Rivers climbs while Plummer falls

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: November 16, 2006, 4:09 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 the QBs 1-32. Also, you can rank the QBs, too.

QB rankings
Rank (LW) Player Team Comment
1.(1)
Manning
Peyton Manning
Colts Buffalo played mostly coverage schemes with seven and eight defenders dropping, and Manning threw a lot of underneath passes, which kept drives going but didn't lead to big stats or big, deep throws. It was a vintage "take what the defense gives you" performance by Manning.
2.(4)
Rivers
Philip Rivers
Chargers He looks more poised each week. He threw for 337 yards and 3 TDs in shocking comeback win at Cincinnati and led San Diego to scores on seven of its last eight possessions and had no interceptions. This guy is the real deal, and he just doesn't make many mistakes.
3.(2)
Brady
Tom Brady
Patriots His accuracy was good and he threw for 255 yards and 1 TD, but there was no magic in the loss to the Jets. Brady is getting hit too much, and his pass protection is inconsistent. He just doesn't look like the Tom Brady we are used to seeing.
4.(5)
McNabb
Donovan McNabb
Eagles He had a quietly efficient day in a big win over the Redskins, throwing for 222 yards. He also finally had his favorite target, WR Donte' Stallworth (who had 6 catches, 139 yards, 1 TD), back to help key the passing game.
5.(9)
Palmer
Carson Palmer
Bengals He was good, but not good enough in a heartbreaking loss to San Diego. He threw for 440 yards with 3 TDs and 0 INTs. It's good to note that 260 of those passing yards went to WR Chad Johnson. He finally looked comfortable under pressure, and his decision-making was excellent.
6.(15)
Grossman
Rex Grossman
Bears He had an uneven first half, but he rallied in the second half with some key completions and good decisions. After being down 13-3, he rallied Chicago to a 38-20 win over the Giants that is a huge confidence builder for him.
7.(3)
Brees
Drew Brees
Saints Even in a loss at Pittsburgh, he posted excellent numbers, throwing for 398 yards and spreading the ball to eight receivers. His ability to read defenses and make good decisions is top-notch every week, but the offense could not overcome three turnovers.
8.(10)
Romo
Tony Romo
Cowboys He is playing like a seasoned veteran, and this offense is really starting to jell. He threw for 308 yards and 2 TDs in the win at Arizona. He is making plays with his arm and his feet and is doing an excellent job of identifying matchups.
9.(13)
Favre
Brett Favre
Packers He had an excellent no-turnover day in road win over Minnesota with 347 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He found WR Donald Driver over the middle all day for 191 yards. He is really running this offense well and having a lot of fun.
10.(11)
McNair
Steve McNair
Ravens Early mistakes by the ex-Titan led to 16 Tennessee points, but he continues to be resilient and composed and he rallied Baltimore to the come-from-behind win against his old team. He finished with 373 yards passing and 2 TDs. He never gets flustered.
11.(7)
Bulger
Marc Bulger
Rams He had a decent day throwing the football in the rain at Seattle in a losing effort, but there weren't enough big plays and Bulger is not carrying this slumping offense right now the way he did earlier in the season.
12.(6)
Vick
Michael Vick
Falcons He played a very sloppy game for the second week in a row and doesn't look like the same QB who played so well earlier in the season. Two INTs, a fumble, dropped passes and inconsistent accuracy led to an embarrassing loss to Detroit.
13.(18)
Pennington
Chad Pennington
Jets His velocity and arm strength still look subpar, but his production and accuracy are exceeding everybody's expectations. In win at New England, Pennington threw for modest 168 yards, but he spread the ball to eight receivers.
14.(12)
Manning
Eli Manning
Giants He had an off night in the rain in loss to the Bears, passing for only 121 yards and throwing 2 INTs. With the exception of WR Plaxico Burress, this is not a passing game that is scaring opponents, and Manning is not taking over games.
15.(17)
Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers He finally played a mistake-free game and actually looked relaxed in a much-needed win at home over Saints. He threw for 264 yards and 3 TDs, but more important, threw no interceptions.
16.(8)
Plummer
Jake Plummer
