Ranking the Redskins’ 2016 opponents: Quarterback
Power ranking Redskins’ 2016 opponents: Quarterback
We’ve spent a lot of time looking at the Redskins and what will make them tick, now let's focus on the teams the Redskins will be playing this season. What better way than to start off with the quarterbacks? Here is a power ranking of the quarterbacks the Redskins will face based on how each will play in 2016.
14. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
The word out of Philly is that after the Bradford trade the Eagles intend to start Wentz when his cracked ribs allow him to play. Presumably he'll be ready by Week 6 when the Redskins host the Eagles. He was going to sit as a project all year so it's hard to imagine him being very competent by then.
13. Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns
Expectations should be low, but starting with Hue Jackson's "the earth moved" comment after seeing Griffin work out once they haven't been. The Browns may regret not having taken advantage of the presence of a couple of good QBs at the top of the draft. That said, it's entirely possible that he will torch his old team.
12. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Things are always hyped big in Dallas and Prescott is getting All Pro kudos before he even takes a snap. Let's see how it plays out. I do think the Redskins are at a bit of a disadvantage facing him in Week 2 with very little game film to go on.
11. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
Bradford's pile of excuses for not living up to his billing as the No. 1 overall pick can now include getting traded to a new team on the eve of a season. He has his moments and he could have one when they play the Redskins but there's no reason not to think he's not just a career mediocrity.
10. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Was last year the start of a career uptick for the much-maligned Cutler? Or a fluke thanks to the one-year presence of offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who has departed for Miami? It's a pivotal season for Cutler.
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes last year, well above his career average going into 2015 (59.6%). He also was down in interception rate and up in yards per attempt over his career numbers. If this is a new, more efficient Stafford in Detroit, look out.
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
I could have put Romo higher on this list but I have to be skeptical of just how healthy he might be by the time the Thanksgiving Day game against the Redskins rolls around.
7. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
I'm not sure it's fair to judge a QB on playoff wins (Dalton has none). If you do, then you do have to give Dalton credit for helping to get the Bengals to the playoffs for five straight seasons. He was having a career year last year but a broken thumb derailed it.
6. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
The fact that the Ravens had five seasons with double-digit wins in Flacco's first seven seasons wasn't all due to the QB but it was no accident either. He's not elite but he's darn good.
5. Eli Manning, New York Giants
I know Redskins fans like to make fun of him and that his Super Bowl wins are starting to feel like they happened a long time ago but Manning is still one of the best. Under offensive coordinator and now head coach Ben McAdoo his interceptions are down and his completion percentage is up.
4. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Palmer has come back from the dead a couple of times in his career. The problem is, well, he keeps dying. But he has some good weapons and another season with over 4,500 passing yards is likely if he stays healthy.
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
If I needed to win one game this year I might take Newton over the two I have ranked ahead of him. He is a physical weapon who is very tough to stop.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
As much hype as he gets, Roethlisberger could still be underrated. He consistently puts up big numbers year in and year out. Big Ben missed four games last year and he still threw 16 picks so he has plenty of flaws. But at age 34 I'd take him over all but a handful of QBs out there.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers wasn't playing well coming into the playoff game against the Redskins last year. But he showed why he is one of the best in the business, using his football IQ to help get a playoff win.