These are my opinions of the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL at this point in the season.
At this point in the season there is a clear number one quarterback, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Mannings stats are immaculate. He has completed 75% (117 of 156) of his passes totaling 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns. Manning has also managed not to throw an interception through the first quarter of the season.
Peyton Manning is closely followed by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees has completed almost 67% (111 of 166) of his passes totaling 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, Brees has thrown 4 interceptions, averaging one a game.
Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers is the third ranked quarterback on my list of 5. Rivers has completed almost 74% (105 of 142) of his passes totaling 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns. Phillip Rivers has thrown a mere 2 interceptions so far in this season. Phillip Rivers could be ranked #2 but Drew Brees is averaging over 350 yards per game.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the fourth ranked on my list of quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers has completed just shy of 66.5% (81 of 122) of his passes for a total of 1,057 yards and 8 touchdowns. Rodgers has just 3 interceptions which is averaging one a game because the Green Bay Packers are coming out of their bye week last week. Aaron Rodgers is rested poised for a big game against the lions.
The last quarterback on my list of 5 is Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Tony Romo is having a fantastic season but the reason I gave the #5 spot to Matt Ryan is because Ryan is by far out performing Romo in yards per game (Ryan 333 yards/game, Romo 254 yards/game). Matt Ryan has completed 66.5% (115 of 173) of his passes totaling 1,330 yards and 8 touchdowns. Matt Ryan has also only thrown 3 interceptions through four games.
The best thing about football is that it changes every week. Although I predict Peyton Manning will remain the best quarterback, other quarterbacks have the chance to make the top 5. Tom Brady did not make the list due to his poor passer rating but with the addition of a new receiver (Austin Collie) and the eventual return of his favorite target (Gronkowski) maybe Brady can make the list. Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub are also having good seasons but struggling with interception problems. I am eager to see what is to come in week 5!