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Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Updated: November 8, 12:39 PM ET
QB rankings: Week 9

By Gary Horton
Scouts Inc.

So who's the best QB in the NFL right now? Who's the worst? And who's in between? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton ranks the QBs 1-32. Also, starting this week, you can rank the QBs, too.

QB rankings
Rank (LW) Player Team Comment
1.(1)
Manning
Peyton Manning
Colts Still a master at finding the right matchups. In win over Pats, Marvin Harrison was the go-to guy with eight catches, 145 yds, and two TDs, while Manning was patient but precise with a solid passing performance.
2.(2)
Brady
Tom Brady
Patriots He had a very unBrady-like four interceptions in the Patriots' loss to the Colts. But three of those came on passes that were deflected. He still hit eight different receivers and adjusted to the short-to-intermediate passes that the Colts defense was giving him. He's still playing at a high level.
3.(11)
Brees
Drew Brees
Saints Bounced back after a bad game in Week 8 to lead the Saints to a win over Tampa Bay, throwing three TDs and utilizing his two young receivers, Marques Colston and Devery Henderson. He was almost perfect with a 136.7 passer rating.
4.(6)
Rivers
Philip Rivers
Chargers While LaDainian Tomlinson continues to carry the offense, Rivers continues to manage the game. He is playing almost mistake-free football and seemed like a 10-year veteran in the Chargers' win over Cleveland.
5.(4)
McNabb
Donovan McNabb
Eagles He's coming off a needed bye week. Philadelphia's once hot offense has cooled off in recent weeks. McNabb is having a career year, but he needs his supporting cast to come through.
6.(3)
Vick
Michael Vick
Falcons After two great performances, the "bad" Vick showed up Sunday in Detroit. He had two interceptions, one at the goal line, and was also hurt by six dropped passes. While his overall numbers were decent, his offense didn't seem ready to play.
7.(10)
Bulger
Marc Bulger
Rams Bulger continues to put up great numbers each week, but turnovers on offense and lack of takeaways on defense have led to a three-game losing streak. His best receiver in Sunday's loss to Chiefs was RB Steve Jackson and while Bulger continues to impress, it hasn't been enough.
8.(14)
Plummer
Jake Plummer
Broncos He's really starting to hit his stride and has formed a great connection with WR Javon Walker. He showed excellent vision and touch in big win at Pittsburgh and his three TD tosses might be a sign of things to come. Jake might be back!
9.(7)
Palmer
Carson Palmer
Bengals His numbers aren't bad, but Palmer isn't making enough big plays when the offense is in his hands. The explosiveness and pinpoint passing we saw last year is not there, and the Bengals have lost four out of the last five.
10.(16)
Romo
Tony Romo
Cowboys Romo played with excellent poise in heartbreaking loss at Washington and put up good numbers for second week in a row. He finds his playmakers, avoids pressure with his feet and doesn't force the ball.
11.(13)
McNair
Steve McNair
Ravens He is really starting to appear comfortable with Brian Billick's play calling and has played virtually mistake-free football in the last two weeks. McNair is spreading the ball around and continues to show he can still make plays with his feet.
12.(8)
Manning
Eli Manning
Giants Without injured WR Plaxico Burress, Manning turned to TE Jeremy Shockey and RB Tiki Barber for production in the short to intermediate passing game. There weren't many big plays in lackluster win over Houston, but he was efficient.
13.(9)
Favre
Brett Favre
Packers The gunslinger Favre resurfaced in the loss at Buffalo, throwing two costly interceptions which led to TDs and the Packers also botched two snaps out of the shotgun formation. Still, it was a game that Favre played well enough to win.
14.(19)
Huard
Damon Huard
Chiefs He was only 10-for-15 and 148 yards in win at St. Louis, but he threw three TDs, played a mistake-free football game and finished with a great 138.3 QB rating. He has five QB ratings over 100 in his seven starts.
15.(5)
Grossman
Rex Grossman
Bears Another "Arizona meltdown" type of game for Grossman in the loss to Miami. The Bears defense could not overcome his three INTs, one fumble and 36.8 QB rating. Coaches won't tolerate roller-coaster performances and right now, his mechanics are not good.
16.(12)
Delhomme
Jake Delhomme
