QB rankings: Week 6

So who's the NFL's best QB? Who's the worst? And where does your team's QB rank? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton ranks the QBs 1-32.

Updated: October 17, 2006, 4:15 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

So who's the best QB in the NFL right now? Who's the worst? And who's in between? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton ranks all the QBs 1-32.

QB rankings
Rank Player Team Comment
1.
McNabb
Donovan McNabb
Eagles In typical Philadelphia fashion, Donovan McNabb spread the ball around to eight different receivers and was in total command of this explosive offense, but it wasn't enough in New Orleans vs. a hot Saints team.
2.
Manning
Peyton Manning
Colts Coming off a bye week, he should have a good day against a fading Redskins defense on Sunday. With the run game getting untracked, this is a now a complete offense.
3.
Palmer
Carson Palmer
Bengals This is not the same offense we are used to seeing. Poor pass protection, lots of penalties, mental mistakes and a lack of consistency ruined a good day by Palmer in loss to Bucs.
4.
Brady
Tom Brady
Patriots He spent the bye week trying to get in sync with his new receivers in order to give this passing game a vertical element that has been missing. Still, he remains the best clutch QB in the game.
5.
 Brees
Drew Brees
Saints Brees continues to be a model of consistency, completing his first nine passes and his last 11 -- including all eight completions on the decisive drive -- in the Saints' win over Philadelphia.
6.
Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck
Seahawks He had a "clean" day in the win at St. Louis, throwing three TDs and no INTs and doing a great job in the two-minute drill. He also found a new offensive weapon in WR Deion Branch.
7.
Bulger
Marc Bulger
Rams When he has time to throw, he's great. But Seattle sacked him six times on Sunday and he has been sacked 19 times in six games. Still, Bulger's numbers are excellent.
8.
Rivers
Philip Rivers
Chargers He had his best game so far in a win over the 49ers, throwing for 334 yards, two TDs with no interceptions and a passer rating of 116.8. When defenses load up to stop LaDainian Tomlinson and the run, Rivers makes them pay.
9.
Grossman
Rex Grossman
Bears Played his worst game of the season and was lucky to get out of Arizona with a win. His six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles) were not very impressive against a much-maligned Cardinals defense that played hard.
10.
Manning
Eli Manning
Giants Tiki Barber had a huge game running the ball at Atlanta and it took the pressure off Manning, who had a solid day (180 yards with two INTs and two TDs) and made some clutch throws.
11.
Delhomme
Jake Delhomme
Panthers He took advantage of a healthy Steve Smith (who draws a lot of double coverage) and liberal use of three-wide receiver sets to throw for 365 yards and two TDs against a good Baltimore secondary.
12.
Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers He came in with a 41.7 pass rating for the season, but was nearly perfect and had a 153.8 rating in Sunday's win over Kansas City. He made excellent decisions and played with the poise we are used to seeing from him.
13.
Favre
Brett Favre
Packers Nobody needed the bye week more than Favre, but until he gets a running game around him he'll have to carry this offense, and that's when he forces too many passes.
14.
Vick
Michael Vick
Falcons Another inconsistent passing game that produced only 154 yds and no TDs. While he was harassed all day by the Giants' defense and sacked seven times, the non-explosive passing game averaged just 3.1 yards per pass.
15.
Leinart
Matt Leinart
Cardinals He deserved a win on MNF versus Chicago and he looked like a veteran with unbelievable poise. He took care of the football, showed good movement, made good decisions, made accurate throws and carried out an excellent game plan in a bitter loss.
16.
Smith
Alex Smith
49ers Although he took a physical beating and was sacked five times by the Chargers, he still put up respectable numbers, throwing for 214 yards with two TDs and one INT. He gets better each week.
17.
Johnson
Brad Johnson
Vikings At his age, Johnson welcomed the bye week. In addition to the extra rest, he and his coaches spent the time trying to figure out how to stretch the offense, create more big plays and add a vertical element in their passing game.
18.
McNair
Steve McNair
Ravens McNair was knocked out of the game early versus Carolina with a neck strain and concussion, but he will be back after the bye week. In his place, Kyle Boller was respectable with 226 yards and two TDs without any solid reps in practice, but McNair is still the guy.
19.
Bledsoe
Drew Bledsoe
Cowboys He had a solid game in the win over Houston, posting a 101.5 QB rating and connecting with Terrell Owens on three TDs. When the run game goes, the passing game opens up, and Bledsoe found good matchups.
20.
Carr
David Carr
Texans After four excellent weeks and a great QB rating, he came back down to earth versus Dallas, throwing two INTs and posting a 42.4 rating. No running game and a receiver who struggles to separate puts a lot of pressure on Carr.
21.
Pennington
Chad Pennington
Jets Too many third-and-long situations led to "must" throws, and while his arm strength is still suspect, he throws a very catchable ball and hooked up all day with WR Laveranues Coles in the win over Miami.
22.
Huard
Damon Huard
Chiefs After three good weeks, Huard came back to earth against the tough Steelers' defense. He went from a 102 passer rating to a 51.8 on Sunday.
23.
Plummer
Jake Plummer
Broncos Another ho-hum game by a struggling offense that has scored only five TDs in five games. The Broncos only passed for 35 yards after the first quarter versus a porous Raiders defense.
24.
Leftwich
Byron Leftwich
Jaguars He has been acceptable through five games with an 82.0 passer rating and seven TDs, along with five INTs. The Jaguars need more explosive plays from Leftwich and his big receivers.
25.
Gradkowski
Bruce Gradkowski
Buccaneers He didn't post great passing numbers in a win over Cincinnati, but he made some plays with his feet, buying time for his receivers to get open. His last drive to win the game showed his growing poise.
26.
Brunell
Mark Brunell
Redskins Another inconsistent day for Brunell and this passing game in an embarrassing loss to Tennessee. He doesn't stretch the field and most of the productive passing plays are short passes that depend on YAC (yards after catch).
27.
Losman
J.P. Losman
Bills He can show flashes of brilliance but he can also show inconsistency. He threw for two TDs in a loss to Detroit, but he also threw an interception and was sacked five times. He's committed five costly turnovers in the Bills' five games.
28.
Young
Vince Young
Titans His numbers were not great (85.6 passer rating) but he showed poise in the huddle and excellent toughness in a win over Washington. He finally looked like an NFL QB, and you get the feeling that his confidence is growing.
29.
Kitna
Jon Kitna
Lions He found his best playmaker, WR Roy Williams, 10 times for 161 yds and a TD. More importantly, he didn't make a lot of mistakes in the Lions' first win of the season.
30.
Harrington
Joey Harrington
Dolphins Harrington got hot in the fourth quarter, throwing for 199 yards and a TD, but it was too little, too late in a loss to the Jets. It didn't help that his receivers dropped at least six passes.
31.
Frye
Charlie Frye
Browns Offensive numbers are not pretty despite his young playmakers, TE Kellen Winslow and WR Braylon Edwards. Frye gets hit too much and the play calling is too conservative.
32.
Walter
Andrew Walter
Raiders He has no chance with an offensive line that can't pass protect, an undisciplined offense that had eight false start penalties and skill players who go through the motions.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.