With a tumultuous off-season, many teams hinge their playoff hopes on their quarterback. With 32 starting quarterbacks, it is only natural to make a quarterback power rankings to track players throughout the season. Some will rise. Some will fall.
Here is the fourth edition of the quarterback power rankings.
For the preseason edition, click here. For the Week 1 edition, click here. Click here for Week 2’s edition.
No. 32: Brett Rypien, Denver Broncos (Last Week: Not Included)
All nine of Rypien’s passes were caught on Sunday including one to the Buccaneers. He will make his first NFL start on Thursday Night Football at the New York Jets. *Edit: Rypien completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns.*
No. 31: Sam Darnold, New York Jets (-4)
Darnold tossed a trio of interceptions featuring two pick-sixes. He contributed to 16 Indianapolis points when you include a fourth-quarter safety.
No. 30: Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team (-4)
After two mediocre starts, the wheels fell off for Haskins. He threw three interceptions and had a passer rating under 60.
No. 29: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (+1)
Fitzpatrick was excellent on Thursday, torching the Jaguars for a 133 passer rating and a 90+ PFF Grade.
No. 28: Daniel Jones, New York Giants (-4)
Jones’s passer rating has decreased by double-digits in three straight weeks. He has not been great.
No. 27: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (-2)
With a week to prepare, Herbert underwhelmed against the Panthers. He nearly led a game-winning drive, but there was no reason to be trailing to the Panthers in the first place.
No. 26: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (+2)
He threw two more interceptions, but he did have a handful of plays like the classic Wentz including a clutch rainbow throw to Zach Ertz.
Best throw of the season for Wentz
Hell of a dime to Ertz!!!#Eagles pic.twitter.com/ylwVP8vttR
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) September 27, 2020
He has been poor, but all hope is not lost.
No. 25: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (+4)
Despite tossing a pair of interceptions, Cousins raised his passer rating from Week 2 by about 75 points. He facilitated Justin Jefferson’s massive breakout performance.
No. 24: Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (+8)
It was only the Giants, but Mullens popped for over 300 yards. With Kyle Shanahan in his ear, it is hard to imagine Mullens failing to execute.
No. 23: Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (Last Week: Not Included)
Foles came in relief of Mitch Trubisky, fired a trio of touchdowns, and led the Bears back to win. He is an upgrade over Trubisky.
No. 22: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (+0)
Mayfield had a strong 117 passer rating against Washington, leading the Browns to their first day with a winning record since 2014.
No. 21: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (-2)
Even without Julio Jones, Ryan had another run-of-the-mill day. He was not special, and the Falcons blew another huge lead.
No. 20: Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (+0)
Bridgewater and the Panthers settled for too many field goals, and the Chargers almost came back to win. He does just enough for the offense, but they lack a killer instinct.
No. 19: Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (+2)
It was only the Jets, but Rivers had another solid performance.
No. 18: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (-3)
Carr was not bad, but the quarterbacks behind him in the quarterback power rankings were just better. The Raiders struggled for most of the game against the Patriots.
No. 17: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (+1)
Stafford and the Lions shocked the Cardinals in Glendale on Sunday. Stafford and Kenny Golladay did not miss a beat, and Stafford should slowly rise in the quarterback power rankings.
No. 16: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (+1)
Michael Thomas will be back soon, and Brees should be fine statistically. He is still quite accurate, and the depth of target concerns are minimized within the offense.
No. 15: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (-5)
Minshew was poor on Thursday night. It was a critical game for the Jaguars to win and regain momentum, but they fell flat.
No. 14: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (+2)
Roethlisberger had a solid performance on Sunday. He has developed a strong rapport with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool in addition to the established connection with JuJu Smith-Schuster.
No. 13: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (-2)
Watson and the Texans had early success against Pittsburgh, but the second half was a mess. The Texans are 0-3, and Watson has been far from elite.
No. 12: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (-5)
Murray fell back to Earth with a three-interception performance against the Lions. Considering the opponent, it was one of the poorest performances of the week.
No. 11: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: (+1)
Burrow has yet to notch his first NFL win, but he and the Bengals did tie the Eagles on Sunday. Burrow is having the makings of a terrific rookie season.
No. 10: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (-1)
The Rams were down 28-3 at one point, but Goff led the offense back with productive drive after productive drive. The Rams lost, but Goff played well.
No. 9: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (+4)
Outside of forcing an interception on the final play, Prescott was great against Seattle. His deep ball was on point, and the stats were phenomenal.
No. 8: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6)
Brady was clinical on Sunday. While Denver’s defense has been ravaged with injuries and poor play, Brady ripped them to shreds.
No. 7: Cam Newton, New England Patriots (-2)
Newton failed to match the electricity of Week 2, but he had another solid performance.
No. 6: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (+0)
Tannehill was not spectacular, but he did enough to help the Titans to a third-straight win.
No. 5: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+3)
There were questionable refereeing decisions on both sides, but Allen has continued to show massive growth.
No. 4: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+0)
The stat line was ugly, but Jackson’s pass-catchers dropped a touchdown and several long passes. On the other hand, Jackson did luck into not throwing an interception. The gap between him and Allen has shrunk considerably.
No. 3: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (+0)
Rodgers was excellent again on Sunday Night Football. Even without Davante Adams, Rodgers sliced up the Saints defense, and he helped the Packers to 3-0.
No. 2: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (+0)
Mahomes woke up just in time to clobber the Ravens for 30 minutes before settling back into his role as a marksman. Mahomes is so spectacular that his version of average exceeds almost every quarterback’s best.
No. 1: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (+0)
Wilson has 14 passing touchdowns in three weeks, good enough to be on pace for 75 on the season. He will not get to 75 touchdowns, but he is the front-runner for MVP right now.
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