Peyton Manning vs. Kurt Warner this week marks a first. Never before has there been a duel of NFL quarterbacks who have been multiple league MVP winners and Super Bowl MVPs. That's our launch-point to rank teams based on overall quarterbacking. We factor in the starter's current performance level, age, injury history, and who his backups are.
1. Saints: Drew Brees, Mark Brunell -- Since 2006 no one has topped Brees' 14,579 yards, 97 TDs or 25 300-yard games. (To think Miami could have drafted him in 2001 but chose cornerback Jamar Fletcher instead).
2. Colts: Peyton Manning, Jim Sorgi, Curtis Painter -- Peyton is still king (don't the Dolphins know it), but he is 33.
3. Patriots: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer -- No scarier dropoff than Brady to Hoyer.
4. Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon.
5. Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn.
6. Falcons: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson -- Like Ryan a lot. Another one Miami could have had.
7. Chargers: Phillip Rivers, Billy Volek, Charlie Whitehurst.
8. Giants: Eli Manning, David Carr.
9. Eagles: Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Jeff Garcia, Michael Vick.
10. Cowboys: Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee -- Proneness to huge turnovers keeping Romo from elite level.
11. Bears: Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie -- Cutler must develop consistency and leadership skills to join the upper echelon.
12. Ravens: Joe Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck.
13. Cardinals: Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Brian St. Pierre -- Warner is still a master, as last week's 24-for-26 game reminded, but he's 38.
14. Dolphins: Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Pat White -- Signs of Penny not repeating his '08 career year. Arm strength limiting, and behind him raw inexperience.
15. Vikings: Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels -- Favre can still bring it, but he's winding down and wearing down.
16. Jets: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Kevin O'Connell, Erik Ainge -- Jets fans ready to hail Sanchez as a smash Broadway (Joe) sequel, but I need to see more.
17. Bengals: Carson Palmer, J.T. O'Sullivan, Jordan Palmer -- Carson still must prove he can again be the consistent producer he was in 2005-06.
18. Texans: Matt Schaub, Rex Grossman, Dan Orlovsky.
19. 49ers: Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Nate Davis.
20. Titans: Kerry Collins, Vince Young, Patrick Ramsey.
21. Bills: Trent Edwards, Gibran Hamdan, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
22. Redskins: Jason Campbell, Todd Collins.
23. Panthers: Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore, Josh McCown, A.J. Feeley -- Delhomme seems to be on a fast fade.
24. Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Mike Teel -- Hasselbeck is held together with duct tape and bailing wire.
25. Chiefs: Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Gutierrez.
26. Rams: Marc Bulger, Kyle Boller, Keith Null.
27. Jaguars: David Garrard, Luke McCown.
28. Bucs: Byron Leftwich, Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson.
29. Broncos: Kyle Orton, Chris Simms, Tom Brandstater.
30. Browns: Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Brett Ratliff -- Brady could become the Mighty Quinn, but no proof yet.
31. Lions: Matthew Stafford, Daunte Culpepper, Drew Stanton -- Rough two-game start means no reason yet to rank Stafford higher.
32. Raiders: JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye -- Russell is fat and looking awful lot like a monumental bust.