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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
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The Eagles’ Nick Foles scored 62.30 points off his seven-touchdown performance to win the Week 9 title in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. That’s the second best week of the season (Aaron Rodgers had 67.00 points in Week 2) and the eighth-best week in the 16-year history of our rankings. The record is 71.35 points, by Matt Schaub, set in 2012. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill bumps up four spots to 15th place. The Miami Herald rankings’ 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 WK9 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN1BYE390.95
2. Drew Brees, NO228.10309.60
3. Tony Romo, DAL541.85306.55
4. Philip Rivers, SD329.05305.65
5. Andy Dalton, CIN618.90275.35
6. Matthew Stafford, DET4BYE269.85
7. Matt Ryan, ATL817.95265.10
8. Aaron Rodgers, GB71.35253.90
9. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT1034.00227.50
10. Alex Smith, KC920.20216.95
11. Tom Brady, NE1751.60216.80
12. Russell Wilson, SEA1127.85216.25
13. Cam Newton, CAR1423.45202.05
14. Andrew Luck, IND1523.55198.65
15. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1927.40185.85
16. Jay Cutler, CHI12DNP185.80
17. Robert Griffin III, WAS2030.55185.45
18. Sam Bradford, STL13DNP185.35
19. Joe Flacco, BAL1822.50184.35
20. Carson Palmer, ARI16BYE167.65

•  Dropouts: None.

•  Bubble: Geno Smith, NYJ, 153.85.

•  Week’s best: Nick Foles, PHI, 62.30 (22-28, 406, 7-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Matthew McGloin, OAK, 3.35 (7-15, 87, 0-0 in loss).

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

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