Best NFL Quarterbacks 2016 Edition

So, here’s a secret: if you want to win in the National Football League you better have a good quarterback. Okay, so that’s no secret at all. The quarterback position to a football team is what location is to real estate. Anyone who follows the game knows that.

With the 2016 NFL season looming in the not-so-distant future, let’s take a look at the league’s best quarterback situations:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Yes, Rodgers had an off-year by his standards in 2015. But it hardly resembled the beginning of the end, especially when you consider that he was missing his best receiver (Jordy Nelson) for most of the season, while running back Eddie Lacy ate his way into the doghouse. Rodgers still has a lot left in his tank.

2. Cam Newton, Carolina
Newton basically carried Carolina’s offense to the Super Bowl with his unique pass-run skills. Cam accounted for 45 touchdowns last year, and did it without a game-changing receiver or running back at his disposal.  Sure, they have one of the better defenses in the league, but Newton is a powerhouse.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle
Like Rodgers and Newton, Wilson had to make do with a mediocre supporting cast in 2015 but still had his best season statistically. His quarterback rating was a league-best 110.1 and he threw for 34 touchdowns against only eight interceptions.  If you are going for two, there isn’t anyone else I would want due to his double threat ability.

4. Tom Brady, New England
Father Time will eventually catch up with Brady, but when? He was the NFL’s best quarterback last year before injuries wiped out most of his offensive artillery. Yet, he still took the Patriots to the AFC Championship game and nearly won on the road against a Denver defense that was playing at a level rarely seen on this planet.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Roethlisberger was sent to the canvas because of injuries three times in 2015, but still put up monster numbers. With offensive weapons like Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Markus Wheaton around him, there’s no reason – other than injuries, of course – why Big Ben won’t be good again.

6. Drew Brees, New Orleans
Like Brady, Brees figures to slow down sometime. But there’s plenty of juice left in Brees’ right arm and people forget that he led the league in passing last season. Brees has averaged an incredible 4,964 passing yards per season since 2004.

7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
Injuries contributed to Luck’s dismal 2015 season, but it was still a performance that was bafflingly bad at times. Luck helped save the Colts’ sinking ship immediately after being a No. 1 overall draft pick, but his career numbers are good, not great. This will be a pivotal season for the former Stanford star.

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Ryan consistently compiles impressive statistics but the Falcons, who haven’t made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, are stuck in idle. Ryan threw for 4,591 yards in 2015 but also accounted for 21 turnovers.

9. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
Winston came into the NFL with a lot of (off-the-field) baggage but turned in a great rookie season in which he nearly broke the Bucs’ season record for passing yards. It was the kind of debut that points to a long career ahead.

10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
This is a toss-up between Manning and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, but Manning gets the nod for being a proven winner. He’ll enter the ’16 season while riding the best 32-game stretch of his career. Having other-world receiver Odell Beckham around certainly doesn’t hurt.

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