Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 1 December 2009

2009: The Season of the Quarterback

Drew Brees produced a perfect quarterback passer rating as he threw for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns in just 23 pass attempts against the New England Patriots last nights, as the New Orleans Saints maintained their unbeaten start, now sitting at 11-0.

Brees narrowly has the highest average passer rating (112.6), and is one of five over the 100 mark, alongwith Brett Favre (112.1), Aaron Rodgers (104.9), Peyton Manning (102.5) and Philip Rivers (101.6). Rivers was the only quarterback to finish the season above 100 last season. Other star quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer haven't got those ratings through 12 weeks, but help make a case for one of the strongest quarterback seasons in NFL history.

Brees and Favre are early suggestions for the NFL MVP this season, with only Chris Johnson the only possible non-quarterback candidate, but playing for a team below .500, it's very unlikely he will get it. Brees and Favre are favourites to face each other in the NFC Championship game this season with their teams looking a level above the rest and putting in consistent performances.

Brett Favre is arguably having the best season of his career, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 10-1 record so far and on course to set an NFL record for touchdown/interception ratio, having thrown 24 touchdowns to 3 interceptions so far, despite missing training camp.

Peyton Manning is a candidate for the MVP once again this season as he looks to lead his Colts to an undefeated season. Sacked just 10 times so far, only Brees (27) has thrown more touchdowns than Manning (24) so far this season. He is making his receivers look good, while Brees genuinely has a top group of receivers at his disposal.

Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers' performances are going a little unnoticed this season, but both may lead their teams to the playoffs this season. Rodgers rating, and 22 touchdowns have come behind the a poor offensive line that has seen him sacked a league high 44 times this season. Another slow start from Rivers and Chargers has seen them win their last 6 games, and a 1 game lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.

This season, the NFL has a lot of top quarterbacks putting up big ratings and viewer numbers. Which one will lead his franchise to glory this season?

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