NFL Quarterback Power Rankings

Jeff Garcia, Aaron Rodgers and Trent Edwards are among the signal-callers who moved up in's NFL Quarterback Power Rankings this week. Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson fills you in on who's hot -- and who's not -- heading into this weekend's action.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner returns to the top of's NFL Quarterback Power Poll despite enjoying a bye week since the Saints' Drew Brees fell out of first place following a tough day against the Panthers last weekend. Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia, Buffalo's Trent Edwards and Houston's Matt Schaub made significant gains in this week's rankings.

Rankings are based on a weighted formula that includes factors such as completion average, touchdowns, interceptions, percent of passes that result in a first down, yards per game and more.

Use the rankings as a guide for your fantasy football decisions and for debate in our NFL Team Forums.

Stats key: YPG=Passing Yards Per Game, PR=Passer Rating, TD=Touchdown Passes, Comp=Completion Percentage, 1st=Percent of passes thrown resulting in a first down, INT=Interceptions.

1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals 
YPG: 284.7   PR: 102.8    TD: 12 
Comp: 70.0    1st: 40.4    INT: 5 
Warner is first in completion rate, percent of passes resulting in a first down, and is second in YPG.

2. Tony Romo, Cowboys
YPG: 281.5   PR: 103.5   TD: 14 
Comp: 64.0   1st: 36.0    INT: 5 
Second in TD passes and passer rating, Dallas severely missed Romo's presence last week.

3. Philip Rivers, Chargers
YPG: 242.7    PR: 108.5   TD: 16 
Comp: 63.9   1st: 39.2      INT: 5
He leads the NFL in TD passes and in passer rating. He's second-best at moving the chains.

4. Drew Brees, Saints
YPG: 317.7    PR: 98.5 TD: 12 
Comp: 68.4   1st: 34.6    INT: 7
He was stifled by the Panthers, but he's the only QB averaging more than 300 yards passing per game.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
YPG: 238.3   PR: 98.8    TD: 12 
Comp: 65.6   1st: 33.5     INT: 4
He's posted a 100-plus passer rating in five of seven games. Rodgers looked sharp against the Colts. 

6. Chad Pennington, Dolphins
YPG: 232.7   PR: 97.4     TD: 6 
Comp: 68.6   1st: 37.8    INT: 3 
He hasn't completed less than 68 percent of his throws in a game since Week 2.

7. Jay Cutler, Broncos
YPG: 266.0   PR: 91.7    TD: 13 
Comp: 64.2   1st: 36.2   INT: 7
He's failed to throw for at least 200 yards the last two weeks. Denver needs their bye to get healthy.

8. Trent Edwards, Bills
YPG: 201.5   PR: 98.8    TD: 5 
Comp: 69.7   1st: 38.2    INT: 2 
He has the second-best completion rate in the NFL and he's only given up two interceptions.

9. Donovan McNabb, Eagles
YPG: 262.7   PR: 93.2    TD: 8 
Comp: 64.0   1st: 35.5   INT: 3 
Seven of McNabb's eight TD passes have been thrown during the first 30 minutes of play this season.

10. Brett Favre, Jets
YPG: 220.2   PR: 92.3   TD: 13 
Comp: 68.2   1st: 34.4    INT: 8 
He threw a total of one touchdown duirng his last two games—against the Raiders and the Bengals.

11. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers
YPG: 199.2   PR: 93.3     TD: 4 
Comp: 69.3   1st: 38.6    INT: 2 
He's third in the NFL in completion percent and in the percent of his throws that result in a first down.

12. Matt Schaub, Texans
YPG: 268.6   PR: 83.7    TD: 7 
Comp: 65.0   1st: 37.2    INT: 7
During his last three games he's thrown for 953 yards, six TDs and just two interceptions.

13. Kyle Orton, Bears
YPG: 238.4   PR: 91.4    TD: 10 
Comp: 62.2   1st: 34.3    INT: 4
He hasn't thrown an interception on the road this year, and hasn't tossed any in his last three games.

14. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
YPG: 193.8    PR: 98.1    TD: 9
Comp: 63.2   1st: 37.5    INT: 3
You have to love his TD to INT ratio, but throwing for less than 200 yards per game hurts his ranking.

