NFL Player Power Rankings: Quarterbacks

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Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to FanSided’s weekly NFL Player Power Rankings. Every Tuesday throughout the season you can check out rankings for a different key position, including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and even the defensive stars. These Power Rankings will consist of the top 25 players at that position. With 32 teams that obviously means that some teams’ players won’t make the cut. So make sure to check in each week to see if your favorite team’s players have made the cut.

These Power Rankings are NOT a list of which players have had the best overall careers. They are also NOT a list of the players you would most want to build a team around going forward. That would then favor the younger players. No, this is a ranking of which players are the best at that given position right now, today. The NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” kind of a league. So while early in the season the list will obviously be influenced by previous performance, if late in the season Geno Smith is clearly outproducing Drew Brees (unlikely, I know) then Smith will be ranked ahead of Brees even if Brees has the better reputation.

It only seemed appropriate to start things off with the quarterback position. No other position has more of an effect on the game. If a team has an elite QB there are a safe bet to be in playoff contention. If a team is struggling at the QB position then wins are usually hard to come by. So as the 2014 NFL season gets ready to kick off on Thursday, where does your favorite team’s QB rank? To those of you who’s QB didn’t even make the list, I’m sorry, it could be a long season.

Let’s get started…..

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