Power Ranking the NFL's Top 15 Starting QBs Without Brett Favre

Joe PrindlContributor IAugust 6, 2010

Power Ranking The Top 15 Starting QB's Without Favre

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    Despite reports that claim Favre has played his last snap in the NFL, millions around the world are still not convinced.

    I won't lie, Favre has fooled me over the past few seasons, but I will be fooled no more. Until Tavaris Jackson is starting in the Superdome come September 9, I am a firm believer that Brett Favre will be back for a 20th season.

    Maybe if he hasn't "Cried Retirement" so many times, my mindset would be a little different.

    No one knows what goes on in the head of Brett Favre, and maybe that's a good thing.

    Imagining the NFL without Brett Favre is incomprehensible, but if that time has come, here is the updated list of the top 15 starting quarterbacks this league has to offer.

15. Matt Moore

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    2009 Stats - 1053 Yards, 8 TD, 2 INT, 61.6% Completion, 98.5 RAT

    His numbers are low because he became the starter with only five weeks left in the season, but drastically improved the offense. The Panthers went 4-1 with him at the helm which has to have Panthers fans excited about his future.

    Chances are Moore will start the season, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jimmy Clausen push him a bit.

14. Joe Flacco

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    2009 Stats - 3613, 21 TD, 12 INT, 63.1% Completion, 88.9 RAT

    Joe Flacco is undoubtedly the Ravens franchise quarterback and has a bright future. The Ravens should have a solid aerial attack with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, and Derrick Mason.

    He will also be able to work off one of the league's best running backs in Ray Rice.

    However, Flacco must improve his play in pressure situations. He has awful playoff numbers.

13. Jay Cutler

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    2009 Stats - 3666 Yards, 27 TD, 26 INT, 60.5% Completion, 76.8 RAT

    Jay Cutler definitely has that gunslinger mentality, but unfortunately for the Bears, that turned out to be a negative last season.

    He led the league in interceptions, mainly due to his bad decision making.

    Mike Martz was hired as the new offensive coordinator and he hopes that Cutler strives in his system the way Kurt Warner did.

12. Eli Manning

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    2009 Stats - 4021 Yards, 27 TD, 14 INT, 62.3% Completion, 93.1 RAT

    Coming off his best statistical season of his career, Manning looks to improve even more in 2010.

    He may have a tough time if Hakeem Nicks' injury turns out to be a problem during the season, but the potential is there nonetheless.

11. Carson Palmer

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    2009 Stats - 3094 Stats, 21 TD, 13 INT, 60.5% Completion, 83.6 RAT

    Ever since his injury, Carson Palmer hasn't been the same quarterback.  Heading into 2010, after a full season of healthiness, Palmer looks to place himself among the elites again.

    And he most definitely has the WR corp to do so.

    New Arrivals: Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant, Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham

10. Matt Ryan

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    2009 Stats - 2916 Yards, 22 TD, 14 INT, 58.3% Completion, 80.9 RAT

    Matt Ryan's sophomore season was undeniably an inadequate one, posting 14 interceptions in 14 games with a mediocre completion percentage.

    He sat out nearly three games with a bad case of turf toe, but before Ryan plans on taking his team to the next level, he must take himself to the next level.

    With Michael Turner back on the field, and Matt Ryan with one extra year of experience, don't be surprised to see Ryan put up some solid numbers this season.

9. Ben Roethlisberger

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    2009 Stats - 4328 Yards, 26 TD, 12 INT, 66.6% Completion, 100.5 RAT

    There's no question that Roethlisberger's off-field issues need to come to an end if he wants to be considered one of the best.

    On the field last season, he was pretty damn good.

    Big Ben will miss a minimum of four games in 2010, so he won't be as productive as he was last season.

8. Donovan McNabb

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    2009 Stats - 3552 Yards, 22 TD, 10 INT, 60.3% Completion, 92.9 RAT

    New place, similar faces.

    Although Donovan McNabb finds himself with a new team heading into 2010, he still remains a starting quarterback in the NFC East.  The fun will be week 4 when McNabb visits his former team.

    McNabb will have his work cut out for him in Washington. 

    He will have a worse offensive line, running game, and receivers, but McNabb's presence can make others better.

7. Matt Schaub

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    2009 Stats - 4770 Yards, 29 TD, 15 INT, 67.9% Completion, 98.6 RAT

    Schaub finally made it a full season of being a starter and he sure made the most of it. 

    Having arguably the best wide receiver in the game today certainly helps.

    He led the league in passing yards, completions, and attempts, and established that he and Andre Johnson are one of league's most dynamic aerial attacks.

6. Tony Romo

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    2009 Stats - 4483 Yards, 26 TD, 9 INT, 63.1% Completion, 97.6 RAT

    He did it!  Tony Romo finally managed to get his first playoff win under his belt, which has to be a huge relief for Cowboys nation.

    If Miles Austin proves to be more than a one-year wonder and Dez Bryant lives up to the hype, Romo will have one hell of a WR corp to work with.  And that's not even counting Jason Witten.

    However, Romo has fumbled five times in four playoff games, so if he ever wants to be considered among the elites, he will have to fix the way he plays in pressure situations.

5. Philip Rivers

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    2009 Stats - 4254 Yards, 28 TD, 9 INT, 65.2% Completion, 104.4 RAT

    With Vincent Jackson suspended for three games and still unhappy with his contract and, Tomlinson gone, we may see a decline in Rivers' stats in 2010.

    Yes, I know, they drafted a very talented running back in Ryan Matthews who has tons of potential, but he is still unproven.

    But with a great offensive line, and the best tight end in the NFL, San Diego's aerial attack will remain one of the best in the league.

4. Aaron Rodgers

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    2009 Stats - 4434 Yards, 30 TD, 7 INT, 64.7% Completion, 103.2 RAT

    With a healthy and revamped offensive line, and Jermichael Finley emerging as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, Rodgers may very well put together the best season of his career.

    It still blows my mind how Rodgers lost his first playoff game even though he put up 423 yards and 5 touchdowns.

    Rodgers also led all quarterbacks in rushing with 316 yards and 5 touchdowns, showing his versatility.

3. Tom Brady

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    2009 Stats - 4398 Yards, 28 TD, 13 INT, 65.7% Completion, 96.2 RAT

    Although we will probably never see Brady put up numbers similar to his '07 season, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game right now, and one of the best ever.

    Brady is entering the final year of his contract and looks to prove he's still got plenty of game left to rack in another big deal.


2. Drew Brees

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    2009 Stats - 4388 Yards, 34 TD, 11 INT, 70.6% Completion, 109.6 RAT

    Brees will always be remembered in New Orleans for the man who brought the Lombardi trophy to the Superdome.  Not only did he lead one of the best offenses in the NFL for a second straight season, but he put up remarkable numbers while doing so.

    He is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL and set the record for highest ever completion percentage last season with 70.6 percent.

    Through all of these accomplishments, Brees landed himself on the cover of Madden NFL 2011.

1. Peyton Manning

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    2009 Stats - 4500 Yards, 33 TD, 16 INT, 68.8% Completion, 99.9 RAT

    Peyton Manning has been without a doubt the most consistent quarterback in the past decade. 

    He has the ability to make any receiver into a superstar and is the only quarterback who can call his own plays.

    As long as Peyton Manning is playing, the Colts will remain a top contender in the AFC.  I wouldn't be surprised to see this man win another Super Bowl by the time he decides to call it a career.