Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Ranking: Cousins wins week; Rivers-Brady on top of Miami Herald QB rankings

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins AP

Washington’s Kirk Cousins wins the Week 7 title with a 55.85-point game — that’s no misprint, folks — in the Miami Herald’s 18th season of Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. Philip Rivers and Tom Brady remain a solid 1-2, comfortably out front, in the overall season standings. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill climbs seven big spots up to No. 16 on the wing of his 48.10-point game, the week’s second best, vs. Houston. 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 in this space every Sunday.

Player

LW

WK7

Season

1. Philip Rivers, SD

1

37.80

275.60

2. Tom Brady, NE

2

42.75

272.70

3. Carson Palmer, ARI

7

35.75

226.60

4. Andy Dalton, CIN

3

BYE

221.05

5. Matt Ryan, ATL

5

20.55

216.10

T-6. Aaron Rodgers, GB

4

BYE

209.55

T-6. Drew Brees, NO

8

29.75

209.55

8. Eli Manning, NYG

6

15.50

206.80

9. Kirk Cousins, WAS

14

55.85

204.85

10. Russell Wilson, SEA

9

25.75

187.40

11. Matthew Stafford, DET

10

28.80

186.30

12. Josh McCown, CLE

16

33.50

178.30

13. Alex Smith, KC

17

30.55

175.20

14. Joe Flacco BAL

13

24.60

173.85

15. Derek Carr, OAK

20

45.45

173.00

16. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

23

48.10

169.40

17. Sam Bradford, PHI

11

13.25

166.30

18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ

19

25.75

153.60

19. Blake Bortles, JAC

18

14.10

152.60

20. Peyton Manning, DEN

12

BYE

152.20

▪ Bubble: Teddy Bridgewater, MIN, 146.95.

▪ Week’s best: Cousins, WAS, 55.85 (33-40, 317, 3-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Colin Kaepernick, SF, 8.20 (13-24, 124, 0-0 in loss).

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

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