The Sportsman’s NFL quarterback power rankings after Week 14
There isn’t much room in the 10-20 spots this week with four of the ten spots filled by players in a bye week, but Kyler Murray’s unfortunate injury opens up a spot.
The breakout star of the week was Brock Purdy, as the late seventh-round draft pick continued to make a name for himself, leading the 49ers to a dominating win over the former sixth-round draft pick , a little more decorated, Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
RULES OF THE WEEK – With some teams in a bye week, non-playing quarterbacks will be frozen in place. This can work to their advantage and restrict others, but the displaced will just have to up their game.
As always, we will indicate the components that influence whether a player will rise or fall in the rankings. Influential factors considered are QB Passer Rating (QBPR), touchdowns (TD), interceptions (INT) and yardage (YD). The reputation that any person may have is no longer important.
32. Multiple QBs (Baltimore Ravens) – INJURED
31. Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) – INJURED (potentially out for the year)
30. Multiple QBs (Houston Texans) – UNRANKED
29. Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh Steelers) – CONCUSSION
28. Derek Carr (Las Vegas Raiders) – DOWN 5
27. Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers) – DO NOT MOVE
26. Mike White (New York Jets) – 1 DOWN
25. Deshaun Watson (Cleveland Browns) – UP 4
24. Marcus Mariota (Atlanta Falcons) – BYE-WEEK
23. Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos) – UP 7
22. Baker Mayfield (Los Angeles Rams) – RE-ENTRY
21. Justin Fields (Chicago Bears) – BYE-WEEK
20. Brock Purdy (San Francisco 49ers) – NEW ENTRY
19. Matt Ryan (Indianapolis Colts) – BYE-WEEK
18. Andy Dalton (New Orleans Saints) – BYE-WEEK
17. Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – DOWN 6
16. Daniel Jones (New York Giants) – DOWN 3
15. Taylor Heinicke (Washington Commanders) – BYE-WEEK
14. Mac Jones (New England Patriots) – UP 3
13. Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars) – UP 7
12. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) – BYE-WEEK
11. Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – DOWN 3
10. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) – DOWN 2
This was certainly a game to forget for Tagovailoa. His 35% completion percentage was the worst when he attempted a minimum of five throws in his college and NFL career. The only positive was that he didn’t throw an interception, but his 65.3 passer rating made it the third-worst of the season. To the next one.
9. Jared Goff (Detroit Lions) – UP 5
Many will be surprised to see Jared Goff in the top ten, but if you look at the numbers, it’s not that surprising. He has the eighth-most passing yards, is eighth in average yards per attempt among QBs who have attempted at least 100 passes, has the seventh-highest QBPR (97.9), fifth-most passing touchdowns and is fourth in percentage of first low.
Basically, it looks great. He continued his fine season as the Lions defeated the Vikings 23-34 in Detroit, posting 330 yards, three touchdowns and a 120.7 passer rating.
8. Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings) – DO NOT MOVE
The Vikings lost the weekend, but Kirk Cousins himself was not to blame. In fact, it was the first time in four years that a QB lost a game while throwing for over 400 yards with a 75% completion rate and no interceptions. Their defense missed safety Harrison Smith in this game against their conference rivals.
Cousins finished the day with a completion rate of 75%, 425 yards, an average of 10.4 yards per attempt, two touchdowns, 0 INTs and a strong QBPR of 124.5. Cousins and the Vikings will no doubt strip down and look to get back on track next weekend.
7. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) – UP 3
The Chargers caused what you might call a minor upset over the weekend after defeating the high-flying Miami Dolphins 23-17. Justin Herbert was a man on a mission this game, completing 39/51 pass attempts for 367 yards, one touchdown, 0 INTs and a 102.3 QBPR.
In addition to the win, Herbert topped the passing yards by a QB in his first three seasons with an impressive total of 13,056. This week he deserved to climb the rankings again.
6. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) – DON’T MOVE
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys can breathe again, but the Texans brought them close. Prescott wasn’t at his best, but he made some big throws as the Cowboys marched 98 yards down the field to win 27-23.
He remains sixth this week, but another performance where he finishes with two interceptions and a 70.9 QBPR like that would send him down the charts.
5. Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) – DO NOT MOVE
Back-to-back losses for the Seattle Seahawks. Geno Smith, like Kirk Cousins before him, was let down by his defense, but he didn’t help himself either, giving up two interceptions. Smith’s 85.9 QBPR was his lowest since Week 6.
It’s never terrible if you throw for three touchdowns and record 264+ yards, but he’ll be looking to snap the Seahawks out of this losing streak sooner rather than later.
4. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) – DOWN 2
Crediting more to Jalen Hurts’ performances than his own too many negatives, Josh Allen drops to his lowest rating of the season. A stat line that says 16/27 completions, just 147 passing yards, one touchdown, one INT, and an 86.5 QBPR will never jump out at you.
He ran for 47 yards and added another rushing touchdown to his season, but unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough to stay in the top three.
3. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) – 1 DOWN
The Kansas City Chiefs might have come away with a win against the Denver Broncos over the weekend, but it was far from convincing. Mahomes threw for 352 yards and scored three touchdowns, but also managed to throw three interceptions and finished with an 86.6 QBPR. Expect a cleaner performance next week.
2. Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) – UP 2
Jalen Hurts climbs the ladder at second and stakes a strong claim for MVP candidacy in the process. The Eagles have been immense this season and Hurts has shown that he is ready to lead this team to a Super Bowl championship. His Eagles team beat a New York Giants team with ease as they won 22-48.
Hurts’ numbers were impressive as he posted 217 yards, completing 67% of his throws, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown combined for 77 yards and a QBPR of 109.2. It just had to go up.
1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals) – DON’T MOVE
It wasn’t a breakout game for Joe Burrow statistically, but Cleveland’s defense didn’t make life easy for the third-year QB out of LSU. Burrow also had to deal with the loss of Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd in the first outing. He finished the day with a stat line of 18/33 completions, 239 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and an 85.3 QBPR.
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