Aaron Rodgers

Not getting enough respect.

Predictable? Yes.

Correct? Not even close.

The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady finished first in ESPN’s quarterback power rankings. While it’s hard to argue with the reigning NFL MVP and a three-time Super Bowl champion taking the top spot, it’s pretty easy to argue with the other two guys who finished ahead of the Green Bay Packers’ [intlink id=”25″ type=”category”]Aaron Rodgers[/intlink] — the [intlink id=”196″ type=”category”]Indianapolis Colts[/intlink]’ Peyton Manning and [intlink id=”234″ type=”category”]New Orleans Saints[/intlink]’ Drew Brees.

Brees finished three points ahead of Rodgers.

The bottom line is this — both Manning and Brees were awarded for their career achievements. Sure, their passing stats are superior to Rodgers’ because they’ve played longer, but that isn’t how you compile power rankings based in the here and now.

If you were starting an NFL team today, who would want behind center?

The 35-year-old Manning — a guy who’s quarterback rating reached its lowest point since 2002, last season? The 32-year-old Brees, who chucked the most interceptions of his career in 2010?

Both quarterbacks have won the exact same number of Super Bowl as Rodgers — one.

Rodgers, meanwhile, is 27, entering his prime, had similar stats in 2010, threw fewer interceptions than either guy and had a higher quarterback rating than both.

1. Tom Brady
2. Aaron Rodgers