NFC East QB Rankings Through Season’s Quarterpole

Quarterback play in the NFC East, has been dominated by the headlines created by Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III. New York Giants Super Bowl winner Eli Manning has probably produced the best all-round performances, but can't compete with Griffin for excitement.

At the other end of the rankings, Tony Romo and Michael Vick have endured nightmare starts to the 2012 NFL season. Both have been guilty of producing turnovers at an alarming rate.

Here's how the NFC Easr quarterbacks rank after four weeks.

1. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Griffin is the young upstart who has owned the highlight reel, but Eli Manning is still the big man on campus in the NFC East.

The two-time Lombardi Trophy winner has already smashed the 1,000 yards mark, despite never having his best receiver, Hakeem Nicks, healthy. Manning has thrown for seven touchdowns and hit 20 passes of over 20 yards.

He remains the driving force for Big Blue and the key to any hopes they have of defending their title.

2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III has transformed the Redskins in just four regular season games. Thanks to the former Baylor star, the Redskins are now a high-powered, scoring machine.

That's something nobody could accuse them of being any time during the last five seasons. Griffin's skills as a runner have helped turn Washington's ground game into the best in the NFL.

His deft play-action skills and phenomenal arm strength have given the passing game the big-play capability, not seen since Mark Rypien was firing passes to Gary Clark and Art Monk.

However, Griffin has really excelled at protecting the ball. He has thrown only a single interception in 124 pass attempts. The Redskins need to be that efficient in order to win games.

Bigger tests are to come for Griffin, starting with this week's visit of the Atlanta Falcons. But he is already looking worth the two first-round picks the Redskins traded away to land him.

3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Five interceptions on Monday night against the Chicago Bears characterises the way Tony Romo's season has started. He hasn't been helped by his offensive line or receivers.

Romo has been subjected to a heavy beating behind a makeshift front five. He has been sacked eight times and subjected to 14 quarterback hits.

On the rare occasions Romo has been afforded the freedom to pass, his receivers have wasted the chances. Jason Witten and particualrly Dez Bryant, have both been  guilty of some appalling drops.

This has led to a meagre 78.5 passer rating and a five touchdowns to eight interceptions ratio. The more time that passes, the more Romo looks like one of those talented players, destined to never win a Super Bowl.

4. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

Easily the biggest disappointment among NFC East quarterbacks, Michael Vick has only done one thing well this season and that's turn the ball over.

He's thrown six interceptions and seems more concerned with protecting himself from hits than actually plays. No quarterback surrounded by the likes of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, should have a rating of 72.7.

The Eagles would be regarded as Super Bowl contenders if Vick could spark the offense to match the levels of Juan Castillo's defense. Instead Philly leads the division at 3-1, in spite of Vick, not thanks to him.

 

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