Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s NFL Passer Rankings: Week 2

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is shown.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is shown. MCT

The Falcons’ Matt Ryan is out the starting gate fastest with a 55.40-point week as the Miami Herald launches its 17th season of Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. Defending champion Peyton Manning of Denver debuts at No. 7 with 35.45 points. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill opens 25th with 20.90 points. The 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. Watch for our Top 20 in this space every week:

Player

2013

’14 Week 1

Season

1. Matt Ryan, ATL

4

55.40

55.40

2. Matthew Stafford, DET

11

40.30

40.30

3. Carson Palmer, ARI

9

37.20

37.20

4. Derek Anderson, CAR

36.50

36.50

5. Jay Cutler, CHI

23

36.45

36.45

6. Andrew Luck, IND

10

35.50

35.50

7. Peyton Manning, DEN

1

35.45

35.45

8. Jake Locker, TEN

37

35.30

35.30

9. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

5

35.25

35.25

10. Andy Dalton, CIN

7

35.05

35.05

11. Robert Griffin III, WAS

22

34.35

34.35

12. Geno Smith, NYJ

27

34.05

34.05

13. Nick Foles, PHI

16

33.10

33.10

14. Drew Brees, NO

2

32.65

32.65

15. Russell Wilson, SEA

12

30.55

30.55

16. Colin Kaepernick, SF

18

30.05

30.05

17. Matt Cassel, MIN

31

28.50

28.50

18. Joe Flacco, BAL

17

25.25

25.25

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU

25

24.30

24.30

19. Chad Henne, JAC

20

24.30

24.30

25. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

13

20.90

20.90

Week’s best: Ryan, ATL, 55.40 (31-43, 448, 3-0 in win).

Week’s worst: Shaun Hill, STL, 4.05 (8-13, 81, 0-1 in loss).

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

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