Greg Cote

Greg Cote: Eli Manning wins Week 5, Tom Brady back on top of Miami Herald QB rankings

The New York Giants’ Eli Manning wins Week 5 honors with a season-best 61.05-point game, only the 17th 60-plus game in the 18-year history of the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. New England’s Tom Brady retakes the overall season lead. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill tumbles four more spots to 27th overall. Our rankings are cumulative, so players on a bye take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of the year. We 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 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

WK5

Season

1. Tom Brady, NE

2

37.75

194.35

2. Philip Rivers, SD

4

43.25

185.65

3. Andy Dalton, CIN

3

40.55

183.90

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

1

25.05

182.80

5. Eli Manning, NYG

10

61.05

174.85

6. Carson Palmer, ARI

6

30.05

159.80

7. Matt Ryan, ATL

5

17.70

158.80

8. Tyrod Taylor, BUF

7

21.45

144.85

9. Russell Wilson, SEA

8

17.65

140.60

T-10. Drew Brees, NO

13

28.75

135.20

T-10. Kirk Cousins, WAS

9

17.95

135.20

12. Peyton Manning, DEN

11

21.30

134.70

13. Josh McCown, CLE

25

54.85

133.15

14. Sam Bradford, PHI

21

40.65

130.05

15. Derek Carr, OAK

16

25.45

127.55

16. Alex Smith, KC

12

14.05

120.55

17. Joe Flacco BAL

15

16.50

119.10

18. Blake Bortles, JAC

26

37.15

114.95

19. Matthew Stafford, DET

17

11.40

111.25

20. Marcus Mariota, TEN

20

16.35

106.00

27. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

23

BYE

88.00

▪ Bubble: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, 104.60.

▪ Week’s best: E. Manning, NYG, 61.05 (41-54, 441, 3-1 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Nick Foles, STL, minus-9.95 (11-30, 141, 1-4 in loss).

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

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