Here is an interesting ranking from ESPN of the top 64 quarterbacks in the NFL today. I’m not a huge fan of rankings — it’s a magazine gimmick to attract eyeballs by provoking debate. And I usually disagree with the analysis, which is the point, of course. But I think ESPN gets this just about right. Tom Brady is #1, that’s undeniable. Peyton Manning is #2, Favre is #3, Tony Romo is #4, and Ben Roeth… is #5.
I think a good argument could be made that Favre is better than Manning right now. Favre has a passer rating of 98.7, Manning has a 97; Favre has a TD to interception ratio of 24/11, Manning is 27/13; Favre has thrown for 3,678 yards (despite most of the Cowboys game) and Manning has thrown for 3,358. And on it goes. Apparently the judges gave bonus points for arm-flailing before the snap and whining after incompletions, so Manning got the nod. (All that said, both Romo and Roeth… have better passer ratings than Favre.)
Manning is good, sure. But anytime I have a choice between the two, I’ll take Favre.