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Starting QB Power Rankings : The not quite so bad

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Continuing our starting QB rankings it's numbers 24 to 17

24) Kirk Cousins

Cousins may not be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL but he is currently one of the most exciting. No matter what the situation and no matter how strong the coverage Cousins will back himself for success. This means two things. Firstly, lots of yards. So far this season Cousins threw for 250 yards against Jacksonville, 427 yards against the Eagles and 257 yards against the Giants. That's a total of 934 yards in 2 and a half games.

Secondly, it means interceptions. Cousins has thrown five interceptions already including four against the Giants last week. He's not going to keep his job once RGIII is back and fit but he's going to entertain whilst he is a starter.

23) Geno Smith

Turnovers are killing the Jets and as quarterback Geno Smith is primarily responsible for them. There is something in his play though that makes me think Geno isn't a lost cause. In particular, I look back to the timeout that never should have been against the Packers. Geno's throw for that ruled out touchdown was excellent.

If Marty Mornhinweg hadn't illegally called that time out I think the infusion of confidence could have really helped Geno kick on as it is though Jets fans are still left wondering if Geno is ever going to develop into a true franchise starter.

22) Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater has looked like calmness personified in the pocket in his one and a half NFL games. Last weekend against the Falcons Bridgewater led his team to an upset victory throwing for 317 yards at an average of 10.57 yards per throw. It's not outstanding but for a QB that has been thrown into a team that has just lost its best player indefinitely it's not bad. When you see Bridgewater in the pocket he just looks like he belongs.

21) Brian Hoyer

I tipped Johnny Manziel to start in week one so Brian Hoyer is already doing better then I thought he would. Hoyer isn't a great player by any means but he's solid enough provided the offensive playbook does not ask him to do anything to amazing. I still expect Manziel to be the starter before the end of the season though.

20) Cam Newton

Cam Newton's biggest strength has long been his ability to make plays with his feet. The injuries are piling up though and it doesn't seem that Newton is able to do this anymore.

19) Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco must go to bed every night thanking the good Lord that the Ravens were able to get Steve Smith in free agent because, the veteran wide receiver has been the difference maker for Flacco.

Flacco is a solid NFL starter but he's nothing to get too excited about.

18) Colin Kaepernick

It was possible that signing a new contract would spur Kaepernick onto greater things. Jim Harbough must have thought so because, in the first three weeks of the season the 49ers all but ignored Frank Gore and the running game and placed their faith in Kaepernick's passing skills. The result was predictable as San Fransisco found themselves 1-2 heading into week 4.

Kaepernick's problem is that every throw is an absolute missile. He seems incapable of altering the speed and trajectory of his throw to match different routes. As a result receivers are constantly struggling to make catches. One thing that does save Kaepernick though is his ability to make plays with his feet. With Cam Newton seemingly hobbled by injuries Kaepernick must be the undisputed number one rushing QB.

17) Eli Manning

He's won two Superbowls and after enduring a rough couple of years the younger Manning brother is once again showing signs of life. Against Washington Eli had threw for 300 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. Eli looked so good in the new McAdoo offense that he even had a rushing touchdown. Two years of poor play though cannot be forgotten too easily.

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