For NFL teams and quarterbacks alike, this season has been anything but stable. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted Sunday morning, half of the league has started multiple quarterbacks this year. That number was reached when Jacoby Brissett and Matthew Stafford were declared out for their respective teams and Ryan Finley took over for the benched Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
Late game drama highlighted several upsets in Week 10. Even some of the less significant matchups had exciting finishes. Overall, it was an exciting week of football punctuated by some surprising performances and outcomes. However, Monday night’s matchup between Seattle and San Francisco was arguably the best game of the season, and it encapsulated all of the close finishes from the weekend.
1. Russell Wilson 24/34 232 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 53 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 1
Was Monday night’s game a great outing for Wilson? No. While he did complete 70.59% of his pass attempts, he only posted an 86.9 passer rating. However, the Seattle Seahawks upset the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers, and that’s what matters.
2. Deshaun Watson BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 2
The 6-3 Houston Texans sit atop the AFC South. Watson’s offensive line has protected him much better this year than in 2018. The results are an MVP candidacy and improvements in passing yards per game, completion percentage, and passer rating.
3. Patrick Mahomes 36/50 446 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
Mahomes’ return was spoiled by the Tennessee Titans. The reigning MVP can’t be faulted for Kanas City’s shortcomings. He completed 72% of his pass attempts and didn’t turn the ball over. Unfortunately, a few late-game special teams mistakes cost the Chiefs potential points.
4. Tom Brady BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 3
While he isn’t posting MVP numbers, Brady has still been efficient with the football. Only 1.4% of his pass attempts result in interceptions. The 8-1 New England Patriots will contemplate their Week 9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the bye week.
5. Aaron Rodgers 17/29 233 yards
Last week’s ranking: 5
At face value, Rodgers’ 58.62 completion percentage and 84.4 passer rating from Week 10 aren’t impressive. However, that overlooks the plays Rodgers made that set Aaron Jones up for his three rushing touchdowns. The Green Bay Packers advanced to 8-2.
6. Drew Brees 32/45 287 yards
Last week’s ranking: 4
New Orleans’ offense was surprisingly docile against the lowly Atlanta Falcons. It looked like an easy game on paper, but Atlanta’s pass rush came alive and New Orleans’ run game disappeared. The Saints are now 7-2. They will face the Falcons again in Week 13.
7. Kirk Cousins 23/32 220 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 6
After starting the year off slow, Cousins is putting together one of his best seasons as a pro. In the last six games, Cousins is 5-1, has completed 71.51% of his pass attempts, thrown 15 touchdowns, thrown one interception, and has a 124.4 passer rating.
8. Derek Carr 21/31 218 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 7
While the Oakland Raiders led the Los Angeles Chargers for most of the game, the Chargers took the lead with around four minutes left in the game. Carr promptly led the Raiders on a scoring drive that brought Oakland their fifth win this season.
9. Matt Ryan 20/35 182 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 10
If not for a late-game interception, Ryan’s stat line would look more pristine. The Falcons deserve some credit. Even though they had one win going into Sunday’s game, they blew out the Saints in the Superdome. Dan Quinn’s job is safe for another week.
10. Carson Wentz BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 9
Wentz is healthy this season, which is a good start for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Wentz’s receiving corps is decimated by injuries and mediocrity. The result is a dip in completion percentage and passing yards per game.
11. Dak Prescott 28/46 397 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 11
When the Minnesota Vikings shut down Dallas’ run game, the pressure to win the game fell squarely on Prescott. He had a decent game, minus the interception that came on a last-second desperation heave. However, the Cowboys came up short against a superior team.
12. Lamar Jackson 15/17 223 yards, three touchdowns, 65 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 12
You don’t get a lot of credit for beating the Cincinnati Bengals, but Jackson completed 88.24% of his pass attempts and posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Jackson may never post huge passing numbers, but he has the Baltimore Ravens at 7-2 and on a winning streak.
13. Kyler Murray 27/44 324 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 38 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 15
The first overall pick in the 2019 Draft was having a career day until he threw an interception in the fourth quarter. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who stuck with the Arizona Cardinals throughout the game, capitalized with a game-winning touchdown.
14. Ryan Tannehill 13/19 181 yards, two touchdowns, 37 rushing yards, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 18
Derrick Henry gained more yards on the ground than Tannehill did through the air on Sunday, but Tannehill is now 3-1 as a starter this season. The 5-5 Titans are only one win behind the 6-3 Texans in the AFC South. That division is still wide open.
15. Kyle Allen 28/43 307 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 17
While the Carolina Panthers aren’t out of the playoff race yet, their loss to the Packers in Week 10 stings. It was a great opportunity for a significant win against a playoff-caliber team. Instead, Allen threw an interception for the third-straight game and the Panthers came up short.
