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Quarterback Rankings Heading Into Week 12

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Welcome to the Week 12 quarterback power rankings! All 32 starting quarterbacks are eligible this week as there are no bye weeks. Mike White makes his triumphant return to the rankings with the Jets benching Zach Wilson. Matt Ryan has returned from a brief hiatus as well. Carolina’s quarterback carousel has landed on Sam Darnold.

Kyle Allen and Bryce Perkins will be getting first-team reps this week. Allen has replaced Davis Mills for Week 12, and Perkins would start in case Matthew Stafford is unable to go in Week 12. For the power rankings, Allen will be counted while Stafford gets the nod for the moment. There are similar injury concerns with both Justin Fields and Kyler Murray. For now, both will be included in the rankings.

In the last two weeks, there have been some slight fluctuations. Stafford is the highest-graded quarterback in the stretch, but he missed a game with an injury and left the second game with another injury. Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow, and Patrick Mahomes cracked the elusive 90.0-grade barrier. Even the likes of Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill, and Jacoby Brissett have had strong performances.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kirk Cousins took a nosedive. Jared Goff has also struggled despite Detroit’s positive run of form. Davis Mills, Mac Jones, and Zach Wilson did not honor the legacy of the 2021 quarterback class.

Let’s get to this week’s quarterback power rankings:

QuarterbackWeek 10Now
Sam DarnoldN/A32
Kyle AllenN/A31
Mike WhiteN/A30
Mac JonesN/A29
Taylor Heinicke2628
Jared Goff2327
Kenny Pickett2126
Daniel Jones1925
Matthew Stafford1724
Jimmy Garoppolo2223
Marcus Mariota2022
Matt RyanN/A21
Russell Wilson1620
Derek Carr1419
Andy Dalton2418
Kyler Murray1117
Justin Fields1216
Jacoby Brissett1815
Trevor Lawrence1514
Ryan Tannehill1313
Aaron Rodgers1012
Dak Prescott811
Kirk Cousins610
Tom Brady99
Geno Smith58
Justin Herbert77
Joe BurrowN/A6
Jalen Hurts35
Lamar JacksonN/A4
Tua Tagovailoa43
Josh Allen22
Patrick Mahomes11

Biggest Climber:

With many new quarterbacks entering the fold, no quarterback had a massive leap forward. The two biggest numerical jumps came from Brissett and Dalton. Both quarterbacks had spectacular showings in Week 11. Brissett posted 324 passing yards and three touchdowns, launching six big-time throws against the Buffalo Bills. Dalton had the top passer rating of any quarterback in Week 11, posting a 149.6 mark. He had 260 yards and three touchdowns on only 25 pass attempts.

The AFC South has had an uptick in passing performance outside of Houston’s debacle. On Thursday Night Football, Ryan Tannehill had a stellar game, lighting up the Green Bay Packers for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Since returning, Matt Ryan has also been effective. He had a 110.7 rating in his Week 10 start, and he nearly led the Colts to a win over the then-8-1 Eagles in Week 11.

Before his Week 11 bye week, Trevor Lawrence had a scintillating performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 259 passing yards and two touchdowns. He had an 80.0 or better PFF grade for the second consecutive week. He launched three big-time throws with zero turnover-worthy plays.

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Biggest Faller:

The NFC North’s array of quarterbacks has struggled mightily. Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields, and Jared Goff each slipped four spots while Aaron Rodgers dropped two spots. Cousins has had his lowest PFF grades of the season in each of the last two weeks. Last week, he had a 64.6 passer rating and offered little in the way of positives. He also lost a fumble early in the game.

Fields has had strong statistical performances when including his rushing total, but his passing has been inconsistent. Fields has had three consecutive performances with a passing grade in the 50s. It is encouraging after his rough start to the season, but Fields is not quite fully developed.

The Lions have won three games in a row, but Goff has been pulling in the opposite direction. He has passing grades of 47.1, 51.1, and 42.4 in the run. He has zero big-time throws and five turnover-worthy plays. The Lions have ridden a playmaking defense as well as a strong rushing attack built through Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift. Goff has not been terrible this season, but he is in a rough bit of form at the moment.

After a vintage performance in Week 10, Rodgers took a step back in Week 11. The stats were adequate, but one of the two touchdowns came on a free play, accounting for a sizable chunk of Rodgers’ production. Rodgers extended his streak of games with multiple big-time throws, but he also had a turnover-worthy play for the third consecutive game. Overall, Rodgers has been adequate but as good as he has been in years passed.

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Ryan Potts is an avid football and baseball fan. He covers the NFL and Major League Baseball, focusing on the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Braves.