The NFL season is quickly flying by, as we are already five weeks into the season.
While we still have some questions, at this point in the year, we have a pretty good idea about what matchups are favorable and who we can trust (and who we can’t).
Let’s put that knowledge to good use as we put together our Week 6 quarterback rankings:
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, vs. Jacksonville
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, at New England
- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, vs. Washington
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, at San Diego
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, at Baltimore
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, at Minnesota
- Robert Grifin III, Washington Redskins, at Dallas
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots, vs. New Orleans
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, vs. Indianapolis
- Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, vs. New York Giants
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, vs. Tennessee
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, at Cleveland
- Eli Manning, New York Giants, at Chicago
- Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Arizona
- Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders, at Kansas City
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Green Bay
- Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, at Buffalo
- Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams, at Houston
- Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, vs. St. Louis
- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, vs. Oakland
- Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, at Tampa Bay
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, at New York Jets
- Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, vs. Philadelphia
- Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns, vs. Detroit
- Geno Smith, New York Jets, vs. Pittsburgh
- New England actually had a pretty good passing defense this season (228.6 passing yards per game; four passing touchdowns allowed), but does anyone think they are going to be able to slow down Drew Brees and the Saints? Don’t count on it…
- Tony Romo is coming off a game where he threw for 506 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, albeit in a shootout against Peyton Manning. That said, he walks into another favorable matchup with the Washington Redskins (nine passing touchdowns allowed in just four games). Obviously, he’s not going to match his Week 5 performance, but he should be viewed as a very good option in all formats.
- While Cam Newton threw three interceptions in last week's contest against the Cardinals, he also was able to pass for 308 yards, the first time he has been over 230 yards passing this season. The matchup is favorable (Minnesota is allowing 326.0 passing yards per game and has allowed 10 passing touchdowns), so consider Newton a viable option in all formats.
- We remain unsure if we can trust Philip Rivers, but he keeps producing, and the Chargers’ running game is virtually non-existent this season. Look for them to continue using a short passing game in lieu of a running game, helping to boost Rivers' numbers. He’s played his way into being a viable QB1 in all formats.
- The 49ers had a big lead early on against Houston last week, and therefore, Colin Kaepernick only threw the ball 15 times. Regardless, his 113 yards passing represent the fourth consecutive game he has been at 167 passing yards or less. While this week's matchup against the Cardinals isn’t a bad one, does anyone really believe that they can trust him at this point?
- The Giants allowed Nick Foles to come into a relief role and throw for 197 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. As a result, does anyone not believe in Jay Cutler as he gets set to take on the Giants on Thursday night? Yes, a short week has to play a role here, but he still has to be considered among the better options in the league.
- With Calvin Johnson’s status being questionable at this point and drawing a Cleveland defense that has allowed just two passing touchdowns on the season, Matthew Stafford is a borderline option for the coming week. Is he usable? Sure, but consider your other options.
- Eli Manning is an interception machine this season, but he’s still producing yards and touchdowns because the running game has been non-existent. Don’t downgrade him in the least, as he should remain a solid QB2 in all formats.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 Rankings: