The NFL playoffs are here. It's a QB-driven league, and they'll play a major role in determining who gets to the Super Bowl. These power rankings could turn to out to be completely wrong, and there isn't much separation between the top few players. Without further ado, here is the power rankings of the 8 QBs left in the 2015 NFL Playoffs.
8. Peyton Manning, Broncos
Manning is going to be the starter for the Broncos, and the fact is that Manning was not good this season. He completed less than 60 percent of his passes for the first time since his rookie year and threw just nine TDs against 17 picks. There's a chance he could rediscover his old form in the playoffs now that he's a bit healthier, but it's tough to trust Peyton right now. Manning is one of the greatest QBs ever, but right now, he's a bad QB.
7. Alex Smith, Chiefs
Smith is a classic game-manager, but he avoids turnovers and can make a few plays. He might not win a ton of games for the Chiefs, but he's not going to cost them many either. His turnover-free style is a big component of his play.
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Big Ben is one of the top QBs in the NFL and he's played great this year. He ranks second in QBR and fourth on Pro Football Focus. He'd be even higher on PFF if he didn't miss time in the regular season. Roethlisberger has proven himself in the playoffs, but I'm very worried about his shoulder injury. He'd be in the top four if he was healthy, but the injury forces him down the list. If Landry Jones has to play, he's easily the worst starting QB in the playoffs.
5. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
This is where the list starts to get jumbled. Rodgers is one of the top QBs in the NFL, but he's had a bit of a down year by his standards. He's ninth in Pro Football Focus' ratings and 10th in QBR. There's not doubting Rodgers' abilities, but he's ranks below several playoff QBs this year.
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Wilson's strong play is one of the biggest reasons the Seahawks are serious Super Bowl contenders. He's made plays all season long. He's fifth on PFF's ratings and checks in fourth on QBR. The difference between Wilson and the No. 1 QB on this list is not a large one.
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
Despite battling several injuries to his top weapons this year, Brady has put together a very impressive season. He's at the top of his game right now and it's tough to bet against him in the playoffs. Brady has a strong case to be No. 1, but there are two NFC QBs playing just a bit better than him.
2. Carson Palmer, Cardinals
Palmer has been one of the best QBs this season and there's a real argument he deserves to be No. 1. He leads the NFL in QBR and is the top QB according to Pro Football Focus. I have the Cardinals winning the Super Bowl this season and Palmer is major reason why.
1. Cam Newton, Panthers
Newton should win the MVP this season, so there's no way any other QB can rank above him on this list. He's been wonderful this season, despite having Ted Ginn as his second best weapon. Newton and the Panthers might not win the Super Bowl, but that shouldn't take away from what has been a great year by Newton.Back to the NFL Newsfeed