16. Jameis Winston 30/48 358 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 40 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 22
Despite furthering his lead in interceptions thrown, Winston came through in the clutch. The Buccaneers got the ball back with just under four minutes in the game and scored with less than two minutes remaining. Tampa Bay won 30-27, advancing to 3-6.
17. Jimmy Garoppolo 24/46 248 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 13
Against a team that has routinely failed to get to the quarterback, the 49ers gave up five sacks and ten quarterback hits. For his part, Garoppolo was far too loose with the ball. When the run game abandoned him, Garoppolo couldn’t keep San Francisco’s undefeated season alive.
18. Josh Allen 22/41 266 yards, two rushing touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 19
The Buffalo Bills had every opportunity to put the Cleveland Browns to rest, but Allen and the offense couldn’t get a drive going for most of the game. They did score a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter but then missed a game-tying field goal later in the game.
19. Philip Rivers 17/31 207 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 16
A week after upsetting the Packers, the Chargers could not hold onto a 24-20 lead with under four minutes left in the game. If not for Rivers’ two first quarter interceptions, the Chargers could have avoided the 26-24 loss. He posted a 57.5 passer rating.
20. Nick Foles BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
We haven’t seen Foles suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars since he broke his clavicle in Week 1. The bye week gives the former Super Bowl MVP extra practice time as he replaces rookie Gardner Minshew II as the starter.
21. Daniel Jones 26/40 308 yards, four touchdowns, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 28
While his repeated fumbling has become an issue, Jones played fairly well against the New York Jets. However, the New York Giants ran for less than 30 yards, making the offense one-dimensional. The New York Jets squeezed out a 34-27 win in the battle for New York.
22. Jared Goff 22/41 243 yards, two interceptions, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 14
In Week 8, Goff arguably had his best performance in 2019. He followed that game and Los Angeles’ bye week up by disappearing against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Goff only completed 53.66% of his pass attempts and posted a 51.2 passer rating, his lowest of the season.
23. Sam Darnold 19/30 230 yards, one touchdown, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 25
While the Jets won their matchup against the woeful Giants, there are still plenty of holes the team and Darnold must address. By all measures, the season is over for the Jets. At least they can evaluate the remaining talent on their roster during the final weeks of the season.
24. Baker Mayfield 25/37 231 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 24
Despite their terrible red zone offense, the Browns scored a touchdown with less than two minutes left, taking a 19-16 lead over the Bills. Mayfield posted a 102.7 passer rating, his highest of the season. His 68.42 completion percentage was also a season-high.
25. Ryan Fitzpatrick 21/33 169 yards, one interception, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 23
It wasn’t pretty, but the Miami Dolphins upset the Indianapolis Colts. Fitzpatrick contributed to the game’s overall offensive mediocrity. The journeyman quarterback only completed 63.64% of his pass attempts and recorded a 63.8 passer rating.
26. Mitchell Trubisky 16/23 173 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 32
Amidst mounting criticism, Trubisky completed 69.57% of his pass attempts and posted a 131.0 passer rating. However, Trubisky did face Detroit’s horrendous pass defense. Nevertheless, maybe the Chicago Bears and Trubisky will carry this momentum into next week.
27. Mason Rudolph 22/38 242 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 29
All things considered, Week 10 was one of Rudolph’s best performances this season. He did just enough to keep Pittsburgh in the game offensively and avoided making crucial mistakes. The Steelers are now 5-4 and hold the sixth seed in the playoff standings.
28. Brandon Allen BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 27
Allen enters the bye week 1-0 as Denver’s starter. At 3-6, the Denver Broncos are sitting at the bottom of the AFC West. With their playoff hopes gone, the team is seeing what talent it has on hand before making moves this offseason.
29. Ryan Finley 16/30 167 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 31
It was a trial by fire for the rookie quarterback in his first NFL start. Against Baltimore’s great defense, Finley couldn’t gain traction. Andy Dalton watched from the sideline as the rookie and the Bengals were blown out. Cincinnati is now 0-9.
30. Jeff Driskel 27/46 269 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 39 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
Driskel was pushed into the starting lineup when Matthew Stafford was declared out because of broken bones in his back. Without Stafford, who is having a Pro Bowl year, the Lions scored less than 20 points for only the second time this season.
31. Dwayne Haskins BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 30
The rookie made his first start in Week 9 and had his best performance of the season, which isn’t saying much. Haskins is completing 61.4% of his pass attempts this season and has a 42.2 passer rating. He’s thrown four interceptions and zero touchdowns.
32. Brian Hoyer 18/39 204, one touchdown, three interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 26
One week after surprising Colts fans with his performance against the Steelers, Hoyer showed his true colors against the Dolphins. The veteran posted a 38.8 passer rating and became a liability against a Miami defense that only had three interceptions entering the week.
Robert Griffin III 3/5 20 yards, one interception
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
After throttling the Bengals for most of the game, the Ravens pulled Jackson as a precautionary move. This was only the second game this year that Griffin has thrown a pass in and it was his first interception since 2016.