NFL Quarterbacks: The Best of the Best

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 3, 2011

NFL Quarterbacks: The Best of the Best

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    One of these two are not in the Top 5.  Can you guess which one?
    One of these two are not in the Top 5. Can you guess which one?Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    One of the funnest arguments here on Bleacher is the battle over which team has the best QB.

    If someone writes an article that is pro-Peyton Manning, Colts fans are there to defend it to the end, while fans of other teams are quick to point out all the things that could lead to Manning not being God's Gift to Football.

    Same thing goes for Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers and all of the other starters in the league.

    I have worked my fingers (computer) to the bone working on a new formula to rate the QBs in the league. No, this is not a perfect system. There are going to have to be corrections and tweaks.  Feel free to let me know what you think is fair, and if I should change the point value for a certain topic.

    Point System

    QB Rating - Points (If rating is a 98.4, then he gets 98 points—rounded to the nearest number.)

    TDs - plus-10

    Interceptions - minus-10

    Completion percentage - Points

    Wins - plus-7

    Loses - minus-7

    All teams / players will then be given a grade based on their overall average.

    Grades will be as follows.

    A - 4

    B - 5

    C - 5

    D - 5

    F - 4

    All of these numbers are based on the players' 2010 stats. This is not an all-time list. What a player will do in 2011 has nothing to do with what has happened prior to 2010. (I know that it has nothing really to do with 2010 either, but what else is there to write about during a lockout?)

    There are a total of NINE teams that receive an automatic INCOMPLETE, because they did not have a starting QB that produced enough stats to be recorded on ESPN's stat page, where I got the information for this article.

    There are some on here that are gong to surprise you, because they shocked me as well.  All I ask is, please decide before going to the first slide whether you think the formula I am using is fair.

    Thanks and enjoy the slide show.

Exclusions

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Patrick Peterson, #5 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals, holds up his jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    For this list to be accurate, we are going to have to eliminate the teams that do not have a returning starter from last year.

    We can not create an equation based on players that are no longer with the team or have not had a player that has ever been a professional starter before.

    Excluded from this list, all receiving an F grade are:

    Arizona Cardinals

    Carolina Panthers

    Washington Redskins

    Tennessee Titans

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Minnesota Vikings

    Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys did not complete enough stats to be ranked in ESPN's stats sheet, which is where I am getting the numbers for this article, therefore the Browns, Lions and Cowboys are also being excluded from this list.

    If you are a fan of any of these teams, I am sorry that I could not include your team in this list.  I am more sorry that your 2011 season is probably going to be a complete nightmare.  Good luck with that.

Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck, F

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 73

    TD's - plus-120

    Interceptions - minus-170

    Completion percentage - 60

    Wins - plus-48

    Loses - minus-63

     

    Total Points - 58

    Per Game - 4.53

    It is obviously nearing the end of the line for a once above-average QB in Hasselbeck. Seattle made the playoffs in 2010 by winning the worst division in the last 20 years. 

Miami Dolphins: Chad Henne, F

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins is preasured by Lawrence Jackson #94 of the Detroit Lions at Sun Life Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 75

    TD's - plus-150

    Interceptions - minus-190

    Completion percentage - 61

    Wins - plus-56

    Loses - minus-63

     

    Total Points - 89

    Per Game - 5.56

    To say that the Miami Dolphins are in the market for a real starting QB would be an understatement. Being that I am not a huge Vince Young fan, I believe that the Dolphins NEED to make a play for someone, ANYONE, that can play better than Henne, or they may have the chance to draft Andrew Luck in 2012.

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, F

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Sam Bradford #8  of the St. Louis Rams is chased by Manny Lawson #99 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 77

    TD's - plus-180

    Interceptions - minus-150

    Completion percentage - 60

    Wins - plus-42

    Loses - minus-63

     

    Total Points - 146

    Per Game - 9.125

     

    Bradford has shown that the Rams made a wise decision by drafting him with the first pick in the 2010 NFL draft.  Though, he still has a way to go before he is even considered in the top 10 in the NFL, he has the potential to be there one day.

Buffalo Bills: Ryan Fitzpatrick, F

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills rolls out to pass against the New York Jets  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
    Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 82

    TD's -  plus-230

    Interceptions - minus-150

    Completion percentage - 58

    Wins - plus-28

    Loses - minus-84

     

    Total Points - 164

    Per Game -10.25

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    Prior to writing this article, I thought that the Bills did the right thing by not drafting a QB early in the 2011 NFL draft.  Now, I am starting to think differently.

San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith, D-

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 26: Fred Robbins #98 of the St. Louis Rams sacks Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 25-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 82

    TD's -  plus-140

    Interceptions - minus-100

    Completion percentage - 60

    Wins - plus-21

    Loses - minus-56

     

    Total Points - 147

    Per Game - 13.36

     

    Even though Smith is an unrestricted free agent and the 49ers spent their second-round draft pick on his replacement, head coach Jim Harbaugh has given Smith the playbook and stated that he wants him to return for at least this season.