Broncos He had another roller-coaster day versus an improving Raiders secondary with only 210 yards passing and 3 INTs, but he also threw 2 TD passes. WR Javon Walker continues to bail him out, but will his inconsistency catch up with him in January?
17.(16)
Delhomme
Jake Delhomme
Panthers When you are struggling at QB, get the ball to your best playmaker -- and that's what Delhomme did on MNF. He opened up the passing game and threw for 240 yards and 2 TDs, with 149 of those yards coming from WR Steve Smith. He avoided big, late-game mistakes.
18.(14)
Huard
Damon Huard
Chiefs He would like to forget his performance at Miami, as he threw for only 201 yards. But the Dolphins defense sacked him three times and seemed to hit him all day. He did not look like the same guy we have seen in recent weeks.
19.(27)
Wallace
Seneca Wallace
Seahawks With a very conservative game plan, he didn't throw the ball a lot versus Rams, and despite his mobility got sacked five times and was lucky to escape with a win. Still, he did throw 2 TDs and kept Seattle winning with Matt Hasselbeck close to being back.
20.(20)
Carr
David Carr
Texans Knocked out of game in fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, but played well enough to keep Houston in game. He did not post great stats, but he played under control and did not make any critical mistakes.
21.(19)
Kitna
Jon Kitna
Lions He threw for a respectable 202 yards with a TD, but also had a fumble and an INT and the 49ers clock-eating run game really limited his offensive opportunities. Where's the creative Mike Martz offense?
22.(21)
Garrard
David Garrard
Jaguars After a couple of good performances, Garrard came back to reality in an embarrassing loss at Houston. He threw four costly INTs, although his receivers let him down with drops and tipped passes. He just did not look crisp.
23.(22)
Johnson
Brad Johnson
Vikings He posted decent stats in a loss to Green Bay, but he still threw an INT, was sacked four times and lost a fumble. At least he stretched the field a little bit with some explosive plays, but this is a struggling offense with an immobile QB and no element of surprise.
24.(29)
Harrington
Joey Harrington
Dolphins In a win over the Chiefs, Harrington managed the game well and relied on a ball-control run game. The key is that he did not make any key mistakes, but this is not a very explosive offense.
25.(24)
Smith
Alex Smith
49ers His numbers in an unexpected road win at Detroit were not flashy -- 14-for-20 for 136 yards with no TDs and no INTs -- but the run game with Frank Gore was the reason San Francisco won.
26.(25)
Gradkowski
Bruce Gradkowski
Buccaneers At times he looks like a poised veteran, but more often he looks like a QB who is still a work in progress. Two big interceptions and a critical fumble versus Carolina on MNF stalled drives and overshadowed the good plays.
27.(26)
Leinart
Matt Leinart
Cardinals He really seems to be regressing each week as he continues to take a pounding and is forced to run for his life behind an inept Arizona OL. He has five INTs in the past three games as Cardinals were embarrassed at home against Dallas.
28.(31)
Young
Vince Young
Titans To protect Young against the aggressive Ravens defense, Tennessee went to a run-oriented offense (38 carries); Young's passes were mediocre, but he scrambled well and played with adequate results.
29.(28)
Losman
J.P. Losman
Bills In a run-oriented game plan, he threw for only 83 yards and was sacked four times as Buffalo averaged a measly 3.9 yards per completion. At least Losman didn't throw an interception, but this passing game is woeful.
30.(30)
Frye
Charlie Frye
Browns He is developing good chemistry with TE Kellen Winslow, but his pass protection (five sacks) is inconsistent and this offense still struggles.
31.(32)
Walter
Andrew Walter
Raiders The good news is that he threw no INTs, but the bad news is that he averaged only 6.5 yards per completion. The lack of pass protection and a mediocre vertical component make Walter a sitting duck trying to carry out an out-of-date game plan.
32. (NR)
Campbell
Jason Campbell
Redskins Will take over this week for Mark Brunell as the Redskins' starting quarterback. Drafted in the first round out of Auburn in 2005, he has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game.

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.

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