Greg Cote

Greg Cote: Tom Brady back at No. 1, Drew Brees skies to third in near-record week of Miami Herald QB rankings

New England’s Tom Brady is back at No. 1 over San Diego’s Philip Rivers, but New Orleans’ Drew Brees vaulting up to third place is the big news in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings entering Week 9. Brees scored a 78.55-point game – second-best in the 18-year history of our chart, trailing only Ben Roethlisberger’s record 80.10 points from 2014. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill holds steady in 16th place. 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. Find our updated Top 20 in this space every Sunday.

Player

LW

WK8

Season

1. Tom Brady, NE

2

48.80

321.50

2. Philip Rivers, SD

1

43.05

318.65

3. Drew Brees, NO

T-6

78.55

288.10

4. Matt Ryan, ATL

5

51.85

267.95

5. Carson Palmer, ARI

3

40.70

267.30

6. Eli Manning, NYG

8

54.50

261.30

7. Andy Dalton, CIN

4

21.55

242.60

8. Aaron Rodgers, GB

T-6

9.85

219.40

9. Derek Carr, OAK

15

43.65

216.65

10. Russell Wilson, SEA

10

23.50

210.90

11. Joe Flacco BAL

14

36.95

210.80

12. Kirk Cousins, WAS

9

BYE

204.85

13. Alex Smith, KC

13

28.25

203.45

14. Matthew Stafford, DET

11

15.85

202.15

15. Josh McCown, CLE

12

18.55

196.85

16. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

16

21.00

190.40

17. Peyton Manning, DEN

20

32.00

184.20

18. Sam Bradford, PHI

17

BYE

166.30

19. Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

21

18.35

165.30

20. Brian Hoyer, HOU

24

33.75

162.05

▪ Bubble: Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, 158.90.

▪ Week’s best: Brees, NO, 78.55 (40-50, 511, 7-1 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Matt Cassel, DAL, 5.85 (13-25, 97, 0-0 in loss).

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

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