Best Age 30 Or Over Players In The Playoffs Without A Super Bowl
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The NFL Playoffs kick off with 14 teams still in the hunt for a coveted Super Bowl championship and Vince Lombardi Trophy. Some players, such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, are looking to add to their legacy with another Super Bowl ring. But there are many other great players – future Hall of Famers, even – that still seek their first title. For several standouts, the window is closing as they wind down their careers.
Bookies.com breaks down the best 10 players, age 30 and over, who are seeking their first-ever title in these playoffs.
Our criteria for the top 10 was simple: Bookies.com used ProFootballReference.com’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Monitor to determine the 10 best players currently in the playoffs that are without a Super Bowl victory – only including those who are 30 years old or over. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Monitor tracks the likelihood that a player will get inducted in the Hall of Fame, which was used as our barometer for determining the best players without a Super Bowl.
Best Players 30 Or Over In The Playoffs Without A Super Bowl
Aaron Donald, DT for the Los Angeles Rams
Hall of Fame Monitor: 128.73 rating
Donald is arguably the most-dominant defensive lineman since Reggie White. He's the winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in three of the last four seasons and a Pro Bowler in all eight of his campaigns. He was named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, with at least 12.5 sacks in each of the last four seasons.
JJ Watt, DE for the Arizona Cardinals
Hall of Fame Monitor: 125.20 rating
Before Donald took the mantra of “Most Dominant Defensive Player,” the honor went to Watt, who won the NFL Defensive MVP in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He, like Donald, was on the NFL 2010s All Decade Team. Watt signed with the Cardinals for the 2021 season but played in just seven games due to injury, registering one sack. But he is expected back on the field for the postseason.
Julio Jones, WR for the Tennessee Titans
Hall of Fame Monitor: 103.64 rating
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver would run a 4.3 40 and dominated all level of cornerbacks over the past 11 seasons. Jones has averaged 93.9 yards per game over his career, the highest mark in NFL history. Jones played in just 10 games in his first season with the Titans, but Tennessee is 8-2 when he suits up. The Titans earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC, giving Jones another great chance for Super Bowl glory.
Zack Martin, G for the Dallas Cowboys
Hall of Fame Monitor: 72.93 rating
Offensive linemen often aren’t noticed until they are penalized for holding, but Martin has consistently been one of the top OGs over the past decade. He has been named to the NFL All-Pro team a whopping seven times. Perhaps the most-shocking stat of them all: Martin has been called for holding just once in the last five seasons (72 games).
Tyron Smith, T for the Dallas Cowboys
Hall of Fame Monitor: 70.48 rating
In 11 seasons, all in Dallas, Smith has been the staple of the running success of the Cowboys. He was named to seven-straight Pro Bowls before missing all but two games of 2020. He played in just 11 games this season, but was so dominant he earned another Pro Bowl bid. Like most every other current Cowboys star, Smith still seeks his first postseason win.
Alex Mack, C for the San Francisco 49ers
Hall of Fame Monitor: 67.30 rating
Another member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, the six-time Pro Bowl center has been a starter all 13 years of his career, and missed just two games outside of an injury that wiped out most of his 2014 season. In his first season with San Francisco, Mack is a big reason why the Niners rank seventh in rushing – their second-highest NFL ranking since 2003 – and their QBs are sacked under two times per game.
Andrew Whitworth, T for the Los Angeles Rams
Hall of Fame Monitor: 56.83 rating
Whitworth is in his fifth season with the Rams, this after an 11-year run with the Bengals, all as the starter. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, and is also just one of 12 players to have a win over all 32 teams. He looks to reach a second Super Bowl, after helping get the Rams there in the 2018 season (they lost to the Patriots).
Matthew Stafford, QB for the Los Angeles Rams
Hall of Fame Monitor: 54.04 rating
Stafford is one of the NFL’s great passers, but he spent the first 12 seasons with the Lions before joining the Rams in 2021 and leading them to the NFC West division title. Despite the lack of team success in Detroit, Stafford became the fastest QB to reach 40,000 passing yards and ranks top 20 all-time in yards, touchdowns, attempts and completions.
David Bakhtiari, T for the Green Bay Packers
Hall of Fame Monitor: 46.75 rating
Bakhtiari is a three-time Pro Bowler and five-time NFL All-Pro. He joined a Packers team that owns the top record in the NFL in Week 18 after missing all season, and the end of 2020, with a knee injury. He’s the only offensive tackle to earn All-Pro honors the last five seasons and only the second Packers OL to do so, joining Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg (1962-67).
AJ Green, WR for the Arizona Cardinals
Hall of Fame Monitor: 45.89 rating
Green joined the Cardinals after nine seasons for the Bengals, after which he ranked No. 2 in franchise history in receptions, yards and TDs. He advanced to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven years before injuries cut his eighth season in half and eliminated his entire ninth. Despite starting just nine games for Arizona in 2021, he had 54 receptions for 848 yards and his 15.7 yards per completion was the best of his career.
Methodology: Bookies.com gathered all of the data from ProFootballReference.com’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Monitor to determine the 10 best players currently in the playoffs without a Super Bowl victory – only including those who are 30 years old or over. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Monitor tracks the likelihood that a player will get inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was then used as our barometer for determining the best players without a Super Bowl.
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