NFL Quarterback Power Rankings

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger moved up into the No. 2 slot in this week's power rankings. To find out who else moved up and who slipped down the chart, check out Ed Thompson's latest analysis of the NFL's starting quarterbacks.

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1. (1) Peyton Manning, Colts
Manning is tops in passing yards per game (329) and touchdowns (12). And he's second in completion rate (73.5%). Colts fans will have to hope that the bye week doesn't cause Manning to lose any momentum.
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2. (5) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Roethlisberger leads the league with a 74% completion rate and 42.4% of his throws moving the chains. He threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns while completing 76% of this passes last weekend.
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3. (2) Drew Brees, Saints
After a bye week, Brees will be striving to regain his hot hand with a strong performance against the Giants. He hasn't thrown a touchdown pass or tallied more than 190 passing yards in a game since Week 2. 
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4. (4) Eli Manning, Giants
Manning's ten touchdown passes against just two interceptions has been key to the Giants' early-season success. He only had to throw ten times in a rout over Oakland, but he completed 80%, including a pair of touchdown passes.
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5. (8) Matt Ryan, Falcons
Ryan's moving the chains with 42.4% of his passes, the second-best mark in the NFL. And he's thrown just two interceptions. He threw for 329 yards last week during a decisive 45-10 win over the 49ers.
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6. (6) Brett Favre, Vikings
Favre's competed at least 75% of his throws in three out of his first five games, and his 69.1% season average is third-best in the NFL. Last week against the Rams, he was picked off for just the second time this season, but also threw for a score in a 38-10 romp.
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7. (3) Joe Flacco, Ravens
Flacco was held to a season-low 186 yards last week, dropping him to ninth for the season with an average of 257 per game. He threw for another touchdown, his ninth of the season, but also threw two interceptions in a game for the first time this year. 
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8. (9) Matt Schaub, Texans
Schaub threw for two more touchdowns to push his season total to ten. That puts him in a tie for second with Eli Manning, trailing Peyton Manning by two. The Texans quarterback completed 70% of his throws for 371 yards in a losing effort at Arizona.
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9. (11) Kurt Warner, Cardinals 
After a slow start, Warner has put up a pair of consecutive 300-yard passing games. He threw for two touchdowns against the Texans while completing 68% of his passes. He's fourth in the league in passing yards per game with 291.
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10. (10) Philip Rivers, Chargers
Rivers had the week off after throwing three touchdown passes during a loss to the Steelers. With the Broncos on tap this week, he needs to find a way to boost his completion rate, which hasn't broken the 60% mark since Week 1.
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11. (12) Kyle Orton, Broncos
Orton finally tossed his first interception of the season, during an overtime win over the Patriots. But he also threw for two scores, completed a season-best 72% of his throws and broke the 300-yard mark in a game for the first time in 2009 with 330 yards.
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12. (NR) Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
With Hasselbeck back under center, Seattle demolished a Jaguars club that had won two straight. He threw for four touchdowns and completed 60% of his passes after sitting out two games due to injury.
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13. (7) Tom Brady, Patriots
Brady's 61.4% completion rate and his percentage of passes that create first downs (35.3%) are both 16th-best in the league. Not very Brady-like. But he's seventh in passing yards per game with 268. He should have a big day against the Titans.
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14. (NR) Donovan McNabb, Eagles
In just two starts McNabb has thrown for five touchdowns versus one interception. Last week he completed 76% of his throws against the Bucs and tallied three touchdowns. Now he faces an Oakland defense that was embarrassed by the Giants last week. 
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15. (13) Jay Cutler, Bears
Cutler's going to need his "A" game against the Falcons this week. His eight touchdown throws puts him in the top fourth of the league in that category. After throwing four interceptions in the season opener, Cutler has thrown just one pick in the last three contests.
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16. (14) Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Rodgers' 274 passing yards per game is sixth-best in the NFL as he comes out of his bye week to face the Lions. While he's only thrown six touchdown passes so far, he's also tossed just one interception. Rodgers has suffered a league-high 20 sacks this season.
