It was announced that another installment of “The Match” will happen this summer. Teased by former competitor Tom Brady, it will feature four of the game’s best gunslingers.
Young guns Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes will go against Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and it made me think… Who is the best quarterback participating in “The Match”? This article will give my rankings of the four players.
4. Aaron Rodgers
This is the only possible quarterback rankings installment you’ll ever see that has Aaron Rodgers in last place. The reigning back-to-back MVP is continuing to light it up for Green Bay despite approaching age 40.
No one is safer with the football than Rodgers, throwing a minimal fifteen interceptions in the past four seasons combined. To put that in perspective, Super Bowl winning quarterback Matthew Stafford threw seventeen in just 2021.
However, when being compared against the other elite quarterbacks in football, playoff performances matter. Aaron Rodgers is yet to return to the Super Bowl after winning it back in the 2010 season, and some of the recent losses can be blamed on him.
Last season’s matchup against the 49ers sticks to mind, as Green Bay’s offense looked anemic, losing the game despite the defense not allowing a single score. Rodgers is a legend and a bonafide Hall-of-Famer but is currently the worst of the four quarterbacks on the list.
3. Tom Brady
There’s just no getting rid of this guy. Tom Brady‘s retirement lasted as long as his 40-yard dash, and once again is a contender to take home an eighth Lombardi Trophy. At age 44, Brady defied the odds once again by leading the NFL in touchdown passes and yards in the regular season.
He is a coach on the field at this point, and it is impossible to tell when the G.O.A.T. might regress, if ever. Even in his playoff loss to Los Angeles, Brady had fans on the edge of their seat, nearly completing a 27-3 comeback in the closing seconds.
2. Josh Allen
This past season, Josh Allen legitimately inserted himself into the best quarterback in the NFL conversation. He may be the most physically gifted quarterback in the entire league, as the young leader possesses elite arm strength, mobility, and improvisation skills.
His 2022 playoffs could not have been more perfect, throwing for nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. Against the New England Patriots, the Bills’ offense had a perfect game, scoring a touchdown on every possession.
He followed up the Patriots performance with a four-touchdown outing against the Chiefs, which included a go-ahead touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis with only 13 seconds left. If only the overtime coin toss turned only out differently, Buffalo may have been the city of the NFL champions.
1. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes continues to be the best quarterback in the NFL and has been since his very first year as a starter. While the Chiefs did not enjoy the same level of dominance they were accustomed to in 2021, Kansas City still managed to finish as the two-seed in the conference, winning two playoff games by way of historical offensive outings.
Critics are beginning to come down on the 2018 MVP due to certain inconsistencies he had last year. His most forgettable moment came in the AFC championship, where Kansas City’s offense blew a 21-3 halftime lead to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Despite certain hiccups, Mahomes remains my pick for the number one quarterback in football. He is a proven leader, clutch demon, and is elite in every possible quarterback trait. Even without Tyreek Hill in 2022, Mahomes will put fear in the heart of every opponent he faces.
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