Week 12 was tough on some of the men that previously held top-ten spots in the NFL Quarterback Power Rankings. Three players dropped out of the top-ten as Ryan Tannehill jumped all the way back into the top-five. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers continued turning their seasons around, making their 2020 debuts in the top-ten.
Check out last week’s power rankings for a better perspective on this article.
1. Patrick Mahomes 37/49 462 yards, three touchdowns, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 1
Mahomes torched Tampa Bay’s talented defense, completing 75.51% of his passes and finishing the day with a 124.7 passer rating. That marks Mahomes’ new season-high for passing yards. The Kansas City Chiefs are 10-1 with only two of their final five matchups coming against winning teams. Mahomes is tightening his grip on his second regular season MVP.
2. Aaron Rodgers 21/29 211 yards, four touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 3
Rodgers kept his name in the MVP race by completing 72.41% of his passes against the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers picked up their eighth win this year as Rodgers threw for four touchdowns for the fifth time this season. The former MVP already has 33 touchdowns to only four interceptions this season. At his pace, Rodgers will finish 2020 with 48 passing touchdowns.
3. Russell Wilson 22/31 230 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 2
Wilson didn’t have an explosive outing against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he didn’t have to. While the Eagles were busy beating themselves, Wilson connected with D.K. Metcalf ten times for 177 yards. The six-time Pro Bowler completed over 70.0% of his pass attempts for his eighth passer rating over 100.0 this year. Wilson has 31 passing touchdowns through 11 games, tying his total from 2019.
4. Deshaun Watson 17/25 318 yards, four touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 4
Watson and the Houston Texans dominated the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The fourth-year quarterback completed 68.0% of his passes and posted a 150.4 passer rating as Houston took a commanding 41-25 lead. Watson hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 5. He completed 70.5% of his passes for 291 yards per game, 15 touchdowns, and a 122.3 passer rating in his last six appearances.
5. Ryan Tannehill 13/22 221 yards, one touchdown, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 11
The Tennessee Titans ground down Indianapolis’ defense on Sunday, opening options for Tannehill and the passing game in the second half. Tennessee hung 35 points on the Colts in the first half. With the win, the Titans find themselves back atop the NFC South standings. For his part, Tannehill posted his seventh game with a passer rating over 104.0.
6. Josh Allen 18/24 157 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 32 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 6
Allen faced Los Angeles’ pass rush all day, trying to escape Joey Bosa. The third-year quarterback struggled for most of the afternoon. Although he completed 75.0% of his passes, Allen was not consistent against the underrated Chargers defense. Allen’s 88.4 passer rating marks his fifth rating below 90.0 this season.
7. Ben Roethlisberger RESCHEDULED GAME
Last week’s ranking: 5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Roethlisberger is on pace to throw for 4,054 yards, eight interceptions, and a career-high 38 touchdowns this season. If not for Alex Smith returning from a life-threatening injury, Big Ben would’ve locked down the Comeback Player of the Year award.
8. Tom Brady 27/41 345 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 8
For the second week in a row, Brady threw two interceptions in a loss. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have improved offensively since Week 1, but they continue making serious mistakes. Brady doesn’t look entirely comfortable in the offense, despite being surrounded by Pro Bowl weapons. With 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Brady has surpassed his totals in both categories from last season.
9. Kirk Cousins 34/45 307 yards, three touchdowns, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 13
After the third quarter, the Carolina Panthers held a 21-10 lead over the Minnesota Vikings. Cousins contributed to a fourth-quarter comeback that resulted in a one-point Minnesota win. The Panthers scored two defensive touchdowns, but Cousins countered by connecting with four different pass-catchers seven times apiece. He posted a 115.7 passer rating. Cousins has only thrown one interception in the past five games.
10. Philip Rivers 24/42 295 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 12
Jacoby Brissett punched two touchdowns in on the ground, but Rivers led the air attack as the Colts fell to the Titans in a rematch from earlier this year. Indianapolis’ offense found itself in a hole after the defense gave up three touchdowns to Derrick Henry. Rivers tried to get Indy back into the game, but the Colts couldn’t establish the running game. Rivers’ 84.9 passer rating was his lowest since Week 9.
