Packers: NFC North quarterback power rankings for 2020

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Power ranking the NFC North starting quarterbacks.

There is a lot of quarterback talent in the NFC North, but who is the best passer?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has long been the best quarterback in the division and one of the best in the entire NFL, but is that still the case?

Let’s take a look at the power rankings for 2020.

4. Nick Foles, Chicago Bears

Let’s assume Nick Foles does indeed win the starting job, which is the likeliest scenario. While Foles is a Super Bowl champion, I’m not so sure he will fix the quarterback issues for the Bears.

Foles’ only season in Jacksonville didn’t go to plan. After breaking his collarbone in Week 1, he later returned, only to be benched in favor of Gardner Minshew. Foles threw just three touchdowns in four starts and the Jaguars lost each game.

An upgrade over Mitch Trubisky? Probably. But Foles isn’t the answer for the Bears.

3. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins had arguably the best season of his career in 2019. He threw for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just six interceptions, the fewest picks he’s thrown in any season in which he’s played all 16 games.

Cousins attempted fewer passes than he previously had in a full season, largely due to the Vikings’ run-heavy offense, but he was more efficient, finishing with a career-best passer rating of 107.4.

Cousins did go missing in the loss to the Packers in Week 16 but overall he had a strong season and is a solid starting QB for the Vikings.

2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Cousins was close to second spot but Matthew Stafford just gets the edge. While the Lions’ record wasn’t great with Stafford starting — they went 3-4-1 in the games he started — he did throw for 19 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

The biggest indication of how important Stafford is to the Lions is that they didn’t win a single game without him last season.

He is an underrated passer and could be a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is still the number one quarterback in the NFC North.

Rodgers can still make plays that any quarterback not named Patrick Mahomes is unable to pull off. And no quarterback protects the football like Rodgers, who has just six interceptions in his past 32 regular-season games.

Rodgers is in the final stretch of his career, as the Jordan Love pick indicates, but he’s still an incredibly talented player who can make the impossible look easy. Until proven otherwise, he’s the top QB in the NFC North.