Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/29/12
The time has come. We've finally arrived at the Top 10. A couple of the names on here were hard to rank but as a whole, the Top 10 wasn't that difficult. We'll start with a quarterback that everyone loves to talk about. 

10. Tony Romo
The most polarizing QB outside of Tim Tebow. Let's all be real here, Romo HAS to win this season. Dallas is loaded on offense, especially is Murray can be as good as he looked last season. The line will hold up just fine and Romo has a ton of weapons to play with. Even the Dallas defense will be much improved, giving Dallas even more of a shot. It has to happen this year, Mr. Romo. 

9. Ben Roethlisberger
I initially had him a few spots higher, then it became more and more difficult to justify it. He's tough, has a big arm and is a winner. On the flip side, he still is prone to bad decision making and has trouble making pre-snap reads from time to time. Big Ben is a huge question mark going into this season as I'm not sure what Todd Haley is going to do wit that offense. Throw in the Mike Wallace saga, the Mendenhall injury, an aging defense and OL woes, Pittsburgh could be in for a difficult season. 

8. Philip Rivers
He's coming off of a pretty rough season. I don't see it getting much better for him. Rivers lost his top downfield option in Vincent Jackson and he also lost his safety valve RB Mike Tolbert. On an unrelated note, I expect Ryan Mathews to have a huge season. Rivers is a great talent but for one game, today, his lack of consistency from play to play would really scare me. 

7. Matthew Stafford
Stafford is a huge talent that's only going to get better. It's not like he had amazing weapons last season. Yes, he had an amazing weapon in Calvin Johnson. Beyond that? Not much there. Brandon Pettigrew is solid but inconsistent but look for Titus Young to have a big season and solidify himself as the second option there. Stafford will still have brain cramps and make horrendous throws from time to time but his big arm can usually mask those mistakes. 

6. Mike Vick
Health is always going to be key with Vick, but in a one game situation, he's about as good as you can get. I'm going to keep this very short, he has a cannon, makes throws no one else in the world can make and can still extend plays better than anyone. In one game, a healthy Vick would be tough to top. 

5. Peyton Manning
How well will he perform? No one knows but I know I'll be cringing the first time he takes a shot. As a Colts fan, I can assure you that no one is a bigger Peyton fan than I am, so I'm really pulling for him. If he can stay upright, the Broncos will have a solid chance at the Super Bowl. Thomas & Decker will turn into monsters and really any running back with a pulse will do behind Manning. Still a top-notch QB. 

4. Eli Manning
The "other" Manning. There really isn't any question now that's he's elite. As is the case with most of the QB's on this list, he's spoiled when it comes to receiving options. However, he could really use a TE. I don't see Bennett doing anything to help this cause, so he'll need Nicks/Cruz to be just as good this season and hopefully a third option will emerge as the season goes on. 

3. Drew Brees
Brand new money, let's hope he's the same old Brees. Jimmy Graham turned into a monster for Brees last season, as Colston reverted back to his old self catching anything near him. As long as Brees can stay healthy and Ingram/Sproles can give him just a little bit out of the backfield, he'll come close to repeating last years numbers, especially as I expect them to give up more points this season. 

2. Tom Brady
Old faithful. Brady had a fantastic season last year that fell short after losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl again. He's made an art out of using tight ends and you can expect to see Aaron Hernandez starting out of the backfield even more this year. After adding a few weapons to stretch the field, Brady isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 

1. Aaron Rodgers
Finally, the top of the mountain. There's not a whole lot I can say here. He makes nearly every throw and has underrated athletic ability. On my final note, the belt celebration is probably my favorite things in sports right now.

There we are. I hope you all enjoyed my rankings whether you agreed or not. It was a lot of fun putting this list together. I'll have a ton of football media coming your way in the coming weeks as we prepare for the season. For now, let's get ready to enjoy all the great QB play that will be coming our way in 2012. 

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