11. Kyler Murray 23/34 170 yards, one interception, 31 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 9
Watson dominated the New England Patriots last weekend, but Bill Belichick’s team shut down Murray and Arizona’s pass attack. The Cardinals still ran for 138 yards, but Murray’s offense only scored 17 points. The second-year quarterback posted a 67.0 passer rating as the Cardinals dropped to 6-5, losing their second consecutive game.
12. Justin Herbert 31/52 316 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 10
Herbert took three sacks and eight quarterback hits as the Buffalo Bills applied constant pressure all day. The rookie from Oregon only completed 59.62% of his throws against Buffalo’s improving secondary. He finished the game with a career-low 75.5 passer rating. Herbert has the potential to be a top-ten quarterback, but there’s still a lot for him to learn.
13. Derek Carr 22/34 215 yards, one interception, three fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 7
After keeping pace with Kansas City and Mahomes last week, Carr fell apart against an Atlanta defense that Taysom Hill abused in Week 11. Carr set a single-game career-high with four turnovers as the Las Vegas Raiders lost 43-6. Carr has only thrown four interceptions this year, but he’s also lost eight fumbles.
14. Matt Ryan 22/39 185 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 21
Even without Todd Gurley and Julio Jones, Ryan led the Falcons to an easy win over the Raiders. Atlanta’s defense played a huge role in the victory, putting the Falcons in scoring position multiple times. Ryan finished the game with a 75.3 passer rating, but his only interception came on an unlucky pass deflection.
15. Teddy Bridgewater 19/36 267 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Bridgewater came within a field goal of defeating his former team, but the Vikings prevailed. The former Pro Bowler missed Week 11 with an injury, and he struggled in Week 12. Bridgewater completed 52.78% of his passes and posted a 74.6 passer rating, his second-lowest this season.
16. Alex Smith 19/26 149 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 19
Smith made one terrible throw that resulted in an interception, but the former Pro Bowler had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. After surviving an infection that threatened to take his leg and his life, Smith successfully returned to the NFL earlier this year. This past week, he won a massive Thanksgiving Day rivalry game that at least temporarily vaulted Washington into first place in the NFC East.
17. Lamar Jackson RESCHEDULED GAME
Last week’s ranking: 18
After amassing 4,333 total yards and 43 total touchdowns last year, 2020 can only be described as a disappointment for Jackson. Assuming the Ravens and Steelers play on Wednesday, Jackson won’t appear in the classic rivalry game. He’s on the COVID-19 list. Jackson is one pace for 3,116 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions, 920 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns this season.
18. Andy Dalton 25/35 215 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 14
Dalton returned with a bang in Week 11, throwing for three touchdowns against the Vikings. Unfortunately for the 33-year-old, he couldn’t keep that momentum going. Washington’s defense hunted Dalton on Thanksgiving, sacking him three times and delivering seven quarterback hits. The Red Rifle finished the day with an 84.8 passer rating.
19. Jared Goff 19/31 198 yards, two interceptions, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 17
Against the San Francisco 49ers, Goff threw two interceptions for the third time in his past four games. In his first action since Week 1, Richard Sherman intercepted Goff, and San Francisco’s injury-riddled defense owned Los Angeles’ offense for most of the game. Goff has thrown 16 touchdowns and ten interceptions this year, putting him on pace for 23 and 14 this season.
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick 24/39 257 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 26
Tua Tagovailoa missed Week 12 with a thumb injury. That meant giving Fitzmagic another chance at proving his worth. Fitzpatrick often gets snubbed for his hot and cold play style, but the 38-year-old is 4-1 in his last five starts. Fitzpatrick completed 61.54% of his pass attempts and finished the game with a 97.9 passer rating.
21. Matthew Stafford 28/42 295 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 24
In eight games last season, Stafford threw more touchdowns and fewer interceptions than he has in his 11 appearances this year. The former Pro Bowl quarterback is struggling to find a grip as the Lions continue sinking deeper and deeper into the NFL’s pit of horrendous teams. Perhaps a new coach will turn things around in Detroit next season.
