Five toughest QB matchups for the Packers in 2020.
The Green Bay Packers will face some of the league’s best quarterbacks in 2020.
But who are the toughest? Below, I’ve attempted to rank the five hardest quarterback matchups the Packers will face this season.
Some talented QBs just missed the top five, including Carson Wentz and Philip Rivers.
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Underrated by many and perhaps a surprise to make the top five, but if Matthew Stafford is healthy, he will give the Packers defense a tough matchup. Stafford was playing some great football before he got hurt last season, throwing for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns, and just five interceptions in eight games.
If he’s fully healthy, Stafford will be a tough QB to defend in both matchups with the Lions.
4. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How close will Tom Brady be to his best form in 2020? Having the league’s best receiving corps sure doesn’t help, with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and O.J. Howard to throw the ball to.
Brady didn’t look like the same player last season, throwing for 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions, but he didn’t have much help in New England. And he’s still Tom Brady. This will be a difficult matchup.
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons may have struggled last season and part of the reason was that Matt Ryan threw 14 interceptions. But the former league-MVP is still one of the best passers in football when he’s at his best.
Ryan has found success against the Packers. In 10 career games against Green Bay, Ryan has thrown for 2,519 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Last season, in just 11 games, he threw for 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only four interceptions with a 116.3 passer rating. His top two receivers are Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, making this matchup even more daunting for the Packers defense.
1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson has made a great start to his NFL career. He’s made the Pro Bowl in two of his first three seasons in the league. In 38 games, he’s thrown for 9,716 yards, 71 touchdowns, with 29 interceptions.
Watson’s rushing ability also makes him tough to defend. He has rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns since the start of 2017.
Yes, the Texans did lose All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, but Watson still has plenty of talented pass-catchers to throw to including former Packer Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills, Will Fuller, and Brandin Cooks.