Top 10 Current Players in the National Football League

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IOctober 8, 2008

I know this is more of a one-sided ordeal. The next few people I'm about to name are the people whom I think are the best going into Week Six of the NFL season. It's my opinion, and I would also love to hear your opinion as well.


10. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Matt Forte has become the back that everybody has wanted in Chicago. He has adapted to his new role perfectly. Coming from Tulane, Forte is a rookie this year. So far, for Chicago, he has carried the ball 107 times and rushed for 383 yards and has two rushing touchdowns for the 3-2 Bears who are leading the NFC North, primarily because Forte.


9. Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Last week, we didn't see Barber break off a Felix Jones run for a touchdown, but Jones is pretty much in the same position Barber was a few years ago when he was a backup to Julius Jones. Splitting carries with Jones, Barber only carried the ball 93 times but still has 393 rushing yards as well as four touchdowns.

To go along with that, he has 14 receptions for 106 yards and seems to be the target for when Terrell Owens is not open.


8. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers has put up some beast passing number and that is the only reason why I consider him eighth on the list. Rivers and the Chargers are sitting in second in the AFC West with a 2-3 record, behind Denver, who is 4-1. Rivers has a total of 1,183 passing yards so far on the season and 11 touchdown passes. Rivers has been efficient throwing only four interceptions in 138 passing attempts.


7. Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins

Bringing up the seventh spot is the scrappy Washington Redskins' running back Clinton Portis. Portis has at least some confidence this season after a playoff run last year and a 3-1 start to this year, including a win over Philadelphia and Dallas. Portis has 514 yards this season with four rushing touchdowns. He is second behind Michael Turner in the rushing-yards category.


6. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees has started where he left off last season, throwing his arm out every game, and like Rivers, putting up some beast passing numbers. Leading the league in passing yards, Brees has 1,673 on the season and has nine touchdown passes to go along with it. In the Saints' five games this season, he has passed for 300 yards four out of the five games.


5. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Frank Gore, along with J.T. O'Sullivan, led the 49ers to a dream season so far. They are only 2-3, but they sit in second in the very weak NFC West. Gore, like always, has been putting up stellar numbers so far this season. He has 423 rushing yards on the season. To add to that, he's put up three touchdowns as well. He rushes for around five yards a carry. That's a first down every two carries practically.


4. Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans Saints

Surprised to find two Saints' players on this list? I'm not! Reggie Bush has nicely filled the role of a receiving back this year, as Marques Colston got injured with a broken thumb that cost him four to six weeks of the season. Bush hasn't run much, only gaining 212 yards and a touchdown on 64 carries. His receiving stats, however, have been remarkable.

He has 38 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns. That included an 11-catch game against Denver, in which he was out-shined by Brandon Marshall's 16-catch game, the most since Terrell Owens had 20 for San Francisco.


3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers was literally thrown into the starting role when Favre retired and then decided to comeback. Rodgers though has adjusted, even though the 2-3 record doesn't show it. Rodgers found Brett Favre's favorite target, Greg Jennings, to be very helpful to him.

Rodgers has 1,274 passing yards on the season to go along with nine touchdown passes, which is among the tops in the league. He has a 95.5 passer rating to show for it as well.


2. Jay Cutler, QB, Denver Broncos

I don't think that there is any surprise here that Cutler is No. 2. Cutler has led the Broncos to a 4-1 start and has come out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Cutler doesn't like to run the ball all too much, which shows in his stats for this season so far.

He has thrown 10 touchdown passes and 1,502 passing yards. In 191 attempts, he has only thrown four interceptions and has found a couple wideouts that he likes. One, Tony Scheffler, the big tight end. Two, Eddie Royal, and three, his favorite, Brandon Marshall, whom he seems to throw to all the time, which was evident in Week Three against New Orleans in which Marshall had 16 catches.


1. Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Clocking in at No. 1 this week would be running back Michael Turner. He has helped this upstart Atlanta Falcon team to be recognized. Turner came over from San Diego behind LaDanian Tomlinson, so you know he has learned from the best. This year, he started out running for over 200 yards against Detroit, and so far this season, he has tallied 543 rushing yards, which leads the league, and six rushing touchdowns.


Now it's your turn. Give some of your opinions on who the best players so far this year are. I would also like to know what you think of my list.