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Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Stafford takes Week 14 as race for top tightens

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Buffalo Bills during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Denver.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Buffalo Bills during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Denver. AP Photo

The Lions’ Matthew Stafford wins Week 14 honors with 47.55 points in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. But the big story is the tightening race for the season title with three weeks to play. Peyton Manning’s lead is now a near-negligible 8.35 points, and five others seem in reasonable striking range. Dolphin Ryan Tannehill holds steady in 10th place. 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 14

Season

1. Peyton Manning, DEN

1

15.65

488.50

2. Drew Brees, NO

2

20.75

480.15

3. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

4

42.50

473.25

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

5

42.35

464.60

5. Andrew Luck, IND

3

14.70

459.25

6. Tom Brady, NE

6

35.85

444.00

7. Philip Rivers, SD

7

16.45

418.35

8. Matt Ryan, ATL

8

36.75

413.10

9. Jay Cutler, CHI

9

38.05

396.30

10. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

10

27.35

376.20

11. Tony Romo, DAL

11

40.25

376.15

12. Joe Flacco, BAL

12

38.45

364.90

13. Matthew Stafford, DET

13

47.55

364.70

14. Eli Manning, NYG

14

28.00

341.00

15. Alex Smith, KC

15

27.65

320.85

16. Russell Wilson, SEA

16

31.15

317.45

17. Andy Dalton, CIN

18

34.10

301.05

18. Colin Kaepernick, SF

17

8.70

284.50

19. Kyle Orton, BUF

21

33.75

265.75

20. Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU

19

18.75

261.65

▪ Week’s best: Stafford, DET, 47.55 (26-34, 311, 3-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Brian Hoyer, CLE, minus-2.00 (14-31, 140, 0-2 in loss).

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

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