Greg Cote

Kirk Cousins tops Week 12 QBs, Drew Brees grows overall PASS lead

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws to a receiver in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws to a receiver in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. AP

Washington’s Kirk Cousins wins Week 11 with a 60.45-point game in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings — the second time this season and only the 20th time in the 19-year history of the chart that the 60 mark has been broken. Cousins elevates to No. 3 overall while leader Drew Brees expands his lead over Matt Ryan. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, despite the week’s fifth-best game, holds steady at No. 18. Our cumulative rankings use a simple formula unchanged since their inception in 1998, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. 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 season title. These rankings place a premium on consistently productive QBs who who avoid injury or benching. Watch for our updated Top 20 chart in this space each Sunday.

Player

LW

WK11

Season

1. Drew Brees, NO

1

52.50

466.35

2. Matt Ryan, ATL

2

39.45

414.80

3. Kirk Cousins, WAS

4

60.45

409.50

4. Derek Carr, OAK

3

37.75

390.75

5. Aaron Rodgers, GB

7

47.65

367.70

6. Dak Prescott, DAL

5

27.75

361.75

7. Matthew Stafford, DET

6

25.60

352.15

8. Marcus Mariota, TEN

8

29.30

338.90

9. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

12

33.05

326.25

10. Eli Manning, NYG

10

26.70

324.10

11. Sam Bradford, MIN

13

33.20

320.75

12. Philip Rivers, SD

14

37.10

317.60

13. Russell Wilson, SEA

9

2.55

309.10

14. Jameis Winston, TB

17

33.00

299.00

15. Joe Flacco, BAL

16

30.70

297.85

16. Andy Dalton, CIN

15

21.15

297.65

17. Andrew Luck, IND

11

DNP

296.35

18. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

18

38.25

289.80

19. Tom Brady, NE

20

35.30

285.05

20. Alex Smith, KC

19

27.00

276.85

Dropouts: None.

Week’s best: Cousins, WAS, 60.45 (41-53, 449, 3-0 in loss).

Week’s worst: Wilson, SEA, 2.55 (17-33, 151, 0-2 in loss).

Thursday results included in following week’s chart.

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