15. Jason Campbell, Redskins
YPG: 203.7   PR: 96.3    TD: 7
Comp: 63.9   1st: 34.2    INT: 0 
Still no interceptions, but he's only thrown one TD pass in the last three games.

16. Eli Manning, Giants
YPG: 231.5   PR: 89.1    TD: 8 
Comp: 61.8   1st: 35.1   INT: 4 
His 51.6-percent completion rate last week was a season low, and he threw for just 161 yards.

17. David Garrard, Jaguars
YPG: 209.8   PR: 84.5     TD: 4 
Comp: 66.7   1st: 37.7    INT: 4
He had one of his best games of 2008 before the bye week. Can he pick up where he left off?

18. Peyton Manning, Colts
YPG: 255.2    PR: 80.0    TD: 8 
Comp: 60.7   1st: 32.1    INT: 7
He completed just 50 percent of his throws against the Packers, his worst showing since Week 11 last year.

19. Jake Delhomme, Panthers
YPG: 219.0   PR: 84.0     TD: 7 
Comp: 59.1   1st: 35.0    INT: 5
He posted his second-best passer rating of 2008 last week, but threw for just 195 yards.

20. Matt Cassel, Patriots
YPG: 182.5    PR: 86.8    TD: 6 
Comp: 86.8    1st: 30.7    INT: 4
His three TDs against the Broncos doubled his season total. Cassel also completed 75 percent of his passes.

21. Gus Frerotte, Vikings
YPG: 257.2   PR: 72.6    TD: 5 
Comp: 57.2   1st: 34.4   INT: 7
Although he passed for 298 yards and two TDs last week, he also threw four interceptions.

22. J.T. O'Sullivan, 49ers
YPG: 221.0    PR: 75.5   TD: 8 
Comp: 58.1   1st: 35.9    INT: 10 
He's thrown more interceptions than any other QB this year and he's lost five fumbles.

23. Matt Ryan, Falcons
YPG: 194.0   PR: 82.9     TD: 5 
Comp: 57.8   1st: 32.3    INT: 3
He's only thrown an interception in two games, and he logged his first 300-yard game before the bye week.

24. Joe Flacco, Ravens
YPG: 179.3   PR: 68.8    TD: 2
Comp: 64.1   1st: 34.1   INT: 7
The rookie has completed 73 percent of his throws in two consecutive games.

25. Kerry Collins, Titans
YPG: 143.8    PR: 74.2     TD: 3 
Comp: 56.4    1st: 35.3    INT: 3
Last week he completed at least 60 percent of his throws for the first time since Week 2, but only for 123 yards.

26. Marc Bulger, Rams
YPG: 163.6   PR: 79.1    TD: 3 
Comp: 60.2   1st: 25.6    INT: 2
He completed a season-high 72 percent of his passes against Dallas.

27. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders
YPG: 171.7   PR: 76.0     TD: 5 
Comp: 51.2   1st: 27.4    INT: 2
He finally broke the 200-yard passing mark for the second time this season and threw a TD pass.

28. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals
YPG: 118.0   PR: 65.7     TD: 2 
Comp: 60.2   1st: 28.2    INT: 3
Last week he posted his best passing yardage total of the year, but it was only 164 yards.

29. Derek Anderson, Browns
YPG: 164.8    PR: 62.9    TD: 6
Comp: 49.2   1st: 27.3    INT: 6
After a terrific game against the Giants, Anderson fell back into his slump with a mere 136 passing yards.

30. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
YPG: 164.0    PR: 57.7   TD: 2 
Comp: 49.2    1st: 30.5     INT: 3
He moved up a spot only because of Tyler Thigpen being added to this week's rankings.

31. Dan Orlovsky, Lions
YPG: 103.6   PR: 72.9    TD: 2 
Comp: 52.7   1st: 24.3    INT: 2
He rolled up 265 passing yards last week, but completed just 48 percent of his passes against Houston.

32. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs
YPG: 98.0     PR: 44.3     TD: 2 
Comp: 42.2   1st: 22.2    INT: 4
Will Thigpen be able to hold off the likes of Ingle Martin and Quinn Gray? Probably not, and that's huge problem for K.C.


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