NFL Quarterback Power Rankings

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees reclaims the No. 1 spot in this week's NFL Power Rankings. Find out if your favorite team's quarterback is on the rise or dropping as Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson ranks the starting quarterbacks based on their results through Week 7.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees returns to the top of's NFL Quarterback Power Poll following a big day against the Raiders last weekend. Brees bumped Arizona's Kurt Warner into second place. Miami's Chad Pennington, Indianapolis' Peyton Manning, Jacksonville's David Garrard, Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Cleveland's Derek Anderson were among the top risers 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. Drew Brees, Saints
YPG: 332.2    PR: 105.0 TD: 12 
Comp: 71.0   1st: 36.6    INT: 6
Brees is the only starter to average over 300 yards per game. He completed 86.7 percent of his passes against Oakland.

2. Kurt Warner, Cardinals 
YPG: 284.7   PR: 102.8    TD: 12 
Comp: 70.0    1st: 40.4    INT: 5 
Warner completed 73.3 percent of his throws and threw for 2 TDs during a win over Dallas. He sure isn't playing like a 37-year old quarterback.

3. Tony Romo, Cowboys
YPG: 281.5   PR: 103.5   TD: 14 
Comp: 64.0   1st: 36.0    INT: 5 
Tied for the lead in touchdown passes with Philip Rivers with 14, Romo may try to play this weekend despite a broken finger.

4. Philip Rivers, Chargers
YPG: 248.2    PR: 109.4   TD: 14 
Comp: 61.8   1st: 39.4      INT: 4
His 109.4 passer rating is tops in the league. Rivers looked sharp against the Patriots, tossing three touchdown passes.

5. Brett Favre, Jets
YPG: 224.8   PR: 103.0   TD: 13 
Comp: 71.3   1st: 37.6      INT: 6 
His 71.3-percent completion rate is the tops in the NFL, but he threw just one TD pass and two INTs against the Bengals.

6. Jay Cutler, Broncos
YPG: 282.3   PR: 94.8    TD: 12 
Comp: 64.0   1st: 35.5   INT: 5
He posted his lowest completion percent (56.8) and threw for a season-low 192 yards against the Jaguars.

7. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
YPG: 247.0   PR: 98.0    TD: 11 
Comp: 64.2   1st: 32.1     INT: 4
Rodgers has thrown five TD passes over the past two weeks. He'll have to keep it up with Peyton Manning coming to town.

8. Chad Pennington, Dolphins
YPG: 220.2   PR: 98.8     TD: 5 
Comp: 68.6   1st: 36.5    INT: 2 
Over the last three games, Pennington has completed 78.4 percent of his throws and has thrown just one interception.

9. Donovan McNabb, Eagles
YPG: 262.7   PR: 93.2    TD: 8 
Comp: 64.0   1st: 35.5   INT: 3 
McNabb threw two TD passes last week at San Francisco -- the first time he's logged multiple TD passes since Week 1.

10. Jason Campbell, Redskins
YPG: 210.3   PR: 96.2    TD: 6
Comp: 64.2   1st: 34.1    INT: 0 
He completed 69.2 percent of his throws last week, but only had 208 passing yards to show for it.

11. Eli Manning, Giants
YPG: 245.6   PR: 91.4    TD: 7 
Comp: 63.8   1st: 37.5   INT: 4 
Manning surrendered three interceptions against Cleveland. His 48.2-percent completion rate was a season low.

12. Peyton Manning, Colts
YPG: 260.4    PR: 87.8    TD: 8 
Comp: 63.2   1st: 34.6    INT: 5
He completed 71 percent of his passes and notched five touchdown passes over the past two weeks.

13. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
YPG: 189.4    PR: 95.7    TD: 7
Comp: 63.7   1st: 39.5    INT: 3
He lost some ground during a bye week, but look for him to bounce back with a big day against Cincinnati this weekend.

14. Trent Edwards, Bills
YPG: 189.6   PR: 93.9    TD: 4 
Comp: 66.4   1st: 35.2    INT: 2 
Edwards also lost some ground coming out of a bye week. He'll square-off with San Diego's Philip Rivers this weekend.

15. Kyle Orton, Bears
YPG: 231.0   PR: 87.6     TD: 8 
Comp: 61.6   1st: 33.3    INT: 4
Orton posted his two best single-game passing yardage totals of the year during his last two outings.

