NFL division standings by quarter: Mahomes and Rivers allow AFC West to take second place, Brady can not save AFC East.



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The state of quarter-watch in the NFL has never been better.

The 2018 season has not only generated the highest average number of smugglers in the history of the NFL – 92.9, which is higher than the number of smugglers set at 90.2% in 2015 – the way the The number of smugglers who reached the highest level in the league was remarkably different in terms of age, play styles, and split between divisions.

Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes (113.8) took the honors of the MVP by becoming the second quarterback in the history of the NFL to throw 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 41, won his sixth Super Bowl. Browns, 23 (now 24), quarterback Baker Mayfield (93.7) won real football in Cleveland. Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson (103.1) proved he is the best quarterback under 25 years old. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 36, even contributed with a 100.4 smuggler rating.

The NFL is in its golden age of quarterback, and that will not stop when Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rodgers and Rivers will retire. They will only pass the torch to Mahomes, Watson and Mayfield, regardless of the class of recruits from last year or this year.

All this is a long way to say: With so many good quarterbacks, it was not easy to rank the eight NFL divisions by their starting quarters for the 2019 season, which I did in this article. Before you begin, some notes on the criteria.

Rankings are based on the following factors:

  • What was the quality of each of the starting shifts last year?
  • How far has each of the starting shifts been at this point in his career?
  • How will they be next year?

Under each heading you will find a table with all four quarters and their statistics. At the bottom of the table, you will find the average of all statistics for the 2018 season until they form a quarter that represents their division. Rankings are not entirely based on statistics. I did not sort the divisions according to the odds of the passer, touchdowns or passing yards. The statistics are taken into account in the ranking, but they are not the only factor.

Finally, it is important to remember that four quarters of each division are important. A quarterback is not enough to support the rest of the division, as was the case with Brady and AFC East. Divisions with two good quarters and two mediocre quarters ranked higher than the divisions with an excellent quarter and three bad quarters.

On this note, we start with AFC East.

8. AFC East

Brady

65.8

4,355

29

11

97.7

Darnold

57.7

2,865

17

15

77.6

Allen

52.8

2,074

ten

12

67.9

Fitzpatrick

66.7

2,366

17

12

100.4

Average AFC East QB

61.1

2,915

18.3

12.5

86.6

Tom Brady could not save the AFC East from his last place. Besides Brady, the rest of the division is filled with young quarterbacks who certainly have the opportunity to become excellent quarterbacks, but who for the moment are nothing more than quarters of development. They will probably not go from promising to great next season.

Sam Darnold has just finished a promising rookie season, but that has not been a regular success. Josh Allen deserves credits for his 631 yards and eight touchdowns, but he's not a running back. It's a quarterback. And as a quarterback, he was atrocious. Josh Rosen was terrible in a terrible situation with the Cardinals last season and most reports indicate that he drags fellow Ryan Fitzpatrick into the Dolphins quarterback competition, which is why Fitzpatrick's figures have have been used in the table above. Even Brady, although he helped the Patriots win their second Super Bowl in three seasons, has not been at his best for most of the season, recording his first pass of less than 100 since 2014.

Brady is always great. The other starting quarters have a chance to become good quarterbacks. For the moment, they are not good. That's why East AFC is the last.

7. NFC East

Wentz

69.6

3,074

21

7

102.2

Prescott

67.7

3,885

22

8

96.9

Manning

66.0

4,299

21

11

92.4

Haskins

n / A

n / A

n / A

n / A

n / A

Middle QB NFC East

67.5

3,752.7

21.3

8.7

96.6

Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott prevented NFC East from finishing last, but they were not good enough to defeat the other two starting quarters. Wentz and Prescott are both good quarterbacks in their own way. They have their own problems, but they do not drag the division. Eli Manning and Dwayne Haskins are.

Manning's statistics were actually not terrific this season, but anyone who managed to survive watching a full game of the Giants understands that Manning is a shadow of his former self. It would not be surprising if he was at one point or another during the upcoming season for rookie Daniel Jones.

As for Haskins, it's just impossible to know how good or bad it will be at the next level. The Redskins were incredibly lucky to have it in 15th place in this year's repechage. For this, they can thank the giants. This was a great choice because they needed a new franchise quarter and ended up getting the quarter considered by many to be the second best prospect in the repechage. But as long as Haskins did not enter the field, only played an interesting game of the NFL and proved that it was well worth the hype of the draft, we can not assume that he will be good. Like Manning, but for quite different reasons, he wins the NFC East – a division with two good quarters that can still improve, a quarter washed that is about to leave and a rookie with potential.

This is not a bad division in terms of quarterback talent. This is just not as good as the next six divisions.

