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Greg Cote: Jets’ Fitzpatrick wins Week 13, but Pats’ Brady in charge atop Miami Herald QB rankings

The New York Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick wins the Week 13 title with 52.50 points in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterbacks rankings, while New England’s Tom Brady maintains a sizable season lead with four weeks to play. Brady had an off game but grew his lead because second-place Philip Rivers did worse, while Carson Palmer moved within passing distance of Rivers. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill falls one more spot, to 14th place. Our rankings are cumulative but now that byes have ended the playing field has leveled. Our simple formula, unchanged since its inception in 1998, factors accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. Most ratings 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

WK13

Season

1. Tom Brady, NE

1

20.60

459.60

2. Philip Rivers, SD

2

8.10

414.65

3. Carson Palmer, ARI

3

40.80

409.65

4. Drew Brees, NO

4

26.10

391.40

5. Andy Dalton, CIN

5

31.00

389.55

6. Matt Ryan, ATL

6

28.45

369.05

7. Russell Wilson, SEA

10

42.70

357.15

8. Kirk Cousins, WAS

8

26.95

353.30

9. Derek Carr, OAK

9

25.15

350.90

10. Eli Manning, NYG

7

16.85

347.90

11. Aaron Rodgers, GB

12

33.65

344.85

12. Matthew Stafford, DET

11

28.00

341.20

13. Alex Smith, KC

14

29.10

318.15

14. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

13

11.30

308.95

15. Cam Newton, CAR

17

48.55

306.85

16. Blake Bortles, JAC

18

43.10

298.70

17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ

20

52.50

294.30

18. Joe Flacco BAL

15

DNP

279.55

19. Jay Cutler, CHI

16

12.10

274.60

20. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

24

44.20

271.85

▪ Bubble: Tyrod Taylor, BUF, 263.55.

▪ Week’s best: Fitzpatrick, NYJ, 52.50 (36-50, 390, 2-0 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Nick Foles, STL, minus-0.70 (15-35, 146, 0-1 in loss).

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

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