5 Best QB’s Through Week 7

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The number of quarterbacks playing at an elite level in 2021 has been incredible to watch. There are, in my opinion, 8-10 QB’s that are having MVP-caliber seasons. This doesn’t even include Russell Wilson, who had a 10/1 TD/INT ratio, was completing 72% of his passes and was averaging nearly 10 yards per attempt before his injury. This great play from the quarterback position has spoiled us NFL fans so far in 2021. It also made this list insanely tough to make. This is completely subjective and may not make everyone happy, but without further ado, here are my 5 best QB’s through Week 7 of the NFL season. Since it was so hard to leave a handful of guys out of the top 5, I added a few honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Joe Burrow

Burrow’s turned the ball over a few too many times to make the top 5, but he’s played some outstanding football. He’s the only quarterback in the league who’s averaging over 9 yards per attempt and is 4th in the league with a 108.9 passer rating. More importantly, he has the Bengals at 5-2 and in 1st place in the tough AFC North.

Justin Herbert

The consistency hasn’t quite been there for last year’s rookie of the year. But when he’s on, he’s nearly unstoppable. In three of L.A.’s six games, Herbert has 11 touchdowns and no picks. In the other three games, however, he’s thrown 3 TD’s and 4 INT’s. He’ll need to limit the subpar games if he wants to get back into MVP contention.

Kirk Cousins

It’s time to start talking about Kirk Cousins as a borderline elite quarterback. Coming off of a career year in 2020, Cousins has been just as good, if not better, in 2021. His 89.9 PFF grade trails only Tom Brady among quarterbacks, and he’s only turned the ball over twice in Minnesota’s first six games. He and the Vikings are two collapses away from being 5-1 and right in the mix in a top-heavy NFC.

Lamar Jackson

I’m not quite as high on Lamar as many, but he’s still easily been a top-10 quarterback. He ranks 6th in the league with 480 rushing yards, by far the most by a quarterback. Through the air, he ranks 4th in the league in yards per attempt and had one of the best games by a quarterback against the Colts, throwing for 442 yards and 4 TD’s with a 140.5 passer rating. Similar to Herbert, however, he hasn’t been consistent enough to be an MVP contender through Week 7.

Josh Allen

After a slow start to the new campaign, Allen now looks like the MVP-candidate we saw in 2020. The last four games, Josh Allen has 14 total touchdowns and has only turned the ball over just twice. Despite the loss to Tennessee, I think the Bills are still the best team in the AFC, and I expect Allen to be in the MVP conversation down the stretch.

Top 5

5. Dak Prescott

Dak’s having a legit MVP-caliber year and barely made the top-5. With 15 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions, Prescott has the Cowboys at 5-1, nearly 6-0. His 115 passer rating ranks 3rd in the NFL, and his 73.1 completion % ranks 2nd. He’s quickly answered our offseason questions and concerns regarding how he would bounce back from last year’s gruesome leg injury. With his elite play and the emergence of Dan Quinn’s defense, Dallas looks like a legit Super Bowl contender in the NFC.

4. Aaron Rodgers

The reigning MVP has played like the reigning MVP for the last six weeks. Since that debacle against the Saints in Week 1, Aaron Rodgers has 17 total touchdowns and just 1 turnover. He’s had a passer rating over 113 in four of Green Bay’s seven games, including a miraculous game-winning drive with 37 seconds left and no timeouts in San Francisco. If he and a banged-up Packers squad can knock off the undefeated Cardinals tonight, it’s time to start talking about Rodgers as a potential back-to-back MVP.

3. Tom Brady

At 44 years old, Tom Brady looks as fresh as he’s ever been. He’s been an early season touchdown machine and is the only quarterback with at least 20 passing TD’s. He has the highest PFF grade of all QB’s (92.2), and is 2nd in the league with 33 completions of 20-plus yards down the field. Despite Kyler Murray and Arizona’s undefeated record, Brady’s 6-1 Bucs still feel like the team to beat in the NFC. They could become the first team to go back-to-back since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004.

2. Matthew Stafford

The one team that’s taken down the Bucs this year is Matthew Stafford’s Rams. If you thought he wouldn’t be a huge upgrade over Goff, let’s just say you were wrong. Stafford has a 116.7 passer rating, just 0.1 behind our 1st ranked QB. He’s one of three quarterbacks averaging over 9 yards per pass attempt, and is on pace to throw for over 40 touchdowns for just the second time in his career. Just think about what Stafford’s career would look like if he wasn’t in Detroit his whole career.

1. Kyler Murray

There’s a multitude of reasons to have Kyler Murray in the number one spot. Not only are the Cardinals the only remaining undefeated team, but he’s putting up video game numbers along the way. He ranks 1st in passer rating, 1st in completion %,2nd in total touchdowns, and tied for 2nd in yards per attempt. His ability to escape pressure and make plays outside of the pocket is second to none, but he’s also proven to be one of the elite pocket passers in the league. It’s still early, but Kyler is the clear frontrunner for MVP through seven weeks.

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