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Top 10 QBs in the NFL

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NFL: Top 10 QBs

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Who is the best quarterback in the NFL? It’s an answer that seems to change every week and every season as records get broken almost every year. But, when you look at the consistency of quarterbacks over the last 10 years it’s hard to argue with the athletes on this list.

Let me start this off by saying Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton will not be making an appearance. Griffin is still a rookie and cannot prove he is an elite quarterback until he has had at least one full season under his belt. Newton is one of the most talented athletes in the NFL, but sometimes athletic ability does not equal great quarterback play. Just look at Tim Tebow.

The quarterback play in the league, right now, is at an all time high. The receivers are better and it’s getting harder and harder for defenses to cover these big and fast receivers.

Be ready, there are a few surprises on this list, especially to start, but the top 10 best quarterbacks are the guys that put up great numbers and are in the playoffs year after year. It’s impossible to leave history out of a list like this because, with exceptions, one season does not make a great quarterback. There are a lot of good quarterbacks who have a great season, but most of the people on this list are having a great start to their year and they have had great seasons in the past. So, without waiting any longer lets take a looks at the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.

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#10 Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton
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Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is one of the biggest surprises since coming into the league last year and making the playoffs. With all the hype surround Cam Newton, Dalton quietly led his team to the Playoffs and has his team at 3-1 going into week 5. He can still look very young at some points, but he still leads his team to victory. Dalton’s quarterback rating of 103 is quite impressive for the second year pro and he looks to be the staple of the Bengal’s franchise for many years to come.

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#9 San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is a guy that has had a lot of opportunities to make him an elite quarterback in this league. He can be great at times, but still cannot break into that elite status. The Chargers are 3-1 and Rivers’ QB rating is 91.9. When Rivers is on he can be the best, but when he’s off he can be downright awful. Rivers will need to be able to win the big one like the next person on this list to break into the top 5.

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#8 Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger
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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is having one of the best starts to his already decorated professional career, but there is something about the way he plays that will keep him out of the top 5 on this list. “Big Ben” currently has a quarterback rating of 109.2 which is good enough for second best on this list. He would be in a lot better shape if he had a better public perception, but yet everyone who is not a Steelers fan, hates him. He is still a top 10 quarterback and he does have a defense behind him that ruins offense's days and that is always a recipe for Superbowl success.

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#7 New York Giants Eli Manning

Eli Manning

New York Giants QB Eli Manning is one of the more clutch quarterbacks in the NFL these days. If you let him he will beat you in the fourth quarter. However, his consistency keeps him from being in the top five on this list. Manning is the defending Superbowl Champion. He is a good quarterback during the regular season and a great quarterback during the postseason. Manning has thrown 7 touchdowns through week 4 and his QB rating is 94.3 which is just a little lower than the next quarterback on this list.

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#6 Denver Broncos Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

What can I say about Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning that we don’t already know? He is a living legend at this point. The number 1 pick out of college has never failed to impress us. He currently has a QB rating of 96.9 heading into week 5. His team currently holds a 2-2 record, but look for the Broncos and Manning to improve as the season goes on. Don’t forget Manning has only played 4 regular season games since he sat out the entire 2011 season. If it wasn't for his one bad game he might be higher on this list.

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#5 New Orleans Saints Drew Brees

Drew Brees
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A lot of people are going to say that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is too high on this list, but the fact is Brees is putting all of the weight of his team on his shoulders and they are still competing. 0-4 is a hard thing to overcome, but the Saints have been competitive in their games this season. It has taken some pretty impressive performances by certain people to beat the Saints. He has thrown 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season, and his QB rating is the lowest on this list at 86.1, but Brees won’t give up and may once again pass for over 5,000 yards.

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#4 Houston Texans Matt Schaub

Matt Schaub
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Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub has his team at 4-0 going into week 5 and absolutely destroying teams on the way there. The Texans have been a good team in the making for years and it looks like they are finally there. However, Schaub has one of the best running backs, in Arian Foster and one of the best receivers, in Andre Johnson. His numbers don’t even have to be that impressive, but still he has thrown 7 touchdown and rocks a QB rating 105.3. He would be number 1 in the league if the next three guys didn't exist.

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#3 Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has caught a few bad breaks this season. His team 2-2 record does not show that the Packers aren't good enough, but how tough the NFC West can play. Still Rodgers goes into week 5 with a QB rating of 95.7 and has only thrown 1 interception. This is good enough to keep him in the top three, but barely. The Packers have talent and I expect his team to go on a run shortly, but with the way this next quarterback is playing I don’t think Rodgers will get back to number 1 anytime soon.

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#2 Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan knows how to win during the regular season. However, he has two of the top receivers in the game. Some people might say they are tops in the game because Ryan’s ability to get them the ball, but it’s more of a two way street. Ryan has thrown 11 touchdowns and has a quarterback rating of 112.1 heading into week 5. His 4-0 record and stats, this season, are good enough to put him ahead of some pretty impressive people. If Ryan can win some games in the postseason and catapult his team to the next level, he will open the 2013 season at the top of this list.

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New England Patriots Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has accomplished so much in his career, but he is on the top of this list because at the end of the season his team is going to be 12-4 and making a run at the Superbowl like almost every season. He currently has a QB rating of 102.4 and has only thrown 1 interception this season. The 35 year old quarterback shows no signs of slowing down. The current record of his team heading into week 5 is by no means a reflection of Brady, but more bad luck than anything else. It will take a lot of work to take Brady out of the top spot. Which QB on this list is up to the Challenge?