    This year could be the last in Smiths pro career unless he can turn things around and become valuable as a back up with another team.

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez, D

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets attempts to escape the pressure by Eric Foster #68 and Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Januar
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 75

    TD's - plus-170

    Interceptions - minus-130

    Completion percentage - 55

    Wins - plus-77

    Loses - minus-30

     

    Total Points - 217

    Per Game - 13.56

     

    Though Sanchez has not had the success of other QB's in the NFL, he still has led his team to the AFC Championship game the last two seasons running, including knocking the top-seeded New England Patriots from the 2010 NFL Playoffs.

    As long as Sanchez continues to play his best games when the stage is the biggest, the Jets have a chance at success, regardless of the numbers on this list.

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Garrard, D

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass during the game against the Washington Redskins at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Image
    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 91

    TD's - plus-230

    Interceptions - minus-150

    Completion percentage - 65

    Wins - plus-56

    Loses - minus-56

     

    Total Points - 236

    Per Game - 14.74

     

    The Jaguars obviously don't have very much faith in David Garrard, having traded up in the first round to select Blaine Gabbart.  Garrard is going to have to prove himself in 2011 if he wants to have a chance of catching on with another team in 2012.

New York Giants: Eli Manning, D

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in action against the Washington Redskins during their game on December 5, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 85

    TD's - plus-310

    Interceptions - minus-250

    Completion percentage - 63

    Wins - plus- 70

    Loses - minus-42

     

    Total Points - 236

    Per Game - 14.75

     

    Coming out of the 2004 NFL draft, Eli Manning, who was believed to be close to as good as his brother Peyton, is arguably the worst from the big three of the class of 2004.

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub, D+

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texas delivers a pass against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Gett
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 92

    TD's - plus-240

    Interceptions - minus-120

    Completion percentage - 64

    Wins - plus-42

    Loses - minus-70

     

    Total Points - 248

    Per Game - 15.5

     

    Though the Texans believe that they have the future of the position with Schaub, something is going to have to improve other than the defense if the Texans are going to make their first ever trip to the postseason in 2011.

Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton, C-

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos gets off a pass while under pressure from defensive end Red Bryant #79 of the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos def
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    Point System

    QB Rating -88

    TD's - plus-200

    Interceptions - minus-90

    Completion percentage -59

    Wins - plus-21

    Loses - minus-70

     

    Total Points - 208

    Per Game - 16

     

    Though no one is sure if Kyle Orton is even going to be on the Broncos in 2011, I personally believe that the Broncos best chance of winning is Orton.  John Elway is the man in charge and has high hopes for Tim Tebow.  This could be the decision that makes or breaks not only Elway, but the Broncos as well.

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler, C

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears is chased out of the pocket by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 86

    TD's - plus-230

    Interceptions - minus-160

    Completion percentage - 60

    Wins - plus-77

    Loses - minus-35

     

    Total Points - 258

    Per Game - 16.125

     

     

    For all the good that Jay Cutler may have done during the regular season, much of it was ruined when many feel he quit in the NFC Championship game.  If Cutler is going to be the leader of this team, the team needs to believe in him.  If they do, 2011 could be a great year for Cutler.  If they don't, Cutler won't be in Chicago in 2012.

Oakland Raiders: Jason Campbell, C

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    NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robb
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 85

    TD's - plus-130

    Interceptions - minus-80

    Completion percentage - 59

    Wins - plus-56

    Loses - minus-35

     

    Total Points - 215

    Per Game - 16.538

     

    It appears that the Raiders have settled on Jason Campbell as their starter, even though the head coach that brought the Raiders their first non-losing season since their Super Bowl was fired, who knows what is happening in Oakland?

    In Washington, Campbell had to change his offensive coordinator every year he was there.  It will be nice to see how he does with a little continuity.

New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, C

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 05:  Dree Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Saints won 34-30.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Image
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 91

    TD's - plus-330

    Interceptions - minus-220

    Completion percentage - 68

    Wins - plus-77

    Loses - minus-35

     

    Total Points - 311

    Per Game - 19.43

     

    Many people believe that Drew Brees is in the elite of the NFL QB's.  His numbers in the Saints Super Bowl season were astronomical. If he wants to be in the elite, 2011 is going to have to be more like 2009 than 2010.

Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning, C+

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Point System

    QB Rating - 92

    TD's - plus-330

    Interceptions - minus-170

    Completion percentage - 66

    Wins - plus-70

    Loses - minus-42

     

    Total Points - 214

    Per Game - 21.625

     

    Peyton Manning, who is a sure fire, first ballot Hall of Fame player, had the worst year of his professional career since his rookie season in 2010.  No one can question the ability and work ethic that has led Manning to be one of the best of all time.

