32. Nathan Peterman, Buffalo Bills
Week 1 Stats: 5/18, 24 yds, 2 INTs
It goes without saying that Peterman was by far the worst starting quarterback in the league week 1. Putting up just 24 passing yards simply won’t cut it, and he was quickly benched.
31. Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals
Week 1 Stats: 20/34, 153 yds, 1 INT
Arizona’s offense didn’t click at all in their opener. Bradford struggled to connect with his receivers and David Johnson was shut down in his first game back from injury. Bradford’s performance will need to step up if he wants to hold off Josh Rosen for the starting spot.
30. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Week 1 Stats: 23/37, 224 yds, 1 INT
You can’t blame Eli too much for struggling against a tough Jacksonville defense, but outside of rookie Saquon Barkley the Giants offense was terrible. Eli needs a big game against Dallas on Sunday night next week.
29. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Bortles gets a slight bump ahead of Manning since he was able to lead his team to victory. Still, Bortles has not shown many signs of progression and will continue to rely on his defense to win games.
28. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Week 1 Stats: 27/46, 286 yds, 1 TD, 4 INTs
Clearly Stafford is not the 28th best quarterback in the league, right? He should inevitably rise up this list as the season moves on but his 4 interceptions leads to one of the worst season opening performances in recent memory.
27. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Week 1 Stats: 9/16, 103 yds, 2 INTs
Mariota is another player that will rise up the rankings pretty quickly. He was forced to come out of the game with an injury, and when he did play, the lengthy weather delay strongly affected his play. No cause for concern yet with Mariota.
26. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Week 1 Stats: 29/40, 303 yds, 3 INTs
Carr has taken a huge step down from the MVP caliber season he had just 2 years ago. The Raiders kept their Monday night game with LA close for most of the night, but 2 key late interceptions by Carr cost his team the game.
25. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Week 1 Stats: 19/29, 170 yds
The Cowboys offense had a terrible start to the 2018 season. Dak wasn’t able to find the magic from his rookie year, and with Dez Bryant gone, their pass game was almost non-existent.
24. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
Week 1 Stats: 23/35, 171 yds, 1 rush TD
The first game of the season went fairly well for Trubisky. He didn’t make any game losing mistakes, he just had to play against the legend that is Aaron Rodgers. Expect Trubisky to improve as the year goes on and make the Bears offense a little more of a threat in the future.
23. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos
Week 1 Stats: 25/39, 329 yds, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
Keenum looked just like we all expected in his Denver debut. Not only Keenum, but this entire Bronco team has so many similarities to last year’s Vikings. Three picks are slightly concerning, but Keenum is in good shape one game in.
22. Sam Darnold, New York Jets
Week 1 Stats: 16/21, 198 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Darnold’s first throw as an NFL quarterback was as bad as it gets. Luckily he settled in after and had himself a pretty good game. It doesn’t hurt that the Jets defense was as dominant as it was. It’s only 1 game, but the early returns on Darnold look good.
21. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns
Week 1 Stats: 15/40, 197 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 77 rush yds, 1 rush TD
The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Taylor did what he needed to keep Cleveland in the game. They couldn’t find a way to pull through in OT, but he did enough to hold off Baker Mayfield for the time being.
20. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Week 1 Stats: 20/28, 230 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Nobody expected much out of Tannehill and the Dolphins this year, but they looked great in week 1. Tannehill fought through the lightning delay and let his team to a win. Strong start for Miami.
19. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1 Stats: 19/34, 117 yds, 1 INT
With Carson Wentz still not ready to come back, Super Bowl champion quarterback Nick Foles remains the Eagles starter. Foles didn’t look spectacular in their Thursday night opener, but he did what he needed to in order to get the win.
18. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
Week 1 Stats: 21/30, 255 yds, 2 TDs
Smith was impressive in his Washington debut. He didn’t look as good as Washington’s defense, but he was efficient and didn’t make any costly mistakes.
17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 243 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Andy Dalton looked good in the opener. A lot of that is likely on the Colts terrible secondary. Still, after an almost pick 6 on his first throw of the game, Dalton only missed on 6 throws and led his team to victory.
16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Week 1 Stats: 21/43, 251 yds, 1 INT
The former NFL MVP didn’t have a great start to the year. Once again, Ryan was able to move the football, but couldn’t find Julio Jones or anyone else in the red zone to help his team win.
