NFL Coach That Searches For His Biological Parents Soon Uncovers A Truly Staggering Twist

NFL Coach That Searches For His Biological Parents Soon Uncovers A Truly Staggering Twist

When NFL coach Deland McCullough — who worked with the Kansas City Chiefs’ running backs in 2018 — was just over one month old, his 16-year-old mother, unable to provide him with the proper care, gave him up for adoption. Young Deland didn’t ask too many questions about his biological mother and father. However, as … Read more

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Ranking All NFL Stadiums — Worst to Best

NFL stadiums are some of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world. These colossal venues have to keep millions of people entertained and moderately comfortable every year, even if the on-field performances aren’t up to snuff. By and large, people seem to love going to all the current NFL stadiums. The average Google rating of … Read more

Every NFL Starting Running Back — Ranked

Every NFL Starting Running Back — Ranked

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The running game has lost some of its value in recent years where rule changes and uptempo offenses have benefited quarterbacks and receivers, but the best NFL highlight is still a running back who breaks for a long rush after plowing over a defender (or three).

We’ve ranked every starting running back in the league, ordering our list from worst to best. Many teams use multiple running backs these days, so we highlighted the rusher who was listed at the top of his team’s depth chart as of Oct. 1, 2018.

James Conner (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Maybe it’s unfair to rank Conner and the Steelers last, because of stud running back Le’Veon Bell’s contract dispute, but it’s a fact that Conner hasn’t stepped up when given the opportunity to show his team he can carry the load. In a nationally televised primetime game against the rival Baltimore Ravens, Conner came up with only 19 yards, the fewest for a Steelers rusher since 1970.

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Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Barber is yet another guy who’s yet to reveal his full potential, mostly due to playing on an offense that doesn’t run the ball often. The undrafted rusher had a pedestrian rookie season in 2017 and has had a slow start to 2018, averaging only three yards per carry and no rushing touchdowns through four games. If his numbers stay low, he’ll likely lose his starting job to rookie Ronald Jones.

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Jamaal Williams (Green Bay Packers)

Another likely victim of playing for a pass-heavy offense, Williams’ career numbers haven’t been impressive now into his second season. In 2017, he averaged about 34 rushing yards per game and didn’t have a single run longer than 25 yards. His performance so far in 2018 has been similar, leading to estimations that he’ll lose his starting job to teammate Aaron Jones.

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Marlon Mack (Indianapolis Colts)

A nagging hamstring injury has kept this second-year rusher from showing his true potential. He’s yet to have a 100-yard rushing game but his career is likely just getting started. Of course, the Colts are one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league, so even if he’s healthy we might not get to see Mack get many touches.

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Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)

Like many running backs, second-year player Chris Carson has missed some significant time due to injuries but what we’ve seen of him has been pretty solid. He missed all but four games as a rookie after breaking his ankle and has missed some time in 2018, but his 59 yards-per-game average puts him at about the middle of all starters.

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Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)

Henry was a legend at Alabama but his NFL running capabilities have been hampered by the two-back system used by the Titans, as well as the fact that they have a quarterback who likes to run. So far in 36 career games, he’s yet to have a 1,000-yard season and has only accounted for 11 total touchdowns. In 2018, he’s shown he still has elite speed but has been about even, in terms of performance, with journeyman Dion Lewis.

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Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens)

Arguably the most surprising running back of 2017, Collins had 1,160 all-purpose yards with the Ravens, including nearly 1,000 on the ground and 4.6 per touch, after being cut by the Seahawks. Now in his third season, Collins’ 2018 numbers have slipped a bit and he faces competition from teammate Kenneth Dixon, but it’s safe to say he runs with a big chip on his shoulder.

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LaGarrette Blount (Detroit Lions)

The craziest stat about journeyman LaGarrette Blount: he’s played on three of the last four Super Bowl-winning teams, thanks to his stints with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. His numbers have only been incredible once, when he rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016, but he clearly knows how to win. Through four games, his 2018 numbers have been rough and are not helped by the fact that the Lions have three other guys vying for that starting RB slot.

