Power Ranking the NFL’s 10 Best Quarterbacks

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4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

While the Saints went 7-9 in 2012 and Brees threw 19 interceptions, the fact remains that the Super Bowl 44 MVP is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Brees set a record for passing yards in 2011, and then threw 43 touchdowns in 2012. He has lots of big-play ability, and can change a game on any play. Brees lights up the scoreboard, as you can see from his stats. Brees was the only quarterback to break 5,000 yards in 2012, throwing for 5,117.

Jan 26, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signs autographs at Ohana Day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite throwing lots of interceptions in 2012, Brees posted a 96.3 passer rating, eighth in the league. He has accomplished a lot in his career, and he set an NFL record with 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

New Orleans had one of the worst defenses in NFL history in 2012, ranking last in total defense. That contributed to the failure of the Saints, because the Saints finished second in total offense. The passing offense ranked first in the NFL, as Brees averaged 324 passing yards per game.

Brees is the leader of this fierce aerial attack, and he is ready to take the Saints very far. New Orleans has dropped 31 or more points in its last five playoff games, including Super Bowl 44 and the 2010 NFC Championship Game. Brees is a proven leader and an exceptional postseason quarterback, as he has thrown 20 touchdowns and three interceptions and a 4-3 playoff record.

The Saints will be much better in 2013, and Brees’ numbers will also be better. He’s going to keep shattering records and defying the odds, and while he does that, he’s going to keep climbing the all-time quarterback ranks.