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Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Brees wins Week 15, takes season lead

Saints quarterback Drew Brees
Saints quarterback Drew Brees AP

The Saints’ Drew Brees wins Week 15 honors with 54.75 points and overtakes Peyton Manning for the season lead in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings. It’s the first time this year Brees has been No. 1 and, with two weeks to play, sets up a finishing duel between the most successful QBs in our chart’s history. Manning (6) and Brees (4) have combined for 10 of the 16 season titles. Dolphin Ryan Tannehill dips one spot to 11th. Our rankings are cumulative and use a simple formula unchanged since their 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 season Top 20 in this space every Sunday:

MIAMI HERALD PASS RANKINGS

Player

LW

Week 15

Season

1. Drew Brees, NO

2

54.75

534.90

2. Peyton Manning, DEN

1

27.65

516.15

3. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

3

42.00

515.25

4. Andrew Luck, IND

5

19.35

478.60

5. Tom Brady, NE

6

29.35

473.35

6. Aaron Rodgers, GB

4

-4.75

459.85

7. Matt Ryan, ATL

8

33.50

446.60

8. Philip Rivers, SD

7

15.60

433.95

9. Tony Romo, DAL

11

40.25

416.40

10. Jay Cutler, CHI

9

9.70

406.00

11. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

10

25.30

401.50

12. Joe Flacco, BAL

12

29.05

393.95

13. Matthew Stafford, DET

13

21.65

386.35

14. Eli Manning, NYG

14

38.50

379.50

15. Alex Smith, KC

15

31.85

352.70

16. Russell Wilson, SEA

16

13.40

330.85

17. Andy Dalton, CIN

17

11.85

312.90

18. Colin Kaepernick, SF

18

10.05

294.55

19. Kyle Orton, BUF

19

10.90

276.65

20. Derek Carr, OAK

21

12.10

272.90

▪ Week’s best: Brees, NO, 54.75 (29-36, 375, 3-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Rodgers, GB, minus-4.75 (17-42, 185, 0-2 in loss).

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

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