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17. (19) Tony Romo, Cowboys
Romo has found a playmaker in Miles Austin. The pair hooked up for 250 of Romo's 351 yards and two scores last week. But he's completed just 58% of his passes this year, which puts him in the bottom third of the league in that category. 
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18. (15) Jason Campbell, Redskins
Although he's got the sixth-best completion rate in the NFL (67%) and the fouth-best rate of moving the chains with his passes (41.5%), the Redskins are 2-3 as they prepare for the Chiefs. Campbell's averaged just 157 passing yards during his last two games.
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19. (18) Carson Palmer, Bengals
Palmer's 271 passing yards was a season-best mark, but he also threw his sixth interception of the year. Only two quarterbacks in the league have thrown more picks than Palmer. But he's been resilient late in games, leading Cincinnati to a 4-1 record.
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20. (29) Chad Henne, Dolphins
Henne shocked the Jets defense by completing 76% of his throws for 241 yards and two touchdowns. With the second-year quarterback leading the offense, the Dolphins have scored 69 points over the past two games.
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21. (17) David Garrard, Jaguars
After a 300-yard performance against the Titans, Garrard sputtered against Seattle, completing 58% of his throws for just 188 yards during a 41-0 loss. Garrard has failed to throw for a touchdown in three of the team's five games.
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22. (26) Matt Cassel, Chiefs
Cassel threw for a season-high 253 yards against Dallas last week. He's passed for two touchdowns and has avoided throwing any interceptions in each of his last three contests. But he needs to improve on his completion rate of just 52% over the past two weeks.
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23. (21) Mark Sanchez, Jets
Sanchez and the Jets have slipped  into mediocrity after a fast start. His completion rate (56%) is tied for fourth-worst in the NFL, and he now has as many interceptions as touchdowns (5). Sanchez's 172 yards against Miami was his highest total since Week 1.
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24. (24) Matthew Stafford, Lions
Stafford sat out of last weekend's game due to injury. And his status for this Sunday is still questionable. The last time he started, Stafford threw for 296 yards and completed 66% of his passes.
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25. (20) Shaun Hill, 49ers
Hill had an awful day against Atlanta, completing just 39% of his passes. He's hovered around the 200-yard passing mark in the three of five games and 150 yards in the other two. The 49ers won't be able to keep up with more explosive teams if he doesn't step it up.
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26. (27) Jake Delhomme, Panthers
At his current pace, Delhomme would finish the year with just 12 touchdown passes. His lowest career total in a 16-game season was 19 back in 2003. Delhomme needs a big game against the Bucs this week to build on Carolina's narrow win over the Redskins.
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27. (22) Kerry Collins, Titans
During a 31-9 clobbering against the Colts, Collins threw his seventh interception of the year, matching his 2008 season total. Over the past three weeks he's thrown five interceptions and two touchdown passes. This week, he has to try to keep up with Tom Brady.
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28. (23) Trent Edwards, Bills
Will abandoning the no-huddle offense help Edwards get back on track? It can't hurt. Edwards is only creating first downs with 27% of his throws, the fifth-lowest mark in the NFL. And he's thrown one more interception (6) than touchdowns (5) this year.
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29. (NR) Marc Bulger, Rams
Bulger gets another shot as the starter in St. Louis after missing two starts and seeing limited duty in two of the last three games. But he's completed just 56% of his throws when he has played.
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30. (28) Derek Anderson, Browns
Sure, the Browns won last week, but Anderson completed just two of seventeen pass attempts (11.8%) for 23 yards. Cleveland needs to trade for a real quarterback before Tuesday's deadline. 
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31. (31) Josh Johnson, Buccaneers
Johnson took some lumps last week against the Eagles, throwing three interceptions. On a positive note, he posted a career-best 240 passing yards and two touchdown throws. But he's completing just 52% of his passes. This could soon be Josh Freeman's team.
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32. (32) JaMarcus Russell, Raiders
Russell hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1, and that's really bad news with the Eagles up next. He still has the worst completion rate (42.1%) and first-down rate (23.1%) in the NFL.
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