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Isaiah Crowell (New York Jets)

Perhaps the most mind-boggling stat of Crowell’s career, now in its fifth season, is that he’s never missed a game. He’s consistently run for 700-800 yards per season and north of four yards per rush but has made more headlines for his touchdown celebrations and controversy on social media. So far in 2018, his first with the Jets, Crowell has stuck close to his career averages despite splitting carries with Bilal Powell.

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Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins)

Since 2017, when his 10 mostly outstanding seasons with the Vikings ended, rushing icon Adrian Peterson has bounced around a bit, playing for three other teams. When he was signed by the Redskins this year, nobody expected too much from the back who has played a full season only once since 2012, due to constant injuries. But he’s been nothing short of brilliant through three games in 2018, racking up more than 300 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns. Will Peterson’s fountain of youth run dry or are we witnessing a renaissance?

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Royce Freeman (Denver Broncos)

Freeman’s numbers suffer from being part of a tandem-rusher system in Denver, but he has looked impressive so far in his rookie season. He has split carries almost evenly with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay in 2018, trailing him in most categories except rushing touchdowns. The system has made both Freeman and Lindsay look solid, but it has made it impossible for either guy to separate himself as one of the league’s top individual rushers.

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Sony Michel (New England Patriots)

Another college star who’s waiting to prove himself in the NFL, Michel had an outstanding career at Georgia, especially in his senior season in which he accounted for more than 1,300 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns. His rookie NFL season gained some big steam in a 112-yard rushing day in week four, which included his first NFL touchdown. The Patriots aren’t typically known for their rushing game, so hopefully we’ll get to find out if it was just a flash of brilliance or the start of something special.

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Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia Eagles)

Ajayi’s stats are rarely eye-popping, but he turned into the Eagles go-to rusher during the team’s Super Bowl run in 2017. He doesn’t get a ton of carries on an offense led by one of the league’s top passing games, but he’s already racked up three rushing touchdowns through four games in 2018. Now in his fourth season, Ajayi has passed the 1,000-yard mark only once.

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Lamar Miller (Houston Texans)

Lamar Miller has averaged close to 1,000 rushing yards each of the last four seasons, but his touchdown totals have slipped since his outstanding 2015 season with the Miami Dolphins. His opportunities have dipped with the arrival of the Texans dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson in 2017. Miller’s numbers appear to be on the downslope, including his yards-per-carry average, which has dropped steadily each year since 2014.

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Matt Breida (San Francisco 49ers)

Through week four of the 2018 season, no NFL rusher has more rushes of at least 20 yards . Breida also leads all starters with 7.6 yards per carry. He didn’t start a game as a rookie in 2017, but his yards-per-carry numbers were a decent 4.4. So far, with a small sample size, Breida has been making the most of his time as the 49ers starting running back and fans have been clamoring for the team to use him more.

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Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins)

Now in his third season, and first as a day-one starter, Drake showed what he could do by leading the league in rushing through the final three games of 2017. He’s now splitting time with veteran Frank Gore and, for some puzzling reason, is only getting about eight touches a game. We’ve seen some brilliance from Drake, but unless the Dolphins use him more we may not know what he’s truly capable of.

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Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)

After a record-breaking start to his rookie season in 2017, Dalvin Cook was sidelined by a knee injury after just four games in which he averaged more than 100 yards. In 2018, through three games started, he’s looked less impressive, averaging about 32 yards per game and just 2.7 yards per carry. Cook’s touches have also dipped significantly this year, in the wake of the Vikings offense shifting quarterbacks.

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Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals)

Injuries have stalled Mixon’s second NFL season so far, but as a rookie, he showed promise by racking up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards for the Bengals. Through less than two full games in 2018, he averaged more than 90 yards, including 4.7 per carry. He’s expected to return this year after getting hurt in week two, but we’ll see if his power is intact.

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Carlos Hyde (Cleveland Browns)

Currently in his fifth NFL season, Hyde has consistently improved his numbers with each passing year in the league. He topped 1,200 all-purpose yards, his most ever, in 2017, which was his final with the 49ers. Now with the Browns, Hyde leads all AFC starting running backs with five rushing touchdowns through four games in 2018.

