NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Top 7 QBs Heading into This Week
Every week, power rankings come out putting NFL teams in order from first to worst. However, since the NFL is becoming increasingly driven by quarterbacks I will be doing a miniature version of power rankings for the top signal-callers in the league.
I will be ranking the top seven quarterbacks in the NFL, but these rankings will be based solely on each player's performance in the previous week. The fact that Tom Brady is Tom Brady will not factor into his spot in the rankings; the fact that Brady passed for over 500 yards last week will.
7. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
If this were a power ranking of the smartest quarterbacks in the NFL, then Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick would likely come in at No. 1. As it is, he will have to settle for the seventh spot, which is a pretty decent consolation prize.
In a week where quarterbacks were throwing for gaudy amounts of yards, Fitzpatrick checked in with a respectable yet unspectacular 208 yards through the air on 17 for 25 passing. The reason the Bills quarterback made it on this list is because of the four touchdowns he threw against zero interceptions.
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
It gives me great pleasure to put Matthew Stafford's name in these power rankings as I have believed he was a franchise quarterback since his days as a Georgia Bulldog. While he has not done anything to prove me wrong, he has been injured too often to prove me right.
Stafford has had moments of brilliance in the times he has been healthy, and Sunday was one of those moments. The Detroit Lions' signal-caller threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns. The only thing that kept Stafford from being higher on the list is the fact that he threw an interception.
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
As good as Aaron Rodgers' statistics are from the Green Bay Packers' opening week victory, they do not even tell the whole story about how well Rodgers played. For the record, Rodgers went 27 for 35 with 312 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Beyond the numbers though, Aaron Rodgers just appeared to be in complete control at all times. That is a feeling I normally only get when I watch Peyton Manning play. I am not saying Rodgers is Peyton Manning, but for one game he was performing at that high of a level.
4. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
For the Miami Dolphins fans that were booing Chad Henne during training camp, they may want to reconsider their opposition to Henne being in control of the offense. Henne was lighting it up on Monday night against the New England Patriots.
Besides passing for 416 yards and two touchdowns, Chad Henne also led the Dolphins in rushing with 59 yards and a touchdown. Henne's outstanding performance through the air and on the ground wasn't enough to take down the Patriots, but it should be enough to silence the critics for a little while.
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, by now you have surely heard about Cam Newton's unbelievable debut as an NFL starting quarterback. Newton completed 24 of 37 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns; he also ran for another score.
While Newton did throw an interception, his performance was a radical improvement over his preseason outings in which he struggled to complete 40% of his passes. I wouldn't bet on Cam Newton having many more games like this, but for one week he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
It seems like Drew Brees can always be counted on to put up ridiculous numbers, and he did not disappoint in the opening week of the 2011 season. While Brees was unable to lead the Saints to victory, he did rack up 419 yards passing and three touchdowns without an interception.
Most weeks, Brees' performance would earn him the top spot in my quarterback power rankings; however, this was no ordinary week so Drew Brees will have to settle for No. 2.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
I would describe Tom Brady's statistics from Week 1 as "video game" numbers, but unless you are playing against a small child, it would even be pretty difficult to duplicate Brady's effort in Madden. The Patriots quarterback completed 32 of 48 passes for 517 yards.
Anytime a quarterback passes for 500 yards, they are a pretty good bet to top the QB power rankings. Just to make sure he clinched the top spot though, Brady threw for four touchdowns as well. Tom Brady did throw an interception, but I have decided I'm willing to overlook that.