The Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks Heading Into 2019

List by Liam Bridges

  1. Tom Brady  –  2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,355 Yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 Interceptions
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Tom Brady, who will turn 42 before the 2019 season starts, is still the best quarterback in the National Football League. The title isn’t even up for debate. Brady has led the Patriots to not only 3 straight Super Bowl appearances, but to 2 titles in the last 3 years. In his only loss out of those 3, he had arguably the greatest individual Super Bowl showing of all time, throwing for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns against the 4th ranked Philadelphia defense. Be prepared for nothing less this year.

2. Patrick Mahomes  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, 12 interceptions

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If you turned on SportsCenter even once this year, you know who Patrick Mahomes is. From his sidearm throws to his 60 yard bombs, he’s an absolute highlight machine. This year, in only his first season with the starting job, he joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to every throw for 50 touchdowns in a single season. Make sure to keep an eye on the record books, as last season’s MVP is only getting started.

3. Aaron Rodgers  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

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It’s easy to forget just how good Aaron Rodgers is after the Packer’s dismal 6-9-1 record last year. However, the season before his broken collarbone, he lit up the league throwing 40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards all while carrying an atrocious Packers squad to the NFC Championship Game. Expect the former Super Bowl MVP to have a bounceback season this year, helping the lackluster Green Bay roster get back into the playoffs.

4. Drew Brees  – 2018 Stats: 15 games, 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

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Likely one penalty flag away from a Super Bowl appearance this past year, the New Orleans Saints had a superb season in large part to the quarterback play of Drew Brees. Leading them to a league best 13 wins, Brees lost only two of the 15 games he played in throughout the year. It should be exciting to see if the 18-year veteran and can help the Saints lift the Lombardi Trophy for only the 2nd time in franchise history.

5. Russell Wilson  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

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Standing only 5’11”, not many thought former 3rd round pick Russell Wilson would be a Super Bowl winning quarterback. However, the former North Carolina State star has repeatedly shown his ability to lead winning teams. Just this past season, he carried a dismal Seahawks roster, without the Legion of Boom, to the 5th seed and a Wild Card Berth. If they have a good draft, the Seahawks could very well be a contender in the NFC this upcoming year solely because of Wilson.

6. Carson Wentz  – 2018 Stats: 11 games, 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

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13 games into the 2017 NFL season, Carson Wentz had undoubtedly been the league’s best quarterback. Unfortunately, he torn his ACL in a shootout with the Rams in Los Angeles. Had he not gotten hurt, he would have an MVP to his name and would in all likelihood be higher on this list. However, he did get hurt, and it showed. He was not nearly as mobile or unstoppable this season, and shut things down after Week 14 due to a fractured vertebrae. Nonetheless, coming off 8 months recovery, Wentz will again be one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

7. Andrew Luck  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns, 15 interceptions

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After numerous season ending injuries, many thought the Colts should have given up on their #1 overall pick. Regardless, first year head coach Frank Reich made the right call in sticking with Luck. He picked apart defenses, reenergized the Colts fanbase, and won Indianapolis a playoff game. As with Wentz, if he stays healthy, he will be certainly be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL next season.

8. Matt Ryan  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

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Due to the mediocrity of the Falcons this past season, it was hard to notice just how well Matt Ryan played. Throwing for 35 touchdowns and just under 5,000 yards, he could have very well been in the MVP conversation if the Falcon’s had 3 or 4 more wins. Nevertheless, he still had a strong season with stats nearly identical to those from his actual MVP season two years ago. Don’t be surprised if Matty Ice and the Falcons get back into the playoffs this upcoming season.

9. Philip Rivers  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions

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Had the Chargers not been in the AFC West with Kansas City last year, they would have had a first round bye in the playoffs. Instead, they got the 5th seed, and had to get past a tough Baltimore team before traveling to play the Patriots in New England. They were promptly demolished at Gillette Stadium, and River’s stellar season was suddenly forgotten. It was good in spite of that, as the 37 year old showed his value with over 4,300 passing yards and tough wins over Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Kansas City.

10. Deshaun Watson  – 2018 Stats: 16 games, 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

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Watson followed up his excellent (but injury ruined) rookie season with a solid sophomore campaign that resulted in a playoff appearance. The offseason should provide him with even more time to recover from his previous ACL tear, which will hopefully allow him to regain the magic he had prior to it. Fully healthy, him and Deandre Hopkins could be one of the most unstoppable and fun to watch duos in the NFL during the 2019 season.

Honorable Mentions: Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, and Ben Roethlisberger.

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