The 15 Best Quarterbacks In The NFL Right Now

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One quarter of the NFL season is gone, and the quarterback pecking order has been totally upset.In order to determine the 15 best QBs through he first four weeks, we averaged three statistical metrics — traditional QB rating, ESPN’s Total QBR, and Football Outsiders’ DYAR.

Each of these three stats focuses on different things — QB rating on simple output, Total QBR on how players perform under pressure, and DYAR on how they compare to one another. When taken together, they give you an idea of who the best QBs in the game are right now.

Four games in, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have yet to crack the top 15, and two sophomore QBs are playing way better than you realised.

15. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

Average ranking: 14.66

QB rating: #9

Total QBR: #25

DYAR: #10

Per game stats: 22/36, 251 yards, 2 TDs, 0.66 INTs*

*Only weeks 2-4 due to injury

13. Jake Locker (tie), Tennessee Titans

Average ranking: 14.33

QB rating: #15

Total QBR: #12

DYAR: #16

Per game stats: 22/35, 260 yards, 1.33 TDs, 0.66 INTs*

*only weeks 1-3 due to injury

13. Andrew Luck (tie), Indianapolis Colts

Average ranking: 14.33

QB rating: #24

Total QBR: #1

DYAR: #18

Per game stats: 22/41, 282 yards, 1.66 TDs, 1.33 INTs

12. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Average ranking: 14

QB rating: #20

Total QBR: #15

DYAR: #7

Per game stats: 25/41, 270 yards, 1.25 TDs, 0.5 INTs

11. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Average ranking: 11

QB rating: #4

Total QBR: #10

DYAR: #19

Per game stats: 22/31, 268 yards, 1 TDs, 0.25 INTs

10. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Average ranking: 10

QB rating: #13

Total QBR: #14

DYAR: #4

Per game stats: 26/40, 330 yards, 1.75 TDs, 1 INTs

9. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Average ranking: 9.66

QB rating: #7

Total QBR: #8

DYAR: #14

Per game stats: 19/28, 314 yards, 1.25 TDs, 0.25 INTs

8. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Average ranking: 9.33

QB rating: #11

Total QBR: #9

DYAR: #8

Per game stats: 25/39, 314 yards, 1.75 TDs, 0.75 INTs

7. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Average ranking: 8.33

QB rating: #8

Total QBR: #11

DYAR: #6

Per game stats: 21/31, 206 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INTs

6. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Average ranking: 8

QB rating: #10

Total QBR: #5

DYAR: #9

Per game stats: 25/38, 291 yards, 2 TDs, 0.75 INTs

5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Average ranking: 6.66

QB rating: #5

Total QBR: #4

DYAR: #11

Per game stats: 21/32, 278 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INTs

4. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Average ranking: 5

QB rating: #3

Total QBR: #7

DYAR: #5

Per game stats: 21/31, 238 yards, 1.75 TDs, 0.25 INTs

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Average ranking: 4.66

QB rating: #6

Total QBR: #6

DYAR: #2

Per game stats: 25/38, 307 yards, 1.75 TDs, 0.25 INTs

2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Average ranking: 2.33

QB rating: #2

Total QBR: #2

DYAR: #3

Per game stats: 27/40, 301 yards, 2.66 TDs, 0.33 INTs

1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Average ranking: 1.66

QB rating: #1

Total QBR: #3

DYAR: #1

Per game stats: 26/37, 290 yards, 2.75 TDs, 0.5 INTs

The middle

16. Phillips Rivers -- 15.66

17. Matthew Stafford -- 17

18. Aaron Rodgers -- 17.33

19. Drew Brees (tie) -- 18.33

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick (tie) --18.33

21. Tony Romo -- 19

22. Cam Newton -- 19.33

23. Mark Sanchez -- 23.33

24. Blaine Gabbert -- 24.33

The bottom

25. Matt Cassell (tie) -- 25.66

25. Sam Bradford (tie) -- 25.66

27. Mike Vick -- 26.33

28. Russell Wilson -- 26.66

29. Ryan Tannehill -- 27

30. Josh Freeman -- 27.66

31. Jay Cutler -- 30.66

32. Brandon Weeden -- 31.33

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