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Rivers stands above the rest

Discussion in 'American Football' started by RaiderRay, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..Go Any SD Team, Go Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    Can't disagree with this ranking.


    The Quarterbacks
    He threw five interceptions in a game this season, but is anyone hotter right now than Kurt Warner? He had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four) against the Packers and it looks like he deserves a bust in the Hall of Fame.

    Peyton Manning just won his fourth MVP award and Drew Brees, thanks a little to sitting out the final game, set a NFL record by completing 70.6 of his attempts this season. And some guy named Brett Favre, a 40-year-old marvel, passed for 33 touchdowns — one less than Brees and the same amount as Manning.

    You can’t win without your quarterback playing great, and here are my rankings.

    1. Philip Rivers, Chargers: This guy has won 11 straight games and pulled out big wins in New York and Dallas. But what I love about him is how impervious he is to pressure. Nobody steps up into the pocket with defenders all around him better than Rivers. He never sees the rush; he’s always looking downfield.

    2. Peyton Manning, Colts: The best thing about him is that he doesn’t panic anymore. He’s seen it all and knows how to beat any defense. He may have a couple new receivers, but he completed 68.8 of his passes and can deal with any scoreboard pressure.

    3. Drew Brees, Saints: I’m going to remember the September through November player who won 13 straight and the only guy without a Pro Bowl receiver.

    4. Brett Favre, Vikings: This gunslinger threw only seven interceptions in 531 attempts. The best thing he did was elevate the abilities of Sidney Rice and rookie Percy Harvin. He talked more Football with those two young players — the kids listened and respected him — and that’s why the Vikings are playing at Home.

    5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals: The Packers were supposed to have the league’s No. 2 overall defense, but we forgot that Ben Roethlisberger shredded them for 503 yards this season. Warner managed only 379, but he directed an offensive show that totaled 531 yards. He deserves a higher grade as a passer, but he’s still too shaky in the pocket for me.

    6. Tony Romo, Cowboys: Yes, he played smart in both games against the Eagles, who we discovered was very weak at linebacker and only had one good defensive lineman. He still has a penchant of forcing a ball while throwing off his back foot. But he will be fired up playing against his idol, Mr. Favre.

    7. Joe Flacco, Ravens: This is based on his excellent season, but he was literally no factor against the Patriots because of hip and quad injuries that aren’t going away. He passed 10 times on Sunday with one interception and 34 yards.

    8. Mark Sanchez, Jets: The rookie is still being governed by those silly red, yellow and green cards. A playoff game will never be in his hands unless they fall behind by more than 10 points. Wait ‘til next year!

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