The Complete 2010 NFC Quarterback Predictions
2010 was definitely a year for quarterbacks as we saw 10 quarterbacks reach the 4,000 yard plateau.
There were some breakout players (Matt Schaub) and some players that fell off the planet (Russell).
We have a few new quarterbacks in different places including Donovan McNabb and Jason Campbell and a few others that will likely make their first season opening start with Matt Moore, Chad Henne, and Sam Bradford.
Quarterbacks make or break a team. In order to advance in the playoffs, you need a good quarterback.
Here is the complete 2010 NFC quarterback predictions! ENJOY!
Also, for those that care and don't feel like reading through everything, your respective divisions start on:
NFC North: Slide 2
NFC South: Slide 6
NFC East: Slide 10
NFC West: Slide 14
NFC North: Chicago Bears- Jay Cutler
Wow, I don't think anybody could have predicted that the Jay Cutler trade would have such a negative impact so soon.
Cutler lead the league in 2009 with a whopping 26 interceptions, six more than second place, rookies Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez. Those 26 interceptions were more than Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Philip Rivers combined with a few to spare!
Cutler has a new offensive coordinator to work with and some deadly weapons with Matt Forte and Chester Taylor behind him.
Cutler also has the luxury of throwing to the fastest group of wide receivers in the NFL. While the receivers are young, they can only get better.
After all, in weeks 6-10, Hester caught an impressive 34 balls for 407 yards before getting injured a couple weeks later and ultimately putting his season on hold.
The 2010 season looks to be more promising for Cutler. Expect a more consistent offensive scheme with Mike Martz.
3,986 yards, 27 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 61.0 percent completions
NFC North: Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford
The Detroit Lions had a very promising 2009 draft and it all started with this guy.
Matthew Stafford didn't have what we would call a good season or even a decent season. It was actually a terrible season as Stafford threw for just 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 10 games.
However, he showed the NFL and more importantly, the fans of Detroit, what he has to offer the team in the future. Look no further than his November 22 performance against the Browns.
Calvin Johnson and newly acquired receiver Nate Burleson give the Lions a good receiving core along with tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Drafting Jahvid Best only makes things sweeter for the Lions.
3,578 yards, 24 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 58.5 percent completions
NFC North: Green Bay Packers- Aaron Rodgers
See that picture? That's Aaron Rodgers at the Pro Bowl in 2010 and as a Vikings fan, it pisses me off...
In all seriousness, this guy is a freak. Not only can he throw the ball with pin-point accuracy, but the guy can scramble better than any other starting quarterback in the NFL today.
A ridiculous 30:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio is only part of what makes this guy scary. He also had five rushing touchdowns.
Donald Driver had surgeries on both knees and should be ready to go for the start of the regular season. Also, it's hard to imagine Greg Jennings having another down year after such a promising 2008.
The Packers have had a few legendary quarterbacks in their history. Rodgers is bound to go down as one of the best if he continues his current play.
4,351 yards, 32 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 63.4 percent completions
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings- Brett Favre
At the age of 40, Favre had his best statistical season of his career.
Not only did he improve the Vikings' terrible passing attack, he brought the team together and led them to an NFC Championship appearance.
Favre is another year older and is coming off another offseason surgery. However, surgery to the ankle is lot less severe than the one he had last year.
With Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Bernard Berrian giving the Vikings a suddenly respectable receiving corps, Favre should have another season of success under the purple helmet.
The offensive line ultimately let this team down in the long run. In order for Favre to duplicate his success, he'll need more production from them as well as Adrian Peterson. With all great offenses, the production starts up front.
3,989 yards, 31 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 64.7 percent completions
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons- Matt Ryan
Ryan had a slight sophomore slump, but I expect him to bounce back in 2010.
The Falcons struggled with minor injuries all season long. The injury that hurt the most was to Michael Turner who missed six games.
The weird thing is, with Turner out of the lineup, Ryan actually performed better. In six games without Turner, Ryan had eight touchdowns and only two interceptions in just four games.
Ryan knows what he's up against in 2010 and will prepare to the best of his abilities. He knows that this team is very capable of a long playoff run. What he may not know is that it all comes down to his arm.
