12.) (looking like) Connor Cook
With the Raiders pessimistic about Matt McGloin’s shoulder injury, it looks like it’ll be Connor Cook getting the nod on Saturday afternoon. Cook didn’t show any signs of being a competent NFL quarterback when McGloin went down on Sunday, posting a comical 6.4 QBR on 11 attempts.
It’s rumored that Derek Carr will be ready for the Super Bowl, but the Raiders don’t have a prayer of getting there if they’re stuck with Cook.
11.) Tom Savage/Brock Osweiler
After Savage sat out most of Sunday’s loss to the Titans due to a concussion, coach Bill O’Brien refused to say whether he’d start their Wild Card game if healthy. Either way, though, it’s not looking good for Houston, as neither he nor Osweiler seems capable of being a starting quarterback on a winning team. Somehow, however, they’ll have the advantage at the QB position come Saturday, as they were lucky enough to draw Connor Cook and the Raiders.
10.) Ryan Tannehill/Matt Moore
Though he held his own against the rock solid Patriots defense, Matt Moore was only able to muster a measly 14 points. Surely that’s not good enough to get them over the hump in their Wild Card matchup with the high-flying Steelers. And even if Ryan Tannehill is given the green light, it’s unlikely he’ll be healthy enough to make a difference.
9.) Alex Smith
It’s gotten to the point that we know exactly what we’re going to get with Alex Smith. He hasn’t thrown over 300 yards since week 1, but hasn’t thrown multiple interceptions all year. He’ll manage the game and take care of the ball in the postseason, but won’t be able to do much if Kansas City falls behind. Still, that should be enough for the Chiefs to have a decent postseason run.
8.) Eli Manning
The #8 spot is probably a little harsh on Manning considering this is the postseason, but his untimely turnovers are too much to ignore. He’s thrown the least touchdowns and most interceptions since his disastrous 2013 campaign, and posted his worst yards per attempt in nearly a decade. That being said, he’s shown us time and time again what he can do in the postseason, and the Giants are still a team to look out for if they can get by the Packers.
7.) Matthew Stafford
Even with the loss of Calvin Johnson, Stafford still had one of his most efficient seasons in 2016. However, he’ll have a nightmare matchup in the Wild Card round as the Lions travel to Seattle. It’ll take a magnificent performance for Detroit to advance.
6.) Dak Prescott
Once seen as an MVP frontrunner, Prescott has cooled down significantly to end the season, and even had his job put in question a few weeks back. Still, he finished with an unprecedented (for a rookie) 23-4 TD/INT ratio. And he’ll have his biggest weapons fully healthy, and with the best offensive line in the game, Dak should be a driving force in a deep postseason run for America’s Team.
The Steelers were missing some of their biggest weapons for most of the season, but their two biggest stayed healthy, and that was all that mattered. Led by the league’s top receiver, Antonio Brown, and RB/WR Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh possesses one the league’s most lethal passing attacks. Locked and loaded for another postseason run, if all goes to script, Roethlisberger should find himself opposite Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game.
4.) Russell Wilson
Though Seattle looks more vulnerable than in years prior, Wilson is finally healthy, and that’s bad news for the rest of the NFC. He battled a plethora of injuries throughout the season, but was still able to post a career high in passing yards. And given the various weapons he has at his disposal, the Seahawks should be dangerous once again.
3.) Matt Ryan
The 2016 Falcons posted the most wins (11) out of any team that allowed over 400 total points. Surely it must’ve taken an MVP season from their quarterback to pull it off?? Ryan put up nearly 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns, and matched Tom Brady’s 2007 (yes, that 2007) yards per attempt with 7.1. Postseason experience, or relative lack thereof, is the only reason Matty Ice isn’t even higher on the list.
2.) Tom Brady
Despite missing the first four games of the season, Brady put up the greatest TD-INT ratio in the history of the league at 28-2. The Pats have gone 11-1 since his return, and finished alone with the league’s best record at 14-2. But Brady will still be missing his biggest weapon, Rob Gronkowski, and that’s why he isn’t at #1.
1.) Aaron Rodgers
Was there any doubt? Since Rodgers said he thought the Pack could run the table after their Week 11 loss to Washington, he’s led the charge, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. ARodg hasn’t thrown a pick in 7 weeks, and has an 18-0 TD-INT ratio in that time. He’s one of the, if not the MVP frontrunner, and undisputed #1 QB headed into the postseason.