Continuing our starting QB power rankings lets move onto numbers 16 to 9.
16) Alex Smith
Bang average at number 16 seems about right for the Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. With a few offensive weapons to speak of and a car crash of an offensive line in front of him there is even an argument to make that Smith is even better than this but I'm not making it.
15) Carson Palmer
Like Alex Smith it is hard to get too excited about Carson Palmer. He's got a strong team around him however and Bruce Arians willingness to allow Palmer to throw deep balls gets the best out of his veteran signal caller.
14) Tom Brady
Brady went into the match against the Chiefs without throwing a single interception. He's the only starting QB that could say that. However, even before his and the Patriots disastrous performance on Monday night it would have been hard to claim that Brady's season had been successful. Brady is still a good NFL QB but his career is very
much on the downward slope.
13) Nick Foles
It's hard to know what to think about Nick Foles and the Eagles more generally. Foles looks great some times but then at other times you can't help but think that there was something fluky about his performance last season.
12) Jay Cutler
When he's good he's very good but when he's bad he'd very bad. Even more disturbingly when things get tough Cutler tends to get petulant and crumple under the pressure. Cutler has the pressure to be a great NFL QB but his attitude is holding him back.
11) Drew Brees
He can't get it done on the road and he didn't look that great against the Vikings at home. Brees could certainly make this ranking look supremely foolish over the next few weeks but for now you've got to call it how it is. Brees and the Saints are struggling.
10) Andy Dalton
Great quarterbacks make the players around them better. Andy Dalton does not do this. His team is 3-0 though and are favourites to win the AFC North and make the playoffs.
Dalton has got to be given some credit for this.
9) Tony Romo
Tony Romo is not quite an elite quarterback but he is the best of the rest. In Dallas' victory over New Orleans last weekend Romo looked like he was getting over his back surgery as extended plays by making defenders miss. He finished the game with 262 yards and three passing touchdowns. If Romo can keep this up and his support case stays fit the Cowboys could challenge in the NFC East.
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