This is the balanced offense and defense ranking for the pass and the run. The difference between this ranking and other rankings is that it looks at how well a team performs in each strategic area of the field. Coaches look at the areas that they can perform the best and plan to attack the weak spots in the defense.
#1 Indianapolis Colts – They are consistent on their ability to throw the ball. Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks even with the turnovers.
#2 Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have had issues this year and Jon Kitna is performing better than people hoped. He has 11 touchdowns.
#2 New Orleans Saints – The Saints are tied with the Dallas Cowboys. The Saints started slower than expected this year and are becoming stronger each week. Drew Brees has 3,634 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.
#4 San Diego Chargers – The Chargers have statistically been on top most of the season. They are starting to slip. Phillip Rivers is a top quarterback with 24 touchdowns and 3,642 yards.
#5 Denver Broncos – This is the bright spot for the Broncos. They can throw the ball. Kyle Orton has 20 touchdowns with 3,487 yards.
#6 Philadelphia Eagles – They started with Kevin Kolb and big expectations. Michael Vick stepped in due to Kolb’s injury with a lot to prove. Vick is doing well and is not thought of as a passing quarterback but he is showing he can step up. Vick has 2,243 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 6 touchdowns.
#7 Detroit Lions – That is right the Lions can throw the ball. They have also had injury problems at quarterback. Is this a theme this year? Shaun Hill stepped in for Matthew Stafford. Hill has 13 touchdowns and 2,206 passing yards. Stafford has yet to practice this week.
#8 New England Patriots – The Patriots are becoming a dominant team again. Bill Belichick is putting together another strong offense. Tom Brady has 3,029 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. They are using many different receivers this year and Wes Welker is leading with 672 yards and 7 touchdowns.
#8 Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals are tied with the Patriots for 8th place. Carson Palmer has 20 touchdowns and 3009 passing yards. Terrell Owens is coming into his own, again, with 961 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.
#10 Green Bay Packers – The Packers have a strong passing offense and with better protection of Aaron Rodgers it will only get better. Rodgers has 3,243 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Greg Jennings has 11 touchdowns and 944 receiving yards.
#29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers have had flashes of dominance this year. Josh Freeman has 2,442 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.
#30 Oakland Raiders – This is the weakness for the Raiders. Who is the quarterback? Jason Campbell was replaced and Bruce Gradkowski is now injured. J.T. O’Sullivan was just signed. It looks like Campbell is starting again. Campbell has 1,439 passing yards and 8 touchdowns.
#31 Carolina Panthers – This is a major area that needs improvement if the Panthers are going to become a playoff contender. Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore have not succeeded in their roles as quarterbacks.
#32 Tennessee Titans – Still ranked in last place as a passing offense. Five game losing streak and last in the pass go hand in hand. Vince Young and Kerry Collins have both started this year. Both of these quarterbacks have been successful in the past. It makes you wonder what is wrong?
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