NFL quarterback power rankings: Divisional Playoff Edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’ve been ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. For the Divisional Round, let’s focus on the eight starters still alive.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers: In the last three weeks, the Packers have averaged 35.7 points per game, Rodgers has 12 TD, 0 INT and a 129.2 passer rating. Green Bay 3-0. But if you’d prefer larger sample size, the guy has a 34-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio dating back to Week 7. The highest-rated passer in NFL history is playing the best football of his career.

2. Tom Brady, Patriots: Then again, Brady’s got a 28-to-2 touchdown to interception ratio since returning from suspension in Week 5. That and the rest of his rate-based stats are right there with Rodgers, but he’s not quite as hot at the very moment.

3. Matt Ryan, Falcons:  Our favorite for offensive player of the year led the league in yards per attempt and passer rating by rather large margins before enjoying a bye week.

4. Dak Prescott, Cowboys: The rookie won 13 games and threw just four interceptions, finishing the season as the league’s third-highest-rated passer before also enjoying a bye week.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: The two interceptions weren’t ideal, but Big Ben still made easy work of the Dolphins. Guy threw just five incomplete passes. He’s had an up-and-down year, but when he’s at his best he’s still right there with Rodgers and Brady.

6. Russell Wilson, Seahawks: He’s back on track with 10 touchdowns and only one interception in his last four games, and a spectacular wild-card performance against the Lions. Still not running much, though.

7. Alex Smith, Chiefs: With just 15 touchdown passes and 15 20-air-yard completions in 15 games, I wonder if Smith has the ability to make big throws in big January spots for this Kansas City team.

8. Brock Osweiler, Texans: To Osweiler’s credit, he made a couple big-boy throws in the second quarter against the Raiders. He didn’t do much beyond that, but he wasn’t asked to. There’s some hope here. Not much, but some.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.