After each week's games, we review the performances of the single most important player on the gridiron, the quarterback. Having surveyed their work, we rank the best and worst performances to aid bettors in making their NFL picks.
NFL Quarterback Ratings Week 4 –
Studs & Duds
Peyton Manning – In a week of prodigious passing
performances, the future Hall of Fame quarterback gets the top spot as he
dissected a depleted Raiders secondary and was positively surgical in 30-of-38
passing for a season best 338 yards with three endzone strikes to lead the
Broncos to a 37-6 victory. Canton is calling.
Tom Brady – Passing for three touchdowns, rushing for one and throwing for 340 yards en route to
a 52-28 blitzkrieg of the Buffalo Bills defense will most assuredly elevate the
Patriots field marshal to stud status. Brady
now has three consecutive 300 + yard passing performances and has tossed only
one pick this season.
Aaron Rodgers – If you want to make a case for Drew
Brees in the number three slot this week, I will give you no argument. How can
anyone debate Brees’ three touchdowns, 446 yard passing performance? But I will
stick with Aaron Rodgers who found the endzone on four occasions, tossed for
319 yards, completed over 75% of his passes and more importantly defeated Drew
Brees and the Saints 28-27.
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Tony Romo – It’s no wonder Cowboys fans cringe
every time Romo throws a pass. He can be amongst the most prolific aerial
artists in the league or he can induce nausea and bouts of vomiting. Monday
night there was a whole lotta pukin’ goin’ on in the Lone Star State as Romo
threw five picks and gift wrapped a 34-18 victory for the visiting Chicago
Bears on Monday night.
Mark Sanchez – You knew this was going to happen and
it’s especially titillating (assuming you’re not a Jets fan) with Tim Tebow
waiting in the wings to resurrect his reputation as the Mile High Messiah, or
in this case Anyone But Sanchez. In the minds of many New Yorkers, if the Jets
are the Titanic then Sanchez is the iceberg. He completed less than 45% of his
passes and tossed for only 103 yards with no TD’s and one interception in a humiliating
34-0 blanking at the hands of the 49’ers. Nevertheless, head coach Rex Ryan
continues to support his beleaguered signal caller and stated, "I just know in my heart right now this
is not the time. Right now, Mark gives us the best opportunity for us to
win." Win what? I’m not quite
sure, but he certainly can’t be talking about football games.
Russell Wilson –The rookie quarterback got a baptism
by fire on Sunday when he was limited to only 160 yards passing, no touchdowns
for the first time this season and tossed three picks for good measure as his
team bowed to the lowly St. Louis Rams 19-13. Wilson has not reached 200 yards
passing in any game this season and the stunning arm strength and mobility he
displayed in preseason has been noticeably absent as the games began to count.
Wilson will continue to lead the Seahawks only as long as prized free agent
signing Matt Flynn continues nursing an ailing arm or if he suddenly regains
his preseason magic.
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