3,620 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 59.7 percent completions
NFC South: Carolina Panthers- Matt Moore
When Jake Delhomme was struggling...wait, that's the understatement of the month. When Jake Delhomme was sucking to the fullest extent of the Panther organization, Moore stepped in and performed quite well.
In the last five games of the season, all of which Moore started, he threw for 990 yards, eight touchdowns, and just one interception while completing 62.7 percent of his passes.
With the best running back duo in the game to back him up and a stellar receiver in Steve Smith, the Panthers offense looks to be deadlier than ever.
I say "should be" because John Fox loves to run the ball which takes a little away from what Moore should be asked to do. For what he is asked, Moore should perform well enough.
3,311 yards, 22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 60.1 percent completions
NFC South: New Orleans Saints- Drew Brees
After a season in which he became just the second quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards, Brees put on quite the encore.
In 15 games, Brees had 4,388 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. The most impressive stat though is that Brees completed a remarkable 70.62 percent of his passes, an NFL record breaking Ken Anderson's 1982 mark of 70.55 percent.
Brees has the ability to put the ball anywhere he wants at any time. All the receivers have to do is show their hands and Brees drops it perfectly. The league has never seen such an accurate quarterback, ever.
With a talented group of running backs helping him out, Brees leads the most explosive offense in the NFL.
4,504 yards, 37 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 65.3 percent completions
NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Freeman
In the draft of 2009, Freeman was considered the third best quarterback and the one that would take the most time to develop. The plan for Tampa Bay was to give the kid a year to watch, but that didn't last too long.
Freeman was thrown into the fire after the bye week in week 8 and went on to start every game for the rest of the season.
In nine starts, Freeman for 1,839 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. The interceptions are a little disturbing in only nine games, but a five interception performance against the Panthers really didn't help the stats.
The lack of receivers is probably going to hinder Freeman's ability to put together a decent season.
After Antonio Bryant left this offseason, he was replaced by second-round pick Arrelious Benn. The good news is, this is actually seen as an upgrade after the way Bryant performed last season.
3,537 yards, 23 touchdowns, 19 interceptions, 56.4 percent completions
NFC East: Dallas Cowboys- Tony Romo
Despite what the critics say, Tony Romo is one of the best quarterbacks in the business today. He has had his fair share of misfortunes, but what quarterback hasn't?
Romo has been the victim of public scrutiny thanks to his affairs off the field. Sorry, but I didn't buy into that whole Jessica Simpson distraction like many others.
With Miles Austin emerging as a legit receiver and drafting the college phenom Dez Bryant, this receiving corps looks to be solid. Throw in Jason Witten and you have a scary air attack.
Romo is an extremely accurate quarterback and is still only 30 years old. He still has plenty of football left as he's just entering the prime of his career.
As long as the offensive line for the Cowboys can give Romo time to throw, this offense should be solid.
4,682 yards, 34 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 63.3 percent completions
NFC East: New York Giants- Eli Manning
It seems as though Eli Manning has finally found out how to effectively hit a receiver in stride. In 2009, Eli completed 62.3 percent of his passes, up two percent from his career high.
Eli has had to live in big brother Peyton's shadow since his rookie season. It's not getting any easier for Eli as Peyton keeps winning MVP awards.
However, Eli is coming off a career season statistically and look to keep improving.
Steve Smith has become a legitimate number one receiver and with second-year receiver Hakeem Nicks only improving, things are looking up for Eli.
Last season started out great for Eli and the Giants. Through the first five games, Eli threw for 1,212 yards, 10 touchdowns, and only two interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes. The Giants were also 5-0.
Eli will hope to build on a great year to lead the Giants back to the playoffs.
4,001 yards, 28 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 61.7 percent completions
NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles- Kevin Kolb
Donovan McNabb is out and Kevin Kolb is in. Good riddance!
The savior is in Philadelphia and the Eagles are Super Bowl contenders again!
Sorry, I'm not buying it.
