NFL Week 7 Report Cards: Breaking Down the Stars and Duds at QB

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IOctober 25, 2010

NFL Week 7 Report Cards: Breaking Down the Stars and Duds at QB

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass upfield against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Fairly or unfairly, the quarterbacks become the focus of the game most of the time, and things won't change in Week 7 of the 2010 NFL season.

    Quarterbacks get the credit for the wins and take the blame for the losses even on occasions where it isn't warranted, but that's the life of a quarterback.

    Here's a look at the quarterbacks from this week and how they stacked up.

Drew Brees

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    Grade: F

    Four interceptions against one of the worst secondary's in the league earns this Super Bowl-defending champion an F.

    Brees could not figure out what defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was doing, and it showed in the turnover stat column.

Jay Cutler

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears reacts after throwing an interception against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Gett
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    Grade: F

    Jay Cutler, in addition to being sacked another three dozen times, threw four interceptions.

    While Cutler also had 281 yards and a touchdown, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Derek Anderson

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals passes against Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 22-10. (Photo by Otto Gre
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Grade: D-

    Derek Anderson came in to the Arizona Cardinals game in relief of a banged-up Max Hall.

    While Anderson didn't do anything to lose the game, he didn't do anything to win it, either, going 8-17 for 96 yards.

Tom Brady

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game on October 24, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
    Donald Miralle/Getty Images

    Grade: D

    Tom Brady had a very un-Bradylike game, throwing for only 159 yards and one touchdown. With Deion Branch performing well last week, you can't blame it on the absence of Randy Moss.

    Last time I checked, Wes Welker still is on the roster.

Kyle Orton

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos look on from the bench during their 59-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/
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    Grade: D

    Kyle Orton has been playing like a man possessed this year, and he was bound to have a bad day, which he did versus the Raiders on Sunday.

    To be fair, he still has no real running game to fall back on because of injuries to the position, but we grade on what we see, not on what we wish was there.

Matt Hasselback

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Grade: D

    Matt Hasselback threw for 192 yards, going 20-38 and throwing one touchdown pass. The rest of the team's scoring was via the field goal.

    While many factors come into play when a team can't score inside the opposing team's territory, especially in the red zone, five field goals means there was poor player execution somewhere.

Donovan McNabb

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Grade: C-

    Donovan McNabb threw for one touchdown and two picks while amassing 200 yards on 32 attempts, 17 of which were completed.

    McNabb had the kind of performance you forget about the next day, and considering how many turnovers the Bears gave the Redskins, it might be better if everyone forgot McNabb's and the Redskins' performance.

Brett Favre

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:   Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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    Grade: C-

    Favre threw one touchdown and three interceptions in a game where he needed to be a lot better. Favre is continuing his trend of forcing passes where they shouldn't be going and he's hurting the Vikings by not playing smarter.

Alex Smith

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    Grade: C

    Before his injury, Alex Smith was playing okay. He had 129 yards and one touchdown. However, Frank Gore was having a good day and David Carr came in and was okay as well.

    Overall, the Niners quarterbacks were uninspiring but not awful.

Chad Henne

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers  at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Grade: C+

    Chad Henne had a pretty good day, 257 yards and a touchdown, but when he really needed to rally the team at the end of the fourth quarter, the team went three-and-out.

Kevin Kolb

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Grade: C+

    Kevin Kolb was 26-of-48 for 231 yards and a touchdown, but he spent too much time running and wasn't able to make the big plays Andy Reid was looking for.

    As a result, Michael Vick will be back behind center.

Philip Rivers

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws the ball against the pressure of the New England Patriots defense during NFL game on October 24, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Mi
    Donald Miralle/Getty Images

    Grade: B-

    Philip Rivers threw for more than 300 yards, but he only had one touchdown and a pick.

    Rivers and the offense have been the least of the Chargers' troubles this year, but Rivers's job is to score more than the other team, which he didn't do on Sunday.

