Each team in the NFC North has vastly different situations at the quarterback position. From age to cap space for acquiring offensive weapons, we are starting to see where the dice will fall for the foreseeable future.
#1 Justin Fields
Starting with the best, Justin Fields has demonstrated the rare dual-threat athleticism of Michael Vick, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. Still, his ceiling remains quite high. In two NFL seasons he has had as many offensive schemes and coaching regimes. What’s more, he has a patchwork offensive line with seemingly nowhere to go but up.
In each of his past three games, Fields has scored both on the ground and in the air. On Sunday against Miami, he had a career best game with three passing touchdowns, good enough for 42.72 fantasy points.
Chicago has never seen a quarterback like this. It is not even close. The future is incredibly bright as the Bears can begin adding pieces around the young star.
#2 Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins has led the Vikings to an impressive 7-1 start. He had his best game against the Bears when he completed his first 17 passes on the way to 296 yards. This season, he has five multi-touchdown games.
It is worth noting Cousins has one of the best supporting casts including Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, and now TJ Hockenson. The Vikings can win with him, but they are not likely to win because of the 34-year-old. He has one more season on his contract, so this year with the right pieces in place could determine his future in the league.
We could see him live out the rest of his thirties bouncing around one-year contracts like Andy Dalton.
#3 Jared Goff
It’s tough to get swapped for another starting quarterback in a deal that clearly values the other guy over you. It’s even tougher to see that fanbase fully embrace him as they enjoy instant success and a Super Bowl victory. It’s potentially toughest when your landing spot is Detroit.
Still, Jared Goff is making the most of his situation. This year, he is consistently throwing for 200+ yards and has two four-touchdown games. Just last weekend, he torched the Green Bay defense that is supposed to be one of the best in the league…wait…that can’t be right.
#4 Aaron Rodgers
Sure, Aaron Rodgers enjoyed a few great seasons with a top-tier offensive line and excellent weapons like Davante Adams, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, and more, but this year he has faced unfamiliar adversity. Can the former NFL MVP rally and inspire a team to overcome the odds? No, he can’t. So far, he has failed. Miserably. Rodgers threw three interceptions against the fearsome Detroit Lions.
Despite the big contract, offseason theatrics, and undue confidence, Rodgers finds himself rightfully at the bottom of this list.