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Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders)

The days of “Beast Mode” meaning a guaranteed 1,200-yard and 12-touchdown season are likely over, but Lynch can still strike fear in the hearts of defenders. In his 11th season, the veteran rusher was averaging 75 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry through four games of 2018. Most fans would still love to have him lining up in their team’s backfield.

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Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)

At Stanford, McCaffrey proved to be one of the most versatile players in college football history, racking up almost 7,000 all-purpose yards in a little more than two seasons. In the NFL, he’s still looking for that breakout season but he’s certainly one of the best dual-threat running backs. In his rookie season, he proved to be a bit more useful catching passes than taking handoffs, but he’s become a legitimate rushing threat in 2018. Through the Panthers’ first three games, he was averaging 90.3 yards per game on the ground. He always keeps a defense guessing.

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Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears)

Now in his third season as a full-time starter, Howard has proven himself to be one of the league’s best young running backs. He’s topped 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but his numbers have been a little slower out of the gate through week four of 2018. So far this year, he’s only averaging about 50 rushing yards per game and has just one touchdown.

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Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)

Arguably the most hyped rookie of 2018, Barkley has been impressive through the first four games of his career. So far, he’s averaged 65 yards per game and 4.6 per carry, in addition to nearly 200 receiving yards through week four. His three rushing touchdowns also equate to about half of his team’s scores to this point.

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Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars)

LSU legend Leonard Fournette lived up to his hype during his 2017 rookie season, in which he helped the Jaguars almost get to the Super Bowl. He accounted for 10 total touchdowns, and no turnovers, in 13 regular-season games during that season. So far, his 2018 season has been marred by injury, giving him just 90 all-purpose yards and no scores through four games. But football fans at all levels have seen what Fournette is capable of, so it’d be foolish to start doubting him now.

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Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers)

Now in his fourth season, Chargers star Melvin Gordon has improved his numbers every year so far. He always gets a ton of carries but, through four games in 2018, he’s got the second-most receiving yards among all NFL running backs, to go with 69 yards per game on the ground. He’s already accounted for five touchdowns and hasn’t fumbled once. He’s one of the best up-and-coming backs in the league.

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Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons)

The Falcons star rusher has been fantastic every season since 2015, raking in about 4,300 all-purpose yards in that span, not counting his team’s playoff runs. Freeman had mostly avoided injuries in his four previous seasons but got hurt after just 36 yards rushing during the first game of 2018 and has been missing ever since. He’s expected to be back on the field soon, where he’ll almost surely pick up where he left off.

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LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills)

Unlike most veteran running backs, McCoy hasn’t missed long stretches of action due to injuries and has been a consistent 1,000-yard rusher nearly every year since 2010. He’s had a few great years with the Bills but, as part of that terrible team this year, his production has been virtually nonexistent so far in 2018. Are McCoy’s best days behind him or is he the victim of a bad team? The latter is the better bet.

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David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)

Almost nobody expected David Johnson to become one of the league’s top talents when he was drafted 86th overall by the Cardinals in 2015, but that’s exactly what has happened. He was injured in 2017, but Johnson’s 2016 season — when he had more than 2,100 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns —remains incredible. His 2018 return got off to a bit of a slow start, mostly due to a lack of touches, but it’s clear he’s still one of the league’s best dual-threat runners.

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Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)

Maybe the best-catching running back in the entire league, Alvin Kamara has proven to be freakishly athletic into his second season. The 2017 offensive rookie of the year, Kamara tallied more than 1,500 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns last year, when he led all running backs in receiving yards. Through four games in 2018, he’s again among the league’s top receivers, regardless of position, with 336 receiving yards — and he leads all NFC starting running backs with five rushing TDs.

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Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)

One of the league’s brightest young stars, Chiefs rusher Kareem Hunt hasn’t stalled since breaking out as a rookie in 2017. He led the league in rushing yards that season, with 1,327 yards to go with 455 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite carrying the ball often, he’s only fumbled once through 20 career regular-season games. Through week four of 2018, he’s averaging nearly 80 rushing yards per game and has already accounted for four touchdowns. If he keeps it up, he’ll likely top this list in years to come.

