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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
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Anyone who might be a threat to his throne had a non-stellar week, so Brees could've done anything he wanted and kept the top spot. What he did do, though, was complete 31 of 40 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. No one can accuse Drew Brees of resting on his laurels. It wasn't the smoothest of weeks for the Saints, but again, the job was done. I'd say Brees is one more good week away from wrapping up the number one spot here for good.


2. Philip Rivers(notes), San Diego Chargers
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Rivers' performance against the Cowboys was better than the statistics would show: 21-of-32 for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception. When the Chargers needed one more score to put the gane away, though, Rivers was all that is man. He went 4-of-5 for 73 yards on the drive, with a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates(notes) capping it off. 


3. Brett Favre(notes), Minnesota Vikings
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After a five-week interception dry spell, Favre has now thrown three picks in two weeks. Again, I don't think any kind of major meltdown is coming, but we can't proclaim that it's impossible, either. Favre took a backseat to Adrian Peterson in the Vikings attack this week, but he was still more than adequate in the Vikings' beatdown of the Bengals, going 17-of-30 for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

 
4. Peyton Manning(notes), Indianapolis Colts
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We had some really good stuff from Peyton this week, and some really bad stuff. He started the game like a house of fire, lighting up the Broncos like I asked him to last week. Then he threw three interceptions, two of which were inarguably his own fault. But then, in a game he allowed to get closer than it should have been, he led a quick, beautiful drive that got the Colts the game-sealing touchdown. Again, some good, some bad. Enough bad for a slight drop, but enough good to keep him comfortably in the top five.


5. Donovan McNabb(notes), Philadelphia Eagles
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That's three of the last four weeks now that McNabb has had a QB rating over 100, and he gets bonus points on this last one because it came on the road in a huge divisional game. Bonus points, too, because he's the only quarterback in the league who has to deal with another quarterback coming in and breaking his rhythm at random points in the game.


6. Ben Roethlisberger(notes), Pittsburgh Steelers
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Roethlisberger, who has been sacked three more times since I started typing this sentence, didn't have a great outing in the loss to Cleveland. You can tell because the sentence contains the words "loss to Cleveland." Once upon a time, I'd have thought a Roethlisberger vs. Aaron Rodgers(notes) matchup would've been a fun shootout, but who knows what to expect from the Steelers these days.


7. Tony Romo(notes), Dallas Cowboys
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If you'll indulge me, I'd like to use this space to voice an opinion that the Cowboys are not going into some kind of December collapse. They played some pretty damn good football against the Chargers; they just lost to a team that's a little better. Tony Romo has been playing at a high level. And both of those things can continue for the Cowboys, and they can still lose to New Orleans, and it still wouldn't be a December tank-job. It would just be a rough patch of the schedule in a crucial place where the Cowboys aren't getting the bounces. It happens. I think they're about to give the Saints all they can handle.


8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
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I expected Rodgers to have a better day against the Bears, but it wasn't to be. He was average, at best: 16-of-24 for 180 yards, no touchdowns, no picks. The Packers go as Rodgers goes, so they can't afford too many more performances like that if they're going to hold on to a playoff spot.


9. Matt Schaub(notes), Houston Texans
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Congratulations, Matt Schaub, you destroyed the Seahawks when you've been all-but-eliminated from the playoffs. I'd like to go on record with this prediction, too: If the Texans keep winning, and somehow it works out that they're playing in Week 17 with a playoff spot on the line ... Schaub will tank. He might as well show up for that game blindfolded and with his wrists welded together, because that's how he'll play.


10. Kyle Orton(notes), Denver Broncos
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Welcome back, Kyle Orton! In a stunning comeback, Orton returns to the Top 10 for the first time since Week 5. See, dreams do come true. It could happen for you, too, Eli. Orton's strung together three decent weeks in a row, even if none of them have been awe-inspiring.



Noses pressed against the glass:

Jason Campbell(notes), Washington Redskins
Vince Young(notes), Tennessee Titans
Joe Flacco(notes), Baltimore Ravens
Kurt Warner(notes), Arizona Cardinals
Tom Brady(notes), New England Patriots

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