Panthers He is not playing with great confidence and consistency and he must get the ball to his playmaker, WR Steve Smith. Delhomme must also find a way to convert on third downs.
17.(17)
Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers Steelers continue to fade, as does their beleaguered QB. Against Denver, coach Bill Cowher let Roethlisberger make a ridiculous 54 passing attempts. He still threw into double coverages and still threw without planting his foot. He just doesn't look right.
18.(15)
Pennington
Chad Pennington
Jets After a controversial loss at Cleveland a week ago, a bye was well needed. His comeback is a great story and he's winning games with his mind maybe more than his arm. He'll need both this week as the Pats' defense is tough assignment.
19.(28)
Kitna
Jon Kitna
Lions He did an excellent job of running Mike Martz's complicated offense in a big win over Atlanta, throwing for 321 yards and one TD. They might not be winning a lot but Kitna is quietly having a solid year.
20.(21)
Carr
David Carr
Texans After being benched in the second half a week ago, Carr rebounded with a decent performance in a loss to the Giants, throwing for 176 yards and earning a 84.9 passer rating. His best moment was a tough, two-yard scramble at the goal line for a TD.
21.(22)
Garrard
David Garrard
Jaguars He got his second consecutive start, even though Byron Leftwich seems healthy enough to play, and while he didn't post gaudy numbers in the rain, he did run the offense efficiently and threw three TDs. He's won two games in a row.
22.(18)
Johnson
Brad Johnson
Vikings Another anemic passing game for the conservative, offensively-challenged Vikings in a pathetic loss at San Francisco. The numbers: one INT, two fumbles and a passer rating of 63.4. Johnson's immobility is starting to be a major problem.
23.(20)
Brunell
Mark Brunell
Redskins Without his best weapon, WR Santana Moss, Brunell turned to TE Chris Cooley for key plays against Dallas. While he did not make many mistakes, Brunell is certainly not carrying this offense with the passing game.
24.(27)
Smith
Alex Smith
49ers In an almost un-watchable offensive show, Smith was asked only to manage the game and that's all he did in 9-3 win over Minnesota. He didn't throw any TDs but he tossed just one INT. With a passer rating of 54.7, it certainly wasn't a flashy performance.
25.(25)
Gradkowski
Bruce Gradkowski
Buccaneers He didn't put up great numbers in the loss to Saints, but he didn't make many mistakes, either. One big plus -- he found his best weapon, WR Joey Galloway, for two TDs. He will get better.
26.(24)
Leinart
Matt Leinart
Cardinals Finally, Leinart has a week where he doesn't have to run for his life all day and take a physical beating behind a bad offensive line. Thank goodness for bye weeks. Now he must do a better job of hitting his receivers vs. tight man-to-man coverage.
27.(26)
Wallace
Seneca Wallace
Seahawks Managed the offense well in a sluggish, rain-soaked "Monday Night Football" win over hapless Oakland. He didn't post great numbers, but he engineered one nice TD-scoring drive, made some big plays with his feet, and then rode the time-consuming run game to a win.
28.(29)
Losman
J.P. Losman
Bills His stats were awful but yet the Bills somehow managed a win over Green Bay. He completed only 8 of 15 passes for 102 yards and one TD, but he was pressured all day and was sacked five times.
29.(23)
Harrington
Joey Harrington
Dolphins Although the Dolphins upset the Bears in Chicago, Harrington had another uneven game. He threw three TDs, but also tossed two costly INTs. He did spread the ball to eight different receivers and he does compete!
30.(31)
Frye
Charlie Frye
Browns Frye is showing improvement each week, but has a long way to go. He was forced to throw too much to play catch up this season, as evidence by this awful fourth-quarter passer rating. He has good weapons, but with only 13 NFL starts, he's still a work in progress.
31.(30)
Young
Vince Young
Titans His team was blown out by Jacksonville and he had a rookie-like performance with three costly INTs and a lowly 30.2 passer rating. Now he has to face his idol, mentor and former Titans QB Steve McNair this week.
32.(32)
Walter
Andrew Walter
Raiders He had a miserable "MNF" performance in a loss at Seattle. He was sacked nine times by the Seahawks defense and never had a chance to get anything going. For most of the night, he looked like a deer in the headlights.