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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
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Eagle Nick Foles takes Week 6 honors with 41.80 points, low for a winning total, and Bronco Peyton Manning maintains his enormous overall lead in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill tumbles from 10th to 18th after a bye week. 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 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 WK6 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN136.75314.95
2 .Philip Rivers, SD330.85236.35
3. Drew Brees, NO212.80226.90
4. Tony Romo, DAL419.50220.55
5. Matthew Stafford, DET633.40193.60
6. Matt Ryan, ATL5BYE192.45
7. Jay Cutler, CHI736.10189.40
8. Andy Dalton, CIN1339.85168.60
9. Aaron Rodgers, GB822.75167.30
10. Sam Bradford, STL1127.85160.60
11. Matt Schaub, HOU918.30151.60
12. Andrew Luck, IND1213.10145.70
13. Tom Brady, NE1525.45144.00
14. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT1837.20142.75
15. Alex Smith, KC148.40136.50
16. Russell Wilson, SEA2032.85135.70
17. Joe Flacco, BAL1929.10134.10
18. Ryan Tannehill, MIA10BYE133.15
19. Robert Griffin III, WAS168.30121.40
20. Carson Palmer, ARI2323.90118.15

•  Dropout: Geno Smith, NYJ, 17th to 21st.

•  Week’s best: Nick Foles, PHI, 41.80 (22-31, 296, 3-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: T.J. Yates, HOU, 5.90 (12-17, 98, 0-2 in loss).

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

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