2022 NFL Top 5 Rankings: Quarterbacks
The 2022 NFL season is approaching, and The Playmaker is here to give you his Top 5 rankings for each position. Today is Top 5 rankings for quarterbacks.
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The reigning league Most Valuable Player begins the rankings at number five. Surprisingly just as much when Rodgers won the MVP award last season over Tom Brady and Cooper Kupp. Rodgers completed 68.9% of his passes, throwing for 4,115 yards with 37 touchdown passes, and only 4 interceptions (fewest in the league) in 2021. Rodgers led the Packers to the number one seed in the NFC but lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The back-to-back MVP with led the Pack without his number one target in Davante Adams as Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason and lost Maquez Valdes-Scantling to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Packers added Sammy Watkins to go with Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.
4. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
The Comeback Player of the Year makes number four of The Playmaker's rankings. Coming off a torn ACL, Joe Burrow made his second campaign worth wide for him, the Bengals, and the city of Cincinnati. Reunited with rookie WR Ja 'Marr Chase from their LSU days, Joe Burrow led the Bengals to the AFC Championship and a Super Berth in 2021. Burrow completed 70.4% of his passes for 4,611 yards, throwing 38 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. It was magical season for Burrow and the Bengals, but was it a flute a season for Who Dat nation? Only Burrow and company answer that question this season.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Probably the most dynamic QB last season comes in at number three, Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen. Allen played best season in 2021. 63.3 completion percentage, throwing for 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The passing wasn't the only way Allen was dynamic. The ground game was displayed as well. Allen rushed 122 times for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Allen led the Bills to AFC Divisional Round before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in epic game where Allen played just about the perfect game, throwing for 329 yards with four touchdowns and no turnovers.
2. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
The quarterback who had the most pressure on him lands at number two. The Los Angeles Rams' Matthew Stafford. Traded to the Rams in the 2021 offseason, the world wanted to know just how good Stafford really was after spending a dozen years in Detroit. Stafford in his first year with the Rams was third in passing with 4,886 yards, second in passing touchdowns with 41, but led the league in interceptions with 17. With targets like Robert Woods until a torn ACL in November, Van Jefferson, Odell Beckham Jr. for the second half of the season, and the Triple-Crown receiver in Cooper Kupp, Stafford showed the world what the Detroit Lions and their fanbase knew for those 12 years and that he is that damn good. Not only did Stafford help led te Rams to the playoffs, but to Super Bowl 56 and the Lombardi Trophy.
1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This would come to no surprise to anyone who knows football. The number one QB going in the 2022 season resides in South Florida. A man who retired for only 40 days before coming back for this upcoming season, TOM FREAKIN' BRADY. The GOAT of the NFL has been on top for a long time and still possesses the tools to play at a high level. Brady at age 44, put up ridiculous numbers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Completing 67.5% of his passes for a league leading 5,316 yards and leading 43 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. Brady and the Bucs were looking to repeat as champions until a Divisional Round matchup with the Rams stopped that dream. Brady finished second in the MVP race behind Aaron Rodgers, but nevertheless TB12 still has it.