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Shutdown Corner presents the weekly quarterback power rankings. They're just as arbitrarily decided as normal power rankings, except they rank quarterbacks, not whole teams. Rankings are based on play this year alone and meant to represent who is playing the best football at the current moment.


1. Drew Brees(notes), New Orleans Saints

The Saints may have had kind of a goofball week, but Brees was his unusual shining self. He went over 400 yards passing and completed 35 of his 49 attempts. It's actually probably better for Brees when the Saints come out sloppy, because then he'll have to keep throwing to keep the Saints in the game. Brees is your current NFL leader in QB rating and TD passes.


2. Philip Rivers(notes), San Diego Chargers

It's been four straight weeks now that Rivers has been over 100 in the QB rating, and in three of those four, he's been over 130. This week, it was 372 yards on 25 attempts for an absolutely filthy 14.9 yards-per-attempt average. That he does this with the league's 30th-best rushing attack is freakish. The schedule gets harder in the near future, though.


3. Peyton Manning(notes), Indianapolis Colts

What to do with Peyton? He's had a string of games that have been pretty good, but not quite elite. His whole season's body of work is excellent, but can I drop the guy based on a few performances where the rating hovers around 90? Those aren't bad games, but they aren't great games, either, and the competition this year is great. I'm leaving him in the top three for now, but he's on notice. It's time to light someone up, Peyton.

 
4. Brett Favre(notes), Minnesota Vikings

Favre's got to drop a bit based on his Sunday night effort and the concerns it produces. But again, I don't expect him to stay here long and I have full confidence that he'll finish the season strongly. I do admit, though, that it would be fun to see him thrown into a few more situations where he doesn't have the luxury of playing from ahead, just to see what happens.


5. Ben Roethlisberger(notes), Pittsburgh Steelers

Like Brees, his team had a goofy week, but he was pretty good himself. Roethlisberger went 18-of-24 for 278 yards and two touchdowns (even if one of those touchdowns involved blatant cheating). Just like Bruce Gradkowski(notes) did for the Raiders, Roethlisberger moved the ball when he had to, with great expediency. It just worked out that the Raiders had the ball last.


6. Kurt Warner(notes), Arizona Cardinals

Warner continues his quick climb up the rankings with maybe his finest game of the year, a 22-of-32, 285 yard, three touchdown, no interception performance against the Vikings. Warner matches Philip Rivers' streak of four straight games with a QB rating over 100, and none of his have been under 120. Only concussions can slow him.


7. Aaron Rodgers(notes), Green Bay Packers

Rodgers threw for 263 yards last night against the Ravens, which was almost as many yards as he picked up in pass interference penalties. Overall, I'd say he had a pretty good night, with some flashes of brilliance, but he made some bad throws too, particularly early in the contest.


8. Tony Romo(notes), Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys might be ready to take their annual December plunge into the Porta John, but Romo's not going with them. He completed 41-of-55 against the Giants for 392 yards and three touchdowns. He even made a useful target of Roy Williams this week.


9. Donovan McNabb(notes), Philadelphia Eagles

McNabb had good numbers against the Falcons this week, and they'd have been even better if Michael Vick(notes) hadn't QB-vultured a couple of his touchdowns.


10. Matt Schaub(notes), Houston Texans

It wasn't a terrible game or anything, but 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception just isn't good enough. Schaub's numbers on the season can hang with just about anyone in the league, but he's got to start playing up to his potential in these games that the Texans have got to have.



Noses pressed against the glass:

Tom Brady(notes), New England Patriots
Vince Young(notes),
Tennessee Titans
David Garrard(notes),
Jacksonville Jaguars

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