Brady is back, and so is the banged-up bunch who sat out last week, and now the most famous backup QB in the NFL is about to be back in the spotlight.
Each week this season we're ranking the starting QBs, and this might be the most stacked they’ve been all season. See who’s on the rise in Week 6.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
The NFL’s biggest sideshow takes center stage Sunday at Buffalo. If the reports that Kaepernick has been outplayed by Christian Ponder in practice are true, this could be a field day for Rex Ryan’s defense -- and Kaepernick haters.
Last week: NR
Case Keenum, Rams
Despite leading the NFL’s worst offense, Keenum had LA on a roll – until he ran into the Bills’ defense last week. Keenum was intercepted twice, including a pick-six.
Just when you think Cleveland’s QB situation can’t get worse, Kessler got knocked out of last week’s loss to the Pats. The good news is he should be able to go again Sunday at Tennessee, and fellow rookie Kevin Hogan was signed to back him up – if that can be considered good news.
Overwhelmed by a top-notch defense again in last week’s loss to the Vikings.
Last week: 21
2016: 58% pct, 226.6 ypg, 6-7 TD/INT, 70.6 rating
Associated PressJim Mone
Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Looking to gain momentum after his first turnover-free game of the season in a win over Colts in Week 4. The third-year QB has had zero TOs just seven times in 33 career starts, and only once in consecutive games.
Threw 50 passes (completing 30) Thursday night in his return from a shoulder injury but struggled to find the end zone in a loss at San Diego. Denver didn't cross the 50 on its own until late in the third quarter.
Off to an up-and-down start and coming off a bye week, here’s where it gets good: A healthy Jamaal Charles is ready to be turned loose, and Smith faces the struggling secondaries of the Raiders, Saints, Colts, Jags, Panthers and Bucs in the next six weeks.
Mired in a three-game skid while New York ranks 27th in scoring.
Last week: 13
2016: 63.6% pct, 277 ypg, 5-4 TD/INT, 86.0 rating
Associated PressMike Roemer
Carson Palmer, Cardinals
Arizona survived Palmer’s concussion, and Drew Stanton’s shaky start in his absence, thanks in part to Blaine Gabbert’s swan song. Now Palmer can get the Cards back to .500 with a home win over the Jets.
The Wentz Wagon finally hit a bump in the road with a one-point loss at Detroit, but the rookie remained efficient despite throwing his first INT. Now, though, he loses his blind-side protector as Lane Johnson starts his suspension.
Ripped off a third straight win last week at Buffalo but now gets a tougher test against the Eagles defense and won’t have his top target, tight end Jordan Reed (concussion). Cousins needs to start connecting with DeSean Jackson and hope Jackson torches his old team.
Last week: 16
2016: 67.2% pct, 286.4 ypg, 7-5, 90.5 rating
Getty ImagesRob Carr
Andy Dalton, Bengals
Leads the AFC in passing yards (1,503) but is struggling to find the end zone. The Red Rocket is unbeaten against the Ryans this year (Fitzpatrick and Tannehill) and winless against Big Ben, Trevor Siemian and Dak Prescott. Now he faces Tom Brady and the tough Pats D.
Despite what he may say, the rookie’s efficient, mistake-free play is making Dallas’ decision on who to start when Tony Romo returns that much harder. Now 4-1 after beating the Bengals, he’s eight passes from breaking Tom Brady's record of 162 attempts without an interception to start a career.
Might've saved coach Mike McCoy's job by beating Denver on Thursday night. Rivers finished with a season-low 178 yards but passed Dan Fouts to become San Diego's career passing leader and, more important, snapped a three-game skid.
It may be way too soon to call Oakland a Super Bowl contender, but it’s not too early to call Carr an MVP candidate. The third-year QB is putting up career-high numbers during a 4-1 start and topped 300 yards for the second time this season in last week’s win over the Chargers.
Denver didn’t bring down Ryan or Atlanta last week, but now Seattle’s tough D will take a shot. Though he didn’t go wild against Denver, Ryan still leads the league in passing yards (1,740), yards per attempt (10.4), first downs (75) and passer rating (121.6).