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 fifth edition of the quarterback power rankings.
No. 32: Brett Rypien, Denver Broncos (+0)
Rypien made some solid throws, but he also made some of the worst throws of the weekend.
No. 31: Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team (-1)
Haskins was not awful against Baltimore, but he did not show any flashes of being the future franchise quarterback for the Football Team.
No. 30: Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (-6)
Mullens had the single-worst throw of the season, staring down a linebacker for an easy pick-six.
The 49ers need Jimmy Garoppolo to return.
No. 29: Sam Darnold, New York Jets (+2)
Darnold had a fantastic touchdown run in the first quarter, but his performance was more of the ebbs and flows that the Jets have seen since 2018.
No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (+1)
Fitzpatrick kept the Dolphins in the game, but a handful of bad throws gifted Seattle the victory.
No. 27: Daniel Jones, New York Giants (+1)
Until the final drive, Jones was generally competent even when facing pressure from Aaron Donald.
No. 26: Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (-3)
Foles’s first start with Chicago did not go to plan as Chicago only scored 11 points.
No. 25: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (-7)
Carr is an entirely different quarterback with Henry Ruggs on the field. He was not awful, but the quarterbacks that passed him were better in Week 4.
No. 24: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (+3)
Herbert delivered two beautiful deep ball touchdowns, but the performance was all for naught as he tossed away the game with an interception.
No. 23: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Wentz threw his seventh interception of the season, but he strung together enough throws to knock off San Francisco.
No. 22: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (+3)
Cousins has the benefit of playing with two talented receivers in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, but he has looked significantly better since Week 2.
No. 21: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (+0)
With Julio Jones hampered by injury and Calvin Ridley erased by Jaire Alexander, Ryan, and the Falcons sputtered.
No. 20: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (-3)
Stafford and the Lions blew yet another double-digit lead.
No. 19: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (-4)
The Minshew Magic has worn off, and the Jaguars are entering a downward spiral. Minshew is tumbling down the quarterback power rankings.
No. 18: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (+4)
Mayfield was not the most impressive Brown, but he hit some critical throws to beat Dallas.
No. 17: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (-5)
He went 60 minutes without throwing an interception, but the offense was lacking against a below-average Panthers defense.
No. 16: Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (+4)
Bridgewater has been statistically impressive through four weeks. However, the Panthers need to be more prolific in terms of scoring touchdowns in the red zone.
No. 15: Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (+4)
Rivers had a productive performance on Sunday. He was pressured relatively often by the Bears, but he had a good week.
No. 14: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (+0)
Roethlisberger and the Steelers did not play in Week 4.
No. 13: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (+3)
Brees appeared to be much closer to his 2018 form than his early 2020 play. With Michael Thomas coming back, do not count out New Orleans’s offense.
No. 12: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (+1)
Watson had some spectacular throws, but the Texans fell to 0-4.
No. 11: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (-1)
It took a while, but Goff finally hit Cooper Kupp for a big touchdown to put the game away.
No. 10: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: (+1)
Burrow has been absurdly impressive. Without having to scramble for his life, he was poised and prolific.
No. 9: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (-3)
Tannehill and the Titans did not play in Week 4.
No. 8: Cam Newton, New England Patriots (-1)
Newton tested positive for COVID-19, so he missed New England’s game in Kansas City. Brian Hoyer was abysmal, and Newton should return for Week 5.
No. 7: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1)
Brady leads the NFL in deep passing yards, and he was delivering perfect throw after perfect throw in the second half. He had an egregious pick-six, but Brady has been elite Brady for the most part.
No. 6: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (+3)
Prescott was not quite perfect against the Browns, but he was close. He had over 500 passing yards, and he was the best Cowboy for most of the afternoon.
No. 5: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (-1)
Jackson had a couple of excellent throws, and he had a 2019-esque touchdown run, but the snap-to-snap consistency needs to improve.
No. 4: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (-2)
For as great as Mahomes has been in 2020, the Kansas City offense inflates his touchdown numbers.
He had two touchdowns on Monday that were contingent on Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman rather than any arm talent Mahomes flashed.
No. 3: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+2)
Josh Allen was not statistically dominant against the Raiders, but he was as polished as he has ever been. Allen is squarely in the MVP race, and he is flying up the quarterback power rankings.
No. 2: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (+1)
Rodgers has been sensational through four weeks. He had another otherworldly performance against the Falcons.
No. 1: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (+0)
He slipped off his 4.7 passing touchdowns per week pace, but he had success against Miami’s secondary.
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of the quarterback power rankings.
Also, be sure to check out the Overtime Heroics Forums page to join me and many others in some good discussion.