Power Rankings: Is Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan the best in the NFC South?

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Nov 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

1. Drew Brees

Even after a disappointing season by his standards, Drew Brees remains the top passer in the division. After a year in which many said his physical tools were declining, he still led the NFL in passing yards with 4,952 (tied with Ben Roethlisberger).

Brees has led the NFL in passing yards in three of the past four seasons. The only year he didn’t, 2013, he finished second behind MVP Peyton Manning.

He has established himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, and should continue this way even if he does continue to decline in performance.

Brees has excellent foot work and accuracy, although his interceptions total was too high last season. He can make the deep throw and is strong with short and intermediate passes too. He has the football IQ to read, react and carve open defenses.

Fortunately for him, he’s never been the most mobile quarterback, so age hasn’t affecting his game in that way as it often does for quarterbacks who can run. 

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It’s going to be interesting to see how well he performs in 2015. Is Brees really on the decline, or was 2014 just a dip? How will he perform sans Jimmy Graham?

As long as Brees is still performing at a high level, the Saints will remain a playoff contender. If they have any hope of returning to the Super Bowl, Brees needs to perform to his best and hope the defense does their job.

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