Before the NFL season started, I ranked the top 10 quarterbacks for the season. To give you a short recap, I listed 21 QBs I would take as my signal caller. As I said in the original list, it is funny how much a list can change by week 8. Mine certainly has.
I can’t wait until the season is over so I can go back and compare my stat predictions for the top 10 as well.
In the updated list, I will rank my top 10 and list who I originally had in that spot.
10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Stats: 2,827 yards, 19 TDs, 8 Ints
The Colts still suck. Andrew Luck is still the man. While he may have fallen far from where I had him originally, he is still top 10 on numbers alone. He IS the Colts. He is the sole reason they aren’t an 0-16 football team. He is basically the Anthony Davis of the NFL, bonafide star playing for an awful franchise. #FreeAndrewLuck
Original #10: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stats: 2,651 yards, 18 TDs, 5 Ints
Good ole Matt Stafford hasn’t missed a beat since Calvin Johnson walked away. He is completing 68% of his passes and holds a passer rating of 101.2, both career highs. He also has the Detroit Lions in the driver seat for the NFC North. WTF is going on!?! Stafford has always been a solid starting QB, but he is having a great year thus far and certainly deserves some recognition.
Original #9: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 2,524 yards, 20 TDs, 7 Ints
Big Ben will always be a top 10 quarterback. The Steelers are a major disappointment this year (my preseason Super Bowl pick) so that has to account for something. The thing I love most about Ben is his toughness and leadership. He is playing injured, as expected, because the guy will move around in the pocket to extend plays, throw it and then get murdered by the defense. For a guy that gets hit as much as he does, I don’t know how the hell he lasted this long playing at such a high level. Also shout out to him for calling out his team.
Original #8: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Stats: 2,714 yards, 11 TDs, 2 Ints
Wilson certainly hasn’t looked like himself in terms of extending plays and making things happen with his feet due to injury. But as he gets healthier, this team will continue to get better and better. After a tough loss to the Saints, they have pulled together a three game winning streak. Despite the offensive line struggles, Wilson still doesn’t turn the ball over. No more of the he’s piggybacking Marshawn bullshit either. Open your eyes and watch greatness unfold when he’s on the field. Stupid idiot.
Original #7: Ben Roethlishberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Stats: 2,761 yards, 25 TDs, 7 Ints
Talk about being overly criticized because his team sucks. Dude is still putting up solid numbers and this is a huge down year and worst of his career apparently. The guy still holds the throne for best QB, just not in 2016. If he throws three more interceptions, it will be the third time in his career he has thrown double digit picks in a season. For the record, the Packers have scored 28 touchdowns, Rodgers has scored all of them (passing or rushing).
Original #6: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Stats: 3,277 yards, 26 TDs, 8 Ints
Are you ever going to age? Good God. He is leading the league in yards, completion percentage and touchdowns. He is on pace for over 40 touchdowns and 5,000 yards for the third time in his career. This is also with a crop of young receivers. But yeah, let’s bitch some more about how much he is making. Fucking Saints fans…
Original #5: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Stats: 3,247 yards, 24 TDs, 5 Ints
Matty Ice is living up to that nickname this year. Although he has been one of the most consistent QBs I have seen, he has never been in the top 4-5 echelon. He has a legitimate shot for the MVP. The Falcons have certainly overachieved this year thanks to a weak NFC South in what has been the best year for Matty Ice.
Original #4: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Stats: 2,640 yards, 17 TDs, 2 Ints, 4 Rush TDs
If you are not buying the Cowboys hype yet, you better start. This is a damn good football team and I am terrified to see what will happen once the Dak and Zeke show really gets going in a few years. A rookie QB and running back are running away with the NFC and making a legitimate case for a Super Bowl contender. Everyone knew Zeke was special, but Dak is taking the league by storm in what could be a similar situation to Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady. Sorry Romo. Love this kid.
Original #3: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
2. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Stats: 2,800 yards, 20 TDs, 4 Ints
I had Carr cracking my top 10 list before the season. He has brought the Raiders back to glory. He is everything you want and need in a starting QB. His team loves him. He can get it done on the road. He can get in done in the 4th. Quite frankly, he is my MVP this year. I will continue to blow as much sunshine as I can up this guy’s ass. He is fantastic.
Original #2: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Stats: 1,915 yards, 16 TDs, 1 Int
He is a mythical god who you just don’t want to piss off, period. He missed four games and still could reach 30 TDs and 4,000 yards.
Original #1: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers