QB INDEX AS OF WEEK 2
As of Sunday, September 20th, 31 out of 32 games in the NFL have been played.
The season kicked off with a exciting home opener in Foxborough as Brady and the defending champs took on the high-powered Pittsburgh Steelers offence. On the first Sunday, college football stars Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston dressed for their debuts in the NFL. Rivalries like the Packers/Bears and Rams/Cowboys were renewed.
Week two started with another rivalry renewal as the Broncos faced the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, and exciting must-watch games like Eagles vs Cowboys (Demarco’s return) and Packers vs Seahawks (Packers’ revenge). The first two weeks of the NFL season displayed incredible QB performances, but also weak passing attacks. Based strictly on stats for the time being, here are the five best passers in the league, along with the five worst. (Sorry.)
TOP OF THE CLASS
754 Passing yards, 69% completion rate, 7 TDs, 0 Ints
Despite the wacky off-season that Brady endured, he began his fifteenth season with the best performance in the league. With the most passing yards and TDs, zero interceptions and a 466-yard performance against the high-powered Bills defence, Brady continues to show us why he is the best QB in this league.
2. Aaron Rodgers
439 passing yards, 75% completion rate, 5 TDs, 0 Ints
Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league skill wise, and there is no doubt about it. His athletic ability, good arm strength and pin-point accuracy makes him very deadly. Without his no.1 receiver Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy in the backfield, Rodgers did the NFC west a favour by dropping the Seahawks to 0-2. Rodgers also picked up right where he left off in the season opener against the Bears, where he threw for 189 yards and 3 TDs to continue the Green Bay dominance in the NFC North
3. Marcus Mariota
466 Yards, 64% completion rate, 6 TDs, 0 Ints
Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston began their careers with a shootout against each other, except Mariota played like a Pro Bowl veteran and Jameis Winston played like Tim Couch. Kenn Whisenhunt’s offence adjusted to Mariota’s abilities, utilizing his mobility and accurate deep balls. Although the Mariota led Titans lost to the Browns, the rookie QB still put up a decent performance that showed promise. He will be at the top of the class in a few weeks time
4. Ben Roethlisberger
720 yards, 72% completion rate, 4 TDs, 1 Int
Big Ben began his season with a lost to the Patriots, but redeemed himself in a blowout victory against the 49ers. Ben threw for 369 yards and 3 TDs as he torched the 9ers. Ben has had two consecutive 300+ games, and he is second in passing yards. If he had a few more six pointers and erase that one Int and a winning record, he will be the top of the class for sure. He will continue to be elite for this season.
5. Carson Palmer
64% completion, 492 yards, 7 TDs, 1 Int
Palmer was playing great football last season, until injuries ended his journey. The Cardinals did make it to the postseason, but the lack of experience from their backup QB ultimately led to their loss in the divisional round against the Panthers. Now, Palmer is back and he is playing some amazing football. His cardinals are sitting at a comfortable 2-0 record. If the Cardinals continue their dominance, they could very well win the division instead of the Seahawks.
BOTTOM OF THE BARREL
1. Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford finally returned to the Gridiron after his ACL injuries over the past few seasons, which kept him on the sideline. However, his performances are not living up to the hype. He has thrown the highest number of interceptions — 4 — in the league to only two touchdowns against weak Cowboys and Falcons defenses.
2. Jameis Winston
After losing to the Titans, I’m sure the Bucs might’ve had some doubts about taking Winston over Mariota. Jameis’ first career throw in the NFL ended up being an interception, which is not a great way to start a career. He sort of redeemed himself in week two, but he should be playing better considering he is the 1st overall pick. He will either have a Peyton Manning storybook career, or a JaMarcus Russell M. Night Shyamalan ending.
3. Matt Stafford
Stafford shouldn’t be struggling. His skill set is too good for playing crappy football like he did so far. Even with prolific pass catchers like Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson, his weakness is coming back to bite him. He is committing too many turnovers and not completing enough passes. Let’s hope he can turn his team around.
4. Andrew Luck
Colts were too hyped. That’s the bottom line. They struggled to beat the Bills even when they were “supposed” to have the best offence in the league, but they ended up losing their season opener. Now, Luck has to face Revis Island, Antonio Cromartie, and a fearsome front four. I’m going to predict that the Colts will lost to the Jets. That’s right—the Jets.
Andrew Luck played terrible in week 1, and it won’t get better in week 2. This is not all Andrew’s fault, as the Colts management did a terrible job building a team around their QB. They drafted another receiver in the first round of the draft, even though they already have a solid pass catching group. Oline and DLine need a lot of help; but, Isray is not looking into that, so if they want their QB to play better, they need to get him some protection.