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 15th edition of the quarterback power rankings.
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No. 32: Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals: (+0)
Allen was reasonably competent against the Cowboys, completing 75 percent of his passes. He had a passer rating of 99.0. He also left with an injury, and he may not be available for Monday Night Football.
No. 31: Sam Darnold, New York Jets (-1)
While he did not have an official interception, he hit Jamal Adams perfectly in stride. Adams just happened to drop the interception. To be positive, Darnold’s 68.1 rating was better than the 67.2 he had coming into the game.
No. 30: Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (-2)
This is what happens when a backup quarterback is forced into a starting job. Mullens has had a few nice games, but he actively hurts the Niners. Ouch.
No. 29: Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (-2)
Smith was injured in the previous game, so he may not play. When he played, he was abysmal, rocking a sturdy 27.7 passer rating.
No. 28: Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (-2)
Dalton’s revenge tour went well, slicing Cincinnati for two touchdowns and 185 yards. Although, Dallas certainly downgraded their draft slot with the victory.
No. 27: Daniel Jones, New York Giants (-4)
Jones fumbled three times, losing one. It was a rough performance, and he was benched. On the bright side, he has had four decent games this season where he only had a total of one turnover.
No. 26: Cam Newton, New England Patriots (-5)
Newton had another rough day at the office, throwing a pick-six. He has failed to get to 13 completions in three straight games. While the lack of completions can be blamed on the run/pass spread, Newton is not throwing the football particularly well either.
No. 25: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: Not Included)
After a six-week hiatus, the mustached legend stepped back on the field for the Jaguars. Minshew threw for 178 yards and a touchdown. He will start Week 15 against the Ravens.
No. 24: Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (+5)
Lock is weird. He has months of looking like the worst quarterback in the NFL, however, he lit up Carolina for four touchdowns and 280 yards. As bad as Carolina is defensively, Lock still played extremely well.
Hurts posted 273 total yards and one touchdown in his first start. It was far from perfect, but he played well enough to knock off the Saints.
No. 22: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (+0)
Tagovailoa threw his first career interception, but he had a reasonable game against the Chiefs. He missed several throws, but he was able to execute on critical downs.
No. 21: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)
Outside of one throw, Brady appeared to be on his last leg. Statistically, the performance was good, but the eight incompletions featured wildly inaccurate balls.
No. 20: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (-3)
After one of the best stretches of his career earlier in the season, Ryan has come undone. He has a 66.0 rating over the last month. It came to a crescendo with three interceptions in Los Angeles. The final interception came in the dying seconds, blowing yet another game.
No. 19: Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (+5)
No. 18: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (+1)
While Goff did throw an interception, it was not his fault. He played an otherwise solid game against a tough New England secondary.
No. 17: Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (-1)
Carolina has not won a Bridgewater start since October 11. He was not bad, but he isn’t the QB of the future. Expect the Panthers to draft a quarterback in April.
No. 16: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (-1)
Herbert had a solid bounce-back performance, until he threw an interception in the fourth quarter. While the Chargers ended up winning, the interception could have cost Los Angeles the game.
No. 15: Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (+5)
Rivers has a 119.1 rating in December. Indianapolis is playing well as a unit, and Rivers is making the necessary throws.
No. 14: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (+0)
Murray had 47 rushing yards to go along with 244 passing yards. It was a clean performance from the second-year signal-caller.
No. 13: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (-2)
Roethlisberger has his worst passer rating of the season, at 65.9. Pittsburgh lost for the second-straight week, and the offense continues to be inept. After 10 games with at least 24 points, Pittsburgh has scored 17 points per game in December. Roethlisberger has been let down with drops, but he has also failed to hit downfield passes.
No. 12: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (-3)
The shine of Carr has worn off. He has an interception in four straight games and he has eight total turnovers in those contests.
No. 11: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+2)
Jackson has broken QBR. Of the 10 games with a 99.5 or higher, Jackson has four of them. He had a 99.5 QBR on Monday Night Football, leading Baltimore to the victory. He also set the MNF record with 124 quarterback rushing yards and added three total scores.
No. 10: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (+2)
While Jackson won the game, Mayfield played lights out in his own right. He threw two touchdowns, added one on the ground, and answered every Baltimore drive he could. Mayfield is a star now.
No. 9: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (+1)
Stafford was knocked out of the Week 14 contest, and his status for Week 15 is undetermined. He was solid against Green Bay, and he has had an under-the-radar season as a whole.
No. 8: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (+0)
Cousins had yet another game with a 90.0 or better passer rating. His streak of 11 straight games with a 90.0 or better is only topped only by six future Hall of Famers.
No. 7: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (-1)
Tannehill had his second dominant performance against Jacksonville in 2020. He completed 75 percent of his passes in both, tacking on two 130.0+ passer ratings. Tannehill also has had four straight games with a passer rating above 104.
No. 6: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (-1)
Wilson did throw his 12th interception of the season, a career-high, but he also tossed four touchdowns. He needs to be better for the Seahawks to have a shot at winning the NFC or the Super Bowl.
No. 5: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Last Week: Not Included)
No. 4: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (+0)
Watson cannot seem to catch a break. He has been let down by the Texans at every turn. It is yet another lost season for Houston.
No. 3: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+0)
No. 2: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (+0)
Mahomes tossed a trio of interceptions, but they were all spectacular defensive plays. He did just enough to win the game, and the Chiefs are sitting pretty at 12-1. With two wins out of their last three, the KC will clinch the top seed in the AFC.
No. 1: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (+0)
Only one player has ever had eight straight games with 29+ pass attempts and a 108 passer rating: Aaron Rodgers in 2020. Similarly, only one player has 12 games in a season with 25 pass attempts and a 107 rating: Aaron Rodgers (twice. 2011 and 2020). Rodgers is the MVP. Plain and Simple.
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