Week 17 NFL Quarterback Rankings


  1. Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers bounced back after a terrible start against the Buffalo Bills and threw for 318 yards and a touchdown while completing 78 percent of his passes. It was just another day at the office for Rodgers, who now has had a passer rating of over 100.0 in 10 games this season. He is on pace for an incredible 38-touchdown, five-interception season while completing 65 percent of his passes. His 111.0 passer rating is the second highest of his career and his sixth-straight 100.0+ season.
  2. Tony Romo- For the first time this season, Romo is the second quarterback on our list. He continued his amazing season with a four-touchdown, 218-yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He completed 18 of 20 passes and had a season-high in both QBR (99.2) and passer rating (151.7). At age 34, Romo is having a career year. He now leads the NFL with a passer rating of 114.4 (Rodgers is second with 111.0) and leads the NFL with a 70.3 percent completion percentage. The Cowboys clinched a playoff spot on Sunday and are looking for Romo to lead them deep into the playoffs.
  3. Tom Brady- Brady somewhat struggled against the New York Jets, throwing for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He did just enough to allow the Patriots to scrape out a 17-16 win over the lowly Jets. He has thrown seven interceptions in the last seven games, but also has 15 touchdowns. He has slowed down recently, surpassing a passer rating of 100.0 just once in the last seven games.
  4. Peyton Manning- Manning struggled heavily on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals in the pouring rain. He threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, but also had four costly interceptions. The four-interception game was his first since 2010 when he did it in a 35-38 OT loss against the Cowboys. The 38-year-old is finally starting to show signs of slowing down. In the last three games, Manning has three touchdowns and six interceptions. In the last eight games, Peyton has 17 touchdowns and twelve interceptions. He now has 15 interceptions on the season, his most since 2010.
  5. Andrew Luck- The 25-year-old has really slowed down in his last three games, throwing for just 590 yards, five interceptions and four touchdowns. He played terribly in the Colts’ 7-42 loss, being pulled for Matt Hasselbeck midway through the third quarter. Prior to that point, Luck had 109 yards and two interceptions (though, he did have a number of receivers drop passes). He now has 38 touchdowns and 16 interceptions on the season. He is on pace for 4,907 passing yards.
  6. Ben Roethlisberger- Big Ben led the Steelers to an important 20-12 win against the Chiefs by throwing for 220 yards and a touchdown. He has only eight interceptions this year, his lowest while playing at least 15 games in a season. He is on pace for 4,944 yards, 32 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 103.8.
  7. Drew Brees- Brees threw for 313 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a disappointing 14-30 loss to the Falcons that shot down the Saints’ playoff hopes. In a season where the Saints are 6-9, Brees has a 99.2 passer rating, his fourth highest in 14 seasons. He is second in the NFL with a completion percentage of 69.6 and leads the league with 4,671 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 4,982 passing yards.
  8. Russell Wilson- Wilson torched the Cardinals defense, gaining 427 total yards and three scores. His 339 passing yards was the highest of the season for him and his 88 rushing yards was his fourth highest total in the season. He is on pace for an incredible 900 rushing yards and six touchdowns, which would be considered decent for a starting running back. He has just six interceptions on the year and barely makes mistakes. He knows how to play the quarterback position just as well as anyone.
  9. Matt Ryan- Ryan led the Falcons to an ever-so-important 30-14 win against their division rival New Orleans Saints. He threw for 322 yards and a touchdown with a 106.5 passer rating – his fourth straight game of having a passer rating above 100.0. His 96.7 passer rating is the second highest of his career. He is on pace for 4,730 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
  10. Phillip Rivers- Rivers threw for 356 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions in a crazy come-from-behind 38-35 OT thriller against the San Francisco 49ers, driving them out of playoff contention. It was his first game of the season with four touchdowns and now has 31 on the year (career high is 34 in 2008).
  11. Eli Manning- Who would have thought that Peyton (15) would have more interceptions than Eli (13) on the season thus far? The younger Manning has had a strong bounce-back year after throwing 27 interceptions last year. After his 391-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Rams on Sunday, Manning is on pace for 4,264 yards, a career-high 31 touchdowns, and just 14 interceptions (his lowest total since 2009).
  12. Ryan Tannehill- Tannehill improved on his already-surprising season with a 396-yard, four-touchdown, one-interception performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. It was the 26-year-old’s first four-touchdown outing of his career and his highest passing yards total since Week 4 of his rookie year (2012). His passer rating has increased every year he has been in the NFL (76.1 to 81.7 to 93.2) and he is on pace for a career-high 28 touchdowns.
  13. Alex Smith- Smith threw for 311 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers in a 12-20 loss against the Steelers. It marked the first time Smith surpassed 300 yards on the season and the first time throwing over 42 passes (45). What makes him such a good quarterback is that he doesn’t make mistakes. He has just six interceptions on the season thus far and has had just 23 in the last four seasons combined (6 per season).
  14. Joe Flacco- Flacco threw poorly on Sunday, completing only 21 of 50 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions against the Houston Texans defense. Baltimore’s offense had just 211 yards and Flacco had a total quarterback rating of just 3.2. The 29-year-old is having a strong season nonetheless, on pace for 3,919 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 89.7 passer rating is the second highest of his career.
