10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – previously no. 21
Eli Manning is hands down the biggest riser on this list. The younger Manning is up eleven full spots from the first edition of this list and I have to admit that I was wrong about Eli. After watching him in preseason I was sure he was in for another rough season. After a slow start he has rebounded and actually has the fourth highest QBR in the NFL behind Philip Rivers, his brother, and Aaron Rodgers. Turns out the Manning brother that has two Super Bowl rings to his name can still play after all.
9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – previously no. 6
If you look at Big Ben’s numbers it appears that he’s had a good start to his season. However, between getting dominated by the Ravens and a bad loss at home to the Buccaneers it’s hard to justify putting him ahead of the other eight QBs remaining on this list. I still believe Roethlisberger is a Super Bowl caliber QB, but it appears that he may need a little more around him in Pittsburgh to make that happen.
8. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – previously no. 16
Tony Romo is another big climber on this week’s list. Romo has always been able to pile up stats, but the question was if he could consistently win games. The Cowboys are currently tied for the best record in the NFL (who would of thought?) and Romo deserves a share of the credit. The Cowboys have finally wised up and given him a complimentary running game and Romo has made the most of it.
7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – previously no. 3
It’s hard to downgrade a QB four spots on this list when he is completing almost 69% of his passes and throwing for almost 315 yards per game, but that’s exactly what I’m doing to Drew Brees here. Despite those big numbers, something just hasn’t been right with the Saints offense. While their defense may be the biggest culprit for their 2-3 record, Brees simply hasn’t been able to light up the scoreboard like he has in previous seasons.
6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – previously no. 8
Russell Wilson is slowly climbing the ranks of the elite QBs. After leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl win with a lot of help from their defense and running game, Russell has stepped up some this season to be an even bigger part of their offense. He’s completing over 70% of his passes, has 8 passing TDs to just 1 interception, and he showed off his running skills Monday night as he gashed the Redskins for 122 yards and a TD.