Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Ranking: Hot Tom Brady wins Week 3, grows season lead in Miami Herald quarterback rankings

New England’s red-hot Tom Brady scored a 52.90-point game last week to win the Week 3 title (his second in a row) and grow his overall season lead in the Miami Herald’s 18th season of Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers vaults into second place. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill falls five spots, to 13th overall. 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

WK3

Season

1. Tom Brady, NE

1

52.90

156.60

2. Aaron Rodgers, GB

4

49.65

126.55

T-3. Andy Dalton, CIN

7

38.15

109.30

T-3. Matt Ryan, ATL

6

37.25

109.30

5. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

3

25.60

104.60

6. Philip Rivers, SD

2

20.30

102.50

7. Carson Palmer, ARI

9

31.55

100.15

8. Tyrod Taylor, BUF

14

40.85

95.70

9. Peyton Manning, DEN

18

44.20

93.75

10. Marcus Mariota, TEN

11

28.35

89.65

11. Eli Manning, NYG

20

38.95

87.20

12. Russell Wilson, SEA

12

29.75

86.60

13. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

8

14.85

84.10

14. Derek Carr, OAK

23

34.70

82.30

15. Joe Flacco BAL

24

36.10

81.15

16. Kirk Cousins, WAS

13

23.80

78.75

17. Matthew Stafford, DET

19

28.10

76.70

18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ

15

23.15

76.30

19. Tony Romo, DAL

5

DNP

74.55

20.Cam Newton, CAR

27

35.75

71.25

▪ Bubble: Alex Smith, KC, 70.20.

▪ Week’s best: Brady, NE, 52.90 (33-42, 358, 2-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Colin Kaepernick, SF, minus-9.65 (9-19, 67, 0-4 in loss).

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

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