterback of the future for the Titans, it looks like it may take longer than expected for him to reach his full potential.

26. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jagaurs

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    Last Week's Ranking: 27

    Season Statistics: 72-of-138, 1,038 yards, eight touchdowns, three interceptions, one rushing touchdown, two fumbles lost

    Week 13 was the worst game for Chad Henne since he replaced Blaine Gabbert. However, even with a loss to the Buffalo Bills and two turnovers, Henne still looks way better than Gabbert.

    Accuracy was a huge issue with Henne from the start, and a lack of a ground game ultimately put too much pressure on his shoulders. He simply couldn't find his rhythm and struggled to get the ball in his playmakers' hands.

    I'm not sure that Henne has done enough to warrant the starting job next season, but his performance in three games definitely has the Jacksonville Jaguars considering moving on from Gabbert.

25. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

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    Last Week's Ranking: 26

    Season Statistics: 210-of-363, 2,559 yards, seven touchdowns, 12 interceptions, two rushing touchdowns, two fumbles lost

    It would be safe to say that Ryan Tannehill has officially hit his "rookie wall" after another difficult game on Sunday. In his past four games, the Miami Dolphins have only won once, and Tannehill has six interceptions to only two touchdown passes.

    He struggled again this week against the New England Patriots with a 44.8 completion percentage and a 66.2 quarterback rating. While he was able to put some points on the board with a touchdown run late in the first half, he was completely shut down for the final 30 minutes of the game.

    Despite not playing his best football down the stretch, there is no doubt that Tannehill will continue to grow into a franchise quarterback for the Dolphins.

24. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

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    Last Week's Ranking: 25

    Season Statistics: 247-of-433, 2,820 yards, 13 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, one fumble lost

    Don't look now, but the Cleveland Browns are on a two-game winning streak. Can anyone say playoffs?

    I'm kidding, of course, but the Browns have looked impressive the past two weeks. Much of that has been due to the continued growth of Brandon Weeden. While he still has plenty of room to improve, I believe his play these past few weeks has to have Cleveland feeling good about the quarterback position.

    He has a number of young weapons around him, and if Weeden can continue to develop, the Browns could surprise some people to close out the 2012 season.

23. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

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    Last Week's Ranking: 23

    Season Statistics: 240-of-384, 2,305 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, four fumbles lost

    I was quite high on Christian Ponder earlier in the season, but his play has really declined in the second half of the season. In fact, Ponder's play in recent weeks has to have the Minnesota Vikings a little concerned about the future at the quarterback position.

    Ponder was once again horrid against the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. He finished the game with a 48 percent completion percentage to go along with one touchdown and two interceptions.

    What makes matters worse is the fact that Ponder has Adrian Peterson on his team and still can't figure out how to win games. When your running back gains 210 yards and you lose, there are some major questions about just how good you really are.

22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

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    Last Week's Ranking: 24

    Season Statistics: 228-of-373, 2,471 yards, 20 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, four fumbles lost

    When you look at Ryan Fitzpatrick's overall numbers on the season, you'd think that the Buffalo Bills would be much better than 5-7 on the season. However, Fitzpatrick has gotten little help from his defense this season and has been forced to throw after his team falls way behind.

    As long as Fitzpatrick gets some help from his teammates, he is capable of winning football games. He only completed nine passes in Week 13, but it resulted in 112 yards and two touchdown passes. He also added his first rushing touchdown of the season this week.

    While Fitzpatrick's job status isn't anywhere near secure heading into the final quarter of the season, if he can string together a few wins to close the year, the Bills will have a difficult time moving away from him in 2013.

21. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

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    Last Week's Ranking: 22

    Season Statistics: 236-of-388, 2,668 yards, 14 touchdowns, nine interceptions, one rushing touchdown, one fumble lost

    Sam Bradford threw for 221 yards and didn't have a touchdown, yet he still came away with the win on Sunday against San Francisco. The reason he makes a slight move up our power rankings this week is because he played exceptionally well against one of the best defenses in the league.

    Bradford is never going to put up amazing statistics, but he definitely has the potential to win a ton of games by being one of the better game-managing quarterbacks in the league. That is what he did on Sunday, and the St. Louis Rams were able to pull off quite the upset over the San Francisco 49ers.

20. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Season Statistics: 277-of-424, 2,969 yards, 18 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, five fumbles lost

    Can anyone explain what has happened to Philip Rivers this year? While he has had his high points this season, his Week 13 performance confirmed that he just hasn't been the same player this year.

    Rivers couldn't get anything going on offense this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. While he finished with 280 passing yards, he failed to throw a touchdown and had two turnovers.

    With each week that passes, Rivers drops even further down our rankings. I'm a little frightened to see just how low he'll be once Week 17 rolls around.

19. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

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    Last Week's Ranking: 21

    Season Statistics: 305-of-503, 3,532 yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, four fumbles lost

    This certainly hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Carson Palmer. He continues to play at a surprisingly high level but can't get any help from the majority of his teammates.