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Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)

Other guys do it with more flash but Ezekiel Elliott remains maybe the best pure rusher in the NFL, now in his third season. His 2017 numbers only looked disappointing because of his insane 2016 rookie season, in which he contributed 2,000 all-purpose yards. So far in 2018, he’s at the top of the rushing class, averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game. Elliott has led the league in rushing yards per game in both seasons he’s played so far and is showing no signs of slowing down. But, in our opinion, there’s one running back who we’d rather have starting for our team.

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Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams)

A stud from day one, Gurley capped off his 2017 season with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards — including 1,300 on the ground — and 19 touchdowns. He’s a great dual-threat player on an explosive Rams offense, which he’s proving again in 2018 with nearly 200 yards receiving through week four, in addition to about 85 rushing yards per game. Oh, and he’s also already got six touchdowns in the first four games. It was a toss-up between he and Elliott for the top spot, but, given the sheer amount of touches he gets and his all-around offensive abilities, we had to crown Gurley the king.

If you want more NFL action, click here to see our ranking of all the league’s starting quarterbacks.

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Every NFL Starting Quarterback — Ranked

Every NFL Starting Quarterback — Ranked

There is only room for 32 starting QBs at any given time, and not all are created equal!

There may be no more coveted position in all of sports than that of an NFL starting quarterback. At any given time, there is only room for 32 of them in the world — and not all are created equal.

We’ve ranked every starting QB in the NFL, taking into consideration career stats and patterns of play. The players listed were declared starters for their teams as of week three of the 2018 season. We’ve listed them from worst to best. Where does your favorite player rank?

Josh Allen — Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen is officially the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback as of week three of the 2018 season. The rookie passer was noted for his cannon arm and courage making tough throws while playing college ball at Wyoming. But he was also fairly inaccurate, never finishing with a completion rate higher than 56 percent.

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Sam Darnold — New York Jets

When 21-year-old Sam Darnold took the opening snap for the New York Jets this year, he became the youngest quarterback to start an NFL season-opening game since 1970. In college at USC, Darnold showed off his arm strength, accuracy and pro-level poise, while also showing he may be prone to turnovers. The upside of Darnold could be huge for the Jets, a team that’s desperately seeking its first playoff appearance since 2010.

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Blaine Gabbert — Tennessee Titans

A true journeyman player, Blaine Gabbert is currently playing for his fourth NFL team in eight seasons. He’s the Titans starter until Marcus Mariota heals up and has been unimpressive so far in leading the team. Known to be one of the more wild passers in the league, Gabbert has thrown 44 interceptions compared to 45 touchdowns in his career, through week two of the 2018 season.

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Mitchell Trubisky — Chicago Bears

Fourteen games into his NFL career, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has had flashes of brilliance that have been matched by foolish mistakes. Through the second week of the 2018 season, he’s thrown as many career touchdowns as he has interceptions, to go with four career fumbles lost. The ceiling for Trubisky could be high and Bears fans hope he’ll eventually get them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when he was just 16 years old.

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Sam Bradford — Arizona Cardinals

Another journeyman, with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, Sam Bradford is starting for his fourth NFL team in nine seasons. Despite all that experience, he’s got a lackluster career win/loss record to show for it. He’s had injury issues in his career and his stint as the Cardinals’ starter may be in jeopardy after an 0-2 start and an exciting rookie sitting behind him in Josh Rosen.

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Joe Flacco — Baltimore Ravens

In his 11-season NFL career so far, all spent with the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco has remained an enigma for fans. His powerful arm has led the team to a Super Bowl win and six playoff appearances, but they haven’t made the postseason since 2014. He’s prone to throwing interceptions but he almost never gets hurt and can wow with deep passes. Unfortunately for Flacco, if he doesn’t impress in 2018, he’ll likely lose his starting job to star rookie Lamar Jackson.