6. AFC North

Roethlisberger

67.0

5.129

34

16

96.5

Mayfield

63.8

3,725

27

14

93.7

Dalton

61.9

2,566

21

11

89.6

Jackson

58.2

1,201

6

3

84.5

AFB North QB medium

64.1

3,155.3

22

11

93.0

This is where it becomes difficult to sort out the remaining divisions. Classifying the North AFC sixth is difficult. I did not want to do it. But it was necessary.

Ben Roethlisberger is still a very good quarter, as evidenced by his 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns, but he is not on the same level as Brady, Brees, Rivers, Mahomes, etc. Baker Mayfield has exceeded expectations in his rookie season, but he has not been great yet. By DYAR and DVOA (two advanced measures that measure the game of quarterback, via Football Outsiders), he ranked 12th and 14th. Andy Dalton is still Andy Dalton, whose summit remains mediocre. Lamar Jackson is excellent as a runner, but needs to be greatly improved as a passer. I think it can get there eventually, but get there as soon as next season may be asking too much. While the Ravens drafted Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, they probably can not expect their recruits to turn into immediate stars. All indications are that Jackson is suffering from growth pains in 2019.

The reason why the North AFC is sneaking behind the South AFC? The top two quarterbacks of the AFC North were not as good as the two best quarterbacks of the AFC South. And there is not enough noticeable gap between the two quarterbacks of each division. It's close, though. Just look at the collective quarterback statistics of each division. In the end, Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck pushed AFC South to AFC North.

5. AFC South

Watson

68.3

4,165

26

9

103.1

Luck

67.3

4,593

39

15

98.7

Mariota

68.9

2,528

11

8

92.3

Foles

72.3

1,413

7

4

96.0

South AFB Medium QB

68.5

3,174.8

20.8

9

98.4

The AFC South has beaten the AFC North because Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck are better than Ben Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield at the moment. Although it can be said that Mayfield could eventually become the best quarterback of the pack, it is not yet true. And it's not like Watson or luck should decline in the near future. At least, there is reason to think that both could improve in 2019, Texans trying to repair their offensive line and Luck still one year less than his shoulder.

Marcus Mariota and Nick Foles were selected. The biggest problem of Mariota is his health. He has not played a full season of 16 games since entering the league in 2015. The main problem for Foles is his consistency. We saw what he could do at his peak (winning a Super Bowl), but for most of his career he was a quarter below average. It is streaky, but not reliable. As he is now the starting quarterback of the Jaguars and Carson Wentz is no substitute, his inconsistency does not bode well.

4. NFC West

Wilson

65.6

3,448

35

7

110.9

Goff

64.9

4,688

32

12

101.1

Garoppolo

59.6

718

5

3

90.0

Murray

n / A

n / A

n / A

n / A

n / A

Average QB NFC West

64.7

2,951.3

24

7.3

104.0

Russell Wilson has become more than an excellent quarterback. He is one of the best football quarterbacks, deadly as a passer and runner. Since 2017, he has averaged 3,715.5 passing yards, 34.5 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 102.1 passers per season.

While there is some evidence to suggest that Jared Goff's success is primarily due to Sean McVay, it may not be important for McVay to play the coaching role for the team in the near future. In addition, there is no denying Goff's production in the last two seasons. The 24-year-old quarterback averages 4,246 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 9 interceptions per season since McVay's arrival. It's normal to think that he's benefitting from McVay's ploy. It is even acceptable to think that the Rams could be advised not to award him a mega contract. But if Goff were to hit a free agent, he would be one of the most coveted free agents of all time. The 24-year-old quarterback with an average of more than 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns per season do not grow on trees.

The rest of the division is tricky because it's hard to know how good Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray are. Garoppolo has shown his potential in the previews, but he has only started 10 games in his career. Murray was the first overall pick for a reason, but he's still a rookie with zero experience in the NFL. We should not let the success of Watson and Mayfield as a rookie change our expectations. Murray is much more likely to experience a rookie season that aligns more with Darnold than Mayfield. This is not a shot against Murray. It's just that playing the quarterback in the NFL is difficult. This is particularly difficult for first-year players.

So why did NFC West finish in front of AFC South? In other words, if eight quarters were put in a pool for a draft before the upcoming season, Wilson, Goff, Watson and Luck would be selected in a certain order with the first four selections. After that, the project would probably scramble something like this:

  • Garoppolo (he was good in a small sample)
  • Murray (he has at least a chance to be excellent)
  • Mariota (he was disappointed, but he is still young enough to become something, maybe)
  • Foles (incoherent veteran who is what he is at this stage of his career)

That's why the NFC West has outstripped the South AFC.

