A few days ago, I ranked the best NFL quarterbacks nos. one through five, Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. Here is a look at the quarterbacks six through 10:
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford played all 16 games last season and threw for over 5,000 yards. He also found a go to receiver, Calvin Johnson and made them one of the best 1-2 duos in the NFL.
Stafford led Detroit into the playoffs and now will seek to get them back after they fell in the first round to New Orleans.
In Stafford’s first full NFL season, he threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and completed 63.5% of his passes.
Detroit has a bright future.
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethhlisberger is a two time Super Bowl champion, (been to three), and is tough guy who plays through injuries (most notably leg and ankle). Is he a modern day Brett Favre, tough as nails player?
Remember last year against Cleveland in December when he laid on the turf at Heinz Field, thought he had a broken leg, yet rallied and led Pittsburgh to the win. He is the type of player a team wants. He throws passes and gets it done with his legs.
In 2011, he threw for 4,011 yards, 21 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and completed 63.2% of his passes.
8. Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Last season, Phillip Rivers had a rocky season. He still threw for 4,624 yards, and 27 touchdowns, but also threw 20 interceptions, and fumbled seven times. Rivers also completed 62.9% of his passes.
The year before he had 4,710 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and completed 66.0% of his passes.
He also didn’t have a healthy Antonio Gates last season, which he is now along with new target in Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal. Malcom Floyd is also back.
In Rivers’ second preseason game vs. the Cowboys, he went 15 for 17 on a touchdown and interception. Not to shabby.
9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick recently said back in July that he can see a Eagles dynasty and only time will tell.(http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8180116/michael-vick-believes-philadelphia-eagles-develop-dynasty).
The key for Vick is staying healthy; Vick has yet to play a full 16 games in Philadelphia.
He is a threat to not only pass it, but run. In 2012, in 13 games, he threw for 3,303 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 589 yards and had seven touchdowns.
10. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan has two versatile, dynamic weapons on both sides now with Roddy White and Julio Jones. Not to mention Tony Gonzalez, even as he is aging.
Ryan went over the 4,000 yard mark for the first time last year throwing for 4,177 yards. He threw 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and completed 61.3% of his passes.
The key for Ryan in 2012 will be getting over the hump and winning playoff games.
Second tier quarterbacks, on the outside looking in…
Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler
Josh Freeman, Andy Dalton, Mark Sanchez, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer
Matt Flynn, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden, John Skelton, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Kevin Kolb
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