Eight weeks have gone by since our last set of QB Rankings and there has been quite a large reshuffle since then. Some quarterbacks have been ruled out by injury, others have come in to replace those who were struggling. Quarterbacks have risen, quarterbacks have fallen, and this is what we’ve been left with heading into week 14.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Nobody has been a better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers this season. His numbers may not be as huge as those of Peyton Manning, or Andrew Luck, but it’s his ruthless efficiency that makes him the best in the business. Best passer rating in the league. Most yards per attempt. A TD:INT ratio of 32:3. R-E-L-A-X.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Brady was 12th in the last rankings. Needless to say, a lot has changed. He has guided his team to 6 wins in 7 games since then (Only losing to the man above him). However, it’s not just the wins. He has also thrown 22 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions since last time we ranked him. Sorry for putting you 12th Tom.We’ll never doubt you again.
3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: Peyton is recovering from his run of 3 multi-interception games in a row. He hasn’t returned to his best, but he still has more touchdowns this season than any other quarterback, and the 3rd most passing yards in the league. It would take a dreadful run of form to make us forget his numbers so far this season.
4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck’s numbers have been massive this year. He leads the league in passing yards, and has the second most touchdown passes. However, he also leads the league in pass attempts, which shows how much he is asked to do in this offence. This has led to interceptions, and some games with low completion percentages. However, he still owns the yards per attempt of an elite quarterback.
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Brees is the most accurate passer in the league at the moment. He is completing over 70% of his passes, and he’s fresh off a 5 touchdown, 0 interception game in Pittsburgh.One problem for Brees is that his team struggles to win games. Say what you want about the rest of his team, but an elite quarterback like Brees needs to win more games. He also needs to cut down on interceptions (he’s in a similar situation to Luck).
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben is coming back down to earth after his ridiculous 2 game run in which he scored 12 touchdowns, and passed for over 850 yards. However, he still has to be elevated in these rankings when we consider the fact that he possesses some of the best passing numbers in the league.
7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: Rivers is starting to look like the Rivers we saw in the first half of the season. He had almost 400 yards passing last week, and this went a long way towards making us forget about some of his miserable outings in recent weeks. He has likely thrown away his place in the MVP race, but he won’t mind if he can lead the Chargers to the play-offs.
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8.Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: The thing about Romo is that he just can’t allow himself to be considered elite. He had been interception-free in his previous three games, but when it came to Thanksgiving, and the spotlight was on him, he threw 2. It’s just the way Romo is. His passer rating is 3rd best in the league, he needs to stop having these ugly games.
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan has produced consistently this year, and that’s more than can be said for most quarterbacks on this list. His deep passing is starting to look sharper, and he’s starting to get some Ws for his team.
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson has been excellent running the football. The same can’t be said of his passing game. He has kept the offense moving well, but he doesn’t throw the ball often. These days he’s playing more like Alex Smith, leaning on his running back, and not turning it over.
11. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill is another guy who has really stepped up in recent weeks. Tannehill has only completed less than 70% in 2 games since week 3. After finishing last season as one of the more inaccurate passers in the league, he is clearly showing some development as a passer. However, the ability to throw a deep ball is missing from his game.
12. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco hasn’t thrown an interception since week 9. However he had 5 in 3 games before that. Consistency is a huge issue for Joe, and he struggles with accuracy. Although I’m not happy about putting him so high on the list, compared to the play of the rest of the QBs in the league, he deserves it.
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants: Eli has been solid in his last two outings, but we can’t just forget the 5 interception game 3 weeks ago. Apart from that game he has had a satisfactory season, but it does knock him down just a bit in these rankings.
14. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith isn’t the most gifted passer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play the position. Smith is smart. He knows what he can do, and he knows what he can’t do. That’s why his pass completion percentage is usually high. It’s also why he has only thrown one interception since the last rankings. He may depend on Charles a lot, but he does his job well.
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15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: These past few weeks we have seen extreme examples of the 2 sides of Andy Dalton . There’s the 3-interception Dalton from last week, and there’s the 3-touchdown Dalton from three weeks ago. Which Dalton will turn up in any given week is anyone’s guess.
16. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Stafford just had a huge game, but it has been his only one this season. He can do more. He is very talented, and has incredibly talented receivers at his disposal. Despite this, he still has one of the lowest QB ratings in the league, and doesn’t throw enough touchdowns. He also misses too many simple passes, and struggles under pressure.
17. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: Cutler isn’t an inaccurate quarterback in general, he just throws some horrific interceptions. Well, by “some” I mean a lot (14). This eclipses the fact that he has also thrown 24 touchdowns this season. It’s the same old story with Cutler, the interceptions destroy his game, and his reputation.
18. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick’s play was brutal on Thanksgiving. No touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and he didn’t make a pass longer than 16 yards. However, even before this Kaepernick hadn’t been performing well. He makes some nice plays, but they don’t count for much when your offense isn’t scoring points.
19. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: He hasn’t had more touchdowns than interceptions in a game since week 6. His numbers have, at times, been decent. However, they haven’t been decent enough to secure more Ws for his team. His pass completion percentage is a brutal 57.9.
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20. Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins: McCoy is fresh off a 392-yard game, during which he also threw 3 touchdown passes. While that stat line does flatter his performance, McCoy still seems like the best quarterback on the roster as it stands. He has been very accurate, even if his arm strength is an issue. He has completed over 75% of his passes.
21. Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles: The NFL Schedule gave Sanchez a chance to impress the world, and he took it. On the 2 year anniversary of the infamous butt fumble, Sanchez managed to forget about his past thanksgiving woes long enough to put in an excellent display against the Cowboys. Sanchez is showing us signs that he’s not finished yet.
22. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings: He’s not dominating statistically, but he has put in the most competent performances of any quarterback in this rookie class. He doesn’t throw a massive amount of touchdowns, nor does he throw for a lot of yards. On the other hand, he doesn’t turn the ball over often. He’s competent.
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans: I’m not exactly sure what just happened here. Weeks of mediocrity before he was benched, and then Fitzpatrick has the game of his life in his first week back. 358 Yards. 6 Touchdowns. 0 Interceptions. Let’s forget about his early season exploits for now.
24. Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills: After some impressive starts when he first came in to replace Manuel, Orton’s play has declined in recent weeks. He has been reasonably accurate, but when it comes to throwing touchdowns, his production has started to slow down. In his last 4 games, he has 4 touchdowns. In the previous 4, he had 9 touchdowns.
25. Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns: Hoyer has thrown 5 interceptions in his last 2 weeks. When you couple this with the fact that he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in that span, there must be some doubts in Mike Pettine’s head about his starting quarterback’s form. However, I could be biased. I really wanted to see Johnny Manziel in this spot this week.
26. Shaun Hill, St. Louis Rams: Hill is not be setting the world alight with his stat lines so far this season. However, he’s keeping his team competitive in games. They have won 2 out of the 3 games he has started, and barely lost the other. He’s playing efficient football.
27. Drew Stanton, Arizona Cardinals: Stanton is a decent backup quarterback, but that’s all he is. His biggest flaw is his accuracy. He can throw a nice deep ball, but he needs to be more consistent with his passes. He isn’t capable of guiding this talented Cardinals roster to a championship.
28. Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans: It’s hard to know whether or not Mettenberger can be the man in Tennessee. He has a strong arm, and at times looks like he has starter potential. However, he needs to turn that potential into wins soon. If he continues to lose games, the Titans might be tempted by a quarterback in the draft.
29. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders: Carr has played some solid football this year, leading the rookie pack in passing yards and touchdowns. He looks like he will be “the guy” for the next few years, in Oakland.However, he has obvious flaws in his game, and he was punished for them against St. Louis. He’s a work in progress.
30. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars: It pains me to put Bortles so low on this list, but from an objective point of view, I don’t think I have a choice. I suppose we have to address all those interceptions. 15 interceptions. That’s a lot. His passer rating is ugly too, he owns the 2nd worst among starting quarterbacks. Peyton threw 28 interceptions as a rookie, Bortles can still turn this career around (Probably not to the same extent as Peyton).
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31. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Upon his return to the lineup, McCown had a couple of decent outings. Since then, he has set about reminding us that he is among the worst starting quarterbacks in the league. Glennon has shown a bit more quality than McCown so far this season, but that’s not saying much. Neither should be starting in 2015.
32. The 2-Headed New York Jets QB Monster: I don’t know which of this monster’s heads is worse, but neither of them are pleasant to watch. The Jets don’t seem to know either, as they continue to change their starter trying to decide which is less of a liability. Last week, they even tried to pretend they didn’t have a quarterback.