Wednesday Quarterbacks with SAL: Week 5

Hello good ones! This is Week 5 edition of Wednesday Quarterbacks with SAL, where fellow Sports Topics (aka Troll Jock Sports) admin, and I are going to be ranking, based on their week’s performance, the top five quarterbacks in the NFL. I was approached by doing something by someone I consider a mentor and close friend, and immediately loved the idea of doing my first ever collaboration article, and who better?

So let’s get under way!

SAL – 5. Jay Cutler.
Stats: 252 yards, 2 TDs, 58& completion percentage
Jay makes my list again this week with another solid performance to save his team’s season. Cutler went 26/45 for 252 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That’s right people! 0 interceptions. Cutler threw a game winning touchdown pass to Matt Forte after a dropped snap. Picked it up, found Matt on a wheel route and bang. Bears win. The Bears were 0-3 now 2-3. Cutler makes my list.

#D46 – 5. Matt Hasselbeck
Stats: 213 yards, 2 TDs, 66% completion percentage
I think Hasselbeck only gets in this list, quite frankly, because he played with the flu and the team won. Isn’t that enough? We saw how little help Andrew Luck has, and 40-year old Hasselbeck steps in and wins a crucial divisional game against the Texans? Luck will eventually get this spot back, but Hasselbeck’s making the most of it! He’ll look back on that Thursday Night with his grandchildren and said “Yep, your grandpappy did that!”

SAL – 4. Josh McCown
Stats: 457 yards, 2 TDs, 71% completion percentage
Josh McCown is in my 4 spot. There could be arguments he should be higher. He went for 36/51, going for 457 yards and 2 touchdowns and a QBR of 113.4. Crazy good! On the road too as 6.5 underdogs. First win for the Browns in Baltimore in years. It’s safe to say it’s his team and not Manziel’s.

#D46 – 4. Blake Bortles
Stats: 303 yards, 4 TDs, 70% completion percentage
I have a feeling not many will agree, but hold on a second here. He has no help in Jacksonville, from his offensive line, or his weapons on offense, or his defense even! Bortles was sacked six times in a loss, and threw an interception. Yet despite all this, Bortles put the ball in the endzone four times with nothing around him, and he posted a 125.4 QBR (passer rating), which was third highest this week. So he definitely deserves recognition here!

SAL – 3. Andy Dalton
Stats: 331 yards, 2 TDs, 68% completion percentage
Dalton just keeps winning and playing efficient. I’ve never seen him this locked in. 30/44 for 331 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks. And yes I know some of you are like “Oh this isn’t the same Seahawks D.” Okay yes, but it’s still pretty darn good. Dalton usually struggled with aggressive pressure and coverage like that in the past. He doesn’t now.

#D46 – 3. Tom Brady
Stats: 275 yards, 2 TDs, 74% completion percentage
Brady ended up playing the games he was suspended for, and he unleashed it on the league. Brady had no help this game from his offensive line, which Tom Brady took a brutal beating from the Dallas D, getting sacked a total of five times. However, Terrific Tom bounced back and took care of business in Arlington. That’s suitable for number three!

SAL – 2. Eli Manning
Stats: 441 yards, 3 TDs, 76% completion percentage
I’m all about game winning drives here. Eli put one together to avoid what would of been a TERRIBLE home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He went 41/54 for 441 yards and 3 touchdowns posting a QBR of 110. When Eli is that efficient the Giants win football games. They go as he goes. Big win for them heading into Philly with a lot on the line in this early half of the season.

#D46 – 2. Eli Manning
Stats: 441 yards, 3 TDs, 76% completion percentage
I’m with SAL on this one. Game-winning drives are everything in the NFL, especially if you were on fire to begin with. I’m a Cowboys fan, but you can sense Eli Manning’s awareness of the division stakes. Manning was terrific on Sunday against the 49ers, who normally come to play on primetime. Have to give Eli his dues for throwing over 400 yards and completing nearly 80-percent of his passes.

SAL – 1. Matt Hasselbeck
Stats: 213 yards, 2 TDs, 66% completion percentage
Listen, this guy’s 40 years old. He was thrown into a situation where the Colts needed to win to survive the season with Luck out. Hasselbeck not only has played great but is winning. Something Luck wasn’t doing. And that’s not to say Luck isn’t the franchise. He is, he’s great! But obviously his shoulder was an issue and he wasn’t efficient. Hasselbeck has taken care of the ball and the teams winning. He went for 19/29 for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the road at Houston on Thursday. Its not eye popping stats but he wins my number 1 spot this week.

#D46 – 1. Josh McCown
Stats: 457 yards, 2 TDs, 71% completion percentage
My mentor said you could make the case for him being higher? I’ll make that case! McCown has all this pressure in the world on him. We saw what it meant to be the guy ahead of Johnny Football on the depth chart, and Brian Hoyer folded under pressure, but not McCown. This guy even quarterbacked the worst team in football last year, and he comes out and gives the Browns that game in Baltimore, while being phenomenal? He set a franchise record and got every critic off his back for now after Sunday’s performance, which included him driving down the field in overtime for the game-winning field goal. Bravo, McCown! Never thought I’d see the day. Bravo!


Who made the most sense this week when it comes to ranking the quarterbacks based on their Week 5 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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