Wednesday Quarterbacks with SAL: Week 4


Hello everyone! I am Michael Davis, otherwise known as Sports Topics admin, #D46. I’ve had this site opened for a month now, and people seem to really be buying into what I’m having to offer. I’ve been incredibly grateful for the support and the loyal readers to my website, and wanted to give a big thank you to you all! Credit goes to God first, because I truly feel this is a talent He’s blessed me with, and I can’t wait to see what can be done in the future.

This is a brand new weekly article I’ll be doing with fellow Sports Topics admin, and my mentor/friend, SAL. He approached me about doing something, and I immediately fell in love with the idea. This will be “Wednesday Quarterbacks with SAL”, which will complete a 3-day weekly series with my Power Rankings on Tuesday and my #WeeklyFood Picks on Thursday. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I will just doing this weekly article with one who has confidence in me from the get-go.

The way this will work is, we’re going to be ranking quarterbacks based on their week’s performance. The previous week’s QB rankings will have no positive or ill effect on the following week. That means if a quarterback is ranked at #1 for 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, and then lays a goose egg the following week, they likely won’t be ranked just because of their performance prior to. This also means we could see “non-elite” players in the Top 5. For example, we could see Alex Smith (unlikely) be ranked at #2 and Aaron Rodgers at #5, depending on that week’s performance, and that week alone. I feel this will give quarterbacks a fair shot at a good reputation if they’re burdened with the “Ring Argument”, if we see them week-by-week in this list.

So without further ado, here are the selections of mine and SAL’s!

SAL – 5. Jay Cutler.
Stats: 281 yards, 2 TDs, 65% completion percentage
Jay steps into an offense struggling to do anything at all on the offensive side of the ball. Jimmy Clausen just was no threat whatsoever. Jay not only came back to play well, he was composed on a drive that led to a Robbie Gould FG to edge the Raiders and give Chicago their first win of the season. Cutler finished with a day of 28/43 for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

#D46 – 5. Eli Manning.
Stats: 212 yards, 3 TDs, 57% completion percentage
It pains me to give this man credit, but I have to this week. He did go to Buffalo and put the ball in the endzone three times. Anytime you can go to Ralph Wilson Stadium against this defense and do that without Victor Cruz, and Odell Beckham Jr really being ineffective, then you deserve a little bit of recognition. Coming into the game, the Bills had given up 7 touchdowns this season, and had picked opposing quarterbacks off 6 times. Those numbers now stand at 10 and 7 respectively, and for a turnover machine like Eli, that is improvement. It’s worth noting, there’s a lot of worthy men for this spot, like Andy Dalton, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Cam Newton… So if you’re going to give it to a typically bad quarterback, you might as well give it to Eli!

SAL – 4. Eli Manning.
Stats: 212 yards, 3 TDs, 57% completion percentage
Manning and the Giants went on the road to Buffalo as 6.5 point underdogs and left with a victory. Eli didn’t have any eye popping stats but he faced a solid defense that usually (other than Brady) gives opposing QBs long days. Instead, Manning finished the day 20/35 for 212 yards with 3 touchdowns and just 1 pick. He sits here at my 4th top QB performance of the week.

#D46 – 4. Josh McCown.
Stats: 356 yards, 2 TDs, 78% completion percentage
Let’s give a Cleveland Browns quarterback some credit for once… Josh McCown’s had it rough. He quarterbacked a 2-14 Buccaneers team, who then used their #1 overall pick on a quarterback and let McCown walk. He then walked to Cleveland and there’s been a huge controversy with an undeveloped mind, that McCown should be the second option to Johnny Football. Josh McCown then gets the starting job, he gets hurt when he puts in effort to get in the endzone. During this time, Manziel raises the quarterback controversy once again, and also, Luke McCown is getting commercials and becomes the more beloved of the McCown quarterbacks. Josh then comes back as the starter once again, and he finally shines. The Chargers entered the game giving up 181.3 passing yards per game to the opposing quarterback, and McCown nearly doubles that! McCown has nothing around him and flourished this week. If he had won, I would have put him higher perhaps, but unfortunately things didn’t work out. But keep in mind, that wasn’t Josh’s fault! He’ll be number four for Week 4.

