Last season was all about the emergence of the NFL’s newest star in the form of Kansas quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as he led a comeback to remember against the 49ers to claim a maiden Super Bowl.
It seemed as though times were changing in the NFL, with two quarterbacks under the age of thirty duking it out for the sport’s top prize, with some big-name QBs looking long in the tooth and perhaps ready to be put out to pasture.
However, all such doubts over the futures of many veteran quarterbacks have been allayed so far this season, with the likes of Brady, Roethlisberger, and Rodgers all making lofty appearances in the weekly power rankings.
Brady Continues to Show that Class is Permanent
There were plenty of detractors lining up to pour water on the red-hot expectations that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski took with them to Tampa Bay, but if anything, the old friends have managed to surpass expectations, with a playoff berth well within reach for the Bucs.
It was always questioned whether Brady really had what it took to shine in a struggling team rather than in a dominant outfit.
However, Brady’s qualities have been made abundantly clear by the fact that since he left the Patriots they have struggled greatly, with the Bucs taking their place on the main NFL betting odds at licensed sportsbooks. Although there are plenty of other factors in play as to why the Bucs are shining this season, there is no doubt that Brady is still making the case that he is one of the best in the league. Do not be surprised if he outfoxes some young gun QBs in the playoffs.
Caption: Brady has rarely dropped the ball for the Bucs this season, but can he keep it up into the playoffs?
Mahomes is still the Man to Catch
While it is true that certain veteran QBs have stood out this season, they are still playing catch-up to the phenomenon that is Patrick Mahomes.
Time and again this season the 25-year-old has managed to find that winning pass or has made that crucial dash for first down, with some commentators recognizing that the Chiefs are adopting that all-important never say die attitude that great champions all possess.
With one Super Bowl already in the bag, few will bet against Mahomes adding another, even if he does come up against some wily old-timers along the way.
Big Ben Roethlisberger Keeps on Chiming
At the time of writing the Steelers are 11-0 and appear unstoppable, and there are few games in their regular season run-in that will strike fear into Big Ben, who has been turning back the hands of time.
So far this season he has done things the Roethlisberger way, steadily guiding his team to wins without doing anything spectacular. Whatever he is doing, though, it sure is working a treat for Pittsburgh fans.
Deshaun Watson Doing the Best with What He Has
With the exception of perhaps Brady, we have so far only mentioned quarterbacks who come as part of a well-oiled machine, and who have running games and wide receivers who can get them out of a bind if they need it.
That is what makes Deshaun Watson’s recent form so impressive, taking a losing franchise and boosting them to standout wins against teams like New England and Detroit, the latter of which turned into something of a mauling for the Lions.
Cutting turnovers out of his game is what has set the foundations for this promising QB to start turning heads in the NFL.
Will Young or Old Ultimately Win Out This Season?
It really is impossible to say at this point whether the quarterback lifting the Super Bowl will be a young buck or a gnarled vet.
Another young QB who is making huge leaps and bounds this season is Kyler Murray, while Aaron Rodgers is still looking as razor-sharp as ever despite his career entering its twilight years. Either might prove to have what it takes.