The most important position in football, and perhaps all of sports is the quarterback position. The play starts and ends with the man under center taking the snaps, calling the shots and passing the ball. The QB is the most valuable component to a team’s success, as it has been proven early on in the 2015 NFL season.
Here we’ll take a look at the top 5 QBs in the NFL right now. You won’t be surprised to see four of which have led their respective teams to undefeated records thus far, while the odd man out has just one loss so far:
5.) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
I love me some Matty Ice. Matt Ryan will forever be compared to Joe Flacco throughout his career as the two were drafted in the first round the same year. However, Ryan has made big strides this season to blow that comparison out of the water. Ryan has helped turnaround Falcons franchise which has underachieved the past two seasons. For a team that has combined for just 10 wins the past two seasons, they are already halfway there through 5 weeks.
While Ryan has gotten some help from guys like Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, the team isn’t undefeated without his help. A great leader with great arm talent. Ryan is 3rd in passing yards so far this season.
4.) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
The one guy to appear on this list with a loss to his record. What a turnaround Carson Palmer has enjoyed in Arizona. After poor seasons in Oakland and in 2013 with the Cardinals, he has showcased his natural ability at such a late stage in his career and has emerged as one of the best in the league. Last season Palmer got off to a tremendous start, but missed more than half the year. Luckily for him and the Cardinals, he picked up right where left off. Arizona’s offense is nothing without Palmer.
ProFootballFocus.com even has Palmer as their #1 QB after week 5. Palmer is 3rd in QBR so far this season and is tied for the league lead with 13 touchdown passes.
3.) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
For a guy who could never seem to evade the criticism in Cincinnati, he has gotten off to quite the start in 2015. He has put the haters to rest in a big way while leading the Bengals to a 5-0 record, making them one of the best teams in the league. Dalton looks a lot more comfortable this season running the Bengals offense, compared to a guy who threw 37 interceptions the past 2 seasons.
Is Dalton now an elite QB? That’s a great question that we’ll get to at another time. Nonetheless, Dalton is 2nd in the league in QBR; only behind Ben Roethliserger who hasn’t played in two weeks. Dalton is also 2nd in passing yards and tied for the 2nd most TD passes with 11 compared to just 2 interceptions. He has been nearly mistake-free in very game this season, his Achilles heel in the past. Will he finally get over the hump and win a playoff game?
2.) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
What a tremendous job Aaron Rodgers has done this season. Despite losing his favorite weapon in Jordy Nelson to an ACL tear this past offseason, Rodgers hasn’t missed a beat and very well could be the leading candidate in the MVP race. He has done more with less, proving his worth as one of the best QBs in the league year in and year out.
You cold list Rodgers as top QB so far this season, 1-2 is interchangeable. Rodgers is 4th in QBR and is tied with Palmer for the league lead in TD passes with 13, compared to only 2 interceptions–both coming this past week.
1.) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
You guessed it, none other than the infamous Tom Brady is the top QB so far this season. Just think how different the season would be had Brady been forced to serve his 4-game suspension. Regardless, Brady has proven that he doesn’t age. The 38 year old (yes, 38) has gotten off to arguably the best start of his 16 year career in 2015. The Patriots have started off sizzling hot and look to be the early favorite to repeat as Super Bowl Champs.
Brady will challenge Rodgers for the MVP award throughout the remainder of the season. Despite playing in only 4 games after a bye week, Brady is still top 5 in passing yards and tied for the 2nd most passing TDs with 11. He has yet to throw an interception and is the only player in that group with at least 100 pass attempts.