  15. Collin Kaepernick- He threw for a season-low 114 passing yards and one touchdown in a 35-38 OT loss against the Chargers, knocking the 49ers out of playoff contention. He has just three games where he has thrown for multiple touchdowns and has had one game of over 300 passing yards. He is on pace for just 3,376 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has more rushing yards this year than any other year, though, but only has one rushing touchdown as compared to five in 2012 and four in 2013.
  16. Shaun Hill- Hill had 290 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 110.2, but was outmatched by Eli Manning. Hill is a hit or miss guy, literally. In the seven games he’s played in this year, he’s had four games with a passer rating over 100.0 and three games with a passer rating under 60.0. This will likely be the 34-year-old’s last chance to play on a regular basis.
  17. Teddy Bridgewater- The rookie out of Louisville has improved tremendously since the start of the year. In the first seven games, Bridgewater had six interceptions and only four touchdowns. In the past five games, Bridgewater has nine touchdowns and five interceptions. In three of his last five games, he was able to pull a passer rating of 114.0+. In his rookie campaign, he is on pace for 2,890 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He is a bright spot for the Minnesota Vikings organization as well as the NFL.
  18. Robert Griffin III- Unfortunately, RGIII’s third year has been injury riddled and filled with drama. He has played in only eight games this year and has 1,358 passing yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. However, his 88.7 passer rating is up from last year’s number (82.2). He is playing better of late, not getting below an 81.0 passer rating in the last three games.
  19. Mark Sanchez- In possibly his last game starting for the Eagles, Sanchez threw for 374 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 24-27 loss to the Redskins. In eight games starting, Sanchez has thrown for 300+ yards four times. If he played a full season, he would be on pace for 4,252 yards, 24 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He has an 87.3 passer rating on the season and has led the Eagles to a 4-4 record while he starts.
  20. Matthew Stafford- The 26-year-old had another poor performance against the Chicago Bears, throwing for 243 yards with two interceptions. Those interceptions were his 11th and 12th of the season. He is on pace for his lowest total passing yards since 2011 (4,309). He improved on his interceptions total, on pace for 13 (16 in 2011, 17 in 2012, 19 in 2013). The former first-pick is having a very disappointing season.
  21. Andy Dalton- Dalton took a backseat to the running game in a surprising 37-28 victory against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He threw for 146 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while the running game totaled 207 yards and a touchdown. He now has had six games where he has thrown for under 200 yards. He has 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on the season. He is on pace for his lowest career totals in passing yards (3,364) and passing touchdowns (18). It is also his lowest passer rating (83.3) since his rookie season (80.4).
  22. Kyle Orton- Orton launched the ball 49 times in the Bills’ most recent game against the Raiders, in which they lost 24-26. He completed 32 of them (65.3 percent completion percentage) for 329 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The 329 yards was the second highest of his season and his 87.9 passer rating was his highest in four weeks. He now has 17 touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season.
  23. Cam Newton- After missing a week, Newton returned with 201 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He is on pace for career-lows in passing yards, passing touchdowns, passer rating, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He also is on pace for his most interceptions since his rookie year and is on pace for his most fumbles. Needless to say, he is disappointing many.
  24. Jimmy Clausen- Clausen, in his first start of the year, threw for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was a solid game against the very tough defense of the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, a concussion suffered in that game will prevent him from starting next week against the Vikings. The starting job will go back to Jay Cutler.
  25. Charlie Whitehurst- Whitehurst had a solid game, throwing for 287 yards and a touchdown, against the Jaguars on Sunday. He had a 102.9 passer rating and has played well for the Titans this season. In six games, he has 1,254 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions. With that said, the Titans are only 1-5 in those games.
  26. Brian Hoyer- Hoyer came in the game for Johnny Manziel early on after the rookie got hurt. He finished the game completing seven of 13bpasses for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He now has 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the season.
  27. Derek Carr- Carr threw for 214 touchdowns and two touchdowns against the Bills in a 26-24 win on Sunday. It was his third straight game without an interception. He has seven touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five games and has 20 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions on the season. He has a passer rating of 77.7 and is showing some skills this season. If they get the right pieces around this guy, he will take full advantage of them.
  28. Geno Smith- Smith has had a very poor season, throwing for just 2,167 yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He does, however, have 220 rushing yards and a touchdown. He has yet to have a game this season where he has surpassed a passer rating of 100.0. In fact, he has only surpassed a 100.0 passer rating once in his career.
  29. Blake Bortles- Bortles had his second game of the year where he didn’t throw an interception; both have been wins. He is on pace to finish his rookie year with 2,977 yards, 12 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
  30. Josh McCown- Needless to say, McCown greatly let down the Buccaneers this year. He completed only 55.9 percent of his passes and had just 10 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. He has a total quarterback rating of 33.8 and a passer rating of 70.5 on the season.
  31. Case Keenum- In his first game of the season, Keenum completed 20 of 42 passes for 185 yards and an interception in a surprising 25-13 win against the Baltimore Ravens. The Texans were desperate for a quarterback after losing their top three choices due to injury. Keenum will likely get the last start of the season in a rollercoaster year for Houston.
  32. Ryan Lindley- Lindley led the Cardinals to just six points in a 6-35 blowout loss to the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. He completed just 18 of 44 passes for 216 yards and one interception. Lindley is being replaced by rookie Logan Thomas in the season finale.

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