Andy Dalton claws to the top and Andrew Luck shows his charm
If you had told us that Andy Dalton would make his second straight appearance on this list we would have thought you reasonable and well-educated regarding the NFL’s top quarterbacks. If you had said the same thing about Cam Newton we would have called you all kinds of crazy. Turns out Newton might not throw a ton of passes but when he does throw, he finds his target with alarming accuracy….or at least that’s been the case for the last two weeks.
We hear you asking why Philip Rivers isn’t on this list after putting up 285 yards without an interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s because he did it against the Jaguars. That may not be fair but it’s hard not to give a nod to Andrew Luck for helping the Colts hand the Broncos their first loss of the season. Adam Vinatieri deserves just as much credit but he’s a kicker and that’s another column…maybe. For now let’s stick to the Best NFL Quarterbacks in Week 7.
1) Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
Cincinnati put another game between themselves and the Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns in the AFC North, improving their record to 5-2 on Sunday. Their opponent in that effort was the always-difficult Detroit Lions. No winning quarterback threw for more yards (372) in week 7. With three touchdowns and no interceptions, Dalton earned himself a QB rating of 135.9.
2) Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
Beating up on the miserable Tampa Bay Buccaneers can only receive so much adulation. But hey, Matt Ryan went out and earned every ounce of that adulation. He had a league-best 148.4 rating to go along with the three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 20/26 performance. The Atlanta Falcons are proving they still have some fight in them. But will it be too little too late?
3) Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Facing the Cleveland Browns, Aaron Rodgers did exactly what was expected of him. Although not at the top of any statistical benchmarks, he put in a clean performance leading his team to a convincing 31-13 victory – their third straight. Tony Romo was the only winning quarterback to throw more completions in week 7 with 28 to Rodgers’ 25. But Romo had two interceptions.
4) Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
We don’t like the idea of including a QB that only threw 17 passes on Sunday. Then again, when that QB makes 15 (88%) completions what can you do? Newton’s 136.3 rating was a strong follow-up to the previous week’s 143.4 showing against Minnesota. Carolina needs to take advantage of these weaker teams now as they will face the New Orleans Saints twice this year.
5) Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
There are other quarterbacks that had better numbers – Andrew Luck’s 99.5 was only 11th best in the league in week 7. But his three touchdowns and 21/38 performance was good enough to beat the Denver Broncos in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning found his stroke late in the game and by then his homecoming was well-spoiled. There’s no doubt that this is now the team of Luck.
Do you agree with our picks for best NFL quarterbacks in week 7? Let us know if you think we missed someone more deserving in the comments below.