There’s not much wriggle room in the 10-20 spots this week with four out of the ten places taken up by players in a bye-week but the unfortunate injury to Kyler Murray opens up one spot.
The stand-out star of the week was Brock Purdy as the final draft pick of the seventh round continued to make a name for himself, guiding the 49ers to a dominant victory over the slightly more decorated former sixth round draft pick, Tom Brady, and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
BYE WEEK RULES - With some teams in a bye-week, the quarterbacks who don’t play shall be frozen in place. That may work for their benefit and restrict others, but those displaced will just have to up their game.
As always, we’ll state the components that influence whether a player will rise or fall in the rankings. Influential factors accounted for are QB passer rating (QBPR), touchdowns (TD), interceptions (INT) and yardage (YD). The reputation anyone may hold 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) - NON-MOVER
26. Mike White (New York Jets) - DOWN 1
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 completion percentage of 35% was his worst ever when attempting a minimum of five throws in his college and NFL career. The only brightside was that he didn’t throw an interception but his passer rating of 65.3 made this his third worse rating of the season. Onto the next one.
9. Jared Goff (Detroit Lions) - UP 5
Many will be shocked to see Jared Goff in the top ten but if you look at the numbers it’s not that surprising. He’s recorded the eighth most passing yards, is eighth in average yards per attempt amongst QBs who’ve attempted a minimum of 100 passes, has the seventh highest QBPR (97.9), the fifth most passing touchdowns and is fourth in first down percentage.
Basically, he’s looking really good. He continued his fine season as the Lions defeated the Vikings 23-34 in Detroit, recording 330 yards, three touchdowns and a 120.7 passing rating.
8. Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings) - NON-MOVER
The Vikings lost at the weekend but Kirk Cousins himself was certainly not at fault. In fact, it was the first time in four years since a QB lost a game while throwing over 400 yards with 75% completion rate and no interceptions. His defence really missed safety Harrison Smith in this match-up against their conference rivals.
Cousins ended the day with a 75% pass completion rate, 425 yards, averaging 10.4 yards per attempt, two touchdowns, 0 INTs and a strong QBPR of 124.5. No doubt Cousins and the Vikings will dust themselves off and look to get back on track next weekend.
7. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) - UP 3
The Chargers caused one of the results that you could call a minor upset over the weekend after they defeated 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, a touchdown, 0 INTs and a QBPR of 102.3.
As well as the win Herbert moved to top of the charts for passing yards by a QB in his first three seasons with an impressive total of 13,056. He deserved to climb back up the rankings this week.
6. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) - NON-MOVER
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys can breathe again but boy did the Texans run them close. Prescott wasn’t at his best but did make some big throws as the Cowboys marched 98 yards down the field to win 27-23.
He remains in sixth this week but another performance in which he ends with two interceptions and a 70.9 QBPR like this would see him fall down the charts.
5. Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) - NON-MOVER
Back-to-back defeats for the Seattle Seahawks. Geno Smith, much like Kirk Cousins before, was let down by his defence but also didn’t help himself as he gave up two interceptions. Smith’s 85.9 QBPR was his lowest since Week 6.
It’s never terrible if you throw three touchdowns and record over 264 yards but he’ll be looking to get the Seahawks out of this losing streak sooner rather than later.
4. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) - DOWN 2
Dropping more on the merit of Jalen Hurts’ performances rather than any overly-negative ones of his own, Josh Allen falls to his lowest ranking of the season. A statline that reads 16/27 passes completed, just 147 passing yards, one touchdown, one INT and a QBPR 86.5 is never going to jump out at you.
He did run for 47 yards and add another rushing touchdown to his season tally but unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough to stay in the top three.
3. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) - DOWN 1
The Kansas City Chiefs might’ve come away with a victory against the Denver Broncos at 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 ended with a QBPR of 86.6. He’ll be hoping for a cleaner performance next week.
2. Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) - UP 2
Jalen Hurts climbs the ladder into second and puts in a solid claim for the MVP candidacy in the process. The Eagles have been immense this season and Hurts has demonstrated that he’s ready to lead this team to a Super Bowl championship. His Eagles side powered past a New York Giants side with ease as they won 22-48.
Hurts’ numbers were impressive as he notched up 217 yards, completing 67% of his throws, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown combined with 77 yards and a QBPR of 109.2. He simply had to move up.
1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals) - NON-MOVER
It was not a stand-out game from Joe Burrow statistically but the Cleveland defence 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 drive. He finished the day with a stat line of 18/33 completions, 239 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a QBPR of 85.3.
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