The NFL kickoff is coming to a start and what better way to start off rather than a classic match up between the defending Super Bowl Champion Blatimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. A game featuring two of the best QBs in the NFL in a rematch of arguably the most exciting post season game in recent memory. Now it’s time to rank the 10 best QBs in the NFL before the pre season. To clarify, these are the QBs I think will performed the best this upcoming season. I first would like to say Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will not be on this least. But believe me when I tell you that I know these guys are both great QBs. They will most certainly be in the top 10 next year if everything goes as planned. They still need to prove some things, such as leadership qualities, clutch factor, ability to be a pocket passer (while I’ll admit they have shown this at times even though they like to beat you with their legs), mechanics, etc. Until then, these are my top 10 QBs heading into the NFL regular season kickoff.
1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has proven time and time again he can make any throw. He has one of the strongest arms in the NFL and throws the best deep ball. He can make plays with his feet if necessary and is deadly accurate, especially throwing on the run. He can make pretty much every play and has the capability of turning any receiver into a star. Guys like James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb all are undoubtedly talented, but they can thank A Rod for a huge reason on why they are so successful today. A Rod has carried that team far, even without a potent running game as of late. He was unable to overcome a sensational performance by Kaepernick and his defense completely melted down, but he still showed poise and skill all season long. Finishing with a QB rating of 108 (led NFL) and a 39:8 TD to INT ratio, A Rod is indeed the best QB in the NFL and with his WRs forming great chemistry and finally having a reliable RB in Eddie Lacy, who’s a rookie, Rodgers should have great seasons for many years to come, most notably this next season.
2) Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning, getting pretty old huh? Well old man Manning showed he can pick apart any defense he wants last season and led the league with a dazzling 68.6% completion clip. Keep in mind he was coming off a handful of neck surgeries last season. And he looked like the same old Peyton Manning, lighting up defenses left and right. Manning is still the smartest QB in the NFL and is the master signal caller of the NFL. This season, the team went out and surronded him with weapons. Getting Tom Brady’s favorite target in Wes Welker. Welker has been one of the most reliable WRs in the NFL for years. The team also drafted Montee Ball in the second round. Willis McGahee was the team’s starting RB last year and he did not play well, hence why he is unemployed. Ball is a young solid player and will split carries with Ronnie Hillman another young back. Together they from a decent, energetic running attack to complement Manning. The team now has a stud WR trio of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker. Now they’ve formed a great TE trio of Joel Dressen, Jacob Tamme, and Julius Thomas (breakout candidate with Dressen and Tamme nursing injuries, has played well and a favorite of Manning). I expect Manning to have another terrific season this upcoming year.
3) Drew Brees
The more and more I watch Drew Brees the more and more I like him. Every year he’s breaking records, leading the league in yards, TDs, carrying his team to the playoffs, etc. It wasn’t his fault the Saints we’re so bad and without him they would have been undoubtedly winless. Brees has the ability to make ANY receiver a consistent part of the passing attack (just ask Robert Meachem). That’s the beauty of Brees, he’s never had that go to guy rather he shares the sugar with just about everyone. Also, notice how all the QBs so far have rings (the pattern doesn’t stop here). Brees practically carried the team and his been a terrfic QB since. With Sean Payton back, expect big things from Brees, especially in the win column,
QBs 4-10 coming soon 🙂