Manning, Rivers, Brady remain the top three

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.

Originally Published: November 21, 2006
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 In an atypically sloppy game for the Colts (two INTS and one fumble), Manning seemed uncomfortable all day versus the Dallas 34 defense and the constant pressure it produced. Although dependable WRs Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne combined for 13 receptions for 205 yards, this was not a vintage Peyton Manning day.
2.(2)
Rivers
Philip Rivers
Chargers Although he threw two interceptions, Rivers posted another solid game in a win over a good Broncos defense. He rode a great day by LaDainian Tomlinson, but he made plays when he had to, throwing for 222 yards and two TDs. His poise and his ability to lead his team in the second half continue to be amazing.
3.(3)
Brady
Tom Brady
Patriots In typical Brady fashion, he had a huge bounce-back performance in Green Bay. He threw for 244 yards and four TDs and spread the ball around to eight receivers. His decision making was excellent, and he did a great job of attacking the Packers' safeties in the middle of the field -- the weak link on their defense.
4.(5)
Palmer
Carson Palmer
Bengals He turned in a gutsy performance in a win over the Saints and teamed up with Chad Johnson for a huge day, with all three of his TDs going to his flashy receiver. Palmer seemed comfortable in the pocket, and he did a nice job of using his feet to move and avoid pressure.
5.(8)
Romo
Tony Romo
Cowboys In a great win over Indy, Romo resembled Peyton Manning as he played with great composure. He was 19-for-23 versus the Colts and engineered two fourth-quarter drives for TDs. His QB rating as a starter in four games is a flashy 100.0. This guy is oblivious to pressure!
6.(10)
Ravens
Steve McNair
Ravens With a great game by the defense and special teams and a solid running day by Jamal Lewis, McNair didn't need to have a huge day. But he did post solid numbers in a mistake-free performance and is the unquestioned leader of this offense.
7.(7)
Brees
Drew Brees
Saints He had his most uneven game of the year in a loss to Cincinnati, throwing for a whopping 510 yards but also tossing three huge INTs -- two in the end zone and another one returned for a TD. Brees is too smart to make these kinds of mistakes.
8.(NR)
Green
Trent Green
Chiefs Green did a great job of managing the game in his first start back from injury. He saved his best for last, directing the Chiefs to his 16th fourth-quarter victory. One other note: He took some hits, which is a good sign.
9.(9)
Favre
Brett Favre
Packers He was knocked out of the game with an injury to his right elbow late in the second quarter in a bad home loss to the Pats. Favre didn't play in the second half but vows to be ready Sunday. Before the injury, he did not look sharp and overthrew several receivers. If Favre can't play this week, the Packers are in trouble with Aaron Rodgers also out with a broken foot.
10.(6)
Grossman
Rex Grossman
Bears His numbers, in a shutout win over the Jets, were pedestrian, but he did not turn the ball over and he managed the game well. That's important after he threw eight INTs in the previous four games. Not a flashy day, but it's supposed to be that way -- the Bears win with the run game and great defense.
11.(NR)
Garcia
Jeff Garcia
Eagles Losing Donovan McNabb to an ACL injury in the second quarter at Tennessee not only cost the Eagles the game but also cost McNabb the rest of the season. It won't matter who is at the helm this week -- Andy Reid has yet to decide between Garcia and A.J. Feeley -- if the receivers continue to drop passes. Garcia has mobility, but he showed little playmaking vs. Titans.
12.(12)
Vick
Michael Vick
Falcons The Ravens concentrated on shutting down the run early and forcing Vick to throw. Then they came after him with a lot of edge blitzes -- and it worked to perfection in the Baltimore win. Vick was a dismal 11-for-27 for only 127 yards passing and was sacked five times. The only thing he did well was run the ball. He seems to be regressing as a passer each week.
13.(17)
Delhomme
Jake Delhomme
Panthers In a shutout win over St. Louis, Delhomme didn't need great numbers because of a ball-control run game by Carolina (43 rushes for 242 yards), but he did throw for 191 yards and had a nice TD pass to Steve Smith.
14.(15)
Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers Talk about a roller-coaster game! Big Ben threw three INTs in the first half (one returned for a TD) and had only 48 passing yards through three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, he caught fire and passed for 224 yards and 2 TDs in nice win over Browns.
15.(13)
Pennington
Chad Pennington
