Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
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It should be no surprise that Denver’s Peyton Manning blasts to the early lead as the Miami Herald opens its 16th season of Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Manning is the reigning champion and a five-time winner — although his record-tying seven-touchdown performance in the opener was spectacular even for him. It led him to only the 11th 60-plus scoring game in the history of the rankings. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill enters in 15th place. Our simple formula, unchanged since its inception in 1998, factors accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. These are passer rankings per se and do not factor a quarterback’s running ability. Most rating systems, including the NFL’s and ESPN’s, are complicated and percentile based, allowing players who misses half a season to win a passing title. Our rankings are cumulative, placing a premium on passers who are productive and avoid injury or benching. Look for our weekly 2013 rankings in this space every Sunday.


Player 2012 WK1 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN161.1061.10
2. Matt Schaub, HOU751.3051.30
3. Colin Kaepernick, SF2949.6049.60
4. Tony Romo, DAL644.1544.15
5. Drew Brees, NO542.8542.85
6. Russell Wilson, SEA1541.0041.00
7. Sam Bradford, STL1738.9538.95
8. Matthew Stafford, DET838.8538.85
9. Eli Manning, NYG1137.5037.50
10. Andy Dalton, CIN1033.1033.10
11. Andrew Luck, IND1832.9032.90
12. Carson Palmer, ARI1431.3531.35
13. Matt Ryan, ATL230.2030.20
14. Jay Cutler, CHI2329.1029.10
15. Ryan Tannehill, MIA2428.6028.60
16. Tom Brady, NE428.4028.40
17. Geno Smith, NYJ--27.8027.80
18t. Aaron Rodgers, GB327.6527.65
18t. Alex Smith, KC2627.6527.65
20. Robert Griffin III, WAS1327.4527.45

•  Week’s best: P. Manning, DEN, 61.10 (27-42, 462, 7-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Blaine Gabbert, JAC, minus-2.95 (16-35, 121, 0-2 in loss).

Note: Thursday night results included in following week’s chart.

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