A Look at the Best Quarterbacks in the NFL Today

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Alex Meissner
Contributor

It’s not easy being a quarterback in the NFL. It can one of the toughest positions in sports. With the position comes the most pressure to produce in football.

Quarterbacks are expected to make all the throws, the right audible at the line of scrimmage and lead the team down the field when they need them most. Let’s discuss the top five quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL) today. My rankings were determined by how well they have played this year and how clutch they have been so far through the season.

At number five is Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through the first seven games he played out of the eight with the Steelers, he had 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, according to www.pro-football-reference.com. His completion percentage is at 62.0 percent. He also passed for 1,949 yards, and his quarterback rating 93.9. So far, he has not had any fourth quarter comebacks.

My number four quarterback may be somewhat of a surprise. It is Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. He has played in all nine games the Lions have played this season. The main reason Stafford has reached number four is because he has five game winning drives this season. The Lions are 5 and 4, so every game the Lions have won is because of a comeback lead by Stafford. He also has 18 touchdowns to five interceptions. His completion percentage is at 67.3 percent and his quarterback rating is at 87.0 percent, according to www.NFL.com. Stafford has also passed for 2,373 yards this season.

My number three quarterback is my personal favorite and the quarterback of my favorite team, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has played in every game for the Packers this season, and so far has no game winning drives. Rodgers has 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a completion percentage of 63.5 percent. His quarterback rating this year is at 72.9 percent. Rodgers has also passed for 2,039 yards.

Quarterback number two is playing at a MVP level this season. He is also leading the NFL’s best offense, it’s Matt Ryan quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. So far, he has two game winning drives one coming against my Packers and Rodgers. Ryan has 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His completion percentage is at 69.9 percent. Ryan’s QBR is at 119.0 percent. Ryan has also passed for 2,980 this season, the most so far by any quarterback.

My number one QB is a guy that has been playing out of his mind since coming back off a four game suspension for deflating football before the 2014 AFC Championship game. This is Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. He has played in four games and has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. His completion percentage is at 73.1 percent. Brady’s QBR is at an amazing 133.9 percent, and so far with the way his team has played he hasn’t needed any game winning drives. He is doing all this without being able to stay sharp and throw a football to teammates outside of practice, according to www.foxsports.com. Brady has also passed for 1,319 yards this season.

With all of these quarterbacks bringing their A games, I feel they have a chance to lead their teams to the ultimate prize, which is Super Bowl LI. I also feel like these quarterbacks can continue to have great careers and end up in the Hall of Fame someday.

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