Quarterbacks

July 23, 2006

ON THE RISE

ELI MANNING,Giants
Explosive rookie Sinorice Moss supplements an already potent group of widereceivers.

PHILIP RIVERS,Chargers
The former N.C. State star takes over the offense that made Drew Brees a ProBowl quarterback.

MARK BRUNELL,Redskins
With Al Saunders joining the coaching staff to fire up the offense, Brunellwill approach 3,500 yards and 30 touchdown passes this season.

ON THEDECLINE

DONOVAN MCNABB,Eagles
The receiving corps is dreadful, and Andy Reid is rededicated to pounding theball on the ground.

TRENT GREEN,Chiefs Kansas
City has an MVP-caliber running back, subpar receivers and a conservative newcoach.

BRETT FAVRE,Packers
He has a porous offensive line, no running game and no reliable receiver afterDonald Driver.

SLEEPERS

BILLY VOLEK,Titans
In 2004 he became the second QB to throw for 900 yards in a two-game span.Expect the Titans to go slow with Vince Young, giving Volek at least eightstarts.

JON KITNA,Lions
With a stud receiver (Roy Williams) and a solid line he's in prime position tobe one of the major surprises of '06.

STEVE MCNAIR,Ravens
Baltimore is tailoring its offense to mimic the one McNair so successfullypiloted with the Titans.


  SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006
With 2005 stats
GAMES COMP PCT. PASS YARDS TDS INTS RUSH YARDS RUSH TDS BYE WEEK
1. Tom Brady, Patriots 16 63.0 4,110 26 14 89 1 6
2. Peyton Manning, Colts 16 67.3 3,747 28 10 45 0 6
3. Carson Palmer, Bengals 16 67.8 3,836 32 12 41 1 5
4. Eli Manning, Giants 16 52.8 3,762 24 17 80 1 4
5. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks 16 65.3 3,455 24 9 124 1 5
6. Kurt Warner, Cardinals 10 64.5 2,713 11 9 28 0 9
7. Drew Bledsoe, Cowboys 16 60.1 3,639 23 17 50 2 3
8. Mark Brunell, Redskins 16 57.7 3,050 23 10 111 0 8
9. Drew Brees, Saints * 16 64.6 3,576 24 15 49 1 7
10. Daunte Culpepper, Dolphins * 7 64.4 1,564 6 12 148 1 8
11. Jake Delhomme, Panthers 16 60.2 3,421 24 16 31 1 9
12. Michael Vick, Falcons 15 55.3 2,412 15 13 597 6 5
13. David Carr, Texans 16 60.5 2,488 14 11 308 1 5
14. Donovan McNabb, Eagles 9 59.1 2,507 16 9 55 1 9
15. Marc Bulger, Rams 8 66.9 2,297 14 9 29 0 7
16. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers 12 62.7 2,385 17 9 69 3 4
17. Byron Leftwich, Jaguars 11 57.9 2,123 15 5 67 2 6
18. Jake Plummer, Broncos 16 60.7 3,366 18 7 151 2 4
19. Philip Rivers, Chargers 2 54.5 115 0 1 --1 0 3
20. Jon Kitna, Lions * 3 58.6 99 0 2 14 0 8
21. Brad Johnson, Vikings 15 62.6 1,885 12 4 53 0 6
22. Brett Favre, Packers 16 61.3 3,881 20 29 62 0 6
23. Steve McNair, Ravens * 14 61.3 3,161 16 11 139 1 7
24. Trent Green, Chiefs 16 62.5 4,014 17 10 82 0 3
25. Chris Simms, Buccaneers 11 61.0 2,035 10 7 31 0 4
26. Billy Volek, Titans 6 56.8 474 4 2 3 0 7
27. Rex Grossman, Bears 2 51.3 259 1 2 0 0 7
28. J.P. Losman, Bills 9 49.6 1,340 8 8 154 0 8
29. Charlie Frye, Browns 7 59.8 1,002 4 6 60 1 6
30. Aaron Brooks, Raiders * 13 55.7 2,882 13 17 281 2 3
31. Vince Young,† Titans * 13 65.2 3,036 26 10 1,050 12 7
32. Alex Smith, 49ers 9 50.9 875 1 11 103 0 7

* New team for2006 season † College stats

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