Greg Cote

Patriot Tom Brady’s lead shrinks, Dolphin Jay Cutler retreats in Herald NFL QB rankings

The Patriots’ Tom Brady, being chased here by Dolphins, also is being chased by New Orleans’ Drew Brees in the Miami Herald’s tightening NFL quarterback rankings.
The Patriots’ Tom Brady, being chased here by Dolphins, also is being chased by New Orleans’ Drew Brees in the Miami Herald’s tightening NFL quarterback rankings. Al Diaz-Miami Herald

The 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo wins Week 15 with a 46.05-point game while Patriot Tom Brady's overall lead shrinks further in the Miami Herald’s NFL quarterback rankings. Brady's margin over second place Drew Brees of the Saints has narrowed to only 8.40 points with two games to play. The Dolphins' Jay Cutler slips three spots, down to 24th place.

This is the 20th season of our Passer Success System (PASS) rankings, which began in 1998. Our formula is simple and unchanged since its inception, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD-interception ratio and team result. Most major ranking systems such as the NFL's and ESPN's are complicated and percentile based, allowing QBs who miss half a season to still win a title, while our system is cumulative, rewarding players who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching.

The Top 20 plus Dolphins entering Week 16:

RK LW Player, Team WK15 Season

1 1 Tom Brady, NE 28.90 502.10

2 2 Drew Brees, NO 38.25 493.70

3 3 Alex Smith, KC 38.55 452.90

4 5 Matthew Stafford, DET 39.85 447.00

5 4 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 31.05 440.25

6 9 Kirk Cousins, WAS 30.80 406.80

7 11 Case Keenum, MIN 39.80 401.95

8 7 Russell Wilson, SEA 8.10 391.45

9 8 Philip Rivers, LAC 9.35 390.90

10 6 Carson Wentz, PHI DNP 386.80

11 10 Jared Goff, LAR 21.00 386.40

12 12 Matt Ryan, ATL 21.60 376.50

13 16 Blake Bortles, JAC 43.30 337.35

14 13 Josh McCown, NYJ DNP 336.30

15 14 Derek Carr, OAK 18.55 335.65

16 15 Dak Prescott, DAL 18.60 331.80

17 20 Eli Manning, NYG 44.70 319.65

18 19 Cam Newton, CAR 38.10 314.10

19 18 Joe Flacco, BAL 32.40 311.05

20 17 Andy Dalton, CIN -0.35 281.00

24 21 Jay Cutler, MIA 11.70 260.70

Bubble: Jameis Winston, TB, 277.70. Week 15 Best: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, 46.05 (31-43, 381, 1-0 in win). Week 15 Worst: Blaine Gabbert, ARI, minus-2.55 (16-41, 189, 0-1 in loss).

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