With the regular season-ending, it’s time to rank all 32 NFL teams’ starting quarterbacks. For this list, only the player on each team who made the most starts this season will appear. For example, while Drew Lock was Denver’s best quarterback, Joe Flacco is on this list because he started the most games for Denver this season. Enjoy!
32. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
8 Starts 13 TD/ 9 INT 62.2 Cmp% 1765 Passing Yards 6.2 Y/A
Big Ben went down in week two with a season-ending elbow injury that forced the second-year third-round pick, Mason Rudolph, into action. Rudolph struggled with injuries and his decision-making during his first year as a starter; his QBR was a low 34.9. Duck Hodges started six games for Pittsburgh as well but wasn’t much better with a 5:8 TD: INT ratio.
31. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos
8 Starts 6 TD/ 5 INT 65.3 Cmp% 1822 Passing Yards 7.0 Y/A
At age 34, Joe Flacco looked washed up through the first half of this season before getting placed on IR with a neck injury. Initially, Brandon Allen, and later Drew Lock, took his place. Lock played very well over Denver’s final five games of the season and projects to be their starter next season. Flacco will likely be limited to a backup role for the rest of his career.
30. Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
12 Starts 17 TD/ 16 INT 62.0 Cmp% 3322 Passing Yards 6.8 Y/A
Kyle Allen took over the quarterback position after Cam Newton was lost for the season with a foot injury after week two. Allen started the season strong, throwing for four touchdowns and zero interceptions in week three against the Cardinals. However, he tailed off during the second half of the season and had a horrible 7:11 TD: INT ratio over the final eight weeks. He was replaced eventually by rookie Will Grier, who looked awful in weeks 16 and 17.
29. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
13 Starts 16 TD/ 14 INT 59.5 Cmp% 3494 Passing Yards 6.6 Y/A
Andy Dalton’s ninth NFL season as a starter may have been his last as a starter as the Bengals are expected to draft a quarterback with the top pick in next year’s draft. Dalton hasn’t looked the same since he played well in 2016. His 16 passing touchdowns were the lowest total of his career, and his 59.5 Cmp% was the worst since his rookie year. Rookie Ryan Finley briefly replaced him for weeks 10 through 12 and played poorly.
28. Case Keenum, Washington Redskins
8 Starts 11 TD/ 5 INT 64.8 Cmp% 1707 Passing Yards 6.9 Y/A
Case Keenum’s role for the Redskins this season was clearly to be used as a gap year for Dwayne Haskins. However, after the Redskins began underperforming, Haskins was brought in and ended up starting seven games for the Redskins. Keenum hasn’t been able to replicate the success he had with the Vikings in 2017, and the Redskins were 1-7 with him as the starter. Colt McCoy also started a game for the Redskins in week five.
27. Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
15 Starts 17 TD/ 10 INT 63.2 Cmp% 3138 Passing Yards 6.1 Y/A
Coming into the season with high expectations, Mitch Trubisky suffered significant regression in his third year as a pro. His QBR dropped from 70.8 in 2018 to 40.6, as the Bears offense was one of the worst in the NFL. Losing Jordan Howard put pressure on the passing game, but that can’t be an excuse for Trubisky’s poor play. If he struggles next year, the Bears have to look for another QB to build their franchise around. Chase Daniel got the start for Chicago in week five with Trubisky injured.
26. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
12 Starts 24 TD/ 12 INT 61.9 Cmp% 3027 Passing Yards 6.6 Y/A
A heavily scrutinized quarterback coming into the league, Daniel Jones replaced Eli Manning and led a comeback win over the Buccaneers in week three. From there, Danny Dimes wasn’t as successful as he struggled with fumbles, putting the ball on the ground an NFL-high 18 times. His best performance was in week 16 when Jones threw for five touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Redskins. Eli Manning is mulling retirement after starting just four games this season and serving primarily as a backup.
25. Sam Darnold, New York Jets
13 Starts 19 TD/ 13 INT 61.9 Cmp% 3024 Passing Yards 6.9 Y/A
Darnold battled mono and missed three games during the first quarter of the season. While often laughed at for claiming he was “seeing ghosts” during a Monday Night Football game against the Patriots, Darnold turned in a solid season. With him as the starter, the Jets had a respectable 7-6 record. Had he played 16 games, the Jets could have sneaked into a Wild-Card spot. Trevor Siemian started one game and got injured. Luke Falk then took over and looked atrocious in his two starts.
24. Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars
12 Starts 21 TD/ 6 INT 60.6 Cmp% 3271 Passing Yards 7.0 Y/A
Gardner Minshew II was a huge success story for the Jaguars after Nick Foles broke his collarbone in week one. Minshew, a sixth-round pick out of Washington State, became a fan-favorite for his mustache and background story. Foles failed to live up to his contract in his first season with the Jaguars. Coming back from injury in week 11, Foles’ play declined, and he was eventually replaced once again by Minshew. Those two will likely battle for the starting QB job next season.
23. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
15 Starts 18 TD/ 6 INT 60.9 Cmp% 2942 Passing Yards 6.6 Y/A
Jacoby Brissett was thrown into the fire for a Colts team with high expectations after Andrew Luck unexpectedly retired from football. Brissett played consistently but never did anything spectacular throughout the season. His best performance came in week seven when he threw for four touchdowns, and zero interceptions en route to a win over the Texans. Brissett was given a contract extension before the season, but the Colts may be looking to draft a quarterback. Veteran Brian Hoyer got the start in week ten with Brissett injured.
22. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
16 Starts 22 TD/ 21 INT 59.4 Cmp% 3827 Passing Yards 7.2 Y/A
In his second season, Baker Mayfield did not live up to expectations after a strong rookie season. His 21 interceptions were second-highest in the NFL, and the Browns were a wild disappointment with a 6-10 record. Several Browns players seemed upset with head coach Freddie Kitchens throughout the season. With a new playbook, it will be interesting to see if Mayfield can excel next season.
21. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16 Starts 33 TD/ 30 INT 60.7 Cmp% 5109 Passing Yards 8.2 Y/A
Out of every quarterback on the list, Jameis Winston was arguably the hardest to place. On the one hand, he threw for over 5,000 passing yards, and the Buccaneers weren’t horrible at 7-9. On the other hand, Winston also threw 30 interceptions, the worst by any quarterback since Vinny Testaverde threw 35 back in 1988. Jameis said it himself, if he cuts out the turnovers, he’s the best quarterback in the NFL.
20. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
16 Starts 23 TD/ 20 INT 66.0 Cmp% 4615 Passing Yards 7.8 Y/A
At age 38, Philip Rivers had the worst passer rating and QBR of his career as the Chargers were a wild disappointment at 5-11. Rivers’ arm strength has significantly decreased over the years; many of his passes are dump-offs to a running back. The Chargers may want to consider spending a first or second-round pick on a QB who can sit a year, allowing Rivers to play for his age 39 season, before moving on.
19. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
16 Starts 21 TD/ 8 INT 70.4 Cmp% 4054 Passing Yards 7.9 Y/A
Following an MVP-caliber 2016 season, Derek Carr has remained a very league-average quarterback who doesn’t generate a lot of conversation. The Raiders are just 17-30 with Carr as the starting QB since the start of 2017. However, he’s shown potential to be a top-tier quarterback, and for now, there’s no reason the Raiders should be looking to move on from him.
18. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
16 Starts 20 TD/ 12 INT 64.4 Cmp% 3722 Passing Yards 6.9 Y/A
The first overall pick, Kyler Murray, had a solid rookie season on an otherwise underwhelming roster. In addition to being a solid passer, Murray is capable of doing damage with his feet. With an undersized frame, he is hard to take down, and was second in the NFL in rushing yards among quarterbacks, only behind Lamar Jackson. Give him some playmakers, and he’ll have a bright future in the NFL.
17. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
16 starts 20 TD/ 9 INT 58.8 Cmp% 3089 Passing Yards 6.7 Y/A
In his second season, Josh Allen showed signs of improvement as he led the Bills to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. Allen often came up big when it mattered most. He led the AFC with four fourth-quarter comebacks and five game-winning drives last season. Allen will be making his playoff debut Sunday when the Bills head to Houston to take on Deshaun Watson and the Texans.
16. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
16 Starts 24 TD/ 8 INT 60.8 Cmp% 4057 Passing Yards 6.6 Y/A
At this point in his career, Brady is, in many ways, a system-quarterback. The majority of his throws are check-downs, and he is incredibly bad at moving out of the pocket. His age 42 season may have been the worst of his career since his rookie season. That being said, he has six rings and comes alive during the playoffs. Brady looked terrible during the regular season last year but still balled out in the AFC Championship game to beat the Chiefs.
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
13 Starts 20 TD/ 13 INT 62.0 Cmp% 3529 Passing Yards 7.0 Y/A
All season, Fitzpatrick has looked like a quarterback who realizes he may have his last starting opportunity and wants to make all the plays he can. After looking like a 0-16 candidate during the beginning of the season, Fitzpatrick quietly led the Dolphins to being a semi-relevant team. Miami went 5-4 in their final nine games, and Fitzpatrick led a game-winning drive to knock the Patriots out of a first-round bye. Clearly, Fitzmagic still has some fuel left in the tank.
14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
8 Starts 19 TD/ 5 INT 64.3 Cmp% 2499 Passing Yards 8.6 Y/A
Before suffering a season-ending injury, Matthew Stafford was very quietly revamping his career under new OC Darell Bevell. He threw 19 touchdowns in just eight games; in 2018, he threw only 21 touchdowns while playing all 16 games. Jeff Driskel and David Blough each got starts as the Lions went 0-8 in Stafford’s absence. The Lions could quietly be a playoff contender next season if they acquire assets in the offseason, and Stafford stays healthy.
13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles
16 Starts 22 TD/ 16 INT 62.9 Cmp% 4638 Passing Yards 7.4 Y/A
Jared Goff and the rest of the Rams’ offense took a step back in 2019 due in large part to Todd Gurley’s having a reduced role. Gurley’s lack of production put the ball in Goff’s hands as Goff led the NFL in pass attempts with 626. His passer rating and QBR were each the worst of his career since his rookie season. Brandin Cooks also dealt with injuries in 2019, which hurt the Rams’ passing attack. Sean McVay will look to get the Rams back to the playoffs next season.
12. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
15 Starts 26 TD/ 14 INT 66.2 Cmp% 4466 Passing Yards 7.3 Y/A
Matt Ryan remains a stable quarterback for another underwhelming Falcons roster. Ryan is one of the most reliable starting quarterbacks; he missed a game this season for the first time since 2009. He isn’t at the MVP level he once was before collapsing in the Super Bowl, but the Falcons aren’t going to be looking for a new quarterback any time soon either. Matt Schaub started one game and threw for 460 passing yards in a loss to the Seahawks in week seven.
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
16 Starts 27 TD/ 13 INT 69.1 Cmp% 3978 Passing Yards 8.4 Y/A
In his first season playing all 16 games, Jimmy Garoppolo turned in a very solid season as the 49ers earned the top seed in the NFC. Replacing Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard was a considerable upgrade this season for the 49ers. Jimmy G may not live fully up to his contract, but he’s an above-average quarterback.
10. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
10 Starts 22 TD/ 6 INT 70.3 Cmp% 2742 Passing Yards 9.6 Y/A
It’s surprising given Tannehill was a backup at the beginning of the year, but after the second half of the season turned in by him, I can’t leave him out of the top-ten. He led the NFL in yards per attempt and passer rating at 117.5. His season was very reminiscent of Nick Foles in 2013, where he replaced Michael Vick midway through the season and had a 27/2 TD/INT ratio. Marcus Mariota struggled throughout the season and will likely be a backup somewhere next season.
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
15 Starts 26 TD/ 6 INT 69.1 Cmp% 3603 Passing Yards 8.1 Y/A
After struggles at the start of the season, Kirk Cousins turned it on and was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL after week four. A full season from Dalvin Cook took the load off of Cousins in the passing; Cousins was just 24th in the NFL in passing attempts with 444.
However, there are still questions as to whether or not Cousins can beat elite-level teams. The only playoff team Minnesota beat this season was the 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles. Backup, Sean Mannion started week 17 for the Vikings, with the team locked into the sixth seed.
8. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
16 Starts 30 TD/ 11 INT 65.1 Cmp% 4902 Passing Yards 8.2 Y/A
Wanting a hefty contract coming into the season, Dak Prescott turned in the best season of his career and was second in the NFL passing yards. However, against the top teams in the NFL, Prescott struggled. His TD/INT against playoff teams was a lackluster 8/8 as the Cowboys went just 1-6 in those games. With Jason Garrett finally getting canned by Jerry Jones and the Cowboys, it will be interesting to see if Prescott can take his game to the next level next season.
7. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
15 Starts 26 TD/ 12 INT 67.3 Cmp% 3852 Passing Yards 7.8 Y/A
Watson is one of the best escape-artists in the NFL, but his down-field decision making is often shaky. Having three top 20 wide receivers in Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller V, and Kenny Stills certainly helps him as well. Following an MVP-caliber start to the season, Watson hasn’t been as sharp down the stretch with 11 of his 12 interceptions coming since week six. A.J. McCarron started week 17 for the Texans, with the team locked into the fourth seed in the AFC.
6. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
16 Starts 27 TD/ 7 INT 63.9 Cmp% 4039 Passing Yards 6.7 Y/A
One of the Eagles’ biggest goals for this season was getting 16 games out of Carson Wentz. He came through. Wentz is also the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 20 or more touchdowns while throwing under seven interceptions in three consecutive seasons. The Eagles also possess arguably the worst receiving corps in the NFL; Wentz is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 passing yards with no single receiver obtaining over 500 yards. Wentz will be playing in the first playoff game of his career on Sunday against the Seahawks.
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
11 Starts 27 TD/ 4 INT 74.3 Cmp% 2979 Passing Yards 7.9 Y/A
For the third straight season, Drew Brees led the NFL in Cmp%. At age 40, he remains one of the best in the NFL while Tom Brady has started to fall off. Michael Thomas became the NFL’s record holder for most receptions in a season with 149 receptions. Brees also missed multiple games in a season for the first time since 2003 after Aaron Donald injured his thumb. The team did not miss a beat and went 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback with Brees out.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
16 Starts 26 TD/ 4 INT 62.0 Cmp% 4002 Passing Yards 7.0 Y/A
Despite having a down season for his standards, Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Over the last two seasons, he’s thrown just six interceptions in 1,166 attempts, an incredible 0.6 INT%. Rodgers didn’t look as sharp as usual this season, and many of the Packers wins were ugly. However, Davante Adams missed a lot of time, and Green Bay’s final record was 13-3, second in the NFC. At age 36, he may not be an MVP candidate, but Rodgers is still elite.
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
16 Starts 31 TD/ 5 INT 66.1 Cmp% 4110 Passing Yards 8.0 Y/A
If it weren’t for a historically significant season by Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson would likely be the favorite to win league MVP. Wilson is one of the greatest of all-time at escaping that pocket, and that showed several times throughout the season. He’ll have to step up this Sunday when his team takes on the Eagles, as his top three running backs are now on IR. The biggest knock on his game is that he often takes too many sacks; he led the NFL in times getting sacked with 48.
2. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
15 Starts 36 TD/ 6 INT 66.1 Cmp% 3127 Passing Yards 7.8 Y/A
Wow, what a season for Lamar Jackson. Labeled as a running back coming into the season, Jackson not only broke the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, he also led the NFL in passing touchdowns. It shouldn’t even be a debate that he’s the MVP of the NFL. Since week eight, he’s thrown for a whopping 24 touchdowns compared to just a single interception. Robert Griffin III got the start in week 17 with the Ravens already clinching the top seed in the AFC.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
14 Starts 26 TD/ 5 INT 65.9 Cmp% 4031 Passing Yards 8.3 Y/A
Despite a drop-off from 2018, Patrick Mahomes is still the best quarterback in the NFL. He played hurt for much of the first half of the season with ankle and knee injuries but again turned an excellent TD/INT ratio on the year. Now at full strength, the Chiefs may be poised to make a deep playoff run. The Patriots choked away a first-round bye, so the Chiefs will get a week to prepare for their first playoff game. At age 24, Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are easily the two most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL to watch.
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