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Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Manning’s season lead narrows, Fitzpatrick takes week

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning Getty Images

The Texans’ Ryan Fitzpatrick takes Week 13 honors with 55.90 points, the season’s fourth-highest total, and Dolphin Ryan Tannehill bumps up one spot to No. 10 in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. But the real race is at the top of the table, where Peyton Manning’s overall season lead is whittled to just 13 points and change with four weeks to play. At least four other QBs are positioned in the passing lane and within catching distance. Our rankings are cumulative and 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 place a premium on consistently productive passers who avoid injury or benching. Find our updated season Top 20 in this space every Sunday:

MIAMI HERALD PASS RANKINGS

Player

LW

Week 13

Season

1. Peyton Manning, DEN

1

19.95

472.85

2. Drew Brees, NO

2

43.85

459.40

3. Andrew Luck, IND

4

46.50

444.55

4. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

3

27.75

430.75

5. Aaron Rodgers, GB

5

39.40

422.25

6. Tom Brady, NE

6

27.25

408.15

7. Philip Rivers, SD

7

53.15

401.90

8. Matt Ryan, ATL

8

45.05

376.35

9. Jay Cutler, CHI

9

28.00

358.25

10. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

11

28.75

348.85

11. Tony Romo, DAL

10

10.95

335.90

12. Joe Flacco, BAL

12

24.25

326.45

13. Matthew Stafford, DET

16

53.50

317.15

14. Eli Manning, NYG

13

29.35

313.00

15. Alex Smith, KC

14

17.65

293.20

16. Russell Wilson, SEA

17

27.80

286.30

17. Colin Kaepernick, SF

15

3.05

275.80

18. Andy Dalton, CIN

18

18.80

266.95

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU

26

55.90

242.90

20. Brian Hoyer, CLE

19

9.60

241.25

▪ Week’s best: Fitzpatrick, HOU, 55.90 (24-33, 358, 6-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Geno Smith, NYJ, 1.25 (7-13, 65, 0-1 in loss).

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

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