With the NFL season supposedly starting in September, more and more analysts are crunching numbers. Who will win MVP? Who will be the best running back? All of these questions are answered by lots of different people, and one of them (now) is me! Here are me NFL starting quarterback rankings for the 2020-2021 season. I will be doing in-depth explanations for the top five, medium explanations for the next ten, and small/no explanations for the bottom seventeen. My friend Caleb will also be doing a list.
Patrick Mahomes III, Kansas City Chiefs.
If it wasn’t for Lamar Jackson, Mahomes would have two MVPs in his trophy case in his first two years of being a starting quarterback. Patrick Mahomes has put up wild numbers, and is paving his way to a Hall of Fame bust in Canton.
2.Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens.
Lamar Jackson’s MVP season last year was completely out of the blue. He was OK last season, but was nowhere near a playoff contender, and after a loss to the Chargers early in the playoffs, fans were doubting if Jackson was the next franchise QB. He proved himself last year, and now is looking for a title.
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks.
Russell Wilson was almost above Lamar Jackson on this list. Last year, Wilson threw for over 4,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns. His Seahawks team may not be the best, but he is definitely one of the best quarterbacks in today’s NFL.
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints.
Last year, Drew Brees hurt his thumb badly and was out for a couple of weeks, so it is just not fair to compare stats with Brees, even though he had the best completion percentage in his division. This year, he will have Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to, and Alvin Kamara to pitch the ball to. Can this be the year Drew Brees finally brings an MVP trophy to New Orleans? The answer: yes.
5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans.
Last year, Deshaun Watson’s stats were pretty decent. He threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he had 12 interceptions. However, his stats do a terrible job of explaining how good of a quarterback he is. In the playoffs against the Bills last year, Watson made an incredible play. He escaped numerous Bills lineman, got kicked in the face, made an outstanding spin move, and then threw it to Taiwan Jones, who ran 40 yards to set up the win in overtime. This was one of many great plays from Watson, so expect more to come this year. Hit the link down below to watch the video.
6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers is aging, but like Drew Brees, he is still a top-tier quarterback in the National Football League. As for his receivers, he lost Geronimo Allison to the Lions, but signed receiver Devin Funchess from the Colts. He will still have Davante Adams, however, and that is all he needs to succeed in a Green Bay.
7. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sure, you can argue that Brady is old, or he doesn’t have Belichick anymore, but take a look at Brady’s offense in Tampa. He has Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to throw to at wide receiver, and Gronk at tight end. Yes, Derrick Henry did have more postseason passing touchdowns than him last year, but Brady will instantly mesh with Bruce Arians’ offense, and most likely take them to the playoffs.
8. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills.
With the acquisition of Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are now a playoff threat. When Allen burst onto the scene last year, he didn’t even have any great receivers! Last year showed how good of a quarterback he is, and with a better offense, he is a top-10 quarterback.
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons.
Three NFC south quarterbacks in the top 10? You better believe it. Matt Ryan has shown very little signs of decline, and with a decent offseason, he can only get better.
10. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2017, Wentz was having an MVP year before an ACL injury ended his season. Fans were questioning if he would ever play that well again. Well, the past couple of years he has played well, and the Eagles have not missed the playoffs since 2016. If Wentz can keep up the good work, he can be a very reliable franchise quarterback.
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions.
The only reason the Lions won three games last year was because their biggest playmaker, Matthew Stafford, was hurt for most of the season. With some decent weapons, Stafford can have a good year.
12. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals.
DeAndre Hopkins will definitely boost the second-year quarterback’s playmaking, but Kyler Murray doesn’t need weapons to be a great player in the NFL. He can run or throw, which makes him a great asset for fantasy teams around the country.
13. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings.
Last year, Kirk Cousins had more passing yards than Lamar Jackson, the MVP. Does this mean he should win MVP? Not necessarily. But if Cousins can prove he can lead the Vikings deep in the playoffs without Stefon Diggs, he can make it far in his NFL career.
14. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys.
Wow. Just wow. Anybody who’s not a Cowboys fan hates Jerry Jones right now. As he sits in his luxury yacht with an evil smirk on his face, I watch from my TV as he steals CeeDee Lamb from my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Dak Prescott does not even have to be a good quarterback to play well anymore. He has Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and now CeeDee Lamb. Because of how loaded he is, I have to put him in the top 15.
15. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers.
They may not have won the Super Bowl last year, but the 49ers are the hottest team in the NFL. Their average age is 25 years old, which is great for a 28-year old like Jimmy G. He has decent receivers, and is looking for a Super Bowl this year.
16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders.
Odds are you disagree with this, but he was a pretty good quarterback who just didn’t have a good team.
17. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans.
One good year never defines a quarterback. After countless “meh” years with the Dolphins, is this finally Ryan Tannehill’s time?
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins.
With Tua most likely riding the bench for some games, Fitzmagic will do his thing.
19. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams.
With not many receivers, Goff’s career has take a turn for the worst.
20. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns are the most mysterious team in the NFL. If Baker Mayfield can play like he did in his rookie year, he can be a pretty good quarterback.
21. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers.
Bridgewater proved that he could be a starter last year after Drew Brees hurt his thumb. He will lead the Panthers to a mediocre season.
22. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos.
I am not buying the Drew Lock hype. However, with a stacked receiver corps he is hard to put below 22.
23. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers.
Big Ben is a broken clock that is only right twice a day.
24. Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers.
I am going to agree with Caleb here. Tyrod Taylor is a wanna-be Lamar Jackson.
25. Daniel Jones, New York Giants.
Danny Dimes throws too many picks.
26. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts.
This river has dried up.
