Just when it looked like the quarterback situation in the NFL had stabilized, injuries and poor play pushed Chase Daniel and Colt McCoy into starting positions. Undrafted rookie, Devlin Hodges also made an appearance. Aside from those three shifts, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of the contenders and pretenders in the NFL. Quarterbacks are beginning to stabilize in their positions.
Before you continue reading, I suggest looking at the quarterback rankings from past weeks. They will give you a better understanding of how the ranking system works and the various shifts that have occurred so far.
1. Russell Wilson 17/23 268 yards, four touchdowns, 32 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 3
Against the division-rival Los Angeles Rams, Wilson turned in a quintessential performance. It seemed as though every time he threw a pass, the ball would just float to his receivers. Los Angeles’ pass rushers weren’t able to corner him either. Wilson’s passer rating was 151.8.
2. Tom Brady 28/42 348 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 2
The Washington Redskins hung with the New England Patriots for a surprisingly long time. However, the floodgates did eventually open and Brady and company poured on the points. Brady passed Brett Favre for third all-time in passing yards.
3. Patrick Mahomes 22/39 321 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 1
After a close call last week, the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t able to escape the Indianapolis Colts. This is the second week in a row that Mahomes has completed less than 60% of his pass attempts. However, the reigning MVP still has not thrown an interception this season.
4. Deshaun Watson 28/33 426 yards, five touchdowns, 47 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 9
Watson has put up several career performances like this in his young career. He completed 84.85% of his pass attempts against the Atlanta Falcons and posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The Houston Texans piled on 53 points in their third win of the season.
5. Derek Carr 25/32 229 yards, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 10
The base stat line might not look like it, but Carr had another stellar performance. He completed 78.13% of his pass attempts and was not sacked during the game. The Oakland Raiders beat the Chicago Bears 24-21 and advanced to 3-2.
6. Aaron Rodgers 22/34 238 yards
Last week’s ranking: 4
The Green Bay Packers almost blew out the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. I say almost because the Cowboys made a second half push that brought them within ten of the lead. Rodgers had a mediocre game while Green Bay’s defense and Aaron Jones did most of the work.
7. Carson Wentz 17/29 189 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 7
It was never in doubt that the Philadelphia Eagles would clobber the New York Jets, and that’s exactly what they did. It was a one-sided affair, but Wentz still only completed 58.62% of his pass attempts and Philly’s defense was the real star unit on Sunday.
8. Dak Prescott 27/44 463 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 5
It would have been a good game for Prescott if he hadn’t thrown three interceptions. Dallas might have won the game, considering they only lost by ten points. The ground game didn’t help Prescott but throwing three interceptions is ridiculous.
9. Matthew Stafford BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 14
The Detroit Lions are sitting at 2-1-1, but the team could easily be 4-0. In a division with Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota, we’ll see if Detroit is for real when their divisional play starts. Detroit faces Green Bay in Week 6 and Minnesota in Week 7.
10. Jacoby Brissett 18/29 151 yards, one interception, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 13
While it wasn’t a good game for Brissett, the Colts rebounded from a disappointing loss in Week 4 to beat the undefeated Chiefs. Brissett completed 62.07% of his pass attempts and posted a 61.1 passer rating. Marlon Mack almost outproduced his quarterback in yardage.
11. Jameis Winston 15/27 204 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 12
Winston had two interceptions canceled out by penalties, which saved his game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still lost to the New Orleans Saints, but it was only a seven point game. Winston was sacked six times, which contributed to his average performance.
12. Matt Ryan 32/46 330 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 11
Atlanta’s offense and Ryan didn’t have a bad game save for a late interception. Ryan completed 69.57% of his pass attempts and finished the game with a 102.6 passer rating. The Falcons put up 32 points, which might have led to a win if the defense had an answer for Watson.
13. Andy Dalton 27/38 262 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 16
While he can’t be blamed for his team’s many flaws, Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals had their best chance at a win this past week against the Arizona Cardinals. It was a battle between winless teams, and the Cardinals ultimately prevailed.
14. Jared Goff 29/49 395 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 17
After starting 3-0, the Rams have lost two games in a row. Goff and Los Angeles were outclassed by Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in a fantastic game. Without being able to rely on Todd Gurley like in years past, Goff and the Rams are looking vulnerable.
15. Jimmy Garoppolo 20/29 181 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 23
While Garoppolo isn’t putting up monster numbers this season and has turned the ball over more than expected, he’s completed 69% of his pass attempts this season and has a 99.4 passer rating. The San Francisco 49ers are also sitting at a perfect 4-0.
16. Gardner Minshew II 26/44 374 yards, two touchdowns, 42 rushing yards, three fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 15
If not for the three fumbles, Minshew would have had a decent day and the Jacksonville Jaguars probably would have beaten the Carolina Panthers. Minshew posted a 101.9 passer rating, but his turnovers dropped Jacksonville to 2-3 on the season.
