Thursday, September 23, 2021

QB Power Rankings: Patrick Mahomes is on top, Aaron Rodgers drops a few places, Derek Carr is at No. 8

Patrick Mahomes does what he usually does on Sundays, leading the Chiefs to victory from behind, a ho-hum moment when you consider what he’s done upon arrival as the NFL’s quarterback. .

The Chiefs are now 10–6 (.625) with Patrick Mahomes in the regular season and in the playoffs after trailing by 10 or more points, according to statistics discovered by Josh Dubo of the Associated Press. By comparison, Tom Brady is the second best since 1991 (36-55, .396) and the league average in those scenarios is .155.

If your team is playing against Mahomes and you advance late in the game, get scared. Fear a lot

My weekly subjective quarterback rankings:

(quarterback, team, opponents, last week’s ranking)

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (in Baltimore) 1

Down 29-20 in Cleveland’s fourth quarter? 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelsey, and Mahomes wins. You know, as always.

2. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta) 3

It looks like Brady can help Antonio Brown (5 catches, 121 yards), the kind of year John Gruden was dreaming of for the Raiders in 2019.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle (vs. Tennessee) 4

Wilson was off-the-charts superb in September last season. Went 18-for-23 for 254 yards and four touchdowns in the opening win over Indianapolis. The trick is maintaining it in November and December.

4. Kyler Murray, Arizona (vs. Minnesota) 1 1

OK, I’m sold. There was glare as the Cardinals pulled Tennessee apart, completing 21 of 32 passes for 298 yards, four touchdowns with an interception, and rushing to score another. I have left out the possibility that he will ever play outfield for A.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (vs Green Bay) 2

It was a bad form to describe all the off-season misery in a Fox pregame interview with Erin Andrews. Rodgers had already made his point. It was an even worse sight after it was destroyed by the saints. Still, he’s Rodgers, so we’ll just assume it was just a bad day.

6. Matt Stafford, LA Rams (in Indianapolis) 6

With 20 completions (in 36 attempts) and 326 yards on three touchdowns, the Rams showed deep strike ability. The problem was that the Rams running game looked a lot like the Lions.

7. Josh Allen, Buffalo (in Miami) 5

Thrown 50 times against Pittsburgh and took a lead of only 270 yards. The Steelers also stopped Allen from running for the big yard. Points were rarely bought when he was the MVP candidate last season.

8. Derek Carr, Las Vegas (vs. Baltimore) 10

Couldn’t have looked too bad in a 33-27 overtime win against Baltimore, but finished 34 for 56 for 435 yards, 2 TDs and a game-winner in overtime. When Lamar Jackson lost a rumble, the OT Interception’s outrage was spared. Half Raider Nation needs to understand that he is good enough.

9 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (in Kansas City) 8

ousted the Raiders with his running prowess until a late-lost fumble played a role in a season-opening defeat in Las Vegas. With 235 yards, running 86, Jackson is unparalleled and the Ravens know how to use them.

10. Dak Prescott, Dallas (at the LA Chargers) 9

If the Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay is any indication, Prescott’s durability (58 passes) will be tested as the Cowboys left the run early.

11. Joe Burrows, Cincinnati (in Chicago) 18

Aside from the fact that he’s an accurate passer (20 out of 27, 261 yards, 2 TD no selection), Buro looks like he got it. Not analytics based, I know, but having a clue means something. And J’Marr Chase (5 catches, 101 yards) is a good sidekick.

12. Justin Herbert, LA Chargers (vs. Dallas) 12

Herbert didn’t light up as he was too high for his rookie season (31 out of 47 for 337 yards, one touchdown, one pick), but here’s the thing—the Chargers beat Washington 20-16. He has specialized in doing away with those games in previous regimes.

13. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (vs. Houston) 13

Solid play against the Chiefs (21 of 28, 321 yards) but threw an interception when the Browns were near midfield while trailing 33-29 with 1:16 to play. Couldn’t get past the magic of Mahomes.

