Week Two QB rankings

Pat Fitzmaurice
Pro Football Weekly
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Updated 11:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 15

Byes: none

Here are PFW's Week Two QB rankings:

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bears
  3. Drew Brees, Saints at Panthers
  4. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Buccaneers
  5. Robert Griffin III, Redskins at Rams
  6. Matthew Stafford, Lions at 49ers
  7. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Saints
  8. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Broncos
  9. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Seahawks
  10. Jay Cutler, Bears at Packers
  11. Peyton Manning, Broncos at Falcons
  12. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Titans
  13. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Eagles
  14. Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Vikings
  15. Michael Vick, Eagles vs. Ravens
  16. Matt Schaub, Texans at Jaguars
  17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Jets
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills vs. Chiefs
  19. Christian Ponder, Vikings at Colts
  20. Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Browns
  21. Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Cowboys
  22. Carson Palmer, Raiders at Dolphins
  23. Alex Smith, 49ers vs. Lions
  24. Matt Cassel, Chiefs at Bills
  25. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars vs. Texans
  26. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers at Giants
  27. Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Redskins
  28. Jake Locker, Titans at Chargers — INJ
  29. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals at Patriots
  30. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Raiders
  31. Mark Sanchez, Jets at Steelers
  32. Brandon Weeden, Browns at Bengals

The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs.