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Week 9 NFL Quarterback Rankings – Who Has The Best Matchups

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Despite having arguably the worst game of his career, Aaron Rodgers is still in the top two, but another poor performance this week may drop him. Also, how about Drew Brees?

Let’s take a look at the quarterback rankings as we head into Week 9.

1. Tom Brady vs. Redskins – At this point, it’s looking like Mr. Brady will be atop of this list every week from here on out.

2. Aaron Rodgers @ Panthers – Despite his poor performance in Denver, it wasn’t enough to drop Rodgers from the top two.

3. Derek Carr @ Steelers – Over the past two weeks, Carr has thrown seven touchdowns with zero picks.

4. Drew Brees vs. Titans – After his historic display against New York, it’s difficult to see him slowing down at home.

5. Eli Manning @ Buccaneers – This is a somewhat stingy defense, however, Eli is riding some heavy momentum right now.

6. Matt Ryan @ 49ers – ‘Matty Ice’ has been mediocre thus far, but this is the perfect matchup for him to turn things around.

7. Andy Dalton vs. Browns – He threw his first multi-interception game of the season against Pittsburgh last week. Expect for him to bounce back at home against in-state foe Cleveland.

8. Jameis Winston vs. Giants – The highly decorated rookie hasn’t thrown a pick in over a month.

9. Philip Rivers vs. Bears – Chicago’s defense has only gathered four interceptions on the season, which bodes well for Rivers.

10. Peyton Manning @ Colts – Based on performance thus far, he shouldn’t be ranked this high but considering how weak Indy’s secondary is and the fact Manning will be facing his old team, this could be the week he breaks out.

11. Cam Newton vs. Packers – Tough matchup, but Cam Newton tends to find ways to get the job done.

12. Blake Bortles @ Jets – New York’s secondary got lit up at the hands of Derek Carr last week, which is a welcomed sign for Bortles.

13.  Ben Roethlisberger vs. Raiders – His return to the starting lineup wasn’t very pretty, as he tossed three picks. However, things should get better with time.

14. Ryan Tannehill @ Bills – Take away his game in Foxboro and you’ll realize he’s playing better under interim head coach Dan Campbell.

15. Tyrod Taylor vs. Dolphins – There may be a little rust here after missing the previous two games.

16. Jay Cutler @ Chargers – He’s one of those guys that is capable of having a monster game, but at the same time, he could have a dud. With that being said, let’s just keep him near the middle of the pack for now.

17. Marcus Mariota @ Saints – There’s no telling how he’ll respond after coming back from injury. Luckily, he’ll be facing a really bad Saints defense.

18. Sam Bradford @ Cowboys – Dallas’ defense is much better than expected and Bradford has been much worse than expected.

19. Teddy Bridgewater vs. Rams – St. Louis has a very fast and attacking defense, which could cause havoc for Teddy.

20. Andrew Luck vs. Broncos – Some may argue that he should be lower on this list. When you look at Luck’s play and see Denver’s defense, it doesn’t look to good for Luck.

21. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jaguars – New York fans are just happy Geno Smith won’t be playing.

22. Kirk Cousins @ Patriots – The guy receives a lot of flack, but we’ve seen signs of him looking like a solid quarterback. However, this week may be pretty rough.

23. Johnny Manziel @ Bengals – Even though it’s only because of a Josh McCown injury, you better believe fans all around the country are anticipating this start.

24. Matt Cassel vs. Eagles – Dallas needs Tony Romo to return now.

25. Nick Foles @ Vikings – Minnesota’s defense is stingy and if Todd Gurley struggles, Foles has no chance of being successful.

26. Blaine Gabbert vs. Falcons – He can’t be any worse than Colin Kaepernick, right?


About Mark Gunnels

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.