With Week 1 of the 2020 season officially in the books, we can look at how our quarterback power rankings stack up heading into Week 2. A new face sits atop the quarterback hierarchy this week after a nearly perfect game, and Aaron Rodgers said, “put some respects on my name” in an astonishing performance against the Minnesota Vikings.
After our first taste of NFL action, the quarterback power rankings have changed quite a bit, especially toward the bottom of the top ten.
1. Russell Wilson 31/35 322 yards, four touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 3
Wilson picked the Falcons apart, completing 88.57% of his pass attempts. The MVP candidate accounted for four of Seattle’s five touchdowns and led the team with 29 rushing yards. Outside of Drew Brees, Wilson is the NFL’s best active quarterback without an MVP trophy. He could rectify that this season.
2. Aaron Rodgers 32/44 364 yards, four touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 6
Rodgers looked like a man possessed against the Minnesota Vikings. I guess the former MVP isn’t over Green Bay using a first-round pick on Jordan Love. Rodgers torched a Minnesota secondary that said goodbye to its three top cornerbacks this offseason. He finished the game with a 127.5 passer rating.
3. Patrick Mahomes 24/32 211 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 1
While it wasn’t a jaw-dropping performance, Mahomes dominated the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. The reigning Super Bowl MVP completed 75.0% of his pass attempts and posted a 123.3 passer rating. Kansas City faces the Los Angeles Chargers next week.
4. Lamar Jackson 20/25 275 yards, three touchdowns, 45 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 2
The Cleveland Browns never change. Jackson dominated his divisional rivals with an impressive performance through the air. The reigning MVP completed 80.0% of his pass attempts and finished the game with a 152.1 passer rating. Jackson also led the Ravens in rushing yards.
5. Drew Brees 18/30 160 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 5
Week 1 wasn’t anything to write home about for Brees, but the Saints picked up a 34-23 win against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The future Hall of Fame quarterback completed 60.0% of his pass attempts despite only connecting with Michael Thomas three times.
6. Kyler Murray 26/40 230 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 91 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 15
I don’t buy Murray as an MVP candidate, but he could change my mind if he continues playing like he did in Week 1. The second-year quarterback took full advantage of his mobility, leading Arizona in rushing yards. The Cardinals certainly seem like a team on the rise, considering they upset the defending NFC champions.
7. Deshaun Watson 20/32 253 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 7
It’s going to be one of those seasons for Watson. The Pro Bowl quarterback shouldered a heavy burden on Thursday, trying to keep up with Mahomes. He couldn’t do it. This edition of Houston’s roster is by far the worst Watson has ever played on.
8. Matt Ryan 37/54 450 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 12
Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons faced an uphill battle against Wilson’s Seahawks. The former MVP’s team outscored Seattle in two quarters, and three of Ryan’s receivers went for over 100 yards, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Wilson.
9. Tom Brady 23/36 239 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 4
Well, that was unexpected. I could understand Brady needing to shake off some rust as he learned Tampa Bay’s offense, but the six-time Super Bowl champion looked out of sorts on Sunday. We’ll see if he and Bruce Arians can pull it together in Week 2.
10. Matthew Stafford 24/42, 197 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 10
Despite only playing in eight games, Stafford arguably had the best year of his career in 2019. Unfortunately, 2020 didn’t get off to a great start for the Georgia product. The Lions were only a D’Andre Swift dropped touchdown away from beating the Chicago Bears, but Week 1 was another close loss for the Lions.
11. Kirk Cousins 19/25 259 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 34 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 11
Cousins completed 76.0% of his pass attempts and finished with a 118.6 passer rating, but he couldn’t keep pace with Rodgers. The Vikings got overwhelmed by a superior quarterback and a better team.
12. Ryan Tannehill 29/43 249 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 16
The Tennessee Titans should’ve easily defeated the Denver Broncos, but missed field goals made the game come down to the wire. Tannehill’s efficient passing style is a perfect match for Derrick Henry’s dominance on the ground.
13. Dak Prescott 25/39 266 yards, one touchdown, 30 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 9
Despite all of their offensive firepower, the Cowboys failed to score 20 points in their season opener. Prescott completed 64.1% of his pass attempts, but that doesn’t make up for Los Angeles having over ten more minutes of possession time than Dallas. The Cowboys only converted three of their 12 third-down attempts for first downs.
14. Carson Wentz 24/42 270 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 8
The Eagles had three starting offensive linemen miss Sunday’s game, and it showed. Washington’s talented defensive front swarmed Wentz all day. He took eight sacks, including 1.5 from Chase Young and two from Ryan Kerrigan. The Eagles suffered a stunning 17-27 defeat.
15. Ben Roethlisberger 21/32 229 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 13
Roethlisberger picked up his first win since the 2018 season in a 26-16 victory against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. However, the 38-year-old looked shaky, tossing wobbling passes and missing some short-range targets. Perhaps Big Ben can shake the rust off in time for Week 2.
