Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Ranking: Patriots’ Brady wins Week 2, takes season’s top spot

New England’s Tom Brady scored a big 54.30-point game last week to win the Week 2 title and leap into the season lead in the Miami Herald’s 18th season of Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill vaults seven spots into the No. 8 slot. Note: Tony Romo edged Philip Rivers for the Week 1 title, not vice versa as we’d reported last week because of a slight miscalculation since corrected. Our rankings are cumulative and 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 percent based, allowing players who miss half a season to still win a title. Our rankings place a premium on consistently productive passers who avoid injury or benching. Watch for our updated Top 20 rankings in this space every Sunday.

Player

LW

WK2

Season

1. Tom Brady, NE

3

54.30

103.70

2. Philip Rivers, SD

2

30.05

82.20

3. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

13

47.45

79.00

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

7

40.45

76.90

5. Tony Romo, DAL

1

21.75

74.55

6. Matt Ryan, ATL

11

40.15

72.05

7. Andy Dalton, CIN

4

30.70

71.15

8. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

15

39.95

69.25

9. Carson Palmer, ARI

9

33.25

68.60

10. Colin Kaepernick, SF

20

42.75

64.00

11. Marcus Mariota, TEN

5

23.85

61.30

12. Russell Wilson, SEA

8

21.30

56.85

13. Kirk Cousins, WAS

24

37.15

54.95

14. Tyrod Taylor, BUF

16

28.10

54.85

15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ

18

30.20

53.15

16. Drew Brees, NO

14

22.75

52.50

17. Sam Bradford, PHI

10

17.20

51.00

18. Peyton Manning, DEN

T-22

30.80

49.55

19. Matthew Stafford, DET

21

28.30

48.60

20. Eli Manning, NYG

27

34.60

48.25

▪ Week’s best: Brady, NE, 54.30 (38-59, 466, 3-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Ryan Mallett, HOU, 8.20 (27-58, 244, 1-1 in loss).

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

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