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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
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Tom Brady’s 43.55 points was the best of Week 13 and good for his second consecutive weekly title in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. It was the second-lowest winning week of the season but also the closest, with Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning within a fraction of a point. Manning grew his season lead over Drew Brees to just under 60 with four games to play, a sizable but not insurmountable lead. Dolphin Ryan Tannehill holds steady in 12th place. 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.


RK LW WK13 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN143.15526.25
2. Drew Brees, NO218.35466.70
3. Philip Rivers, SD321.60423.65
4. Tony Romo, DAL433.25373.70
5. Matt Ryan, ATL532.55369.55
6. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT630.85359.75
7. Matthew Stafford, DET733.50357.25
8. Tom Brady, NE843.55342.35
9. Russell Wilson, SEA1143.50327.60
10. Andy Dalton, CIN919.50314.20
11. Carson Palmer, ARI1025.10312.45
12. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1237.55 306.75
13. Alex Smith, KC1327.65293.80
14. Cam Newton, CAR1425.15285.80
15. Robert Griffin III, WAS1729.35274.40
16. Andrew Luck, IND1514.00271.05
17. Joe Flacco, BAL1833.55268.65
18. Aaron Rodgers, GB16DNP253.90
19. Eli Manning, NYG1932.75 235.75
20. Colin Kaepernick, SF2231.75 226.60

• Dropouts: Jay Cutler, CHI, 20th to 23rd.

• Bubble: Nick Foles, PHI, 226.05.

•  Week’s best: Brady, NE, 43.55 (29-41, 371, 2-1 in win).

• Week’s worst: Geno Smith, NYJ, minus-3.55 (4-10, 29, 0-1 in loss).

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

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