16. Cam Newton 15/19 155 yards, 75 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 21
Newton’s debut with the New England Patriots went about as well as it could’ve. Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels slowly eased Newton into the offense and gave the former MVP a healthy dose of running plays. Newton completed 78.95% of his pass attempts in New England’s 21-11 victory.
17. Derek Carr 22/30 239 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 17
Carr and the Raiders snuck past the Carolina Panthers with a 34-30 victory. Carr didn’t have a standout performance, but he didn’t lose the game for Las Vegas either. Look for Carr to get Henry Ruggs more involved in the future.
18. Josh Allen 33/46 312 yards, two touchdowns, 57 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, two fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 27
Fumbles continue being a problem for Allen. Otherwise, the third-year quarterback played well against New York. He completed 71.74% of his pass attempts and posted a 104.6 passer rating. The Buffalo Bills are favored to win the AFC East this season.
19. Jimmy Garoppolo 19/33 259 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 18
Garoppolo missed several throws late in the game that could’ve put the 49ers ahead of Arizona. Instead, it was a repeat of the Super Bowl, where Garoppolo failed to capitalize on open receivers and made errant throws.
20. Joe Burrow 22/36 193 yards, one interception, 46 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 14
Burrow made one rookie mistake on Sunday. He attempted a shovel pass that went right to defensive end Melvin Ingram. Remove that play, and it wasn’t a bad first outing for the Heisman Trophy winner, especially considering the lack of a preseason. Burrow had the Bengals in position to tie or win the game late in the fourth quarter, but Randy Bullock missed a field goal.
21. Gardner Minshew 19/20 173 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 28
One of Week 1’s best upsets featured Minshew completing 95.0% of his pass attempts as the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked the Indianapolis Colts. After the Jaguars jettisoned their best players this offseason, most analysts assumed the team would roll over like the Bengals did last year. Apparently, we were wrong.
22. Drew Lock 22/33 216 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 25
Monday night wasn’t a great opening week for Lock and Denver’s offense. Without Courtland Sutton, the Broncos only scored 14 points. Lock didn’t make any game-losing mistakes, but he wasn’t taking advantage of Tennessee’s shortcomings.
23. Jared Goff 20/31 275 yards, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 19
The Los Angeles Rams survived Week 1 despite only scoring 20 points. The running game opened some opportunities for Los Angeles, and Goff must get back to his 2018 form if the Rams want to stand a chance in the NFC West.
24. Sam Darnold 21/35 215 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 22
Buffalo picked apart New York’s ground game and left Darnold with no one to throw to except Jamison Crowder. Darnold completed 60.0% of his passes in New York’s 27-17 loss.
25. Daniel Jones 26/41 279 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 23
Turnovers remain a significant concern for Jones and the Giants. The second-year quarterback attempted a pass that was batted up and intercepted at Pittsburgh’s goal line by Cameron Heyward. That play broke New York’s back. It didn’t help that Saquon Barkley finished the game with 15 carries for six yards.
26. Mitchell Trubisky 20/36 242 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 30
The Lions and Matt Patricia continue proving that they have no defense. Trubisky, the NFL’s most criticized quarterback over the past six months, posted a 104.2 passer rating against Detroit as Chicago pulled off a 27-23 comeback victory. The Bears scored their final 21 points unanswered in the fourth quarter.
27. Teddy Bridgewater 22/34 270 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 29
The Panthers came within striking distance of Las Vegas, but Bridgewater’s team came up short. However, Bridgewater looked good in his first season opener since 2015. There’s something for Carolina to build around on offense.
28. Philip Rivers 36/46 363 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 20
Rivers can’t continue turning the ball over. On a day where the Colts lost Marlon Mack and couldn’t run, Rivers gave the ball away twice. Indianapolis fell in a shocking 20-27 defeat to the Jaguars.
29. Baker Mayfield 21/39 189 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 26
The Baltimore Ravens possess one of the NFL’s best defenses, but that doesn’t excuse Mayfield’s shortcomings. The former Heisman Trophy winner plays in an offense loaded with Pro Bowlers, but he can’t capitalize on that great supporting cast.
30. Dwayne Haskins 17/31 178 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 32
Haskins only completed 54.84% of his pass attempts against the Eagles, but that was enough for a 27-17 victory. No one expects Washington to compete for a playoff spot this season, but the team could pick up five or six wins under new head coach Ron Rivera.
31. Tyrod Taylor 16/30 208 yards
Last week’s ranking: 31
The Chargers only scored 16 points in their win over the Cincinnati Bengals. It should’ve been an easy win, but L.A. let Burrow hang around until the game’s end. Against a better team, the Chargers would’ve gotten blown out.
32. Ryan Fitzpatrick 20/30 191 yards, three interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 24
After Fitzpatrick’s horrendous outing against the Patriots, we’ll see Tua Tagovailoa sooner rather than later. The Miami Dolphins aren’t competing for a playoff spot this season, but the team is in position to make a run in 2021.