As Super Bowl 53 gets closer it’s a great time to take a look at the 12 quarterbacks that made it into the playoffs. Of course, the ultimate trophy is now going to belong to Tom Brady or Jared Goff; but that doesn’t automatically make them the best quarterback of the season!
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1. Tom Brady
It’s hard not to put Brady at the top. He’s about to undertake his 9th Super Bowl championship and, despite being 41, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
He may not have thrown the most yards this season but he remains arguably the greatest quarterback of all time and looks set to get that 6th Super Bowl championship win.
2. Patrick Mahomes
It’s been said that Mahomes is the logical successor to Brady and there seems to be little to refute this. He’s already only the second quarterback to have thrown for 5,000 yards and scored 50 touchdowns in one season.
The only thing blocking his way to the top spot is his lack of postseason success and, of course, someone named Tom Brady.
3. Drew Brees
Brees has had an impressive season with an NFL record 74.4 percent of his passes completed successfully. But, he still failed to take the Saints all the way to the final and the experience of Brady and previous success is hard to beat.
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4. Jared Goff
Goff has driven the Rams to the final, that’s a feat that is going to put him in the top 5 even if his experience is limited. Even the slump towards the end of the season can be forgiven, but he’s going to need to stop getting rattled by the defense if he wants to move up this list.
5. Phillip Rivers
Rivers is ranked fifth in passer rating and eight in completion percentage. He’s been playing extremely well and could be considered the best if it weren’t for a few other exceptional quarterbacks.
6. Andrew Luck
It can be argued that Luck is the most improved quarterback this season. He’s only been sacked 18 times, a contrast to the 41 in the 2016 season. Much of this is because he’s throwing quicker timing routes. Who knows where he could be in another year?
7. Russell Wilson
Wilson has the potential to shine but is with a team that ran the ball more than any other this season. That makes it hard for him to shine or have a chance at the top spot.
8. Nick Foles
Foles led the Eagles to win Super Bowl 52, he seems to play best towards the end of the season and is the main reason the Eagles made the playoffs this year. But, this inconsistency is costing him the higher spots on the list.
9. Dak Prescott
Prescott is a solid quarterback; you may even be surprised to find he is leading the league with 14 game winning drives. However, he’s solid, not inspirational or impressive.
10. Mitch Trubisky
Trubisky is finishing his second year as a pro and shows a huge amount of potential. But, he is also inconsistent. He’s fast and impressively accurate with his throws but, he’s still missing lots of openings.
This level of inconsistency is why the Bears aren’t winning the Super Bowl this year.
11. Deshaun Watson
Watson has a huge amount of potential. After a fantastic rookie season he’s come back from a torn ACL and, despite struggling with a poor offensive line, has managed 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns.
His lack of experience keeps him low on this list but that still has time to change.
12. Lamar Jackson
Just getting to the playoffs is an achievement. Jackson is an excellent quarterback with the ability to make virtually any defense struggle. But, he currently does this through running; if he wants to move up this list he’s going to have to master becoming a passer.