Jets He is in the midst of a nice comeback year, but Sunday's loss to the Bears wasn't one of his best days. He threw two costly INTs and seemed to overthrow his receivers all day. He just didn't look sharp.
16.(22)
Garrard
David Garrard
Jaguars He energized the Jags' offense with his excellent overall movement. The game plan was supposed to be simple versus the Giants, but Garrard was creative with bootlegs, roll-outs, play-action fakes, etc. He kept the New York defense off base all night.
17.(11)
Bulger
Marc Bulger
Rams With marginal pass protection behind a banged-up offensive line (seven sacks), he threw one INT and had several passes dropped by his receivers in shutout loss to Carolina. This offense is struggling.
18.(14)
Manning
Eli Manning
Giants He appeared uncomfortable and lethargic the entire night versus an aggressive Jags defense. There was no creativity to passing game. Where's Jeremy Shockey? Manning made bad decisions and had bad footwork, with bad touch even on dump-off passes. What's missing?
19.(32)
Campbell
Jason Campbell
Redskins Although he lost to Tampa Bay, Campbell was really good in his first start. His numbers were good (19-for-34 for 196 yards and two TDs), but more important, his confidence in the huddle and the way he handled himself won over his teammates.
20.(20)
Carr
David Carr
Texans He threw a record-tying 22 straight completions in a loss to Buffalo and finished 25-for-30 for 223 yards but no TDs. He spread the ball around to eight receivers and is really running this offense well.
21.(16)
Plummer
Jake Plummer
Broncos Another disappointing outing might have him on the brink of losing his job. His completion rate versus an injury-depleted Chargers defense was less than 50 percent, and he also had a critical INT. Plummer is just not making big plays when the offense needs them.
22.(21)
Kitna
Jon Kitna
Lions He put up good numbers (23-for-38 and 248 yards), but he was harassed all day by a gambling Cardinals defense, sacked four times and hit a lot. This Mike Martz passing game averaged only 5.6 yards per pass.
23.(26)
Gradkowski
Bruce Gradkowski
Buccaneers He posted pedestrian numbers in a win over Washington, but he did make two TD throws to win the game and you get the feeling he is starting to settle into the offense.
24.(27)
Leinart
Matt Leinart
Cardinals Finally, he had some time to throw the ball, and he responded with his best day in the past month. He was not sacked, avoided throwing an INT, threw a TD and ran for another in win over Detroit. All in all, a good day.
25.(25)
Smith
Alex Smith
49ers He played an efficient game in an unexpected win over Seattle, but the run game with Frank Gore was the real reason the 49ers prevailed. Smith ran for one TD and threw for another and, more important, had no interceptions.
26.(29)
Losman
J.P. Losman
Bills He finally had a breakthrough game, throwing for 340 yards and three TDs in a win over Houston, including two bombs of 83 yards each to Lee Evans. The coaches opened up the offense, and Losman responded. If he can put together back-to-back good days, he will move up the chart.
27.(24)
Harrington
Joey Harrington
Dolphins He threw for a respectable 254 yards and one TD, but his one INT almost cost the Dolphins the game. He is decent at managing the game, but right now the Dolphins are winning because of their defense.
28.(30)
Frye
Charlie Frye
Browns He played with good composure in a tough loss to the Steelers and -- for the second week in a row -- didn't throw an INT. He is doing a nice job of getting the ball to his top two playmakers, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow.
29.(NR)
Brooks
Aaron Brooks
Raiders He finally got back into the lineup in a loss to Kansas City and actually seemed to energize the lethargic Raiders offense. Although he made some decent throws, his best assets were his feet as he avoided the Chiefs' pass rush and was not sacked once, a rarity for a Raiders QB.
30.(19)
Wallace
Seneca Wallace
Seahawks He threw two second-half TD passes in an embarrassing loss to 49ers, but it didn't overcome three costly INTs. Although his numbers were adequate, he didn't make plays when he had to (1-for-8 on third-down conversions). Where is Matt Hasselbeck?
31.(23)
Johnson
Brad Johnson
Vikings He had decent stats in a loss at Miami, but mistakes continue to haunt him, including a huge INT by Dolphins DE Jason Taylor. Bad field position didn't help, but this offense is struggling!
32. (28)
Young
Vince Young
Titans He missed the team flight to Philadelphia but finally got there on his own, and the Titans unexpectedly won. Coaches say Young managed the game well, but eight completions for 101 yds and one TD will not scare anybody. Right now, he's a bigger threat as a runner than as a passer.

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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