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Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Ben Roethlisberger takes over first place

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger AP

The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger wins a second straight weekly title to overtake first place in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings, ending Andrew Luck’s six-week stranglehold on the season lead. Big Ben’s 53.00-point game followed the previous week’s all-time record of 80.10 points. He has never won a Herald season title; fifth place last year was his best finish. Meantime Dolphin Ryan Tannehill was third for the week to leap eight spots to No. 12. Because are rankings are cumulative, players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over course of season. The Herald rankings use a simple formula unchanged since its 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 title. Our rankings are cumulative, placing a premium on passers who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. Find our updated season Top 20 in this space every Sunday:

MIAMI HERALD PASS RANKINGS

PLAYER

LW

WEEK 9

SEASON

1. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

2

53.00

346.50

2. Andrew Luck, IND

1

38.70

342.25

3. Peyton Manning, DEN

3

32.90

322.60

4. Tom Brady, NE

6

43.65

306.60

5. Drew Brees, NO

7

33.85

296.20

6. Philip Rivers, SD

4

-1.10

278.55

7. Aaron Rodgers, GB

5

BYE

265.60

8. Joe Flacco, BAL

12

33.15

248.60

9. Jay Cutler, CHI

8

BYE

247.65

10. Tony Romo, DAL

9

DNP

244.90

11. Matt Ryan, ATL

10

BYE

237.30

12. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

20

42.40

219.35

13. Matthew Stafford, DET

11

BYE

219.30

14. Alex Smith, KC

15

31.95

218.60

15. Eli Manning, NYG

14

25.95

213.60

16. Colin Kaepernick, SF

16

25.85

210.80

17. Nick Foles, PHI

13

14.20

206.15

18. Andy Dalton, CIN

19

23.65

201.20

19. Russell Wilson, SEA

17

12.95

194.45

20. Austin Davis, STL

18

9.25

189.10

(*) Week’s best: Roethlisberger, PIT, 53.00 (25-37, 340, 6-0 in win).

(*) Week’s worst: Cam Newton, CAR, minus-3.45 (10-28, 151, 0-1 in loss).

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

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