SAL – 3. Philip Rivers.
Stats: 358 yards, 3 TDs, 61% completion percentage
While this game was closer than the public may thought it would (mainly because the Chargers defense is pretty bad) Rivers played really good. He finished the day going 23/38 for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did for the most part without Stevie Johnson who injured his hamstring in the game. Johnson has been a major threat for the Chargers offense this season and a popular flex in fantasy leagues. I liked Rivers performance here after the teams last two performances. Team needed a win and needed to be done on the offensive side of the ball.

#D46 – 3. Philip Rivers.
Stats: 358 yards, 3 TDs, 61% completion percentage
Rivers had a really good game against the Browns with three touchdowns and 358 yards. The Browns were without Joe Haden, but it shouldn’t diminish the performance Philip Rivers had this week. I nearly put him at number two, even. He took control of the game and got it done for the Chargers this week at home. Like SAL said, this was a much needed win for the Chargers season, and Rivers delivered. Keenan Allen really needs to step up and become an elite receiver, so Rivers doesn’t have to rely on Danny Woodhead and a guy named Dontrelle Inman.

SAL – 2. Kirk Cousins.
Stats: 290 yards, 1 TD, 67% completion percentage
Cousins went 31/46 throwing just 1 touchdown on the day. However he’s my number 2 QB this week because he managed the game very well and didn’t throw any interceptions at all which has been an issue with him and other Redskins QBs. Cousins is also here because he went 90 yards to win the game and send their rival Eagles to a 1-3 record on the season. This was such a gigantic win for the Redskins. It puts them at 2-2 in a division that seems wide open with all the injuries hitting Dallas and the underachieving Eagles. This was a big win and he had a lot to do with it. He gets my respect and #2 spot.

#D46 – 2. Nick Foles.
Stats: 171 yards, 3 TD, 67% completion percentage
This is something SAL and I disagree on. I can’t after Sunday’s game, Foles is getting no respect. He has nothing to work with and is going up against a stout Cardinals defense, and somehow manages to throw 3 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and get the win? Nick Foles was incredibly impressive this week! How many times does a quarterback go on the road against an undefeated defensive-minded team, play like he did, win, and get no recognition? People will look at the yardage, and I couldn’t care less about that. His only weapon was Tavon Austin, and that’s sad. Foles is more than worthy of the 2nd-best quarterback this week.

SAL – 1. Drew Brees.
Stats: 359 yards, 2 TD, 80% completion percentage
Brees is here because lets be honest. This team isn’t very good. Sean Payton has lost his mind and edge as an elite coach in this league. Brees still gets it done and puts the team on his back in a MUST WIN SAVE THE SEASON situation. Gets the dub at home in overtime with a wide open wheel route hook up to CJ Spiller. Brees was effective in the game though going for 33/41 for 359 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brees became part of an exclusive club now joining Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in the 400 club. Shout out to Brees. He gets my #1 nod this week.

#D46 – 1. Drew Brees.
Stats: 359 yards, 2 TD, 80% completion percentage
The first week of doing this, and I really wish SAL and I disagreed for a little bit of controversy. However, he did have a great game. Not expected to play with a bad rotator cuff, he came out and showed up. He completed eighty-percent of his passes without nobody really stepping up. I saw Brees lead a potential game-winning drive in the 4th quarter to put the team in position to win the game, but the kicker failed to do so. What does Brees do? Two plays into overtime, an 80-yard strike to CJ Spiller. In a night where Brandin Cooks underperformed and Willie Snead had better stats, I’ll give this to Brees. Plus, he’s in the 400 club. How can you not give this to him? But truly, Brees showed off his clutch gene to the entire world on Sunday Night Football. Good job, Drew! You’re the unanimous number one.

 

Who made the most sense this week when it comes to ranking the quarterbacks based on their Week 4 performances? Let us know in the comment section down below who was more spot-on. Was it I, #D46, or was it my buddy SAL?

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