As we approach the NFL Playoffs, we have a fair idea as to who the top-performing quarterbacks have been at the end of the regular season. Of course, there are the obvious names who make the list – Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
But who are the others to have impressed in a rather peculiar 2020 NFL season? Read further to find out if your favourite QB has made the list.
What can we say about Green Bay Packers veteran Aaron Rodgers? Even at 37, the California-born athlete continues to prove doubters wrong after taking his game to a whole new level this season.
He leads the mock polls for the NVL MVP award throwing for 4,299 yards with a mammoth 48 passing TDs which is the highest in the league. The Packers bagged the top seed in the NFC and will aim for another NFC Championship in post-season.
After some eye-catching displays in the last two years, Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes has maintained the same level of consistency this season. He is second in the league in the passing yards category (4,740) with 38 passing TDs against just 6 interceptions.
The Chiefs are playing at a high level once again as they aim to defend their title. Mahomes has proven that he is a big-game player in the past. Expect the same from the promising youngster as the season moves along.
At 32, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is finally getting the recognition deserves. He was leading the NFL MVP race at the start of the season but a few inconsistent displays over the course of the last two months, saw him fall behind Rodgers and Mahomes.
But make no mistake, Wilson remains a force to be reckoned with. The Seahawks faithful will be hopeful that their commander-in-chief can be productive in the NFL Playoffs. With WRs Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf at Wilson’s disposal, the Seahawks will pose a danger to defences across the league.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has exceeded expectations over the course of the ongoing NFL season. The University of Wyoming product led the Bills to their first-ever AFC East win since 1996.
He has already thrown for 4,544 yards with 37 passing touchdowns against 10 interceptions this season. A potential Bills vs Chiefs encounter in the AFC Championship game could perhaps settle the Josh Allen – Patrick Mahomes debate.
Even at 43, one thing remains clear, Tom Brady is not finished. The veteran NFL quarterback remains hungry for more after helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bag a spot in this year’s playoffs.
Brady has thrown for 4,633 yards already with an impressive tally of 40 touchdowns. He has a superstar offensive supporting cast in Florida and an experienced coach in the form of Bruce Arians.
Despite a below-par overall season which saw HC/GM Bill O’Brien sacked, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has maintained his standards in 2020. He leads the league in passing yards (4,823) despite finishing the season with a 4-12 record.
Having signed a four-year extension prior to the 2020 NFL season, Watson is not going to leave the Texans anytime soon. We expect the talented youngster to come back stronger in 2021.
Probably one of the most underrated quarterbacks this season, Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Tannehill makes the cut on our top performers for the season. Along with RB Derrick Henry, Tannehill has helped his team make to post-season once again. He has thrown for 3,800+ yards with 33 passing TDs.
A first-round playoff tie against Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens awaits the Titans. Can Tannehill and King Henry do the unthinkable and challenge the Chiefs for the AFC Championship in 2021?
There were a lot of people calling for Baker Mayfield’s head prior to the start of the 2020 season. Those voices just increased after Cleveland Browns lost their Week 1 encounter to AFC North opponents Baltimore Ravens by an 8-38 scoreline.
But newly-appointed head coach Kevin Stefanski kept his faith in Mayfield and to the latter’s credit, he delivered. Baker confirmed the Browns would make their first playoff appearance since 2002 with a 24-22 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.
University of Oregon product Justin Herbert has been the surprise package of the ongoing NFL season. He was the sixth overall pick at this year’s virtual draft event going to the Los Angeles Chargers. He started the season as the backup to QB Tyrod Taylor but made his debut in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He held on to the starting berth for the rest of the season with some eye-catching displays. After throwing for 4,300+ yards with 36 total touchdowns, Herbert makes our list and probably wins the NFL Rookie of the Year award as well.
After starting the season with an 11-0 record, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was slowly entering the NFL MVP conversation. After missing the 2019 season with an elbow injury, Big Ben came back stronger and hungrier this season.
Mike Tomlin’s boys were on their way to a historic unbeaten season but faltered towards the latter half of the season. He has thrown for 3,800+ yards with 33 passing TDs to 10 interceptions with a 94.1 passer rating. A potential run to the Super Bowl in 2021 could definitely tip Roethlisberger towards the Comeback of the Year trophy.
Notable mentions: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) and Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts)