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Power Ranking 5 Best NFC North Quarterbacks 2014

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Power Ranking 5 Best NFC North Quarterbacks 2014

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Like a couple of other divisions, the NFC North boasts some very talented quarterbacks. With the division consistently one of the more competitive in the NFL, it will be up the four starting signal callers to lead their team down the right path to the playoffs. Here’s a look at a power ranking of the five best NFC North quarterbacks in 2014.

5. Jimmy Clausen, Bears

Jimmy Clausen, Bears
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5. Jimmy Clausen, Bears

Jimmy Clausen, Bears
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At No. 5, Jimmy Clausen is the only backup on this list, which makes him the best backup quarterback in the NFC North. Even though he hasn’t officially been named the No. 2 for the Chicago Bears, he has outplayed starter Jay Cutler at times during the first two preseason games. Clausen has had mixed performances, but there’s no denying that his 150 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles was encouraging.

4. Matt Cassel, Vikings

Matt Cassel, Vikings
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4. Matt Cassel, Vikings

Matt Cassel, Vikings
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It is almost certain that Matt Cassel will start ahead of rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings. Even though Bridgewater looked fantastic in his second preseason game, Cassel’s veteran experience will be the determining factor. Not to mention, Cassel has been very efficient in the preseason as he has helped the offense moved the chains consistently. Still, he doesn’t compare to the other three quarterbacks in the NFC North.

3. Matthew Stafford, Lions

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3. Matthew Stafford, Lions

Matthew Stafford, Lions
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As much as I want to believe Stafford can be the second best quarterback in the NFC North, the likelihood is that he will be No. 3. The reason is because he simply isn’t as efficient as Cutler and Aaron Rodgers. Not to mention, he hasn’t had as much success in the playoffs as the other two. Stafford will put up impressive numbers, but it all comes down to wins and turnovers.

2. Jay Cutler, Bears

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2. Jay Cutler, Bears

Jay Cutler, Bears

Cutler is coming off a very efficient season mostly thanks to head coach Marc Trestman’s quarterback-friendly offense. On top of that, he has two incredible weapons in wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. It’s those reasons why he will be the second best quarterback in the division, assuming he can stay healthy. Despite popular belief, he has kept his interceptions to a minimum, which is huge for any signal caller.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Aaron Rodgers, Packers
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Aaron Rodgers, Packers
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Aaron Rodgers is a top-three quarterback in the NFL, which is why it’s no surprise he’s the best in the NFC North. Rodgers was on pace for another MVP season when he went down with a broken collarbone that derailed his season. Regardless, he came back and led the Packers to a win over the Bears to clinch a playoff spot. Rodgers and the offense have been flawless in the preseason, which should continue in the regular season.