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Eli Manning — New York Giants

Unlike other veteran NFL quarterbacks whom we’ll get to later in this list, Eli Manning has aged more like milk than wine. His career numbers — including two Super Bowl wins and more than 52,000 career passing yards — are indisputable but in the past few seasons, he’s looked pedestrian. Since 2014, he’s led the Giants to a record of 26-38, not including two losses so far to start 2018.

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Ryan Tannehill — Miami Dolphins

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is in the middle of his seventh NFL season after missing all of 2017 with a knee injury. He’s got about a .500 career win/loss record as a starter but has his team off to a solid start in 2018. He’s one of the league’s more accurate passers but won’t typically set the stat sheet on fire.

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Tyrod Taylor — Cleveland Browns

Despite three solid seasons starting for the Buffalo Bills, Tyrod Taylor remains overlooked. His numbers won’t put him in the MVP race but, as the Bills’ starter from 2015-2017, he threw 51 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions, which are numbers that will thrill any coach. After two games leading the Cleveland Browns in 2018, Taylor led all NFL QBs in rushing yards.

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Deshaun Watson — Houston Texans

Ex-Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is one of the NFL’s most exciting young players, but fans are still waiting to see how truly great he’ll be. As a rookie with the Houston Texans in 2017, he stunned the league, accounting for 21 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards in just seven games before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. After just two games in 2018, his comeback season has been shaky, with Watson having as many turnovers as touchdowns and the Texans starting 0-2.

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Dak Prescott — Dallas Cowboys

When Dak Prescott was named the NFL’s rookie of the year in 2016, he wowed Dallas Cowboys fans with 23 touchdown passes, along with only four interceptions. In 2017, he came down to Earth a bit, throwing 13 interceptions, but still showed he was one of the league’s most dynamic players. The ceiling remains high for Prescott as long as he watches the fumbles when he’s running the ball.

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Case Keenum — Denver Broncos

Despite only being in his sixth NFL season, Case Keenum is starting for his fourth different team by leading the Denver Broncos. His numbers had mostly been average until 2017, when he had a breakout season and nearly led the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl. His 2018 season got off to a shaky start but Keenum has proven he can lead a good team to greatness.

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Jimmy Garoppolo — San Francisco 49ers

Coming into the 2018 seasons, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo had famously never lost a start in his career, which consisted of seven games. That streak ended with the first game of 2018 but Garoppolo remains one of the top players to watch in the NFL. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is nothing to write home about but he’s an efficient passer who’s been known to rack up points for fantasy-football owners. His career passer rating of 95.7 is also respectable.

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Derek Carr — Oakland Raiders

In 2016, Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders looked poised for a Super Bowl run until his season ended in injury and anguish. Carr came back and had a more pedestrian 2017 season, but still managed to throw for nearly 3,500 yards to go with 22 touchdowns. Raiders fans are hoping he’ll recapture that magic that made him an MVP candidate a couple years ago but his 2018 season has been anything but great after two games.

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Andy Dalton — Cincinnati Bengals

The quarterback play of Andy Dalton in seven full seasons leading the Bengals has been consistent, if uninspiring. From 2011 to 2015, he led the team to five straight playoff appearances but no wins and the team hasn’t been back since. You know what you’re going to get with Dalton — which is more than can be said for many QBs on this list — but it’s not anything incredible.

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Blake Bortles — Jacksonville Jaguars

Through four seasons with the Jaguars, quarterback Blake Bortles has been occasionally brilliant but still isn’t viewed as a sure thing on Sundays, despite taking the team to the AFC Championship Game in 2017. He’s also got them off to a hot start in 2018 so far. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is dicey but he’ll throw for more than 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in a given season.

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Andrew Luck — Indianapolis Colts

Despite coming into the NFL in 2012, Colts QB Andrew Luck remains a bit of a mystery. Frequent injuries have meant he’s only played in 22 games since 2015, including missing all of 2017. Luck put up incredible numbers in both 2014 and 2016, so he should be due for another great season in 2018.