Todd Bouman

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Todd Bouman #4 of the Jacksonville Jaguars passes as Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/G
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    Grade: B-

    If we were solely grading on "returning to the game after more than a year off," Todd Bouman would get an A+.

    Even without the curve, Bouman threw for 222 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. All things considered, it still was a decent performance.

Sam Bradford

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up prior to the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B-

    Sam Bradford once again showed people why he was the No. 1 overall draft pick as he threw for two touchdowns in a game that wasn't dominated by quarterback play.

    Bradford threw only for a total of 126 yards, but that's because Steven Jackson was busy getting the ball.

Matt Cassel

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Grade: B-

    Matt Cassel wasn't great, but he was solid and managed the game, throwing for two touchdowns.

    Cassel only had 18 attempts the whole game, so it wasn't like the Chiefs went with a pass-heavy scheme.

Matt Moore

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:   Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Grade: B

    Matt Moore returned to the starting lineup and threw for 308 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.

    Moore was very good in his return, leading the Panthers to their first victory of the season.

Jason Campbell

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before taking on the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B

    Jason Campbell was 12-of-20 for 204 yards and two touchdowns, but the real glory belonged to Darren McFadden, who Campbell kept handing off to for 165 rushing yards.

Colt McCoy

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Browns defeated the Saints 30-17.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Get
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    Grade: B

    Colt McCoy wasn't asked to do much as the Browns offense spread the ball around and the defense did most of the heavy lifting.

    That being said, McCoy did what was asked of him, and even went out for a pass on one play. There were no turnovers and the Browns offense looked sharp when it was on the field.

Aaron Rodgers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B

    Aaron Rodgers did exactly what he had to do and overcame two interceptions to pull out a victory over division rival Minnesota Vikings.

    Rodgers also had two touchdowns and threw for 295 yards in what was a slugfest between the two teams.

Josh Freeman

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B

    Josh Freeman's stats, from an outside perspective, don't look that impressive. He threw for 212 yards and one touchdown.

    However, what the stats don't show is Freeman rallying the troops at the end of the fourth quarter before handing the ball off to Cadillac Wiliams for the one-yard, winning touchdown run.

Ben Roethlisberger

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 passes against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B+

    Ben Roethlisberger can extend a play like few other quarterbacks, but sometimes his attempts go awry, like when he fumbled the ball on the goal line at the end of the game.

    Still, Roethlisberger technically recovered it and the Steelers won the game behind his 302 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Kerry Collins

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Kerry Collins #5 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass during the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 37-19.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Grade: B+

    Kerry Collins went out and threw for three touchdowns in relief of the injured Vince Young, and once again the Titans showed they have two viable quarterbacks behind center.

    Collins also threw two interceptions to go along with his touchdowns and 276 yards, but overall, it was a pretty good game for Collins and the Titans.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills hands off to Fred Jackson #22 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 37-34. (Photo by Larry French/G
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    Grade: A-

    Ryan Fitzpatrick really wanted to let the Ravens know he existed. And there's no doubt they'll remember who he is after giving up four touchdowns and 374 yards on the day.

    Fitzpatrick also threw two picks, but Ray Lewis was responsible for stripping the ball out of a receiver's hands after he caught it, and when Ray Lewis is in the game, these things happen.

Matt Ryan

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass upfield against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Grade: A

    Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards, three touchdowns and one pick, staying one step ahead of the Bengals' equally relentless offensive attack.

Joe Flacco

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bills lead the Ravens at the half 24-20. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Grade: A

    Joe Flacco threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, keeping the Ravens in a game the defense was trying very hard to take them out of.

    Flacco continues to improve, and the Ravens are going to need Flacco to stay healthy as they continue to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers for the lead in the AFC North.

Carson Palmer

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes out of the pocket against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Grade: A+

    All Carson Palmer did was throw for 412 yards on 50 attempts, scoring three touchdowns and not throwing any picks.

    While the Bengals lost, it's hard to put any of that blame on Palmer and the receivers.