QB1s in the NFL's opening weekend included: Alex Smith (QB1 overall), Sam Bradford (QB3), Trevor Siemian (QB4) and DeShone Kizer (QB9), while Tom Brady (QB19), Kirk Cousins (QB20) and Russell Wilson (QB24) struggled or failed to scratch the double-digit point surface.
What's it mean? The NFL is weird, never more so than early in the season. Note that none of Week 1's aforementioned stars broke through the QB1-sphere based on one performance — though Bradford is officially on the cusp, as the NFC's player of the Week has been quietly stacking strong showings since last December. We want to see more still from Smith, the AFC Player of the Week, although he looked like a quarterback with the fire of rocket-launching Patrick Mahomes' awesome potential lit beneath him.
Our top 5 is stacked with stalwarts and MVPs, including two of the week's fire-most matchups — Brady and Brees, both still licking their wounds preparing for defenses doing the same, and Ryan vs. Rodgers in what figures to be a far more competitive shootout in Hot 'Lanta in last year's title game rematch.