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Philip Rivers — Los Angeles Chargers

For 13 years, Philip Rivers has been the only quarterback to start games for the Los Angeles Chargers (formerly of San Diego), proving he’s an indestructible freak of nature. Despite being 36 years old, Rivers is still one of the league’s best QBs, throwing 348 career touchdowns so far, including six in the first two games of 2018. If Rivers had been blessed with better offensive lines during his career, he’d probably be higher on this list.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Few expected it but, in his 14th season, Ryan Fitzpatrick is suddenly putting together the best year of his career. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the seventh team he’s started for and he’s quickly become a fan favorite there. Fitzpatrick routinely has averaged about 3,000 passing yards and 20 touchdowns as a starter, but after two games of 2018, he leads the league in passer rating, yards per game and total yards.

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Patrick Mahomes — Kansas City Chiefs

The hype train for Patrick Mahomes may have more steam than any other in the NFL but he has been impressive so far. The 23-year-old has only started three games in his career so far but has notched 10 touchdowns, nearly 1,000 yards passing and only one interception in them. After two games of 2018, he’s got a near-perfect passer rating of 143.3.

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Jared Goff — Los Angeles Rams

Another young QB with a bandwagon about a mile long is Jared Goff. In three seasons with the Rams, Goff has proven to be an effective leader, taking them to a playoff appearance in 2017, the team’s first since 2003. That season, his first as a full-time starter, he threw for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns, putting him in the conversation as one of the league’s must-watch passers.

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Matthew Stafford — Detroit Lions

When you’ve got Matthew Stafford under center, you know you’ll get about 4,000 to 4,500 passing yards and about 28 touchdowns, but those stats haven’t always translated to a lot of wins. Now in his 10th season, all with the Detroit Lions, he’s racked up a 60-67 record, not including an 0-3 playoff record. He can set off fireworks as well as anyone in the NFL but he’s yet to prove he’s a consistent winner.

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Russell Wilson — Seattle Seahawks

One of the most poised and unpredictable players in the league, Russell Wilson also boasts eight playoff victories and a Super Bowl ring. His numbers have stayed consistent since his rookie year in 2012, routinely turning in about 3,700 passing yards and 16 touchdowns a year between his arm and legs. He’s been more turnover-prone in recent years but, with a career passer rating of 98.8 after 2017, Wilson’s still among the league’s elite QBs. Oh, and did I mention his career winning percentage is better than that of Aaron Rodgers?

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Carson Wentz — Philadelphia Eagles

Before going down with a knee injury late in 2017, Carson Wentz was a pivotal part of the eventual Super Bowl run of the Eagles. In each of his two seasons starting for the Eagles, he’s put up solid numbers but he looked like a true MVP before getting hurt. He was the best quarterback in the entire league in 2017, according to ESPN’s QBR points system — so now that he’s healed, it’s time to see if he can pick up where he left off.

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Alex Smith — Washington Redskins

It took him a little while but, 14 years into his NFL career, Alex Smith is finally living up to his status as the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. After eight average years with the 49ers, he became a consistent 3,300-yard passer with the Kansas City Chiefs before being traded to the Redskins for the 2018 season. Last year he was nothing short of remarkable, racking up more than 4,000 passing yards to go with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Also, his career .572 winning percentage as a starter is better than likely Hall of Famers Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.

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Kirk Cousins — Minnesota Vikings

Now in his seventh NFL season, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has quietly become one of the league’s most consistently impressive players. He’s averaged 4,392 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in the past three seasons and his passer rating always hovers around 100. He’s still unproven in the postseason but there’s a reason the Vikings made him the highest-paid player in NFL history when they signed him in 2018.

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Cam Newton — Carolina Panthers

Panthers QB Cam Newton remains one of the most exciting players to ever wear an NFL jersey. His numbers have come down a bit from his insane MVP season in 2015, but he’s never thrown for fewer than 3,100 yards or accounted for fewer than 23 touchdowns in his entire career, which is now in its eighth season. Fumbles and interceptions remain big concerns but there are few players who can single-handedly change a game or occupy a defense like #1.

