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NFL 100: Quarterback index ahead of week six

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Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:43 IST

The Elite

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

This group includes guys who can make things happen with their physical ability and influence the outcome of games pretty much all by themselves. I don’t think any of them can quite do what Mahomes does, but they are in that tier right below him.

#2 Russell Wilson

Right now I thought it would have been okay to put Russell Wilson in a separate category as well, because he is clearly the second-best QB in the league right now. The Seahawks offense is built on running the ball and their quarterback creating magic on third downs. He has a way of escaping the rush and either find somebody downfield late or pick up first downs with his feet that is uncanny. He leads all signal-callers in completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating, while not having thrown a pick yet.

#3 Aaron Rodgers

At number three we have the guy, who was the original Mahomes and is still one of the league’s best. Aaron Rodgers has lost some of that glitter he had a couple of years ago, when he stood alone at the top and pulled rabbits out of his hat every week, but he can still make some plays that make your jaw drop and his ability to work around the rush is elite. He has his team at 4-1 with the best support around him since winning his lone Super Bowl.

#4 Deshaun Watson

We have seen some outstanding quarterback performances already this year, but nobody had a more explosive day than Deshaun Watson just did against the Falcons. He completed 28 of 33 passes for over 400 yards and five touchdowns to go with almost 50 rushing yards and a perfect passer rating. He was also magical versus the Saints and Chargers, making incredible throws down the field and scrambling around to make things happen.

#5 Carson Wentz

Rounding off my top five is the guy I thought would be up here for most of his career after seeing him on that MVP run a couple of years ago. Carson Wentz was fighting through injuries last year and people starting even questioning if he should be the Eagles’ starting QB because Nick Foles almost took them on another run in the playoffs. While he is only completing around 60 percent of his passes overall, he is third among all passers on third down and his team could easily be 5-0 without two drops.

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Published 10 Oct 2019, 23:07 IST
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