NFL's Best At Each Position: Offense
This has been one of the more unusual seasons we have seen in the NFL.
Although there's a lot of odd things going on, there's no question that there are stars on each team that shine each and every week.
On the advancing slides, I will list the best at each offensive position in the NFL, along with the reason they are there.
Brady and Rivers talking post-game.
First String QB: Tom Brady. No denying that Tom Brady is having the best season of any quarterback this season.
With a rating of 109.9 and impressively leading his team to victory every week, he's obviously the best quarterback this season.
30 total touchdowns (29 passing, 1 rushing) is good enough for first.
Second String QB: Michael Vick. Up until recently, this man was already being crowned NFL MVP.
With a rating of 104.3, he's the second best quarterback in the NFL... sometimes the QB ratings are right. He wasn't number one because while he has 24 touchdowns this season, he also has 9 fumbles (1 lost) and 4 interceptions.
Third String QB: Philip Rivers. He's a great player, but the team around him is not so great.
At 7-6, his team is fighting for a playoff spot, but it's hard to say if they'll have a real chance once they get into the playoffs. Besides his team struggling to be in the post season, he's obviously one of the NFL's best quarterbacks with a 103.1 passer rating and 26 touchdowns.
Fourth String QB: Matt Cassel. After the Kansas City Chiefs brought him in on a major contract and he performed horribly in his first year, everyone thought he was a free agent bust.
A year later, he's considered a top 10 quarterback. He has running backs to do some of the work, but he has a lot of no-name receivers as well.
Hard to blame him for the loss against the Chargers. He has 23 touchdowns this year and only 4 interceptions to go with that.
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First String RB: Arian Foster. No one had him even close to the top 20 running backs before this season began.
Week one, he ripped the Indianapolis Colts' defense to shreds, rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has a league best 13 touchdowns, and is second in rushing yards with 1,230.
Second String RB: Adrian Peterson. This was hard to pick, but I went with AD because of his yards per carry (YPC) and the fact he had more touchdowns than my other options.
He's been hampered by fumbles since his career began, until this season. He's only one of two running backs to not fumble at all this season (850 or more yards).
He has 1,123 yards and is tied for second best in the league with 11 touchdowns.
Third String RB: Michael Turner. The third and fourth string could be flip-flopped, but I decided this based on Turner being the other top running back with no fumbles.
He's one of the major reasons the Falcons are having so much success, tied for second best in the league with 11 touchdowns and fourth in rushing yards with 1,174.
Fourth String RB: Chris Johnson. A huge disappointment when it comes to what the expectations were, but there's no doubt that he is a top running back in the NFL.
With a fifth best 1,137 rushing yards, and sixth most 10 rushing touchdowns, he's obviously not going to hit 2,500 or even 2,000 for that matter, but he is still a great player.
Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
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First String WR: Roddy White. He's been racking up yards and touchdowns for the NFC's team to beat, the Atlanta Falcons.
He has an NFL best 1,219 yards to go with seven touchdowns, and Matt Ryan is looking his way a lot to lead them to the playoffs this year.
Second String WR: Brandon Lloyd. He's never had more than 733 yards or six touchdowns in a season, and those numbers were in '05 and '04 respectively.... until this year.
He's had his break-out season at age 29, with 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns.
Third String WR: Greg Jennings. Four yards shy of 1,000. Third best in the NFL with 11 receiving touchdowns. The numbers speak for themselves.
Fourth String WR: Dwayne Bowe. Some may not agree with this, but with 888 yards and a league best 14 receiving touchdowns, he's already one of the best at his position.
First String TE: Antonio Gates. This is a no-brainer. 782 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Second String TE: Marcedes Lewis. Nine touchdowns and 574 yards.
The other option for this spot was Jason Witten with about 200 more yards but less touchdowns.
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It's hard to find individual offensive linemen statistics. I did research but could not find any good numbers to help me make a custom line.
Instead, I'll pick one offensive line: William Beatty, Kevin Boothe, Rich Seubert, Chris Snee, and Kareem McKenzie of the New York football Giants. (Sorry, had a Jon Gruden moment there)
These men have allowed their rushers to rush for the league's sixth best rushing attack (1,715 yards) and have allowed only 12 sacks this whole season.
There was only one other offensive line I saw that was consistent in both the passing and rushing game, the Chiefs.
I went with the Giants' O-line though, because they allowed less sacks and QB hits.