3. North NFC

Rodgers

62.3

4,442

25

2

97.6

The cousins

70.1

4,298

30

ten

99.7

Stafford

66.1

3,777

21

11

89.9

Trubisky

66.6

3,223

24

12

95.4

Average NFC North QB

66.3

3,935

25

8.8

95.8

What the NFC North aims for is balance. He's not a bad starting quarterback. Matthew Stafford or Mitchell Trubisky is the worst group, and none of them are big, but none are bad. Teams can win with both.

Stafford has averaged 4,465.5 yards, 27.3 touchdowns and 13.5 steals per season since 2011. It may not be worth the price his contract would bring him and the Lions might be in a hell because of this contract, but He is still an average player who can sometimes turn into a legitimately legitimate quarter for short periods of play. At a lower price, he would be coveted.

Despite all his mistakes, Trubisky is just starting his third season in the NFL and is spending his first season under John Fox. In his second season, spent with new coach Matt Nagy, Trubisky is ranked third in QBR, behind Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. His athleticism is a real weapon. Trubisky rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns. It is important. Trubisky may not be a good smuggler at the moment. But he has the tools to move from the incoherent to the right season and he has been placed in an environment conducive to success. It would be amazing if he did not make at least modest improvements over the coming season.

Aaron Rodgers, one of the best football quarterbacks, is still leading the season. He still has 4442 yards, 25 touchdowns and only two interceptions. If new coach Matt LaFleur puts Rodgers in a modern offensive in the NFL after Rodgers has worked hard in Mike McCarthy's outdated system, Rodgers is expected to come out of his funk. And again, his funk is still very good compared to most other standards.

Finally, there is Kirk Cousins, who is definitely overpaid after the Vikings awarded him a three-year, $ 84 million contract, fully guaranteed last year. But that does not make Cousins ​​a bad quarter. This is a player above average and I even dare to say, a good (but not excellent) quarterback.

We talked about his 2018 season as a disastrous disaster, when it was pretty good. He pitched for 4,298 yards and 20 more touchdowns than steals while he was playing behind a bad offensive line. Since starting full time in 2015, he is fourth in passing yards and eighth in touchdown passes. There is a reason why so many people have considered the Vikings as Super Bowl contenders when he signed with them. He may not have met the expectations of last season, but that does not mean he's suddenly fears. He is always good. It would not be surprising that it improves in 2019 with a new offensive system that should be adapted to its strength (play-action).

The North NFC could be the sexiest division in terms of quarterback talent. But it could be the only division without a very bad starting quarter. In the end, their lack of power outside of Rodgers brings them back to 3rd place, but their consistency from top to bottom elevates them above the North AFC, the South AFC and the NFC West, all posting a better double. punches, but worse 3-4 tandems than the North NFC.

2. AFC West

Mahomes

66.0

5,097

50

12

113.8

rivers

68.3

4,308

32

12

105.5

Carr

68.9

4,049

19

ten

93.9

Flacco

61.2

2,465

12

6

84.2

West AFB Average QB

66.5

3,979.8

28.3

ten

100.7

Four-quarters are important, but AFC West's second place finish is evidence of Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers. Both are so good that they dragged AFC West up to the second position.

In his first season as a starter, Mahomes has done something that Peyton Manning has done so far by scoring 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rivers, 37, was a marginal candidate for the MVP since he led the Chargers to the same record as Mahomes' Chiefs. Mahomes is the best football quarterback by a significant margin. Rivers is in the elite category. That's why AFC West is ranked second.

The rest of the division is missing, but if Derek Carr is not good, it's not awful either. At this point in his career, it is probably best to characterize him as a middle quarter who has serious flaws, but who can scare football away if he is perfectly protected. As for Joe Flacco, he has not been good enough for a while and it is unlikely to change with the Broncos. I will not even try to spin that one.

Once again: AFC West is ranked only so high in this hierarchy because of Rivers and Mahomes, which are a bit of a violation of the rules I set out at the beginning of this article. Again, it seems appropriate that Mahomes, a human cheat code, be the one that will make me break my own rules.

1. NFC South

Brees

74.4

3,992

32

5

115.7

Ryan

69.4

4,924

35

7

108.1

Newton

67.9

3,395

24

13

94.2

Winston

64.6

2,992

19

14

90.2

QB South NFC Medium:

69.4

3,825.8

27.5

9.8

103.2

This was not a particularly difficult decision.

Drew Brees is one of the five most visible and one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Matt Ryan is still underrated. He sort of got under the radar that he pitched for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. In good health, Cam Newton is in the top-quarter and his statistics from last season were considerably dampened by his shoulder injury, which prevented him from stepping the ball down the court during the second half of the season. season. Jameis Winston is the band's worst quarterback, but there is a chance that he could form a deadly combination with Bruce Arians and his deep pass game. It's likely to remain an imperfect quarterback, but it's the kind of flawed quarterback that can still display big numbers.

NFC South is the only division that has three quarters of great legitimately legitimate. That's why the throne belongs to them.

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