NFL Top 10 QBs – Midseason Compared to Preseason
Recapping and re-selecting the Top 10 QBs heading into 2019, I will provide you with analysis, current stats and what they are on pace for excluding completion percentage. So far it has been a very odd year for QBs as many back ups have taken over due to many of the starters being injured. Keep that in mind here. As I was looking at the list, all I could think was “wow, this looks so off.” That is because there are only four names who ever get mentioned in everyone’s top 10. Outside of that, a lot of new variables. Here it goes…
10. Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew mania is here and I love it. The Jags have a QB conundrum. Big Dick Nick Foles holds a hefty price tag, but Minshew has seemed to win over the fans and locker room despite some of the noise with recently traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Minshew has been more than good enough to potentially steal that starting job. He doesn’t make many bad decisions and he doesn’t turn the ball over. Plus, he can move well in the pocket to extend plays and open the floodgates.
2019 Stats: 61.9 Comp %, 1,976 Yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs
2019 Pace: 3,952 Yards, 26 TDs, 4 INTs
Preseason #10 – Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Another typical stat line in the making for Cousins. The Vikings are on a roll offensively and sit at 6-2 midway through the season. Can Cousins actually put together some wins against winning teams? His record in those games is 5-27. Yikes. With Chiefs, Cowboys Seahawks and Packers down the stretch in the final 8 games, we will find out soon enough.
2019 Stats: 72.1 Comp %, 1,997 Yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs
2019 Pace: 3,994 Yards, 26 TDs, 6 INTs
Preseason #9 – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
8. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson is as explosive as they come. But, he fits the mold of high risk, high reward. His ceiling is way up, but the floor is also way down. He has logged four very average to below average outings and in the other four games, he has put up MASSIVE numbers. Overall, 2019 is looking like a good one for him. I still trust him in big games, but he needs to more consistent week to week. He was a top 10 to start the season and I don’t see him falling out of it. He seems like a QB who will consistently in the Top 10, which is great company to be in.
2019 Stats: 69.3 Comp %, 2,231 Yards, 16 TDs, 5 INTs
2019 Pace: 4,462 Yards, 32 TDs, 10 INTs
Preseason #8 – Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford’s career of posting solid numbers has been overshadowed by many losses. That being said, the Lions look like a solid team in a brutal division. Stafford is on pace to have his best season since 2011. With a tie to start the season and two close losses against quality opponents, the Lions could make a postseason push still. Especially if Kirk Cousins sucks against winning teams down the stretch.
2019 Stats: 64.4 Comp %, 2,093 Yards, 16 TDs, 4 INTs
2019 Pace: 4,784 Yards, 36 TDs, 9 INTs
Preseason #7 – Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
He is not on this list for his arm. Let that be known. He is on this list for the same reason Michael Vick was once a fringe top 10 QB. He can move the chains with his feet. As long as he can keep minimizing the turnovers, he is poised to have a damn good season and could be a dark horse for the MVP if the rushing numbers stay up and the Ravens keep winning.
2019 Stats: 63.3 Comp %, 1,650 Yards, 11 TDs, 5 INTs – 576 Rush Yards, 3 TDs
2019 Pace: 3,771 Yards, 25 TDs, 11 INTs – 1,316 Rush Yards (QB Record), 6 Rush TDs
Preseason #6 – Carson Wentz
5. Drew Brees/Teddy Bridgewater
It is kind of a cop out here, but it feels wrong to leave Brees off the Top 10 in a watered down league right now. It feels equally as wrong to slot Teddy to high on the list. I will just combine the Saints passers here for no other reason at all than clout and credibility for the starter plus the performance of the backup.
2019 (Combined) Stats: 71.8 Comp %, 2,151 Yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs
2019 Pace: Inconclusive
Preseason #5 – Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson right now is my front runner for MVP on the season. I love him and always will because you know what you’re getting. You have a guy who won’t make many negative plays and he is as patient as they come. How many times do you see him waste throws by getting rid of the ball and moving on to the next play? After doing that, he sets his team up for a massive play. Situationally, I am not sure there is a better QB in the league. He doesn’t leave many points on the board which is huge.
2019 Stats: 68.4 Comp %, 2,127 Yards, 17 TDs, 1 INTs
2019 Pace: 4,254 Yards, 34 TDs, 2 INTs
Preseason #4 – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
GOAT. Until he stops winning and posting solid numbers, he doesn’t move out of the top 3.
2019 Stats: 64.7 Comp %, 2,251 Yards, 13 TDs, 4 INTs
2019 Pace: 4,502 Yards, 26 TDs, 8 INTs
Preseason #3 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
An injury derailed what looked like another video game season for the reigning MVP. He will be back in no time and I am sure he lights it up. Even missing games, he is still on pace for a damn good year.
2019 Stats: 65.1 Comp %, 2,180 Yards, 15 TDs, 1 INT
2019 Pace: (Including Missed Games) 4,359 Yards, 32 TDs, 2 INTs
Preseason #2 – Patrick Mahomes
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
After struggling to find wins last year leading to a coaching change, Rodgers is proving once again what most non over-reactionary people knew. He is still the best arm in the league. When he is good, not a whole lot you can do to stop him. Once you get to midseason and Rodgers starts rolling, that spells trouble. The last 3 games, the offense is averaging 32 points and he has posted 339 yards per game with 10 TDs and 1 INT. Love me some A-a-Ron.
2019 Stats: 65.4 Comp %, 2,324 Yards, 16 TDs, 2 INTs
2019 Pace: 4,648 Yards, 32 TDs, 4 INTs
Preseason #1 – Aaron Rodgers