In My Opinion

Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Broncos QB Peyton Manning
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Bengal Andy Dalton takes Week 7 honors with a 46.60-point game as Bronco Peyton Manning maintains a comfortable overall season lead in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill continues his fall, dropping one more spot to 19th. This is the 16th season for the 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 WK7 Season
1 Peyton Manning, DEN134.30349.25
2 Philip Rivers, SD240.25276.60
3 Tony Romo, DAL426.85247.40
4 Matt Ryan, ATL641.65234.10
5 Drew Brees, NO3BYE226.90
6 Matthew Stafford, DET531.85225.45
7 Andy Dalton, CIN846.60215.20
8 Aaron Rodgers, GB941.00208.30
9 Jay Cutler, CHI7-3.60185.80
10 Sam Bradford, STL1024.75185.35
11 Andrew Luck, IND1229.40175.10
12 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT1427.00169.75
13 Russell Wilson, SEA1632.75168.45
14 Alex Smith, KC1526.00162.50
15J oe Flacco, BAL1727.75161.85
16 Matt Schaub, HOU11DNP151.60
17 Robert Griffin III, WAS1929.90151.30
18 Tom Brady, NE136.40150.40
19 Ryan Tannehill, MIA1813.70146.85
20 Carson Palmer, ARI2024.90143.05

•  Dropouts: None.

•  Bubble: Cam Newton, CAR, 142.55.

•  Week’s best: Dalton, CIN, 46.60 (24-34, 372, 3-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Josh Freeman, MIN, minus-6.50 (20-53, 190, 0-1 in loss).

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

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