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ON THE RISE

ELI MANNING,Giants
Explosive rookie Sinorice Moss supplements an already potent group of widereceivers.

PHILIP RIVERS,Chargers
The former N.C. State star takes over the offense that made Drew Brees a ProBowl quarterback.

MARK BRUNELL,Redskins
With Al Saunders joining the coaching staff to fire up the offense, Brunellwill approach 3,500 yards and 30 touchdown passes this season.

ON THEDECLINE

DONOVAN MCNABB,Eagles
The receiving corps is dreadful, and Andy Reid is rededicated to pounding theball on the ground.

TRENT GREEN,Chiefs Kansas
City has an MVP-caliber running back, subpar receivers and a conservative newcoach.

BRETT FAVRE,Packers
He has a porous offensive line, no running game and no reliable receiver afterDonald Driver.

SLEEPERS

BILLY VOLEK,Titans
In 2004 he became the second QB to throw for 900 yards in a two-game span.Expect the Titans to go slow with Vince Young, giving Volek at least eightstarts.

JON KITNA,Lions
With a stud receiver (Roy Williams) and a solid line he's in prime position tobe one of the major surprises of '06.

STEVE MCNAIR,Ravens
Baltimore is tailoring its offense to mimic the one McNair so successfullypiloted with the Titans.

 

SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006
With 2005 stats

GAMES

COMP PCT.

PASS YARDS

TDS

INTS

RUSH YARDS

RUSH TDS

BYE WEEK

1.

Tom Brady, Patriots

16

63.0

4,110

26

14

89

1

6

2.

Peyton Manning, Colts

16

67.3

3,747

28

10

45

0

6

3.

Carson Palmer, Bengals

16

67.8

3,836

32

12

41

1

5

4.

Eli Manning, Giants

16

52.8

3,762

24

17

80

1

4

5.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks

16

65.3

3,455

24

9

124

1

5

6.

Kurt Warner, Cardinals

10

64.5

2,713

11

9

28

0

9

7.

Drew Bledsoe, Cowboys

16

60.1

3,639

23

17

50

2

3

8.

Mark Brunell, Redskins

16

57.7

3,050

23

10

111

0

8

9.

Drew Brees, Saints *

16

64.6

3,576

24

15

49

1

7

10.

Daunte Culpepper, Dolphins *

7

64.4

1,564

6

12

148

1

8

11.

Jake Delhomme, Panthers

16

60.2

3,421

24

16

31

1

9

12.

Michael Vick, Falcons

15

55.3

2,412

15

13

597

6

5

13.

David Carr, Texans

16

60.5

2,488

14

11

308

1

5

14.

Donovan McNabb, Eagles

9

59.1

2,507

16

9

55

1

9

15.

Marc Bulger, Rams

8

66.9

2,297

14

9

29

0

7

16.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

12

62.7

2,385

17

9

69

3

4

17.

Byron Leftwich, Jaguars

11

57.9

2,123

15

5

67

2

6

18.

Jake Plummer, Broncos

16

60.7

3,366

18

7

151

2

4

19.

Philip Rivers, Chargers

2

54.5

115

0

1

--1

0

3

20.

Jon Kitna, Lions *

3

58.6

99

0

2

14

0

8

21.

Brad Johnson, Vikings

15

62.6

1,885

12

4

53

0

6

22.

Brett Favre, Packers

16

61.3

3,881

20

29

62

0

6

23.

Steve McNair, Ravens *

14

61.3

3,161

16

11

139

1

7

24.

Trent Green, Chiefs

16

62.5

4,014

17

10

82

0

3

25.

Chris Simms, Buccaneers

11

61.0

2,035

10

7

31

0

4

26.

Billy Volek, Titans

6

56.8

474

4

2

3

0

7

27.

Rex Grossman, Bears

2

51.3

259

1

2

0

0

7

28.

J.P. Losman, Bills

9

49.6

1,340

8

8

154

0

8

29.

Charlie Frye, Browns

7

59.8

1,002

4

6

60

1

6

30.

Aaron Brooks, Raiders *

13

55.7

2,882

13

17

281

2

3

31.

Vince Young,† Titans *

13

65.2

3,036

26

10

1,050

12

7

32.

Alex Smith, 49ers

9

50.9

875

1

11

103

0

7

* New team for2006 season † College stats

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