17. Kyler Murray 20/32 253 yards, 93 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 19
Kliff Kingsbury and Murray both got their first wins with the Cardinals on Sunday. However, if they’d faced any team better than Cincinnati, Arizona would have lost. Murray is having a decent season, but the team around him isn’t built for winning yet.
18. Philip Rivers 32/48 211 yards, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 6
Last season, the Los Angeles Chargers started slowly and finished as dark horse Super Bowl candidates. They’ve started this season slowly as well. The offense was simply stagnant against the Denver Broncos, who beat the Chargers and got their first win.
19. Lamar Jackson 19/28 161 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, 70 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 8
After a hot start to the season, Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have cooled off. Baltimore needed to go to overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and their backup quarterbacks. Jackson was embarrassed by Pittsburgh’s mediocre defense.
20. Kirk Cousins 22/27 306 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 20
Cousins has been under fire from the media in recent days because of potential issues with teammates and poor performances. However, Cousins did his best to silence critics by lifting the Minnesota Vikings to a dominant win over the lowly New York Giants.
21. Josh Allen 23/32 219 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 27 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: Injured
While he’s still a very raw prospect, Allen completed 71.88% of his passes against the Titans on Sunday. The Buffalo Bills bounced back from their loss to the Patriots by squeaking out a 14-7 win against the struggling Titans.
22. Teddy Bridgewater 26/34 314 yards, four touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 26
Up to this point, it has been Bridgewater’s job to just not lose the game with silly mistakes. However, in a close game against the Buccaneers, Bridgewater posted a 131.3 passer rating and carried the Saints to victory. New Orleans is now 4-1.
23. Joe Flacco 14/20 182 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 24
The Broncos were able to stumble to their first win of the season thanks to a poor performance by Rivers and the Chargers. While he turned the ball over twice, Flacco did complete 70% of his pass attempts.
24. Kyle Allen 17/30 181 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 25
What would the Panthers and Allen do without Christian McCaffrey? They would’ve lost to the Jaguars this week without their superstar running back. Despite McCaffrey’s effort and the defense forcing three turnovers, Allen only guided the Panthers to a seven point win.
25. Daniel Jones 21/38 182 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 22
The Giants didn’t stand a chance against Minnesota’s ultra-talented team. Jones completed just 55.26% of his passes and posted a miserable 65.9 passer rating. The rookie quarterback and the Giants simply ran into a more experienced, better team.
26. Marcus Mariota 13/22 183 yards
Last week’s ranking: 21
After a great performance last week, the pendulum swung back the other way for Mariota and the Tennessee Titans in Week 5. Besides the occasional run from Derrick Henry, the offense was stagnant. Mariota completed 59.09% of his passes as the Titans fell to 2-3.
27. Baker Mayfield 8/22 100 yards, two interceptions, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 18
Maybe Mayfield should’ve shaken Richard Sherman’s hand before their game. Despite a treasure trove of talent, the Cleveland Browns are 2-3. Mayfield completed 36.36% of his pass attempts on Monday night and finished the game with a 13.4 passer rating. Wow.
28. Chase Daniel 22/30 231 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions
Last week’s ranking: 30
For the second straight week, Daniel completed 73.33% of his pass attempts, but his turnovers ultimately proved fatal to the Bears. To be fair, Chicago’s defense didn’t play its best game either, but the team could have won if the offense was more efficient.
29. Josh Rosen BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 29
The Miami Dolphins are one of three teams still without a win this season. Rosen is playing in unforgiving circumstances, perhaps with the least talented team in the NFL. It’s hard to tell if the second-year quarterback has any potential in his current situation.
30. Colt McCoy 18/27 119 yards, one interception
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Washington kept the game close for the first half, but New England pulled away with 21 unanswered points in the second half. Monday morning, it was announced that the Redskins had fired Jay Gruden. The winless team is now searching for a coach and signs of life.
31. Devlin Hodges 7/9 68 yards, 20 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
An undrafted rookie from Samford, Hodges was originally a practice squad quarterback for the Steelers. However, Ben Roethlisberger’s injury and Joshua Dobbs being traded raised him to the active roster. Both Hodges and Falk for the Jets started the year as practice squad players.
32. Luke Falk 15/26 120 yards, two interceptions, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 33
It’s another miserable week to be a Jets fan. New York got steamrolled by Philadelphia and the Jets failed to produce a single sign of hope offensively. Falk is out of his depth and should be sent back to the practice squad as soon as possible.
Mason Rudolph 13/20 131 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 27
In the third quarter, following another Baltimore turnover, Rudolph took a hit after completing a big play. After his head banged on the turf, he laid still. Rudolph was out cold for a few minutes and players were noticeably shaken by his state. He was diagnosed with a concussion.