16. David Garrard, Jaguars
YPG: 209.8   PR: 84.5     TD: 4 
Comp: 66.7   1st: 37.7    INT: 4
Garrard's 276 passing yards and 73.5-percent completion rate against Denver were season-high marks.

17. Matt Schaub, Texans
YPG: 269.0   PR: 74.3    TD: 5 
Comp: 61.2   1st: 34.2    INT: 7
While he threw for 379 yards against Miami, Schaub completed just 52.4 percent of his passes and threw two INTs.

18. Jake Delhomme, Panthers
YPG: 223.0   PR: 79.4     TD: 5 
Comp: 58.6   1st: 33.7    INT: 5
Coming off of his best game of the season, he threw three INTs during a blowout loss to Tampa Bay. 

19. Gus Frerotte, Vikings
YPG: 247.0   PR: 76.1    TD: 3 
Comp: 55.7   1st: 32.9   INT: 3
Frerotte threw for a season-high 296 yards and posted his best passer rating of the year (82.4) in a win over the Lions.

20. Matt Ryan, Falcons
YPG: 194.0   PR: 82.9     TD: 5 
Comp: 57.8   1st: 32.3    INT: 3
The rookie completed 73.3 percent of his passes for 301 yards against the Bears last week.

21. J.T. O'Sullivan, 49ers
YPG: 215.2    PR: 76.4    TD: 7 
Comp: 58.2   1st: 34.7    INT: 8 
He's thrown seven INTs over the last three weeks and earned a season-low 49.2 passer rating against the Eagles.

22. Matt Cassel, Patriots
YPG: 182.0    PR: 64.8    TD: 3 
Comp: 78.1    1st: 30.3    INT: 4
His 64.8-percent completion percentage is impressive, but he's got more interceptions than touchdowns.

23. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers
YPG: 162.3   PR: 85.8     TD: 3 
Comp: 66.7   1st: 35.9    INT: 2 
Garcia completed 75 percent of his passes for 173 yards in a key win over the Panthers. He'll start again this weekend.

24. Carson Palmer, Bengals
YPG: 182.8   PR: 69.0     TD: 3 
Comp: 58.1   1st: 31.8    INT: 4
He's sidelined once again, so that means that seven games into the season he'll have thrown just three TD passes. 

25. Kerry Collins, Titans
YPG: 148.0    PR: 73.1     TD: 3 
Comp: 55.7    1st: 35.7    INT: 3
The least productive QB for a top-performing team gained some ground during the bye week as others faltered.

26. Joe Flacco, Ravens
YPG: 168.8   PR: 61.9   TD: 1
Comp: 60.6   1st: 32.6   INT: 7
Flacco has thrown five INTs in his last two games. But he padded his stats with some late-game completions.

27. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders
YPG: 165.4   PR: 73.2     TD: 4 
Comp: 50.0   1st: 26.1    INT: 2
He's failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes in three of six games, including last week (37 percent).

28. Derek Anderson, Browns
YPG: 170.6    PR: 64.1    TD: 5
Comp: 52.1   1st: 29.5    INT: 6
Anderson has completed better than 60 percent of his passes in the last two games.

29. Marc Bulger, Rams
YPG: 163.8   PR: 72.9    TD: 2 
Comp: 58.3   1st: 23.5    INT: 2
Although the Rams won their first game of the year, Bulger threw for a season-low 136 yards against Washington.

30. Damon Huard, Chiefs
YPG: 95.2     PR: 63.7     TD: 2 
Comp: 63.1   1st: 26.2    INT: 4
Huard and the Chiefs had a bye week. Brodie Croyle returns to lead the offense this weekend.

31. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
YPG: 164.0    PR: 57.7   TD: 2 
Comp: 49.2    1st: 30.5     INT: 3
Hasselbeck will miss a second week due to a knee problem, adding to a nightmare of a season for the talented veteran.

32. Dan Orlovsky, Lions
YPG: 63.2   PR: 59.3    TD: 1 
Comp: 55.1   1st: 18.4    INT: 2
Sacked six times during his first NFL start, he still managed to throw a TD pass and completed 57.1 percent of his passes.


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