Greg Cote’s NFL quarterback rankings

Patriots’ Tom Brady captures Miami Herald’s Week 12 title; Drew Brees catching up to Peyton Manning

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) works on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) works on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Atlanta.
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Tom Brady’s 49.20 points captures the Week 12 title, his first of the season, and moves him into the top 10 in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. The bigger news is Drew Brees’ hard charge at Peyton Manning for the season lead. Manning led by 109 points after Week 8, but his margin has shrunk to less than 35. Meanwhile, the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill climbs three spots to 15th. The 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 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 WK12 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN112.50483.10
2. Drew Brees, NO 237.90448.35
3. Philip Rivers, SD 348.60402.05
4. Tony Romo, DAL 428.50340.45
5. Matt Ryan, ATL 635.60337.00
6. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT731.85328.90
7. Matthew Stafford, DET 517.85 323.75
8. Tom Brady, NE 1149.20298.80
9. Andy Dalton, CIN8BYE294.70
10. Carson Palmer, ARI1441.70287.35
11. Russell Wilson, SEA9BYE284.10
12. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1529.50269.20
13. Alex Smith, KC1734.70266.15
14. Cam Newton, CAR1313.70260.65
15. Andrew Luck, IND129.15257.05
16. Aaron Rodgers, GB10DNP253.90
17. Robert Griffin III, WAS1610.35245.05
18. Joe Flacco, BAL1826.65235.10
19. Eli Manning, NYG2116.70203.00
20. Jay Cutler, CHI19DNP200.30

Dropouts: Nick Foles, PHI, 20th to 23rd.

Bubble: Mike Glennon, TB, 198.10.

Week’s best: Brady, NE, 49.20 (34-50, 344, 3-0 in win).

Week’s worst: Geno Smith, NYJ, minus-3.75 (9-22, 127, 0-2 in loss).

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

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