Week 13 NFL Quarterback Rankings – Who Has The Best Matchups


Can you believe Week 13 is upon us?

With the regular season nearing it’s end, some quarterbacks are prepping for postseason football, and some are just looking to gain valuable experience, while some are fighting for their jobs.

As you gear up for this week, take a look at my quarterback rankings.

1. Tom Brady vs. Eagles – After losing their first game of the season in Denver, expect Mr. Brady to carve up this fragile defense.

2. Cam Newton @ Saints – There seems to be no answer for this guy right now and something is telling me the Saints defense won’t have the solution.

3. Aaron Rodgers @ Lions – Rodgers hasn’t looked like himself for a few weeks now. He’s due to get back into form at some point, right?

4. Carson Palmer @ Rams – The MVP candidate no one is talking about just continues to get the job done week in and week out.

5. Andy Dalton @ Browns – Over the past three weeks, Dalton has a touchdown to interception ratio of 8 to 1.

6. Brock Osweiler @ Chargers – His numbers haven’t been groundbreaking, but he’s taking care of the football and more importantly, he’s 2-0. Facing San Diego’s defense should help his confidence moving forward.

7. Derek Carr vs. Chiefs – This will be a tough defense to break, but Derek Carr has earned the trust to perform against elite competition like this.

8. Russell Wilson @ Vikings – He’s playing his best ball of the season right now. The past two weeks, Wilson has thrown eight touchdowns with zero picks.

9. Matthew Stafford vs. Packers – Fresh off his five touchdown performance against Philly, Stafford will look to have a carry-over affect.

10. Kirk Cousins vs. Cowboys – With the Cowboys playoff hopes trembling, one must wonder how much longer will their defense play inspired?

11. Jameis Winston @ Falcons – This Falcons team is very mediocre and Winston is the type of guy to exploit that.

12. Alex Smith @ Raiders – Kansas City is on a roll and Smith is a major reason for that. He’s taking care of the ball and finally getting Jeremy Maclin involved.

13. Marcus Mariota vs. Jaguars – He struggled last week by throwing two picks, but Jacksonville only has five picks on the season. Expect a rebound game here.

14. Jay Cutler vs. 49ers – We know Cutler is going to sling the ball around the lot, which isn’t a bad idea against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

15. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Giants – He’s coming off the best game of his season, which was a four touchdown performance against Miami and now he’s set to face the worst pass defense in football.

16. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Colts – If Big Ben were fully healthy, he’d be higher on this list, but it’s difficult to tell how he’ll respond at this point.

17. Tyrod Taylor vs. Texans – He’ll look to carry his momentum from his three touchdown performance in Kansas City last week.

18. Ryan Tannehill vs. Ravens – Last week was the first time he threw at least three touchdowns in a game since week 7. It may carry over, but with Tannehill who knows?

19. Matt Hasselback @ Steelers – The man just wins football games. He’s 4-0 on the season as a starter, but his numbers aren’t going to jump out at you by any means.

20. Eli Manning vs. Jets – You never truly know which Eli you’re going to get and with him facing the Jets defense, I expect the bad version.

21. Philip Rivers vs. Broncos – If Philip Rivers wasn’t Philip Rivers, he would be a lot lower on this list (unless he was Rodgers, Brady or Palmer) because this defense is simply incredible.

22. Blake Bortles @ Titans – In his matchup against Tennessee two weeks ago, Bortles completed 70 percent of his passes, but he only had one touchdown to go along with a pick. I don’t see much changing in this one.

23. Drew Brees vs. Panthers – One week, Drew Brees will having you thinking he’s back to his old self and then another week, he’ll look like a guy on the downside of his career. Expect the latter this Sunday.

24. Teddy Bridgewater vs. Seahawks – Teddy should be solid, but he’s just not going to give you the numbers you’d like to see.

25. Matt Ryan @ Buccaneers – For a guy as talented as Matt Ryan, he sure does make some very poor decisions, which is something Tampa Bay thrives off of.  

26. Brian Hoyer @ Bills – It’s going to be tough sledding for Hoyer against this very athletic Bills defense.

27. Matt Cassel @ Redskins – Look who’s back under center for the Cowboys. This could get ugly.

28. Blaine Gabbert @ Bears – The 26-year-old quarterback has shown signs of growth, but he’s still in the learning stage.

29. Matt Schaub @ Dolphins – Either he’s going to have a career day or a dud. Good money says his best days are behind him.

30. Austin Davis vs. Bengals – Even with Josh McCown done for the season, Johnny Manziel still can’t find his way off the bench. Good luck, Austin.

31. Nick Foles/Case Keenum vs. Cardinals – No matter who starts, this Rams offense won’t be able to produce much against Arizona. They’re ranked 31st in total offense.

32. Mark Sanchez/Sam Bradford @ Patriots – Whoever starts for Chip Kelly this Sunday will be facing a very angry Patriots team.

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Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.