Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/8/12

Time for the first part of our position-by-position NFC East analysis and rankings! We'll be starting with quarterbacks. There is no single factor that will make or break any of the candidates-- they will be assessed based on the five grading criteria below. Note that RGIII will not be rated due to the fact that he has yet to prove himself on an NFL level.


BIG PLAY ABILITY

1. Michael Vick
2. Tony Romo
3. Eli Manning

Vick is the clear winner here as he showed his skills in 2010. Vick has the ability to beat anyone on the deep ball or take off and run 30 yards. Having to scheme against a QB like this can drive a coordinator crazy.

Tony Romo can rack up the points for you in fantasy football with his big arm. He is a must have when it comes to fantasy because he tends to score with the best of them. Romo always keeps his touchdown-interception ratio in check as well. With receivers like Bryant and Austin you can expect more big games from Romo.

Eli Manning has more big play ability than experts give him credit for. Tom Coughlin likes to keep the games close and let Manning work his magic on the final drive. With the No. 32 ranked running game, you should see a few more highlight reels from Manning in 2012. (I expect Manning to jump to 1st or 2nd next year with no running game.)


ACCURACY

1. Eli Manning
2. Tony Romo
3. Michael Vick

Manning has the knack to be able to squeeze the deep ball into tight coverage with the game on the line.

Romo’s stats are great and better than both Manning's and Vick's. The downside to Romo is that whenever the game is on the line he is at his worst. Statistically though, Romo is one of the best QBs in the entire league.

Vick clearly needs to work on his accuracy. He can bomb the deep balls, but has often had problems fitting the ball into tight coverages, especially in the red zone. Vick is able to take off and run unlike most QB’s, so he has never been put into a position where he has to make the throw.


HEALTH

1. Eli Manning
2. Tony Romo
3. Michael Vick

The Giants' QB hasn’t missed a game since being named the team's starter. Manning also is the leading candidate among active players to overtake Brett Favre’s most consecutive starts for the Iron Man award.

Tony Romo has managed to keep a relatively clean bill of health since being named the Cowboys' starter. Romo hushed many of his critics this year after fracturing a rib. His team fell behind but Romo came back into the game behind 24-10 and lead them to an overtime victory against the NFC’s best defensive unit.

Vick has only managed one season without injury since being named a starting QB. The Eagles losing their best offensive linemen to start the year isn’t a good sign for him to improve.


4TH QUARTER COMEBACKS

1. Eli Manning
2. Tony Romo
3. Michael Vick

Eli Manning had eight fourth quarter comeback just last year. The comeback in the Super Bowl makes it 21 for his career.

Tony Romo had his fair share of fourth quarter games lost last year, but it’s unfair to blame it all on him. The Dallas defense failed their fan base more so than Romo did last year. Romo did have games where he threw crucial turnovers like the Lions game but the coaches should have never had him throwing with that type of lead.

Michael Vick has led some of the most specular come backs, such as the 2010 Giants game leading the Eagles from behind to score 28 points in the fourth quarter. Vick however doesn’t have a large enough body of work to beat out Manning or Romo.


REGULAR SEASON STATS AND WINS

1. Tony Romo
2. Michael Vick
3. Eli Manning

Tony Romo wins here and it’s not even close. Romo’s stats in the regular season are better than Tom Brady's or Peyton Manning's.

Vick lights the stats up in the regular season and can easily be one of your top fantasy performers.

Eli Manning doesn’t tend to have the best regular season stats, but he was only 70 yards shy 5,000 passing yards last year.


PLAYOFF STATS AND WINS

1. Eli Manning
2. Michael Vick
3. Tony Romo

Eli Manning went 8-4 in the playoffs and has two Super Bowl MVPs awards, making him the clear winner here.

Michael Vick only won a single playoff game, tying Romo’s total playoff wins. I had to compare the teams they both beat and lost to and in what fashion. Vick edged out Romo by knocking off a heavily-favorited and then undefeated Green Bay Packers team at Lambeau field. While Vick was playing with the Eagles, he had the Eagles on the edge of beating the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers in his 2nd playoff meeting with the Packers.

For Tony Romo, it wasn’t the win that knocked him down to third, it was how he lost his other playoff games. Romo and the Dallas Cowboys could only manage 3 points in a 34-3 rout to the Minnesota Vikings.  A franchise QB simply has to play better than this in the playoffs.


OVERALL RANKINGS

1. Eli Manning
2. Tony Romo
3. Michael Vick

Eli Manning is clearly the best QB in the NFC given the grading criteria. Eli Manning is a two time Super Bowl MVP who steps up when his team needs him the most.

Tony Romo comes in second to Manning. Romo never was a first round pick like Manning; actually, he wasn’t even drafted. When looking at his career, Romo easily would have been worth a first round pick. The Cowboys got a steal picking up Tony Romo.

Michael Vick comes in third place in the NFC East. Vick has big play ability but still needs to show that he last an entire season and pull out close games in the clutch.



Please leave me a comment below and let me know in what order you would have ranked the QBs!



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