22. Mike Glennon 20/35 235 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Glennon’s last start came in Week 4 of 2017 with the Chicago Bears. Since then, he’s spent time with the Cardinals and Raiders. Starting in place of Jake Luton and Gardner Minshew, Glennon authored one of his best performances. The 30-year-old completed 57.14% of his throws for a 96.7 passer rating. That’s Glennon’s highest passer rating as a starter since his rookie season (2013).
23. Daniel Jones 16/27 213 yards
Last week’s ranking: 25
Colt McCoy replaced Jones as the second-year quarterback dealt with a hamstring injury. However, the New York Giants still closed out a 19-17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Giants captured the NFC East division crown momentarily with the victory, pushing Washington into second place. Jones hasn’t thrown an interception in three consecutive games, but he could miss time with a hamstring injury.
#Giants QB Daniel Jones underwent tests on his hamstring today and sources say he did avoid major injury. He has an outside chance at playing Sunday, though they’ll know more if he’s able to get on the field and test it in a few days. NYG will have plans with Jones & without him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2020
24. Baker Mayfield 19/29 258 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 22
Mayfield’s numbers look better than his actual performance. He missed several wide open receivers on Sunday, including an instance that would’ve resulted in a touchdown. However, the former No. 1 overall pick still posted a 116.7 passer rating as the Cleveland Browns topped the Mike Glennon led Jacksonville Jaguars by two measly points.
25. Nick Mullens 24/35 252 yards, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 29
Going up against one of the NFL’s top three defenses, Mullens held his own. The backup quarterback completed 68.57% of his pass attempts for 252 yards. The Los Angeles Rams entered Sunday’s matchup allowing only 200.6 passing yards and 19.2 points per game. Mullens calmly guided San Francisco to a 23-20 upset, proving once again that anyone can win an NFC West rivalry game.
26. Carson Wentz 25/45 215 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 42 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 28
Wentz’s confidence looks broken and so do the Eagles. Philadelphia only lost to Seattle by six points, but that margin might as well have been 60. Wentz completed 55.56% of his throws and finished the night with a 73.8 passer rating. He leads the NFL with 15 interceptions, a new career-high, and only has three games with a passer rating over 76.0 this season.
27. Sam Darnold 16/27 197 yards, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Darnold and the New York Jets had a chance at upsetting the Miami Dolphins this past weekend. However, New York’s offense never got going. Darnold struggled in his first start since Week 8, posting a 51.0 passer rating. In his seven appearances this year, Darnold only has one game with a passer rating over 76.0.
28. Taysom Hill 9/16 78 yards, one interception, 44 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 15
This is more along the lines of what fans expected from Hill when Sean Payton gave him the starting job almost two weeks ago. The former BYU quarterback didn’t get many opportunities against Denver’s underrated defense as the New Orleans Saints cruised to a 31-3 win. The Denver Broncos sacked Hill three times, but Payton protected his quarterback from challenging Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons, and Denver’s other stud defensive backs.
29. Cam Newton 9/18 84 yards, two interceptions, 46 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 16
While Murray didn’t have a great outing, Newton had one of the worst performances of his career. Granted, the Patriots found a way to win on a last-second field goal, but the offense only produced 179 total yards. Newton’s 23.6 passer rating marked a new regular season career-low.
30. Mitchell Trubisky 26/46 242 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
In his first start since Week 3, Trubisky completed 56.52% of his passes in a 41-25 loss to Green Bay. The former second overall pick is nearing the end of his time with the Bears, who have to be tired of his constant mistakes. In his last three starts, Trubisky has six touchdowns and five interceptions. The 26-year-old is headed for a role as a permanent backup on another team.
31. Brandon Allen 17/29 136 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Instead of starting Ryan Finley, the Bengals decided to bring in Allen and throw him into the starting role. Allen, a 2016 sixth-round pick, saw his first NFL action in three appearances for Denver last season. His 67.6 passer rating from Sunday was the second-highest of his career.
32. Kendall Hinton 1/9 13 yards, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Imagine being a practice squad receiver getting told you’re starting at quarterback and have under 72 hours to learn everything you need to know. That combination of excitement and terror is what Hinton experienced as he prepared for Sunday’s matchup against a Saints defense that sacked Ryan eight times last week. You’ve got to feel for the man.