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 417 yds, 4 TDs
Tampa Bay’s offense exploded against what everyone thought was a good Saints defense. Fitzpatrick might have had the best week 1 performance of any quarterback. Still, I can’t put him higher than 16 until I see it more than once.
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 1 Stats: 23/41, 335 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs
James Connor looked good, but without Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh is going to struggle to win games. The weather did slow them down, but Roethlisberger had multiple chances to win his team the game and couldn’t come through.
13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 233 yds, 2 TDs
The Rams might be the most hyped team of the year after their roster overhaul. Goff and company didn’t disappoint, or did they? The Rams won without too much trouble, but they didn’t exactly look great in doing so. Goff had a pretty good game though.
12. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Week 1 Stats: 15/33, 261 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Garoppolo didn’t have a great start to the 2018 campaign, but who would when you open the season in Minnesota against that defense. Of course, he threw a couple picks and lost the game. He did have some really nice throws though and had a chance to steal the win late.
11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Week 1 Stats: 25/34, 236 yds, 3 TDs
I did not expect Flacco to be this high on the list, but that’s the Buffalo Bills effect. Flacco and the Ravens offense had zero trouble moving the ball and scored 47 points as a result. Maybe this was just one good game for Flacco, or maybe the push from Lamar Jackson was exactly what he needed to return to his old form. Going up against the worst team in football helps as well.
10. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Week 1 Stats: 17/34, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 40 rush yds
There was a lot of hype surrounding the return of Deshaun Watson. He did look amazing in 7 games in 2017. Week 1 wasn’t the spectacular game everyone wanted, but he held his own against Tom Brady and New England.
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Week 1 Stats: 19/33, 298 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
Seattle suffered a tough loss at Denver, but give credit to Wilson for standing in the pocket and taking a beating from Von Miller all day and still almost pulling out a win. A lot of people have been downplaying just how good Russell Wilson is, and no matter what the rest of the team looks like, he always gives them a chance to win.
8. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Week 1 Stats: 34/51, 424 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT
The Chargers offense started off slow but picked up as the game went on. Rivers looked like he always has, piling up yards while keeping his team in the game.
7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Week 1 Stats: 20/36, 244 yds, 2 TDs
Kirk Cousins looked like everything the Vikings were asking for when they signed him in the offseason. He wasn’t the most flashy passer on the field but made the throws necessary to win the game.
6. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 1 Stats: 15/27, 256 yds, 4 TDs
The Chiefs have made a few questionable decisions, trading up for Mahomes and then trading away Alex Smith after Mahomes rookie season to roll with him as the starter. After one game, it certainly looks like that’s paying off quite nicely for KC. The Chiefs look to have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, and Mahomes to Hill looks like it could end up being one of the most deadly combos ever.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Week 1 Stats: 39/53, 319 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Andrew Luck is back. The greatest 4 words Colts fans could hear. If Luck had any rust from not playing in 2 years, he knocked it all off when he threw an interception on his first pass. After that, Luck settled in and had a great game, coming just 15 yards and a Jack Doyle fumble away from a week 1 win.
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Week 1 Stats: 17/26, 161 yds, 58 rush yds, 1 rush TD
The numbers weren’t huge, the team only scored 16 points, but Cam Newton’s impact is why he’s ranked so high. The former MVP is in complete control whenever he’s on the field, and he guided Carolina to an impressive week 1 win.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Week 1 Stats: 26/39, 277 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT
There’s not much to say. Brady’s the GOAT. However, Houston’s defense did get in his face a lot in the opener. Brady still, delivered enough great balls to win the game. The only reason he’s #3 and not higher is simply because of how great the two above him were.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Week 1 Stats: 37/45, 439 yds, 3 TDs
The stat line says it all. Brees should pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record this year, and if he keeps playing like this, he’ll do it sooner rather than later.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 1 Stats: 20/30, 286 yds, 3 TDs
If you watched the Sunday night game, you know why Rodgers is #1. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL, and showed that even when he’s hurt he can lead Green Bay to epic comebacks. There’s a chance Rodgers doesn’t play in week 2, and if he doesn’t his spot at #1 would temporarily go away, but as long as he’s playing, it seems Rodgers won’t lose the top spot
– Dylan Hall
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