    For example, against Cleveland the Oakland Raiders gave up 364 passing yards to Brandon Weeden, which included 116 receiving yards by the extremely raw Josh Gordon. Few quarterbacks would be able to be competitive with the lack of help that Palmer has had this season.

18. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 20

    Season Statistics: 204-of-355, 2,933 yards, 14 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, six rushing touchdowns, three fumbles lost

    While the Carolina Panthers can't be feeling good about losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, they are likely thankful for the play of Cam Newton.

    This was the second straight week that Newton looked like the player many expected him to be entering his sophomore season. He has recorded seven total touchdowns in his past two starts without recording a single turnover. 

    The Panthers' 2012 playoff hopes may be completely extinguished, but if Newton continues to play this well, they'll once again be excited entering the start of next season.

17. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Season Statistics: 323-of-534, 3,742 yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, three rushing touchdowns, one fumble lost

    No team has been a bigger disappointment this season than the 4-8 Detroit Lions. While Matthew Stafford hasn't been quite as disappointing, he certainly hasn't lived up to his preseason hype.

    Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts certainly wasn't Stafford's fault, but at some point a quarterback needs to win games to be considered a quality quarterback. Stafford has struggled to do that this season.

    He's certainly looked better the past few weeks, so hopefully he can finish this year strong and get the Lions back to being a threat next year.

16. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Season Statistics: 201-of-317, 2,344 yards, 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions, three fumbles lost

    Russell Wilson makes one of the biggest leaps in our rankings this week thanks to another outstanding performance.

    He was the catalyst behind the Seattle Seahawks going on the road and beating the Chicago Bears. His 293 passing yards, 71 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns paced the Seahawks offense to keep them in the playoff hunt.

    While Wilson is still a ways behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in terms of rookie quarterbacks, he continues to close the gap with each week that passes.

15. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

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    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Season Statistics: 252-of-426, 3,038 yards, 15 touchdowns, eight interceptions, two rushing touchdowns, two fumbles lost

    I feel sort of bad for having Joe Flacco still ranked this high after such a horrid performance in Week 13. Unfortunately, Flacco still has the Baltimore Ravens sitting atop the AFC North with a 9-3 record.

    He'll certainly need to play much better than he did on Sunday in order to maintain his lead in the division. The biggest problem with Flacco this season has been his struggles to play consistently well for more than a week at a time.

    Until Flacco can string together some quality performances, the Ravens will be nothing more than a pretender heading into the playoffs.

14. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Season Statistics: 69-of-106, 888 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, four rushing touchdowns, two fumbles lost

    Colin Kaepernick's performance against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was the type of game many expected him to have in his first career start, so we shouldn't be too surprised to see it happen in his third career start.

    While Kaepernick was unable to get a win against the Rams, he still played a well-rounded football game for the San Francisco 49ers. He really only had two poor plays, a safety and a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown. Take away those two plays and Kaepernick probably wins his third game in a row. 

    One loss isn't the end of the world for San Francisco, and it shouldn't be the end of the world for Kaepernick either.

13. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Season Statistics: 324-of-483, 3,660 yards, 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, three fumbles lost

    While the Philadelphia Eagles have been a complete mess this year, Sunday's matchup was still a very big game for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

    Not only did the Cowboys need this win to remain in the playoff hunt, but Romo needed this win to maintain his future with the team. When Romo doesn't have to deal with off-field issues or poor play from his receivers, he is still one of the better quarterbacks in the league.

    If Romo can continue to grow in his relationship with Dez Bryant, this could be a scary team to play down the stretch.

12. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Season Statistics: 217-of-388, 3,003 yards, 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions, one fumble lost

    Josh Freeman's play has slowed down in recent weeks after he played at such a high level during the middle of the season.

    While he wasn't awful in Week 13, he once again came up a little short against a talented team. He finished with 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn't enough to beat the Denver Broncos.

    Overall, Freeman has still made great strides this year and is becoming one of the better quarterbacks in the league.

11. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Season Statistics: 262-of-413, 2,980 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, three rushing touchdowns, two fumbles lost

    The Cincinnati Bengals are getting hot at just the right time, and Andy Dalton is the reason why. Cincinnati has won four games in a row, and over the course of those games, Dalton has thrown 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

    He's improved in nearly every category of his game from his rookie season to this season by quite a wide margin. He already has more touchdown passes (24 to 20), more rushing touchdowns (three to one) and a higher completion percentage (63.4 to 58.1) than he did all of last year.

    With a favorable schedule remaining, don't be surprised if Dalton leads his team back to the playoffs this year.

10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Season Statistics: 279-of-503, 3,596 yards, 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, five rushing touchdowns, five fumbles lost

    Don't focus on Andrew Luck's statistics when attempting to determine just how good he has been this year. He's certainly had his struggles with turnovers and rookie mistakes, but he's also been unbelievably good more often than not.

    In Week 13, we saw just how unbelievable Luck can be with his two touchdown passes in the final three minutes to get a win. His game-winning pass to Donnie Avery with time expiring displayed every quality of Luck's game that makes him so talented.

    He has the Indianapolis Colts looking like a legitimate playoff team, and that is reason enough to have him as one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the league.

9. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Season Statistics: 191-of-312, 2,235 yards, 15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, four fumbles lost

    Yes, the Chicago Bears lost on Sunday, but Jay Cutler actually had one of his better performances of he season in Week 13.

    He totaled 233 passing yards to go along with two touchdown passes and no interceptions. While his team gave up the win in overtime, he still played a solid game throughout.

    His biggest issue right now is getting the ball into the hands of players not named Brandon Marshall. Marshall finished Sunday's game with 10 of Cutler's 17 completions.

    Cutler desperately needs another option at receiver, but he is still playing at a high enough level to warrant a spot in the top 10 of our rankings.

8. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Season Statistics: 218-of-325, 2,660 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions, 714 rushing yards,six rushing touchdowns, two fumbles lost

    Not only does Robert Griffin III continue to impress with his play, but he's now also winning football games while playing so well. With their win on Monday night, the Washington Redskins have now won three games in a row.

    In those three games, Griffin has amassed 667 passing yards, nine touchdowns and only one interception. He's also added 185 yards on the ground, including 72 this week against the New York Giants.

    Griffin is playing at an otherworldly level right now and actually has the Redskins in position to make a run at the playoffs. They only sit a game behind the Giants in the NFC East, and Griffin is the reason why.

7. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Season Statistics: 259-of-427, 3,170 yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, one fumble lost

    Eli Manning and the New York Giants couldn't get a win in Week 13, but it certainly wasn't all Manning's fault. Sure, he missed a few throws that would have resulted in big gains, but Robert Griffin III was just too good on Monday night.

    The Giants dominated the first half of Monday's game, as Manning was his usual tactician self in putting together three long scoring drives. However, the Giants were only able to muster up three points in the second half as Manning struggled moving the ball.

    While New York is still in first place in the NFC East, both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are nipping at their heels. Manning is going to need to play some stellar football late in the season to ensure the Giants don't miss out on the playoffs.

6. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

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    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Season Statistics: 266-of-413, 3,062 yards, 21 touchdowns, nine interceptions

    The Houston Texans continue to win football games, and Matt Schaub continues to play at a Pro Bowl level.

    He threw another two touchdown passes in Week 13, giving him eight touchdowns in the past three games. What has been the best part of Schaub's recent success is the fact that he has begun to find Andre Johnson again. Over the past three weeks, Johnson has recorded 517 receiving yards, over 46 percent of his season total.

    If Schaub continues to play at this high of a level, the Texans should be the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Season Statistics: 304-of-492, 3,674 yards, 31 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, one fumble lost

    Week 13 brought about one of the worst games in Drew Brees' career. While he threw for 341 yards, his five interceptions and zero touchdowns negated any number of yards he picked up.

    While it may seem generous to drop Brees down only one spot after such a terrible performance, he is still having quite the year in 2012. He currently leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards behind only Matthew Stafford.

    With remaining games against the Giants, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers, Brees should finish the season playing at an extremely high level.

4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Season Statistics: 312-of-462, 3,590 yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, one rushing touchdown, two fumbles lost

    I simply couldn't keep Drew Brees ranked above Matt Ryan after Thursday night's win over the New Orleans Saints. While his numbers weren't great in Week 13 (165 yards and one touchdown), it was still enough for the Atlanta Falcons to clinch the NFC South.

    Ryan looked much better in Week 13 after throwing seven interceptions in his three previous games. His throws were more accurate, and he was making better decisions with the football.

    The Falcons are only two wins away from locking up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. As long as Ryan plays like he did on Thursday, those two wins should come rather quickly.

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Season Statistics: 279-of-414, 3,124 yards, 29 touchdowns, eight interceptions, two fumbles lost

    It certainly wasn't one of Aaron Rodgers' best games of the season in Week 13, but it was effective nonetheless. He got the Green Bay Packers back on the winning track by throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown.

    The problem for Rodgers is that his team can't stay healthy. While Greg Jennings did finally return, Jordy Nelson was forced out of the game with a hamstring injury. The fact that Rodgers is still capable of doing so much with so many key players missing time is a testament to just how talented he is.

    He's not playing at the same level he was last year, but he isn't too far off either.

2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Season Statistics: 304-of-447, 3,502 yards, 29 touchdowns, nine interceptions, two fumbles lost

    With the win on Sunday, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have clinched the AFC West. I think it is safe to say that there hasn't been a better acquisition in the offseason than Manning.

    He was once again stellar on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He threw two second-half touchdown passes, building a big lead for Denver that Tampa Bay couldn't come back from.

    While his play wasn't enough to jump back to the top spot in our rankings, he was still fantastic in Week 13 and is even better when you look at his season as a whole.

1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Season Statistics: 298-of-460, 3,537 yards, 25 touchdowns, four interceptions, three rushing touchdowns

    Even though Tom Brady had one of his worst games of the year, he still remains ranked as our No. 1 quarterback.

    He has the New England Patriots playing some of the best football we've seen from this team. They're on a six-game winning streak and should be favored in their remaining four games of the season.

    If the season was to end right now, Brady would take home MVP honors, which makes him our top quarterback for the second week in a row.