12. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but something was not clicking in Seattle once he returned from injury. He threw for 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, but Seattle still struggled in most games (7-10 record). His future in Seattle is uncertain but he will more than likely be back in the MVP consideration next season.
11. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
In what was a total mess of a season for the Raiders, Carr seemed like the only constant. He led this Raiders team to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, throwing for 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns.
10. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
This QB had 4,227 yards 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Cousins continues to put up huge numbers year after year. Yes, he does not perform great in big games, but he does more than enough to lead a team to the playoffs. With a new head coach headed to Minnesota, the Vikings could be a threat in the NFC.
9. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Murray was the leader in the clubhouse for the league MVP in the first half of the season until he got injured and missed four games. Once he returned, things were no longer the same for him or the Cardinals. He is still a dynamic runner and has a great arm, but he needs to be more consistent. He should be a top 10 quarterback for years to come.
8. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Stafford was traded to the Rams with the idea that he can lead them to a Super Bowl victory. Well, he is one win away from doing so. Stafford put up monster numbers this year throwing for 4,886 yards and 37 touchdowns. But, his 17 interceptions were cause for concern. Stafford has always had the intangibles to be a successful playoff quarterback and now he is showing it in Los Angeles as he gets ready for his first career Super Bowl appearance.
7. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott continues to be one of the most undervalued quarterbacks in the league. That is mostly because he is the quarterback of the Cowboys. Throwing for a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes and leading the Cowboys to the NFC East title all go into his great season.
He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league against the blitz, he had the highest Pro Football Focus grade against pressure, and was able to make throws like the one you see below. His offensive coordinator did not help him much during the second half of the season. That was partly why the Cowboys’ offense faltered down the stretch. But make no bones about it… Prescott is one of the league’s best.