Week 5 NFL Quarterback Rankings – Who Has The Best Matchups


Every week we present to you our quarterback rankings. The list consist of talent, but more importantly, who has the best matchup. For example, we know Carson Palmer isn’t the fourth best quarterback, but he has a very favorable matchup and he’s been playing magnificent thus far.

Without further ado, here’s the list:

1. Tom Brady @ Cowboys – With Brady fresh off a bye week, this doesn’t seem to bold well for the Cowboys.

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. Rams – St. Louis has a stellar defense, but when you look at Rodgers’ track record at home, it probably won’t matter.

3. Drew Brees @ Eagles – New Orleans will air it out against this inexperienced secondary.

4. Carson Palmer @ Lions – After being upset against St. Louis, Palmer is sure to bounce back against the winless Lions.

5. Philip Rivers vs. Steelers – It’s hard to bet against Rivers, especially at home.

6. Matt Ryan vs. Redskins – The Falcons will continue to roll in DC and Matty Ice should play a big role in that.

7. Eli Manning vs. 49ers – Coming off a three touchdown performance, Eli should be able to keep it going against this depleted roster.

8. Andy Dalton vs. Seahawks – This is a tough matchup, but Dalton is playing at another level right now.

9. Andrew Luck @ Texans – Although Luck has struggled thus far, he’s due to breakout eventually, right?

10. Marcus Mariota vs. Bills – The rookie has been a fantasy football gem and with an extra week to prepare, Mariota could continue his stellar play this Sunday.

11. Sam Bradford vs. Saints – His inconsistencies should wash away against this below average Saints defense.

12. Peyton Manning @ Raiders – The undefeated Broncos are waiting for a vintage Peyton performance and with Oakland being ranked 31st in pass defense, maybe this is the week.

13. Tyrod Taylor @ Titans – His versatility should play a major factor.

14. Russell Wilson @ Bengals – Tough defense here, but Wilson rarely makes mistakes.

15. Derek Carr vs. Broncos – He continues to only get better.

16. Joe Flacco vs. Browns – At home and coming off a victory should only bode well for his morale moving forward.

17. Josh McCown @ Ravens – The momentum from last week will look to carry over.

18. Alex Smith vs. Bears – A desperate Chiefs team will look to open up the playbook.

19. Brandon Weeden vs. Patriots – During his two starts, he has a QB rating of over 100 and New England’s secondary is the weakest unit on their team.

20. Nick Foles @ Packers – Facing Rodgers in Lambeau is always a daunting task.

21. Matthew Stafford vs. Cardinals – Outside of Luck, he’s been the most disappointing quarterback.

22. Jay Cutler @ Chiefs – Decent matchup on paper for Cutler, but can we really trust him?

23. Michael Vick @ Chargers – Pittsburgh has the weapons, but Vick still doesn’t have the accuracy.

24. Blake Bortles @ Buccaneers – This organization is still trying to figure out if he’s the guy moving forward.

25. Kirk Cousins @ Falcons – Atlanta’s secondary isn’t the best, however, neither is Kirk Cousins.

26. Jameis Winston vs. Jaguars – I don’t even think Winston knows what to expect week in and week out. Until he displays more consistency, you’ll see him near the bottom.

27. Ryan Mallett @ Colts – The learning curve is still present here. Give him time.

28. Colin Kaepernick @ Giants – He will be near the bottom just about every week for obvious reasons.

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Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.