The Baltimore Ravens are the reigning Super Bowl Champions, but where does their quarterback, Joe Flacco, rank among current NFL quarterbacks? There are only seven on this list of the best NFL quarterbacks of 2013.
7. Russell Wilson
A number of young quarterbacks have an argument for this spot on the list, but the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson gets it because he beat the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco last weekend. Maybe not the soundest reasoning, but it’s just #7 so it’s okay. As a rookie in 2012, Wilson scored 30 regular-season touchdowns (including four on the ground) and won a playoff game.
6. Eli Manning
A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, the younger Manning is oddly underrated. NFL fans expect their quarterbacks to be perfect, and Eli Manning does not have perfect seasons. He does, however, have championship seasons, winning it all in 2008 and 2012.
5. Joe Flacco
Flacco has long claimed that he belonged in the elite-quarterback conversation, and he finally backed up his claims last season, when he led the Ravens to victory in the Super Bowl. After his performance in the regular season and the playoffs last year, he has solidified himself as one of the premier signal-callers in the league.
4. Drew Brees
Brees had a rough year in 2012. Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season in the aftermath of Bounty Gate and the team lacked the competitive fire of the prior seasons. Brees won the Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010, though, and now that Coach Payton is back, there is a new excitement in New Orleans.
3. Tom Brady
Brady has played in five Super Bowls and won three of them. (Both of his Super Bowl losses have come against Eli Manning and the New York Giants.) He has almost 45,000 yards passing for his career. He has played in eight Pro Bowls and won the NFL MVP twice.
2. Peyton Manning
At age 37, Manning’s passes do not have the snap that they used to. And he missed the entire 2011 season because of a complicated neck surgery. But he proved last season with the Broncos that he can still play at the highest level. Denver looks poised to make a championship run with Manning this season.
1. Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers seems to always play perfectly. His career passer rating is a ridiculous 105.6. He had one of the best seasons ever in 2011, winning the Super Bowl and the NFL MVP and finishing the season with a record 137.9 passer rating. He doesn’t have the career stats of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning yet, but there is no telling what kind of numbers Rodgers will put up before he’s done.