Power Ranking the QBs in Divisional Round of 2014 NFL Playoffs
Power Ranking QBs In Divisional Round
The NFL is continuously evolving to be a quarterback-driven league. For the majority of the teams in the league, their signal-caller is either their best player or the one that usually makes things happen when it is needed the most. The postseason hasn’t been any different.
While some teams suffered the tough luck of being eliminated due to – mostly – poor performances from their quarterbacks, others are at this stage thanks to the men under center. Now it’s time to power rank the remaining eight signal-callers in the playoffs.
Teams like the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos have quarterbacks that are considered among the best of all-time while other teams like the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have up-and-coming players that are taking huge leaps towards stardom. Whether they are elite, average or are just having a career season during this year, they all have enough merits to lead their team into the latter stages of the campaign just like they have done it thus far.
The remaining eight quarterbacks are now ranked based solely on their individual performance and their numbers. It doesn’t matter the matchup they will face in the Divisional Round or the team’s record in the regular season as the focus is on the quarterback alone.
Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check the power ranking of the remaining quarterbacks that will take part in the Divisional Round this upcoming weekend.
8. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers’ calling card is the accuracy and precise passing, but that’s not enough to keep him out of the bottom of this list. Still, he’s the key player in the San Diego Chargers’ offensive scheme, and he has had a notable year regardless of what happens in the rest of the postseason.
7. Colin Kaepernick
There’s little doubt that Colin Kaepernick is one of the best QBs when he is on his game, but he needs to be more consistent to be ranked higher. He surely stepped it up against the Green Bay Packers, and more of those performances will only help him improve his status as one of the top signal-callers in the NFL.
6. Cam Newton
The former Heisman Trophy winner is finally evolving into what many expected, and he led the Carolina Panthers to a NFC South crown in spectacular fashion. However, he is not very consistent, and unless he can string a series of key performances together he won’t be able to take that next step.
5. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson has been, without a doubt, one of the top stars in the NFL this season. The Seahawks QB has been stellar this season, and the only reason why he is not ranked higher is because his team doesn’t use him enough.
4. Andrew Luck
If something was missing to consider Andrew Luck an elite QB, it was to lead a comeback the way he did it against the Kansas City Chiefs. The second-year player carried the Indianapolis Colts' offense on his back in the second half, and he let the whole world know that he is ready to take the next step and become the superstar everybody knows he is.
3. Drew Brees
Much has been talked about this season regarding the fact that Drew Brees can’t play on the road. The numbers don’t lie and he is a better quarterback at home, but he is still an elite player outside the Superdome. Brees led the Saints to their first playoff road win in the franchise history, and he will hope to continue making headlines against the Seattle Seahawks in a tough divisional round matchup.
2. Tom Brady
Can anything else be said about Tom Brady? The Patriots clinched the No. 2 AFC seed, and Brady single-handedly led the team to the postseason in the midst of several injuries the Pats suffered on both sides of the ball. He has a knack for making comeback wins, and he’s an even more dangerous player in the playoffs as he always goes an extra yard when his team needs him the most.
1. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning broke the TD passes record held by Brady and the total passing yards mark set by Brees this season. He’s the one most likely to win the MVP award at the end of the season, and he has been the best quarterback in the NFL by a mile this season. He’s the obvious choice to be ranked No. 1.