The most scrutinized position in the NFL is quarterback. They get most of the glory for wins and most of the blame for losses. We’ll take a look at the top 10 in the NFL and put some order to the debate of who is best. -- James Parziale
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10. Matt Ryan
His teams have only won 10 games the last two seasons, but that has a lot to do with a lack of a running game and poor defense. He has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of the last four seasons and has 181 touchdown passes in 110 career games.
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9. Philip Rivers
Rivers has suffered from a bit of West Coast bias, but he’s thrown 63 TD passes over the past two seasons. He’s passed for over 4,000 yards in six of the last seven seasons. Plus, how many other quarterbacks do you know that have played in playoff games with torn ACLs and also talked smack to Jay Cutler on the field?
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8. Ben Roethlisberger
Much like Eli Manning, he’s won two Super Bowls (and played in one more, unlike Eli) and is somewhat underrated. He’s 106-52 in his career and is coming off career-highs in passing yards (4,952) and touchdowns (32) while throwing just nine interceptions, a career low in a season when he’s made 16 starts. His 10-5 playoff record is also excellent.
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7. Eli Manning
He’s thrown 30-or-more touchdown passes just twice in his career, and hasn’t been to the playoffs for three seasons, but when he makes it there he tends to win. Manning has an 8-3 playoff record, including two Super Bowl rings. With a potential arsenal of Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rueben Randle, Manning might be able to pull off the trend of leading the Giants to Super Bowls every four years (he won in 2007 and 2011).
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6. Peyton Manning
While his stats were impressive in 2014, it was the first time it seemed like age had finally caught up with Manning. He still threw for 39 touchdowns, but just three came in the Broncos’ final four games of the season. Injuries to his legs made him look slow and probably contributed to his struggles, but we may be witnessing the final year of Manning’s legendary career.
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5. Tony Romo
He takes a lot of heat, but he’s started in at least 15 games in each of the last four seasons. He’s thrown at least 28 touchdowns in each of those seasons and finally got his second playoff win. He’s got a career record of 75-48 and a career quarterback rating of 97.6. You may not like him or the Cowboys, but he’s in the top tier of the league’s current quarterback pool.
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4. Russell Wilson
Three seasons in the league, two Super Bowl appearances and one title. That’s a lot more than some careers ever get, but Wilson’s resume is full of accomplishments. His stats may not jump off the page, as he’s never thrown for more than 26 touchdowns in a regular season, but his playoff record is 6-2 (and probably should be 7-1 if not for a bonehead call last February).
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3. Tom Brady
He’s a four-time Super Bowl champ and has made the playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons as a starter. He’s also won double-digit games in each of those 12 seasons. He’s played in six Super Bowls. Unless he’s playing the New York Giants, he’s hard to bet against.
2. Andrew Luck
He’s the heir to the throne once Rodgers’ skills erode. Luck has improved in each of his first three seasons in the league, making the jump from 23 touchdowns to 40 last season and has kept advancing his team in the playoffs each year. His one bugaboo? The Patriots, who have bounced the Colts in the playoffs in the divisional and conference rounds, respectively, the last two seasons.
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1. Aaron Rodgers
The Packers quarterback won his second MVP award in 2014 and already has a Super Bowl trophy. He’s made people in Green Bay forget about Brett Favre, even though following a legend is hard to do. He’s been the starter for seven seasons, and in six of those seasons, he’s made 15 or more starts. In four of those seasons, he’s thrown under 10 interceptions.