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Week 6 NFL Quarterback Power Rankings

The 33rd Team’s weekly QB rankings are a snapshot of where the league’s 32 current starters are right now, taking into account the player’s recent production, his supporting cast, his health, and an evaluation by our scouting department, led by former NFL team executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn and Evan Pritt.

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1. Josh Allen, Bills 

Record: 4-1 | QB Rating: 107.4 | Prev. Rank: 2

Next Three Games: at Kansas City, vs. Green Bay, at N.Y. Jets

Comment: Allen had one of the best first halves of football for a QB in NFL history. His 348 first-half passing yards are second only to … Patrick Mahomes.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Record: 3-1 | QB Rating: 110.5 | Prev. Rank: 1

Next Three Games: vs. Buffalo, at San Francisco, vs. Tennessee

Comment: Throw four touchdowns with no picks, lead your team to victory after falling behind by 17 points and drop from the top spot? That’s how good Allen and Mahomes are. They will probably be taking turns swapping in and out of the top spot for the rest of the season

3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles

Record: 5-0 | QB Rating: 97.4 | Prev. Rank: 3

Next Three Games: vs. Dallas, vs Pittsburgh, at Houston

Comment: Hurts didn’t have his best game against Arizona, but he made enough plays to keep Philadelphia as the lone undefeated team.

4. Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 97.9 | Prev. Rank: 4

Next Three Games: at N.Y. Giants, vs. Cleveland, at Tampa Bay

Comment: Without his best stuff, Lamar Jackson led his team in a two-minute drill that got the Ravens in position to win the game.

5. Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 96.5 | Prev. Rank: 5

Next Three Games: at Pittsburgh, at Carolina, vs. Baltimore

Comment: Brady is starting to put things together, and if you can’t tackle him, he’s going to be hard to beat.

6. Justin Herbert, Chargers

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 100.8 | Prev. Rank: 6

Next Three Games: vs. Denver, vs. Seattle, at Atlanta

Comment: It was nice to see the Chargers run the ball and take some of the load off of Herbert, who played an efficient game.

7. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 89.7 | Prev. Rank: 7

Next Three Games: at New Orleans, vs. Atlanta, at Cleveland

Comment: Burrow led the Bengals on a go-ahead touchdown drive, but it wasn’t enough to win an important division game.

8. Kirk Cousins, Vikings

Record: 4-1 | QB Rating: 86.4 | Prev. Rank: 12

Next Three Games: at Miami, vs. Arizona, at Washington

Comment: Cousins moved into the top 10 with another solid statistical game while other quarterbacks continue to struggle.

9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Record: 3-1 | QB Rating: 95.8 | Prev. Rank: 8

Next Three Games: vs. N.Y. Jets, at Washington, at Buffalo

Comment: A quarterback of Rodgers’ regard needs to be able to elevate the play of those around him well enough to hold a two-touchdown lead against an inferior opponent.

10. Matthew Stafford, Rams

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 82.4 | Prev. Rank: 9

Next Three Games: vs. Carolina, vs San Francisco, at Tampa Bay

Comment: Stafford finally found someone other than Cooper Kupp on a downfield throw, but he needs more help from his running game and offensive line.

11. Jared Goff, Lions

Record: 1-4 | QB Rating: 92.9 | Prev. Rank: 11

Next Three Games: at Dallas, vs. Miami, vs. Green Bay

Comment: Goff isn’t the first quarterback to get shut out by a Bill Belichick team, and he’s still in the top 5 in TD passes this season.

12. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 97.9 | Prev. Rank: 18

Next Three Games: at Atlanta, vs. Kansas City, at L.A. Rams

Comment: Maybe the 49ers had their starting QB all along …

13. Geno Smith, Seahawks

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 113.2 | Prev. Rank: 16

Next Three Games: vs. Arizona, at L.A. Chargers, vs. N.Y. Giants

Comment: Even in a loss, Smith continues to impress. He’s still owns the league’s best QB rating.

14. Derek Carr, Raiders

Record: 1-4| QB Rating:  | Prev. Rank: 14

Next Three Games: vs. Houston, at New Orleans, at Jacksonville

Comment: Carr leads the best 1-4 team in football.

15. Cooper Rush, Cowboys

Record: 4-1 | QB Rating: 93.9 | Prev. Rank: 15

Next Three Games: at Philadelphia, vs. Detroit, vs. Chicago

Comment: The Cowboys are 4-0 with Cooper Rush this year, but that doesn’t mean he should remain the starter when Dak Prescott returns.

16. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 88.0 | Prev. Rank: 10

Next Three Games: at Indianapolis, vs. N.Y. Giants, vs. Denver

Comment: Lawrence tumbles again after a second straight poor performance.

17. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 84.3 | Prev. Rank: 13

Next Three Games: at Seattle, vs. New Orleans, at Minnesota

Comment: If his mishandling of the final drive wasn’t bad enough, Murray’s lime green suit was more than enough to drop him.

18. Ryan Tannehill, Titans

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 94.2 | Prev. Rank: 20

Next Three Games: vs. Indianapolis, at Houston, at Kansas City

Comment: Tannehill looks really good handing off to Derrick Henry.

19. Jacoby Brissett, Browns

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 85.4 | Prev. Rank: 19

Next Three Games: vs. New England, at Baltimore, vs. Cincinnati

Comment: He’s good for 58 minutes. It’s those last two …

20. Daniel Jones, Giants 

Record: 4-1 | QB Rating: 85.7 | Prev. Rank: NR

Next Three Games: vs. Baltimore, at Jacksonville, at Seattle

Comment: It might be time to start taking Jones and the Giants seriously.

21. Zach Wilson, Jets

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 73.9 | Prev. Rank: 26

Next Three Games: at Green Bay, at Denver, vs. New England

Comment: Wilson, who has played well enough to win two straight weeks, is creeping up the rankings.

22. Matt Ryan, Colts

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 79.8 | Prev. Rank: 22

Next Three Games: vs. Jacksonville, at Tennessee, vs. Washington

Comment: Ryan’s toughness and leadership are impressive, and it showed up once again in the Colts’ gritty OT win in Denver.

23. Russell Wilson, Broncos

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 82.8 | Prev. Rank: 17

Next Three Games: at L.A. Chargers, vs. N.Y. Jets, vs. Jacksonville

Comment: This is not the Russ we are used to seeing, and it could be because of his shoulder injury. Still, the pressure is mounting …

24. Carson Wentz, Commanders

Record: 1-4 | QB Rating: 86.0 | Prev. Rank: 21

Next Three Games: at Chicago, vs. Green Bay, at Indianapolis

Comment: Wentz put up good numbers in Week 5, but he couldn’t finish. And now his coach is publicly calling him the problem.

25. Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins

Record: 3-2 | QB Rating: 74.7 | Prev. Rank: 23

Next Three Games: vs. Minnesota, vs. Pittsburgh, at Detroit

Comment: A product of the new concussion protocols, Bridgewater’s availability is questionable this week.

26. Andy Dalton, Saints

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 98.5 | Prev. Rank: 24

Next Three Games: vs. Cincinnati, at Arizona, vs. Las Vegas

Comment: Dalton gets credit for the ‘W’ but it was the Taysom Hill’s show.

27. Davis Mills, Texans

Record: 1-3-1 | QB Rating: 80.6 | Prev. Rank: 25

Next Three Games: at Las Vegas, vs. Tennessee, vs. Philadelphia

Comment: Mills led a nice drive to get the win, but the rest of his game was pedestrian.

28. Bailey Zappe, Patriots

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 104.7 | Prev. Rank: 30

Next Three Games: at Cleveland, vs. Chicago, at N.Y. Jets

Comment: Zappe played within the framework of the offense and did just enough to keep the offense balanced against the Lions.

29. Justin Fields, Bears

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 73.1 | Prev. Rank: 31

Next Three Games: vs. Washington, at New England, at Dallas

Comment: Down 21-3, Fields led the Bears back to take the lead, but it wasn’t enough.

30. Marcus Mariota, Falcons

Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 78.8 | Prev. Rank: 28

Next Three Games: vs. San Francisco, at Cincinnati, vs. Carolina

Comment: We may be getting close to Desmond Ridder time if we see a couple more similar performances from Mariota.

31. Kenny Pickett, Steelers

Record: 1-4 | QB Rating: 61.5 | Prev. Rank: 20

Next Three Games: vs. Tampa Bay, at Miami, at Philadelphia

Comment: You never want your first start to be against Josh Allen.

32. Baker Mayfield, Panthers

Record: 1-4 | QB Rating: 71.9 | Prev. Rank: 27

Next Three Games: at L.A. Rams, vs. Tampa Bay, at Atlanta

Comment: The head coach was fired, but he won’t be the only one to lose his job this season.

 

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