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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings


The Saints’ Drew Brees racked up 63.60 Week 10 points for his second title in the past three weeks in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. That’s the second best week of the season after Aaron Rodgers’ 67.00 points in Week 2. Brees now moves within 65 points of season-long leader Peyton Manning, each with seven games to play. (Manning’s lead had been 109 points after Week 8.) The Miami Herald rankings, in their 16th season, use a simple formula 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 WK10 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN147.50438.45
2. Drew Brees, NO263.60373.20
3. Philip Rivers, SD422.90328.55
4. Tony Romo, DAL35.40311.95
5. Matthew Stafford, DET622.95292.80
6. Matt Ryan, ATL721.60286.70
7. Andy Dalton, CIN57.70283.05
8. Aaron Rodgers, GB8DNP253.90
9. Russell Wilson, SEA1237.35253.60
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT921.20248.70
11. Andrew Luck, IND1422.65221.30
12. Robert Griffin III, WAS1734.05219.50
13. Alex Smith, KC 10BYE216.95
14. Tom Brady, NE11BYE216.80
15. Cam Newton, CAR1310.45212.50
16. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1526.45212.30
17. Joe Flacco, BAL 1916.00200.35
18. Jay Cutler, CHI1614.50200.30
19. Carson Palmer, ARI2028.05195.70
20. Sam Bradford, STL18DNP185.35

•  Dropouts: None.

•  Bubble: Nick Foles, PHI, 164.30.

•  Week’s best: Brees, NO, 63.60 (34-41, 392, 4-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Terrelle Pryor, OAK, minus-0.90 (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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