The 15 Best Quarterbacks In The NFL Right Now

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With nearly half of the NFL season gone, the quarterback hierarchy is finally reverting to form.By averaging three very different statistical metrics — traditional QB rating, ESPN’s Total QBR, and Football Outsiders’ DYAR — we came up with our own ranking of the best 15 QBs in the league through the first seven weeks.

What we found was that established QBs like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning have sprinted up the rankings since we last ran the numbers a month ago.

T15. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (previously: tied 13th)

Average ranking: 16.66

QB rating: #30

Total QBR: #6

DYAR: #14

T15. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (previously: 12th)

Average ranking: 16.66

QB rating: #17

Total QBR: #21

DYAR: #12

14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (previously: 17th)

Average ranking: 16.33

QB rating: #24

Total QBR: #16

DYAR: #9

T12. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (previously: tied 13th)

Average ranking: 14.66

QB rating: #12

Total QBR: #10

DYAR: #22

*Has only played in four games due to injury

T12. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (previously: 7th)

Average ranking: 14.66

QB rating: #12

Total QBR: #10

DYAR: #22

11. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (previously: 21st)

Average ranking: 14.33

QB rating: #19

Total QBR: #14

DYAR: #10

10. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers (previously: 9th)

Average ranking: 10.66

QB rating: #8

Total QBR: #11

DYAR: #13

9. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (previously: 4th)

Average ranking: 9.33

QB rating: #9

Total QBR: #12

DYAR: #7

8. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (previously: 11th)

Average ranking: 7.33

QB rating: #3

Total QBR: #8

DYAR: #11

7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (previously: tied 19th)

Average ranking: 7.00

QB rating: #7

Total QBR: #9

DYAR: #5

T5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (previously: 2nd)

Average ranking: 5.33

QB rating: #5

Total QBR: #5

DYAR: #6

T5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (previously: 1st)

Average ranking: 5.33

QB rating: #4

Total QBR: #4

DYAR: #8

4. Eli Manning, New York Giants (previously: 10th)

Average ranking: 5.00

QB rating: #10

Total QBR: #2

DYAR: #3

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (previously: 3rd)

Average ranking: 3.66

QB rating: #6

Total QBR: #3

DYAR: #2

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (previously: 18th)

Average ranking: 3.00

QB rating: #1

Total QBR: #7

DYAR: #1

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (previously: 6th)

Average ranking: 2.33

QB rating: #2

Total QBR: #1

DYAR: #4

The middle

17. Andy Dalton -- 17.33

18. Joe Flacco -- 18.00

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick -- 19.00

20. Josh Freeman -- 19.33

21. Ryan Tannehill -- 19.66

22. Sam Bradford -- 20.66

23. Mike Vick -- 22.66

The bottom

T24. Jay Cutler -- 24.33

T24. Cam Newton -- 24.33

26. Russell Wilson -- 24.66

T27. Kevin Kolb -- 25.00

T27. Phillip Rivers -- 25.00

29. Blaine Gabbert -- 28.66

30. Mark Sanchez -- 29.00

31. Matt Cassell -- 29.33

32. Brandon Weeden -- 31.00

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