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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to pass during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Broncos defeated the Eagles, 52-20.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to pass during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Broncos defeated the Eagles, 52-20.
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Philip Rivers’ 59.05-point game for San Diego edges New Orleans’ Drew Brees by less than one point for the Week 4 title in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Denver’s Peyton Manning is a close third and continues with a huge early-season lead. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill tumbles four spots to 13th. This is the 16th season for the Miami Herald rankings, and our simple formula remains unchanged since its inception in 1998, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. These are passer rankings per se and do not weigh a QB’s running ability. Most rating systems including the NFL’s and ESPN’s are complicated and percentile based, allowing players who miss half a season to still win a passing title. Our rankings are cumulative, placing a premium on passers who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. Because they are cumulative, QBs on a bye week (like Aaron Rodgers this time) take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of a season. Find our updated weekly 2013 rankings in this space every Sunday.


Rk LW WK4 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN155.35219.50
2. Drew Brees, NO 4 58.65165.70
3. Philip Rivers, SD6 59.05164.95
4. Tony Romo, DAL235.20149.75
5. Matt Ryan, ATL738.05143.50
6. Matthew Stafford, DET528.10134.10
7. Matt Schaub, HOU830.75130.65
8. Jay Cutler, CHI1119.85114.40
9. Tom Brady, NE1735.80113.70
10. Robert Griffin III, WAS1324.35113.10
11t. Aaron Rodgers, GB 3BYE112.85
11t. Alex Smith, KC1429.40112.85
13. Ryan Tannehill, MIA915.45112.80
14. Andrew Luck, IND1629.00107.15
15. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT2140.15105.55
16. Sam Bradford, STL107.10103.65
17. Andy Dalton, CIN1211.30103.15
18. Jake Locker, TEN2233.4596.05
19. Russell Wilson, SEA159.1590.35
20. Joe Flacco, BAL188.3583.55

•  Dropouts: E.J. Manuel, BUF, 19th to 22nd and Michael Vick, PHI, 20-21.

•  Week’s best: Rivers, SD, 59.05 (35-42, 401, 3-1 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Blaine Gabbert, JAC, 1.95 (17-32, 179, 0-3 in loss).

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

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