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Despite their great touch and superb decision-making, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have a gunslinger's mentality, a fearlessness when throwing the football. Here are three other NFL quarterbacks who qualify for gunslinger status:
• Tony Romo, Dallas: The emerging Cowboys star reiterated this week he is not as concerned with completion percentage as he is with making plays. Romo (photo above) has terrific downfield vision and puts it to good use in those instances when he is forced to buy time in the pocket. His career averages of 8.85 yards per attempt (the barometer at which many coaches look first) and 13.9 yards per completion attest to his ability to challenge secondaries vertically.
• Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: With apologies to Manning and Brady, the Bengals' star might be the best pure thrower in the league. Certainly, he throws the prettiest deep ball of any QB playing right now, displaying a rare combination of arm strength and touch. When Palmer is in rhythm and gets on a roll, especially when the Bengals operate from a three-wide receiver set and no-huddle mode, there are few better.
• Jake Delhomme, Carolina: Yeah, there have been stretches of his career when he was careless with the ball and turnovers came in bunches. But Delhomme takes a lot of risks and gets a lot of reward in return. He has a solid ratio of TD passes to interceptions (100-69) and has eight TD passes and just one interception this season.
-- Len Pasquarelli