Let me just say before I start that this article is based on who is underrated and who is overrated, not who is good and who is bad. That being said, let's start the list off with the most overrated players in the NFL.
I am from MN and a huge fan of AP but even I think he gets more attention than he deserves. People are calling him one of the best RBs ever and HOF worthy in only his third season.
His yards per carry have gone down each year in the NFL and he hasn't been able to break the long runs this year like he was able to the first two years of his career. He might be showing some signs of wearing down after his 363 carries from last year and over 300 again this year.
You can blame some of it on the offensive line and the offensive coordinator but AP has to take some of the blame. Steven Jackson played for one of the worst teams, if not the worst, in the NFL and was able to manage more yards than AP.
4. Jason Witten
I really don't know how he puts up the numbers he does. He is one of the slower skill players in the game and I have not seen him break a single tackle...ever. He rarely gets into the end zone and my reasoning for him getting so many catches and yards is because the defense lets him catch the ball wide open knowing he won't go any further than where he's at. It is also pretty bad being a No. 2 option behind Miles Austin of all people.
3. Bob Sanders
I realize he has won the defensive player of the year award but he still has to be on this list. He has played about two seasons in his last six years and the Colts defense is still one of the better defenses in the league without him. He has also never really been a safety that gets picks; he has never had more than two in a year. Until he is able to play back-to-back seasons he will be on this list.
2. Jay Cutler
The only smart thing he has ever done was to demand a trade out of Denver to go to Chicago. Now the comparisons to Jon Elway can stop and he can go to a city where they have never had a mentionable QB. He is basically a glorified version of Tarvaris Jackson but for some reason ESPN finds excuses for him to make it OK to be bad. I'm sure they will bring in some high-profile WR and think that he will be the best QB ever next year.
1. Eli Manning
He was lucky the Giants defense and running game were as good as they were and that David Tyree made the luckiest catch in the world, otherwise he would never have won a Super Bowl. Just because he has the last name "Manning" he is mentioned as one of the better QBs in the game but in reality he is just an average QB. He also lost respect with me when he cried his way out of San Diego and got his way with NY.
5. Jason Campbell
Everyone wants him out of Washington and no one gives him any respect around the league when he really isn't that bad of a QB. He doesn't throw very many INTs and has a pretty decent completion percentage over the past three years.
He is also one of the more mobile QBs in the league. He was under constant pressure this year and virtually no running game to speak of. He has gone through a lot of offenses and has never really had many receiving threats. I think given a fresh start somewhere else he could be a pretty good QB in the league.
4. Jonathan Stewart
He could be a top 10 RB in the next season if DeAngelo Williams leaves. He managed over 1,000 yards this season despite being the No. 2 RB and playing injured for most of the year. He is one of the better RBs at breaking tackles and has the speed to break off a long run if he gets in the open.
3. Sidney Rice
He was finally fully healthy this year and showed what he could do with a QB that can get him the ball. He was constantly making amazing catches this year and was fourth in the league in receiving yards with over 1,300. I'm not saying he is as good as Larry Fitzgerald but their games are very comparable. He had eight TDs this year, which isn't bad but Visanthe stole a lot of his red zone targets.
2. Jamal Charles
He went crazy the second half of the season after LJ finally left the chiefs. As a full-time starter he had five games over 100 yards (including a 259-yarder in the final game). His five games over 100 yards are more than or the same as Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, MJD, and Frank Gore had all season. He also does KR duty and is a good receiver out of the backfield, making him a very versatile player.
1. Matt Schaub
He has been one of the better QBs in the league since getting traded to Houston and finally put together a healthy season. In his past three seasons he has averaged 65 percent completion and around eight yards per pass.
This year he was especially good throwing for over 4,700 yards and he didn't have his No. 2 option (Owen Daniels) for half of the season.
The Texans haven't made it to the postseason yet but they are going to be a team to watch for in the years to come, especially if their defense can get better.