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Pro Bowl Preview: Quarterbacks


The NFL Pro Bowl held January 31st in Hawaii is coming up quickly! In my series of articles I will breakdown each position of players, rank them according to who I’d want, and give you a couple guys that were snubbed.

There were six quarterbacks that were voted to the Pro Bowl. I will bring them up from last-to-first in order of who I’d want on my team. My rankings will based on their performances from this season and not what they have accomplished in the past.


Ben Roethlisberger:

Big Ben has struggled to stay on the field this season, so he finishes with only 12 games played. When he was on the field, the offense always had the potential of a big play. There was also was a good chance that he would turn the ball over. He completed 68% of his passes for 3,938 yards and 21 touchdowns with 16 interceptions and a fumble. His performance earned him a 94.5 QBR and a 94.5 passer rating. His numbers may seem a bit low because he only played 12 games, but he did average 328 passing yards per game, which was the most in the league. I rank him last out of the Pro Bowl quarterbacks because of how much he turns the ball over. He also is lucky enough to have arguably the best receiving group to throw to, so I think most other players’ numbers would look better if they could throw to Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant too.


Aaron Rodgers:

Rodgers and the Packers had a down year offensively. The problems can be traced back to the offensive line, injuries, play calling, wide receiver play, and McCarthy switching wide receiver coaching responsibilities to someone without the experience. My point is that most of the struggles have not been Rodgers’ fault, but his numbers were hurt because of it. He has completed 60.7% of his passes for 3,821 yards with 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also added 344 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The offensive line has been beat up all season resulting in Rodgers being sacked 46 times, which is the second-highest in the league. Just from watching him and Roethlisberger play this season, Rodgers has looked better, but Roethlisberger has been in the better situation. This is why Rodgers is ranked higher than Big Ben.


Tom Brady:

Cincinnati Bengals v New England Patriots

Brady has performed well this season with all of the injuries that offense has suffered. He has completed 64% of his passes for 4,770 yards (third-most in the league) with the league-most 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The seven interceptions is the lowest amount out of the six Pro Bowl quarterbacks, and Brady played every game. His QBR for the season is 64.4 and he has a 102.2 passer rating. Brady is known for his under center quarterback sneaks, and those have helped him fall in the end zone three times for touchdowns this season. His numbers are obviously great, but I did rank him behind three other guys. This is because I do truly feel that Brady thrives in the New England system, and he would never have a season like this anywhere else. So unless I run New England’s offense, he is not the quarterback for my team.


Carson Palmer:

Palmer has enjoyed his best season of his career even with him sitting many quarters because his team did not need him in the game. He has completed 63.7% of his passes for 4,671 yards with 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He finished the season with a 82.1 QBR and a 104.6 passer rating, both career bests. The QBR was the the league-high. If he played in every quarter this season, he would have easily passed Brady for the most touchdowns, and he probably would have passed for the most yards too.


Cam Newton:


The number one and two spots are close, but I went with Newton here. Cam has some fantastic numbers and some bad numbers. He completed only 59.8% of his passes, which was 28th in the league. He threw for 3,837 yards, which is 16th in the league. He also passed for 35 touchdowns and ten interceptions, which is slightly better than Palmer. Passing is what a quarterback generally does, but Cam earned his money on the ground this season. He ran for 636 yards and ten touchdowns. Both of those are the most by a quarterback, and that means he finished with a league-most 45 touchdowns! When it came down to ranking the top two guys, it had to come down to competition. The Panthers got to play the Falcons and Saints twice, and they also were lucky enough to play the NFC East teams. Obviously, that group of eight games were against most of the worst defenses in the NFL. It would be embarrassing if the Panthers didn’t finish with good numbers after those games.


Russell Wilson:


My number one guy is Russell Wilson. He completed 68% of his passes (most among Pro Bowl quarterbacks) for 4,024 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had a 74.9 QBR and a league-high 110.1 passer rating. He did this while getting sacked 45 times, which is he third-most in the league. Wilson also does plenty of damage on the ground and extending plays. He ran for 553 yards and a touchdown. The majority of his rushing yards seem to come from scrambles instead of called running plays. He went against some tough defenses, finished the season strong, and made smart throws. He even out-played Cam Newton when the two met, but the Panthers won. If I had the first pick at these six quarterbacks, I would pick Russell Wilson.


Who Was Snubbed? 



Andy Dalton:

Played only 13 games, but finished with 3,250 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a 66.1% completion rating. His performance this season earned him a 73.1 QBR and a 106.3 passer rating.


Drew Brees:

Brees missed one game this season, but still threw for a league-most 4,870 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also had the second-highest completion percentage at 68.3%, and had a 101.0 passer rating. Brees was forced to play this well with how bad the defense was, but his performance showed that he is still among the league’s elite players.


Kirk Cousins:

Finished the season with the highest completion percentage in the league with 69.8%. Cousins threw for 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while adding another five touchdowns on the ground. Cousins also celebrated a passer rating above 100 by earning a 101.6.



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