I knew the Buccaneers were bad this year but 5 touchdowns for Joe Flacco in the first half was not something I could've imagined happening. Flacco usually struggles on the road, they are in a run-first offense, and the Buccs were able to hold Drew Brees to only a couple touchdowns and force three interceptions just the week before. Nevertheless, this was a brilliant showing from Flacco who now gets to return to Baltimore and face the struggling Falcons. I do not expect another five touchdown passes but he should still be considered a top-10 quarterback for at least this week. If he can continue to play like the playoff Joe Flacco from a couple years ago, he might be worth keeping with a very favorable schedule for the rest of the season.
The entire Saints' offense has been very disappointing to this point. Hopefully the rest during the bye week will allow for them to refresh and fix whatever has been causing their issues with performance and execution. They are going to have to make some quick adjustments as they are forced to head to Detroit this week to match up against that suffocating defense. I can't see Brees being a smart play this week as I have him ranked very low at #19. I would be looking for other options but hold out hope that he can return to his elite status in the coming weeks as the matchups improve.
It took injuries to just about every Carolina Panther running back to get Cam Newton to start running the ball again. Last week, he rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown. He is obviously feeling more comfortable with the surgically repaired ankle and has once again taken on the mentality of having to put the team on his shoulders and make plays to win games. If this rushing production continues, Cam will be vaulted back into the top-5 consideration every week.
As for the rest of the league, it looks like Tom Brady is back. Tony Romo is enticing again. Matty Ice is cooling off. And Carson Palmer almost has his nerves under control again.
I can't wait to see what surprises are in store for this week, but for now, this is how I see this week playing out in the rankings. If you are struggling with a roster decision at the quarterback position, I would suggest playing the one that I have ranked the highest.
|1||Phillip Rivers||San Diego Chargers||vs Chiefs|
|2||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||vs 49ers|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||vs Panthers|
|4||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||vs Jets|
|5||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||vs Bengals|
|6||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||@ Packers|
|7||Joe Flacco||Baltimore Ravens||vs Falcons|
|8||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||@ Rams|
|9||Carson Palmer||Arizona Cardinals||@ Raiders|
|10||Kirk Cousins||Washington Redskins||vs Titans|
|11||Tony Romo||Dallas Cowboys||vs Giants|
|12||Brian Hoyer||Cleveland Browns||@ Jaguars|
|13||Jay Cutler||Chicago Bears||vs Dolphins|
|14||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||vs Saints|
|15||Jake Locker||Tennessee Titans||@ Redskins|
|16||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||@ Broncos|
|17||Austin Davis||St. Louis Rams||@ Seahawks|
|18||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||vs Ravens|
|19||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||@ Lions|
|20||Eli Manning||New York Giants||@ Cowboys|
|21||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||vs Texans|
|22||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals||@ Colts|
|23||Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||vs Cardinals|
|24||Alex Smith||Kansas City Chiefs||@ Chargers|
|25||Ryan Tannehill||Miami Dolphins||@ Bears|
|26||Kyle Orton||Buffalo Bills||vs Vikings|
|27||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Houston Texans||@ Steelers|
|28||Geno Smith||New York Jets||@ Patriots|
|29||Blake Bortles||Jacksonville Jaguars||vs Browns|
|30||Teddy Bridgewater||Minnesota Vikings||@ Bills|
Quarterbacks on Bye: Nick Foles, Mike Glennon