As the playoffs approach, quarterback play becomes even more important. Wins are not the only thing that evaluators look at when determining the value of a passer. To give a little context to the performances of the QB’s in the league, we have decided to rank all 32 starting NFL quarterbacks, on a weekly basis.
Here is the 14th edition of the quarterback power rankings
NO. 32: Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals (+0)
While Miami does have one of the best secondaries in the NFL, there is no denying that Brandon Allen struggled. If Tyler Boyd does not have the most unlikely touchdown of the season, Allen would have posted yet another shoddy stat sheet.
No. 31: Mike Glennon, Jacksonville Jaguars (+0)
Glennon was poor for the most part. He did throw a touchdown to Laviska Shenault, but it took a wild carom off a Viking. Overall, Glennon had a rough outing, as despite the score being close, he still showed no signs of life as a passer.
No. 30: Sam Darnold, New York Jets (+0)
Darnold threw his first touchdown since September (not a typo). If the Jets do not blow coverage on the final play, New York would have won.
No. 29: Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (+0)
Lock had several ugly throws in a six-point loss to the Chiefs. Had he played even slightly better, Denver would have pulled the upset.
No. 28: Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (-6)
Mullens did throw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, but he had an ugly red zone interception that kept the 49ers from keeping it close against the Bills.
No. 27: Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (-3)
The future Comeback Player of the Year has game-managed Washington to three straight wins. He has limited upside, but his 88.2 rating in four starts is not awful.
No. 26: Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (-1)
Dalton played better than the stats said as he had a tipped interception and a dropped touchdown.
No. 25: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: Not Included)
Hurts will make his first NFL start against the Saints on Sunday. He looked better than Carson Wentz last week.
No. 24: Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (+2)
For once, the Chicago defense let down Trubisky and the Bears. Trubisky had season-highs in completion percentage, yards, and passer rating
No. 23: Daniel Jones, New York Giants (Last Week: Not Included)
Jones will return to action after missing Week 13.
No. 22: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (+1)
After an up-and-down first half, Tagovailoa exploded in the second half. The rookie is beginning to figure it out.
No. 21: Cam Newton, New England Patriots (+0)
Newton accounted for three touchdowns in New England’s win over the Chargers.
On Thursday Night Football, Newton was 9-for-16 with 119 yards and a pick-six. New England lost.
No. 20: Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (+0)
Rivers had one of his best games of the season, pouring in 285 yards on 27 completions as the Colts beat the Texans.
No. 19: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (+0)
Goff posted a great 104.9 passer rating across 47 attempts against Arizona. He added a rushing touchdown and avoided the turnover bug.
On Thursday Night Football, Goff completed 16-of-25 passes for 137 yards, two total touchdowns, and an interception.
No. 18: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2)
Brady and the Buccaneers enjoyed a Week 13 bye week.
No. 17: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (-4)
Ryan had three consecutive games with a passer rating below 81. It has been a rough stretch for the 2016 MVP.
No. 16: Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (-2)
Bridgewater and the Panthers enjoyed a Week 13 bye week.
No. 15: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (-4)
After throwing a touchdown in his first 10 starts, Herbert went without one against the Patriots. It was his lowest completion percentage, passer rating, and yards per attempt of the season.
No. 14: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (-4)
Murray has been hot and cold all season, but he has now turned the ball over in five of six games. His rushing production has dried up as well. His last three games have represented three of his four lowest rushing totals.
No. 13: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+2)
After missing Week 12 due to COVID-19, Jackson tallied three touchdowns in a prime time victory. Jackson showed a fair share of inaccuracy, but he had a hyper-productive game on the ground.
No. 12: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (+6)
Tennessee’s defense is admittedly atrocious, but Mayfield had one of the best games of his career. He had 334 yards and four touchdowns with a sterling 147 rating.
No. 11: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
Roethlisberger followed his streak of three straight 100 passer ratings with three straight in the 80s. Pittsburgh has dropped a ridiculous 11 passes in two weeks, so Roethlisberger escapes some of the blame.
No. 10: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (+7)
Stafford lit up the Bears for 400 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown to Quintez Cephus was the longest pass of the week by air yards. When Stafford plays like that, it is difficult to beat the Lions.
No. 9: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (-2)
After a down week against the Falcons, Carr answered with 380 yards and three touchdowns. However, it was against the Jets.
No. 8: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (+1)
Cousins had an unfortunate pick-six to open the second half, but he has been sharp for the most part in the last month. He has four games with three touchdowns in that period. His worst passer rating since Week two is 90.4. His 10-game streak is one of only 13 all-time.
No. 7: Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (+5)
The three-game Hill experiment has worked so far. Hill has completed 71 percent of his throws and totaled six touchdowns. He added two through the air against Atlanta.
No. 6: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (+0)
Tannehill has been steady for most of the season. He did throw an interception against the Browns, but it came on a deflection.
No. 5: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (-3)
If you have ever wondered why Wilson has never received an MVP vote, it is because he has stretches like this in his career. In Wilson’s first seven games, he had a rating of 121, and he was on pace for 59 touchdowns. In his last four games, he has an 87 rating and more turnovers than touchdowns.
No. 4: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (+0)
Watson threw his first interception in almost two months, and a bad snap prevented Houston from taking a late lead. Watson has still been stellar in 2020.
No. 3: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+2)
Allen had one of his best games of the season. He twirled a 139 passer rating with 375 yards and four touchdowns. Buffalo is a force to be reckoned with.
No. 2: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (-1)
Sunday night was just the third time Mahomes had a passer rating below 100 all season. He threw for 300 yards for the eighth time in 2020. However, the only MVP value that Mahomes trumps the top quarterback in the power rankings with is team record.
No. 1: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (+2)
One would need to create a new dictionary to find enough words to compliment Rodgers’s play this season. He may very well win his third MVP this season.
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of the quarterback power rankings.