Week 7 NFL Quarterback Rankings – Who Has The Best Matchups


Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have altered between one and two for most of the season, but with Rodgers in the midst of a bye week, it made my life a lot easier when deciding who’ll be at the top of the list this time around.

1. Tom Brady vs. Jets – Aaron Rodgers has a bye week, which made this decision very easy. If Edelman didn’t drop the ball, Brady would still have no picks on the season.

2. Carson Palmer vs. Ravens – He should have no problem carving up this depleted Baltimore defense at home.

3. Philip Rivers vs. Raiders – He’s currently on pace to break both the NFL records for most completions and passing yards in a season.

4. Eli Manning vs. Cowboys – The two-time Super Bowl champion has a touchdown to interception ratio of 7 to 1 at home this year.

5. Andrew Luck vs. Saints – After showing signs of being like his normal self, New Orleans coming to town should only increase Luck’s confidence.

6. Cam Newton vs. Eagles – Cam’s confidence has to be at an all-time high after his game-winning touchdown pass in Seattle.

7. Russell Wilson @ 49ers – With Seattle in a must-win situation, expect for Wilson to have a big day against this division foe.

8. Drew Brees @ Colts – Facing one of the worst pass defenses in the league should play nicely into Brees’ hands.

9. Matt Ryan @ Titans – It’s a tough matchup, but Matt Ryan is talented enough to find holes in Tennessee’s secondary.

10. Blake Bortles vs. Bills – He’s having the best quiet season of anyone right now.

11. Marcus Mariota vs. Falcons – The rookie has struggled over the past few weeks, but I think he’ll get back on track.

12. Matthew Stafford vs. Vikings – It’s been a rough year thus far, but Stafford showed why some people still believe in his ability last week.

13. Ryan Tannehill vs. Texans – As talented as Tannehill is, he hasn’t had that breakout game yet. Maybe this is the one?

14. Brian Hoyer @ Dolphins – After carving up Jacksonville, Hoyer will look to do the same thing to another Florida team.

15. Derek Carr @ Chargers – Coming off a bye week should help Carr and his Raiders offense to get back into a rhythm.

16. Tyrod Taylor vs. Jaguars – He may be a little rusty following his injury, but Jacksonville isn’t necessarily a scary opponent.

17. Sam Bradford @ Panthers – This is a very tough task, especially since he’s been struggling to fully grasp Chip Kelly’s system.

18. Alex Smith vs. Steelers – When you think about Pittsburgh, defense typically comes to mind. However, this isn’t your traditional Steelers team, but at least they’re facing Alex Smith.

19. Landy Jones @ Chiefs – When Michael Vick went down, Landry Jones came in and produced. Was it a fluke?

20. Kirk Cousins vs. Buccaneers – Turning the ball over has been a problem all year for Cousins.

21. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Patriots – He looked solid last week, but he also wasn’t facing a Bill Belichick coached defense.

22. Matt Cassel @ Giants – One of the better backup quarterbacks in recent memory, but the key word here is “backup.”

23. Joe Flacco @ Cardinals – This probably isn’t a good time to be facing Arizona after they were embarrassed in Pittsburgh.

24. Josh McCown @ Rams – This front seven should be able to put him under constant pressure.

25. Colin Kaepernick vs. Seahawks – Facing a desperate Seattle defense spells trouble.

26. Teddy Bridgewater @ Lions – He’s been one of the biggest disappointments at his position thus far.

27. Jameis Winston @ Redskins – There’s no questioning his physical tools, but he still has a long way to go mentally.

28. Nick Foles vs. Browns – Coming off a four interception game in Green Bay can’t be good for his confidence going forward.

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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.