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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings




Cardinal Carson Palmer’s 49.95 points edged Ben Roethlisberger in a photo finish for Week 11 honors in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Atop the chart, Peyton Manning’s still-sizable lead lost another five points to Drew Brees, and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill climbs one spot to 15th place. 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 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.

Miami Herald Pass Rankings

Rank LW WK11 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN132.15470.60
2. Drew Brees, NO 237.25410.45
3. Philip Rivers, SD 324.90353.45
4. Tony Romo, DAL 4BYE311.95
5. Matthew Stafford, DET 513.10305.90
6. Matt Ryan, ATL 614.70301.40
7. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT1048.35297.05
8. Andy Dalton, CIN711.65294.70
9. Russell Wilson, SEA930.50284.10
10. Aaron Rodgers, GB8DNP253.90
11. Tom Brady, NE 1432.80249.60
12. Andrew Luck, IND1126.60247.90
13. Cam Newton, CAR1534.45246.95
14. Carson Palmer, ARI1949.95245.65
15. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1627.40239.70
16. Robert Griffin III, WAS1215.20234.70
17. Alex Smith, KC1314.50231.45
18. Joe Flacco, BAL178.10208.45
19. Jay Cutler, CHI18DNP200.30
20. Nick Foles, PHI2127.90192.20

•  Dropouts: Sam Bradford, STL, 20th to 22nd.

•  Bubble: Eli Manning, NYG, 186.30.

•  Week’s best: Palmer, ARI, 49.95 (30-42, 419, 2-0 in win).

•  Week’s worst: Geno Smith, NYJ, minus-10.85, season worst (8-23, 103, 0-3 in loss).

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

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