Where Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott ranks amongst all 32 NFL starters
6. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow had a fantastic second season and led the Bengals to their first AFC North title since 2015. Coming off the ACL and MCL injury, there was concern if Burrow would be able to return to the form that made him the first pick. Instead, he was better than we have ever seen, with 34 touchdown passes, a 70.4% completion percentage, and he led the league in completion percentage over expectation (CPOE) at 6.7%. He backed up his phenomenal regular season, with a playoff run that has him set to take on the Rams in the Super Bowl.
5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert is this high despite not making the playoffs because of how great he played this year. He was the reason the Chargers had a chance to make the playoffs in Week 18. A dumb coaching decision might have been the reason he did not get his first playoff appearance. Herbert threw for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns. His arm strength is elite and he makes throws that most cannot. Herbert will be a problem in the AFC for years to come.
4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Arm strength, mobility, vision… Allen has it all. After his rookie season, there were some serious concerns on if Allen was good enough to be an NFL QB, but I would say he put all those critics to rest. Allen has vaulted himself into a top-five quarterback in the league and his showdown with Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs was a sight we will see for many years.
3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
The league’s very best young quarterback does not appear to be slowing down. Although he did have career-high interceptions (13) and the lowest passer rating of his career (98.5), he was still great and showed all the traits that make him one of the very best.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is the favorite to win his second consecutive MVP award (even though he would not be my choice). His numbers do speak for themselves. 37 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 4,115 yards in a year where drama shadowed him and the Packers. He is still at the peak of his abilities, so it will be interesting to see what he decides to do for next season.
1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although there are reports that this may have been his last year, Brady was still able to have a phenomenal season at his age. He is 44 years old and I think, by far, the most valuable player in the NFL. He had his greatest statistical season since he threw 50 touchdowns in 2007. His 5,316 yards were a career-high and his 43 touchdowns led the NFL. He continues to dominate the league, and despite the rest of the NFL hoping he retires, I believe it would be a mistake.