Earning the NFC’s number one seed for the third consecutive season won’t be easy for the Green Bay Packers.
That is in part due to a number of challenging quarterback matchups on the schedule.
Here’s a look at the top five quarterbacks the Packers will play against in 2022.
5. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Statistically, the 2021 season was one of Cousins’ best. He threw for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions with a passer rating of 103.1.
Cousins might not be in the top tier of quarterbacks in the NFL, but he has led a successful Vikings offense in recent years and will continue to give the Packers’ defense a tough challenge.
4. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
After years of showing his potential in Detroit, many wondered whether Stafford could take that next step if he played on a better team.
The answer was yes.
Stafford led the Rams to Super Bowl glory last season, saving his best football for when it mattered most. Stafford threw for 1,188 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions with a passer rating of 108.3 in four postseason contests.
The Packers have played against Stafford 21 times. The rivalry continues in 2022.
3. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and is coming off an excellent 2021 season. He threw for 4,449 yards and a career-best 37 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 104.2.
Even more impressive is he achieved this after suffering a significant injury in 2020.
He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast and has played well in Mike McCarthy’s offense.
The question for Prescott is whether he can take that next step and lead the Cowboys to a championship.
2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
There aren’t many more exciting players to watch in the NFL than Josh Allen.
He played a starring role in arguably the game of the 2021 season in the Bills’ playoff matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns and also had 68 yards rushing. Two of Allen’s touchdown passes came in the final two minutes of regulation.
Since the start of 2020, Allen has thrown for 8,951 yards, 73 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. He has also rushed for 1,184 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His ability both as a passer and rusher makes him one of the toughest quarterbacks to defend.
1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brady is the GOAT and is still playing at an elite level. An argument could be made that Brady should’ve been named NFL MVP last season after throwing for a career-best and league-best 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
It is quite incredible how Brady continues to play at this level well into his 40s.
At 42 years old, he made the switch to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, he has thrown for 9,949 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions, while winning a Super Bowl MVP and making an All-Pro and Pro Bowl.
Enjoy Brady while he continues to play. There will never be another quarterback like him. Let’s just hope he saves his worst performance of the season for his game against the Packers.