Say what you want about McNabb, but the guy was easily the best quarterback in franchise history and to find his replacement is going to be harder than the Eagles' staff thinks.
Kolb is an extremely accurate quarterback, but having the pressure of leading this franchise could prove to be too much for the first year starter.
Kolb had one successful game against, wait for it, the frightening Kansas City Chiefs! (crickets in the background...)
However, if Kolb can keep his composure, he could be a decent NFL starter, but I can't see him filling the shoes of McNabb so easily. It may take some time, but Kolb could transform into a solid NFL starter.
3,208 yards, 21 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 60.9 percent completions
NFC East: Washington Redskins- Donovan McNabb
An old face in a new place, Donovan McNabb carries over a legacy that he couldn't quite finish as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles as he aims for a championship ring.
In 12 seasons, McNabb has amassed over 32,000 passing yards and 216 touchdowns.
In Washington, McNabb will have the luxury of having another great defense to rely on as he leads an offense full of mediocre players.
With Mike Shanahan in charge of the team, it will be interesting to see how he handles McNabb. Shanahan is an offensive mastermind.
While the receivers aren't the biggest names in the business, they are reliable, young, and talented. Santana Moss is the veteran that McNabb needs.
McNabb should do great things for Washington. That is, if he stays healthy. In 11 seasons in the league, McNabb has only finished all 16 games four times. Health is going to be the key for the aging veteran.
4,112 yards, 26 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 61.3 percent completions
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals- Matt Leinart
The former first-round pick in 2006 will once again have the opportunity to prove that he was worth the selection.
Leinhart hasn't done anything in the NFL but show that he isn't ready. Hopefully a few seasons of watching one of the greatest of all time play the game has helped.
With the departure of Anquan Boldin, things will only get more difficult.
Things aren't all bad in Arizona though. The Cards still have Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, and Early Doucet. They also have Beanie Wells to rely on when the going gets tough.
In four seasons, Leinart has just 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. His decision making skills need improvement for this team to move forward.
3,373 yards, 23 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 58.6 percent completions
NFC West: St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford has a lot of work to do with this team. While he was a stud in college, it means nothing when you get to the NFL.
After an impressive college career that yielded 88 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and over 8,000 yards in a little over two seasons, Bradford inherits a team that has won just six games in the last three seasons.
Can you name a receiver that currently plays for St. Louis? No? Don't worry, you're not the only one.
In 2009, the Rams' leading receiver was Steven Jackson who had 51 receptions. Unfortunately, Jackson won't survive much longer in the NFL if he has to keep carrying the Rams by himself.
In order for this team to improve, they must get more consistent play from their offensive lineman.
They drafted Jason Smith in the first round last season, but it was recently reported that he has a stress fracture on his toe. This year, they drafted Rodger Saffold with the 33rd overall pick. Things can only go up for the Rams though.
3,376 yards, 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 58.7 percent completions
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers- Alex Smith
Is 2010 the year that Alex Smith proves to the NFL that he was worth the number one overall pick in 2005?
I don't think so, but he will prove that he is ready to be an NFL quarterback. Smith is my breakout player of 2010.
After a successful 2009 campaign where he threw for over 2,300 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in just 11 games, Smith will again look to improve his game.
With Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, and a couple first round offensive lineman, you have what could be an explosive offense in 2010.
3,854 yards, 27 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 61.2 percent completions
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks- Matt Hasselbeck
The Seahawks had a great offseason, except for the fact that they lost two of their best offensive lineman in Walter Jones (retirement) and Rob Sims (traded to the Lions) and their second best receiver, Nate Burleson (free agency).
To replace the players, the Seahawks drafted Russell Okung in the first round and Golden Tate in the second round.
Hasselbeck is getting old and it's showing. In his last three games, he threw nine interceptions. NINE!
He's entering his 12th season, but only three times has he played all sixteen games.
He's one of the most injury prone players in the NFL. I actually expect him to stay healthy all season long, but his stats will go down the drain just like his career has over the last few seasons.
While the Seahawks still have a talented offense surrounding him, Hasselbeck is definitely not the same quarterback he once was.
3,312 yards, 19 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 58.4 percent completions