The NFL is starting this week, and like last season, we give you our rankings of the top 10 quarterbacks. A couple of things to note:
1. Matthew Stafford and Phil Rivers have been jettisoned from our top 10. (Click here to see last season’s rankings)
2. Two new QB’s have cracked the list and the order has changed a bit. So let’s get to it.
10. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
The man people love to hate has moved from 7 to 10 on our list. Yes, he needs to play better in the big game but there are a plethora of teams who would take him as their QB in a heartbeat.
9. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskin
He played like a 10-year veteran last season. He can run, has a great arm and is accurate throwing the ball. But the question is, can he stay healthy with his relentless style?
8. Eli Manning – New York Giants
A not-so-hot year out of Eli in 2012 drops him from #6 last year. To be fair, he had no receivers to throw to due to injuries. But not every QB stays great forever. It’ll be interesting to see if he can turn it around this year.
7. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
Play like that in the playoffs and lead your team to a Super Bowl win, you make our list with room to spare. But now that Flacco has cashed in with a huge contract, can he keep it up?
6. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has done everything except get the Falcons into the Super Bowl. While Atlanta’s D was much more to blame for that last season, he has to find a way to will his team into that game if he wants to be considered elite.
5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
We’ve never seen a quarterback with such slow foot speed be able to be elusive enough to make play after play in big games. Sure, he’s impossible to like but he is an elite, Hall-of-Fame quarterback.
4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
Although Brees tossed a whopping 43 TDs in 2012, he also threw 19 interceptions which is way too many. Perhaps the return of Sean Payton will get him back under control.
3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
The man puts up mind-boggling regular season numbers year after year. But just one Super Bowl win is much too few for him. He was awful in the frigid playoff game against the Ravens last season; he had nothing on his throws.
2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
We’ve dropped Brady one slot. His playoff performances the last couple of seasons have not been stellar. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in 2013 without many of his favorite weapons.
1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
It’s almost getting close to an inarguable fact that Rodgers is the best in the game today. As we said last year, we can almost guarantee that Brett Favre throws beer cans at the TV screen every Sunday.
Okay, men, where did we go wrong? Tell us below.