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The numbers say Tom Brady no longer is a top-five quarterback. Brady, meanwhile, says only one number matters: the score. All of which is to say, the status of the New England Patriots star is up for discussion. Where does the three-time Super Bowl champion rank among the NFL's signal-callers today?

Best quarterbacks in NFL

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

Chicago Bears

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

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Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Ben R'berger

Ben R'berger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions

The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • If the current AFC top five (DEN, NE, CIN, IND, KC) holds, which team will earn the sixth playoff spot?

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  • Will the Lions ever reach an NFC Championship Game with their current core?

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  • Will the Ravens play in another Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • How much will Matt Elam's "pretty old" Calvin Johnson comments come back to haunt the Ravens this week?

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Lions headed for the playoffs?

For about 59 game minutes Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys seemed destined to extend their NFC East lead, while the Detroit Lions looked destined to stay locked in a tussle for the conference's final playoff spot. Then Matthew Stafford happened. With his team trailing 30-24, he hit Kris Durham on a crucial downfield pass. He linked up with Calvin Johnson -- who finished with 329 receiving yards, second most in NFL history -- to reach the 1. Then, after telling the world he would spike the ball, Stafford decided to leap the line and send his team to 5-3. Will Detroit keep pushing toward the postseason? What does the rest of the NFC look like?

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  • Who is the best non-quarterback offensive player in the NFL?

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  • How much will the loss to the Lions hurt the Cowboys mentally going forward?

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  • Which best reflects your view of the Cowboys' standing in the NFC East?

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  • What do you make of Dez Bryant's outbursts Sunday?

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  • The Eagles have lost 10 in a row at home. When will they snap the streak?

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Matthew Stafford on Tuesday signed a three-year extension with the Detroit Lions worth $53 million in new money and earning him $41.5 million guaranteed through 2017. Clearly, the Lions believe the 25-year-old is one of the best young QBs in the league. But where does he stack up among the NFL's signal-callers who will start the 2013 season at age 25 or under? Click the boxes below to make your picks!

NFL QBs 25 and under

Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley

Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford

St. Louis Rams

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

Jacksonville Jaguars

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Jake Locker

Jake Locker

Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett

New England Patriots

EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel

Buffalo Bills

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiler

Denver Broncos

Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder

Minnesota Vikings

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

New York Jets

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

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Well, don't all those people who mocked the Lions and the Browns feel foolish.

One of the great things about sports is a game like (very few) of us saw Sunday. If Ashlee Simpson and a Jonas sibling to be named later write a duet, you know it will have all the musical significance of a mouse belching. But put the Lions and the Browns on the same field and you can occasionally end up with a classic like the one that saw Matthew Stafford throw a touchdown on an untimed down to give the Lions a 38-37 win.

Stafford threw for 422 yards and became the youngest quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in an NFL game. And on a day when Joe Flacco threw a costly pick, Mark Sanchez couldn't stop throwing picks and Matt Ryan couldn't quite lead the Falcons to a much-needed win, it's enough to make him the hottest young quarterback in the league, if only for a week.

kjgreen

The Skins-Cowboys game that was shown early on Fox was a yawner and the Lions-Browns game was probably the most thrilling of the day, too bad no one outside of Ohio saw it

-- kjgreen
illnos

I don't understand why people bash Quinn? You can't say whether or not he'll be a solid NFL QB, he plays for the browns, they're a joke. Take Tom Brady and put him on the Browns and the Browns still lose a lot of games. They have no O-line, and no offensive weapons

-- illnos

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