    That does not change the fact that Manning is in fact, getting older, and it is only a matter of time before his play begins to decline.

    Have we watched the beginning of the end for Manning? Or, was this a single year that just happened to be a bad one?

    Only time will tell, but this time next year, odds are, Manning will either be much higher on this list...or much lower.

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers, B-

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 35-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 102

    TD's - plus-300

    Interceptions - minus-130

    Completion percentage - 66

    Wins - plus-63

    Loses - minus-49

     

    Total Points - 352

    Per Game - 22

     

    One of the most debated QB's in the NFL is Philip Rivers.  He puts up a TON of stats, but when the games are the biggest, Rivers and the Chargers are anything but great.  Coming from the draft class of 2004, Rivers is constantly going to be compared to Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.  Of the three, Rivers gets the best stats but is still the only one of the three without a Super Bowl ring.

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco, B

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens gets sacked by Bryan Thomas #58 of the New York Jets during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McI
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 94

    TD's - plus-250

    Interceptions - minus-100

    Completion % - 63

    Wins - plus-84

    Loses - minus-28

     

    Total Points - 363

    Per Game - 22.68

     

    For Ravens fans, Flacco has taken their team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in the NFL.  Unfortunately for the Ravens, each time the Ravens have had to play on the road, they have been unable to make it to the Super Bowl.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman, B

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is pushed out of bounds by Alex Brown #96 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Buccaneers defeated th
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 96

    TD's - plus-250

    Interceptions - minus-60

    Completion percentage -61

    Wins - plus-70

    Loses - minus-42

     

    Total Points - 375

    Per Game - 23.43

     

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their franchise QB, and the success of the Bucs is going to hinge on the growth of Josh Freeman.  As long as Freeman continues to improve, the sky is the limit for Tampa Bay.

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel, B

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured by Mario Haggan #57 of the Denver Broncos during the game on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 93

    TD's - plus-270

    Interceptions - minus-70

    Completion percentage -58

    Wins - plus-70

    Loses - minus-42

     

    Total Points - 379

    Per Game - 23.68

     

    When Matt Cassel took over the Patriots when Tom Brady was injured, most of his success was attributed to the team around him. With Scott Pioli in Kansas City, his top priority was to bring in a winning QB, which is exactly what he did with Cassel.

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers, B+

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squir
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 101

    TD's - plus-280

    Interceptions - minus-110

    Completion percentage - 66

    Wins - plus-70

    Loses - minus-35

     

    Total Points - 372

    Per Game - 24.8

     

    Because of their Super Bowl victory, people have forgotten about the Packers slow start to 2010, when they went 3-3 out of the gate.  Rodgers has made people forget about Brett Favre and is on his way to being a legend in Cheese Town.

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan, A

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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 91

    TD's - plus-280

    Interceptions - minus-90

    Completion percentage - 63

    Wins - plus- 91

    Loses - minus-21

     

    Total Points - 415

    Per Game - 25.93

     

    Matty Ice was one of the best QB's of the 2010 NFL regular season, only to fall apart in the playoffs, getting destroyed by the eventual champions, the Green Bay Packers.  If Ryan is going to be one of the best in the NFL, he is going to have to step up when the opportunity presents itself.

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Vick, A

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball behind the blocking of Mike McGlynn #77 against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Phot
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 100

    TD's - plus-210

    Interceptions - minus-60

    Completion percentage - 63

    Wins - plus-56

    Loses - minus-28

     

    Total Points - 341

    Per Game - 26.23

     

    Mike Vick played so well for the Eagles in 2010 that they are already willing to give up on Kevin Kolb, who was good enough to give up Donovan McNabb (OK, that deal worked out.)  I think it is a mistake to give up on Kolb so early, because regardless of how good Vick is playing today, as a running QB, how much more time could he have in those legs?

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, A

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a second quarter touchdown against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by A
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 97

    TD's - plus-170

    Interceptions - minus-50

    Completion percentage - 62

    Wins - plus-63

    Loses - minus-21

     

    Total Points - 321

    Per Game - 26.75

     

    Steelers fans believe that Ben Roethlisberger is an elite QB, while other teams are quick to point to stats to prove otherwise.  With three Super Bowl appearances in the last six years, it is hard to not include Roethlisberger as one of the best in the NFL.

New England Patriots: Tom Brady, A+

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  New England won 34-3.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Point System

    QB Rating - 111

    TD's - plus-360

    Interceptions - minus-40

    Completion percentage - 66

    Wins - plus-98

    Loses - minus-14

     

    Total Points - 581

    Per Game - 36.31

     

    Having won the NFL MVP, Brady was thought to have one of his best seasons since his injury.  Though the Patriots entered the 2010 NFL Playoffs as the No. 1 seed, they were knocked out in the divisional round by the Jets.

    At 33 years old, how much longer can Brady sustain his success?  Hard to tell, but as long as he plays like he did in 2010, he will be at the top of this, and any other list.