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Ben Roethlisberger — Pittsburgh Steelers

In 14 full seasons as an NFL starter, Ben Roethlisberger has never finished a year with a losing record. That fact alone will get you toward the top of a ranking of best players. The knock on Big Ben is that he has a hard time staying healthy, evidenced by the fact he’s only started all 16 games of a season three times. But it’s hard to argue with two Super Bowl rings, more than 50,000 career passing yards and a career winning percentage of .672.

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Matt Ryan — Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons don’t pay Matt Ryan $30 million a year because he sucks. In 11 seasons leading the team, he’s only missed two starts and has been consistently amazing, averaging more than 4,500 passing yards every season since 2011. After only two games in 2018, he’s tied his career high for rushing touchdowns with two. Ryan’s nickname may be “Matty Ice” but his career 4-6 playoff record and his team’s historic 2017 Super Bowl collapse would beg to differ.

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Drew Brees — New Orleans Saints

If it weren’t for one other guy that we’ll get to later in this list, Drew Brees would be the NFL’s best evidence that age is just a number. The 39-year-old Saints star has been consistently incredible since 2004, when many current starters were in middle school. Brees has thrown for at least 4,000 yards every season since 2006, including five 5,000-yard seasons. Put simply, there is nobody more accurate than Brees. Unfortunately, he’s only got a 3-4 playoff record since the Saints’ Super Bowl win in 2009.

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Aaron Rodgers — Green Bay Packers

Injuries may have put a damper on a couple of Aaron Rodgers’ seasons with the Packers, including 2017, but he remains the best quarterback not named Tom Brady in the NFL. His stats, including regular 4,000-yard/40-touchdown seasons, are mind-blowing and his poise is nearly unmatched in NFL history. Since he’s been starting for the Packers, beginning in 2008, he’s taken them to the playoffs eight times, winning at least one game five of those times.

Every NFL Starting Quarterback — Ranked
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Tom Brady — New England Patriots

Who wins an MVP award in their sport at the age of 40? This guy. He’s played in three Super Bowls since 2014, winning two of them. You name an NFL record and there’s a good chance Tom Brady holds it. Five Super Bowl wins, three MVP honors, 224 career wins, a .772 career win percentage are all stats that can’t be argued with. But his career playoff record of 27-10 might be most impressive of all. Oh, and he’s topped 4,000 passing yards in six of his last seven seasons.

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Tom Brady’s Instagram makes surprisingly pro-Colin Kaepernick likes

Tom Brady’s Instagram makes surprisingly pro-Colin Kaepernick likes

Is a superstar quarterback quietly supporting the most divisive athlete of the modern era? Colin Kaepernick made headlines again Monday when Nike announced him as one of the faces of its 30-year anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. Tom Brady, QB for the New England Patriots, seemed to throw in his support for Kaepernick when he liked several Instagram posts … Read more

Marshawn Lynch’s embarrassing high school photo is getting roasted on Twitter

Marshawn Lynch’s embarrassing high school photo is getting roasted on Twitter

Most of us try to forget high school the moment we walk out those doors for the last time. The trends we enjoyed, the clothes we wore, and all the terrible mood swings are pieces of people left behind in those embarrassing school photos. Marshawn Lynch, the Oakland Raiders running back often referred to as … Read more

Beto O’Rourke’s viral defense of NFL protest brings out celebrity praise

Beto O’Rourke’s viral defense of NFL protest brings out celebrity praise

Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James, and several other major celebrities are gushing over Texas Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, after his response to a question about protesting NFL players went viral this week. O’Rourke’s stance on NFL players protesting during the national anthem came in response to a question at a recent town hall. The U.S. Representative for Texas’ 16th congressional … Read more

Younes Bendjima Fight Victim Says He’s Going to Sue Drake and Odell Beckham Jr.

Younes Bendjima Fight Victim Says He's Going to Sue Drake and Odell Beckham Jr.

The man who got pummeled by Kourtney Kardashian‘s ex says he’s going to sue Drakeand Odell Beckham Jr. … because he believes they’re responsible for the attack. The victim — Bennett Sipes — has lawyered up and they don’t just have Kourtney’s ex, Younes Bendjima, in their crosshairs. TMZ broke the story … Younes beat the crap out of Bennett outside Delilah restaurant in WeHo … Read more