14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (vs. Las Vegas) 14

Still showing no inclination to wing the ball downfield (188 yards passing at 18 completions). But winning on the road in Buffalo makes sense despite the walking attack (75 yards).

15. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (in Philadelphia) 16

The 49ers somehow made a game in which they pulled off an interesting 38–10 win, 41–33. But Garrapolo was very good at pacifying the Tre Lance faction. Lance is right where he is as an occasional creative weapon.

16. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee (in Seattle) 7

Well, that was the season-opening flop against Arizona. If there was a test to see how Tanhill would do when Derrick Henry was bottled, it failed. Produced only 13 points and the Titans took a lead of 248 yards.

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17. Jameis Winston, New Orleans (in Carolina) 21

Five touchdown passes and no interceptions in a stunning 38-3 win over Green Bay. Thrown only 20 times, completing 14 for 148 yards. With a seventeenth campus reporting, Saints Sean Payton is Coach of the Year.

18. Sam Darnold, Carolina (vs. New Orleans) 22

After three years at the Jets’ purgatory, it made a big difference for Darnold to suddenly have a healthy Christian McCaffrey by his side. McCaffrey ran for 98 yards, caught passes for 89 more, made 30 touches, and suddenly Darnold looked like an NFL quartet.

19. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (in Arizona) 19

Did some good against Bengal (36 off 49, 361 yards, 2 TD) but not enough to win. Which in a nutshell is the story of Kirk Cousins. I know Kyle Shanahan liked him, but I would really like Jimmy Garoppolo.

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20. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver (in Jacksonville) 29

After a horrific knee injury in Minnesota and the way he conducts himself on a daily basis, it’s hard not to root for Bridgewater. And was working perfectly in beating the Bridgewater Giants (28 out of 36, 264 yards, 2 TD, zero picks).

21. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia (vs. 49ers) 30

The Hurts claimed the starting job until the Eagles became restless and started dreaming about Deshaun Watson. Was 27 out of 34 for 264 yards, had three TDs, no picks and ran for 62 yards. He has the attention of the 49ers. Trey Lance may be doing some Jalen Harts impersonations in practice this week.

22. Tyrod Taylor, Houston (in Cleveland) 32

It’s hard to do better than to deliver 291 yards, 40 yards of run and a one-sided victory when everyone in the world texted the Texans. It may be a week in the sun, but Taylor deserves it.

23. Matt Ryan, Atlanta (in Tampa Bay) 15

The Falcons scored field goals on their first two properties in a 32–6 loss to Philadelphia. Then six punts and two punts down the ball. Ryan may be inclined to pull out after this season.

24. Tua Tagviola, Miami (vs. Buffalo) 25

The win against New England in Week 1 finally came out, but was not particularly impressive in doing so. Completed 16 of 27 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He managed a lot more game than he attacked.

25. Jared Goff, Detroit (in Green Bay) 23

It was difficult to see Dre Greenlaw pick Goff for a six. Things were volatile in the beginning and may continue. But there was something impressive in the way Goff steered his team to within one score and a two-point conversion from 38-10 to 49.

26. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis (vs. LA Rams) 28

Have to admit it was statistically a bit better than I expected against Seattle (25 out of 38 for 251 yards, 2 TD). But there were a lot of check-down throws, which is understandable considering how shell-shocked Wentz looked in his final year in Philly.

27. Mack Jones, New England (vs Miami) 26

After a week one wonders if we’ll run out of Jones – solid stats (29 out of 39, 281 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception) and not enough scoring to make up the difference. To be the next Brady, you need a Brady supporting cast.

28. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville (vs. Denver) 17

The bottom line since Andrew Luck is to start out as the biggest prospect against the Texans in his debut. Lawrence had three interceptions. Hey, Peyton Manning had 28 as a rookie.

QB Power Rankings: Patrick Mahomes is on top, Aaron Rodgers drops a few places, Derek Carr is at No. 8
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