27. Mitch Trubisky/Nick Foles, Chicago Bears.
Whoever wins this quarterback battle will have a lot of pressure on them in Chicago.
28. Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minshew Mania will not last long.
29. Sam Darnold, New York Jets.
With no receivers, Darnold cannot grow in New York.
30. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals.
Joe may not be in the best team, but he can be a good NFL quarterback.
31. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins.
Haskins is in the same situation as Burrow. Decent QB, bad team.
32.Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots.
Boy does it feel good to put a Patriots quarterback last.
At number 1 there are 3 qbs you could put up there. I put Russell Wilson at #1 because he’s been doing elite things more consistently for a longer time than Lamar and Mahomes, has made the playoffs each year no matter how weak the team is around him, and is less likely to get injured based on his career so far. I have Russell Wilson winning MVP in the 2020-21 season and leading the Seahawks to the super bowl against our 2nd ranked qb…….
2.Patrick Mahomes who should never slip beyond 2nd in any real qb ranking list. Mahomes’ resume in just 2 years of starting includes an MVP, a super bowl win (mvp too), and a 4-1 playoff record. Mahomes’ talent is undeniable. The only reason he could drop on this list would be an injury.
3. Number 3 is Lamar Jackson but he could be number 1. I could do a 3 way tie and nobody would be mad, but that’s not quite as fun is it? Lamar is the most electrifying player in the league and in my opinion at some point in his career he’ll be the first QB to lead the league in rushing yards and no that doesn’t make him a running back. To me saying he can’t throw is completely wrong and people who say that probably don’t watch his games. His play style might have injury written all over it but he has done a good job taking care of his body so far. Again the top 3 is super interchangeable and I can understand having any of these guys at #1
4.Tom Brady is not in decline, yes you read that right, he’s not. His statistics last year don’t show it but he’s just as smart, has just as much velocity, and is just as accurate. Remember the first 5 weeks when Tom had wide receivers? He was an MVP candidate and the Patriots seemed unstoppable. You’re kidding yourself if you think Brady will struggle with THAT offense. I have them putting up 32+ points per game. That is how good their offense is, really.
5.Aaron Rodgers rounds out the top 5. The consistency in Aaron’s game is unbelievable. I felt offended when they didn’t draft receivers and I’m not even a packers fan. You can always book the packers for the playoffs if they have Aaron Rodgers.
6.Contrary to popular opinion I don’t think there will be a huge dropoff for Deshaun Watson without Deandre Hopkins. I don’t have the Texans making the playoffs but with Watson’s ability to extend plays anything is possible.
7.Drew Brees is my 4th greatest quarterback of all time but he ranks 7th on this list. Drew still is a good player but can’t hit the deep balls quite as well. We saw Taysom Hill out throw him in the playoffs last year.
8.Carson Wentz is 8th on my list. He can make throws no one else can, but up to now his injuries have kept him from breaking out fully.
9.Why am I buying into the Kyler Murray hype? Probably because he reminds me of the man at #1 on this list. Him with Deandre Hopkins does not mean the Cardinals are making the super bowl but it does mean they’ll be fun to watch for sure.
10. Dak Prescott won the offseason despite not getting his stupid contract extension. CeeDee Lamb is a star and no one in their division will stop their wrs. 5000 yards for Dak, you heard it here first. 11-20 is a huge mess to sort through but I think I got it right. 11.I have Ryan Tannehill just behind Dak at #11. If he keeps being this effective he’ll be one of the most accurate passers ever. Of course that’s exactly what I said about Sam Bradford as well.
12.Matt Ryan is an amazing statistical QB but he is going to have a tough time getting to the playoffs in his division. With all those weapons I’ll probably draft him in fantasy though.
13.Kirk Cousins is a lot better than people give him credit for. He impressed me vs the saints.
14.Matthew Stafford is one unlucky guy. He has all the talent in the world but has played his whole career in detroit. He deserves more.
15.If Josh Allen can stop throwing people as often he’s a top 10 qb.
16.Big Ben is hard to rank because of his injury so he goes smack in the middle number 16.
17.This one will make people mad. I have Derek Carr at 17. He is a great qb who happened to have no star receivers. He puts up great stats anyways.
18.Teddy Bridgewater fits with the panthers. He might not have the strongest arm but he can manage and win games.
19.I’m so excited to see what Drew Lock can do. I watched him at the end of last year and now he’s stacked with weapons.
20.Phillip Rivers can throw you into games and just as easily throw you out of them.
21. If Daniel Jones can get rid of his fumbling problem he’ll be special. Remember even Peyton Manning threw 28 picks in his rookie year.
22.There will be games where Jared Goff is doing everything perfectly and screw up at the worst time.
23.Jimmy Garoppolo is not as bad as some say he is but he is not as good some say he is. He’s not Tom Brady; he gets confused by some simple things on the field.
24/25. I’m going to confuse a lot of people by putting Baker Mayfield over Sam Darnold but people forget that he has the rookie record for td passes. They both make stupid errors but Baker has more potential to be a star and has the weapons to do it.
26.Gardner Minshew has one of the weakest arms of a starting QB I’ve ever seen. But for some reason he’s a strangely effective qb.
27.I don’t think Mitch Trubisky should start but I think he will so he’s on the list.
28.Ryan Fitzpatrick is good. Trust me. He won’t win many games but he is a good qb, if he wasn’t he wouldn’t be in the league for so long. He has out battled young qbs his whole career.
29.Tyrod Taylor is a very poor man’s Lamar jackson.
30.Dwayne Haskins didn’t have any help last year but I still don’t think he’ll be that good this year.
31 and 32. I need to see Jarrett Stidham and Joe Burrow play to properly rank them.
Thank you for reading this list!