Number 10 - Philip Rivers
There are a few guys who could take this spot right now. Michael Vick is playing well in Chip Kelly's new offense and Russell Wilson is as efficient as always. I like Rivers here, however, and the stats back me up. He's tied for second in the league in touchdown passes, ranks second in passer rating at 116.2, and he's third in the league with a 70% completion percentage. Rivers also led his team on a comeback, game-winning drive against Philadelphia in week 2.He is playing like a top 10 quarterback through the first three games of 2013.
Number 9 - Jay Cutler
The Cutlet's daddy looks like he's finally figured "it" out. He's thrown twice as many touchdowns as interceptions. He's in the top 10 in passer rating at 94.2 and has completed 67.3% of his passes, good for fifth in the league. He's led the Bears to two game winning drives already this year. He's been protected better than in the past (Cutler is second in sack percentage, a stat that measures how often a quarterback is sacked while attempting a pass) and clearly Marc Trestman has been a positive influence, but Cutler is just simply playing more efficient football.
Number 8 - Andrew Luck
Luck isn't putting up the numbers that some of these other guys are, but he definitely deserves to be on this list. He is in the top 10 in completion percentage and interception percentage, which means he's taking care of the football. The Colts are 2-1 after making the playoffs last year, and there's still not a whole lot of talent on this team. Outside of Reggie Wayne, Luck has his college buddy Coby Fleener at tight end, and that's about it, so to be producing the way he is is pretty incredible.
Number 7 - Tony Romo
Romo is actually putting up some pretty gaudy numbers early in the season. He's in the top 10 in passes completed, touchdowns, passer rating, completion percentage, and touchdown percentage (touchdowns/pass thrown). The Cowboys are currently first in their division at 2-1. I've never been a huge Romo fan, but he's off to the best start of his career so far this season.
Number 6 - Matt Ryan
Ryan has his name toward the top of nearly every passing statistic so far this year. He's completing 68.1% of his passes, is tied for fourth in passing touchdowns with 6 and has only thrown two interceptions. He has the longest pass in the NFL this season at 81 yards. The stat that sticks out to me most about Ryan, though, is that he is seventh in the NFL in total offense. Keep in mind this all comes with barely any production from Roddy White.
Number 5 - Matthew Stafford
Stafford is one of only 4 quarterbacks in the league to have thrown for over 1,000 passing yards already, he's fourth in yards per game, and he's averaging 13.2 yards per completion. He gets rid of the ball quicker than any other quarterback in the league, so he doesn't get sacked. In fact, he's only been sacked twice so far this year. Stafford is also third in the NFL in total offense. I know, I know, it's because the Lions just line up and chuck the ball all over the place, right? No, not really, actually. Stafford is ninth in pass attempts per game and eighth in total pass attempts behind guys like Matt Schaub, Brandon Weeden, and Sam Bradford. So no, it's not all because the Lions throw the ball on every play, it's because Stafford is a legitimate top 5 NFL QB.
Number 4 - Tom Brady
At last, we've come to the fantastic four. You knew some combination of these next four guys would be at the top of this list. Even though Tommy isn't putting up the crazy numbers he has in the past, he's still one of the best in the game. The fact that he can do anything at all with guys like Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Julian Edelman speaks to just how good he is. Oh and by the way, he has his team at 3-0.
Number 3 - Drew Brees
I don't think I need to start throwing any more stats at you for these guys. You know they're going to be ridiculous. Brees is playing at as high of a level as he ever has. The Brees to Jimmy Graham combination is up there with the best in football right now and he has the Saints looking like Super Bowl contenders again.
Number 2 - Aaron Rodgers
I debated between the next two guys for the number one spot for quite awhile. I had to put Rodgers at two because of the game he just had last Sunday at Cincinnati. Throwing two interceptions in a single game is just not something this guy does, but it happened. Cincinnati's defense looks for real though, don't put it all on Rodgers. No one can deny that he's still clearly one of the best in the game, and I guarantee he bounces back with a huge game against Detroit after the bye.
Number 1 - Peyton Manning
Obviously this guy has to be number one, he's playing out of his mind right now. Let me throw some stats at you, and remember, this is only through 3 games.
- 73% completion percentage (1st in NFL)
- 12 touchdowns (1st in NFL)
- 1143 passing yards (1st in NFL)
- 134.7 passer rating (1st in NFL)
- 381 yards per game (1st in NFL)
- 29.7 completions per game (1st in NFL)
- 0 interceptions (1st in NFL)
- 1117 yards of total offense (1st in NFL)
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