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Greg Cote’s NFL passer rankings

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
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Greg cote’s passer rankings


The Bengals’ Andy Dalton wins the Week 16 title with 51.30 points in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings, while wire-to-wire leader Peyton Manning of the Broncos all but wraps up the season championship with one week to play. Manning enjoys a 79.50-point lead over the Saints’ Drew Brees. The single-game scoring record over the ranking’s 16-year history is 71.35 points. The question is whether Manning will break the season record of 713.80 points set by Brees in 2011. He needs 51.30 points in his final game. Meanwhile, Dolphin Ryan Tannehill falls one spot to 11th after the week’s worst performance. The Miami Herald rankings 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. Find our expanded final 2013 rankings in this space next Sunday.


Rank LW WK16 Season
1. Peyton Manning, DEN150.00662.55
2. Drew Brees, NO 227.05583.05
3. Philip Rivers, SD 324.05511.45
4. Matt Ryan, ATL 443.40466.75
5. Tony Romo, DAL 626.30444.10
6. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 520.35443.10
7. Tom Brady, NE 718.60436.05
8. Andy Dalton, CIN 951.30429.75
9. Carson Palmer, ARI 85.90391.35
10. Matthew Stafford, DET 1213.10380.50
11. Ryan Tannehill, MIA10-2.90374.45
12. Alex Smith, KC 114.65372.65
13. Andrew Luck, IND 1535.05369.40
14. Russell Wilson, SEA 130.40367.25
15. Cam Newton, CAR 1418.05354.50
16. Joe Flacco, BAL 1613.00323.00
17. Nick Foles, PHI 1839.50318.90
18. Colin Kaepernick, SF 1922.85294.35
19. Robert Griffin III, WAS 17DNP280.60
20. Eli Manning, NYG 2121.80273.30

• Dropouts: Aaron Rodgers, GB, 20th to 22nd.

• Bubble: Chad Henne, JAC, 259.50.

•  Week’s best: Dalton, CIN, 51.30 (27-38, 366, 4-0 in win).

• Week’s worst: Tannehill, MIA, minus-2.90 (10-27, 82, 0-0 in loss).

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