Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Tannehill wins Week 16, Brees leads three-man race at top

Saints quarterback Drew Brees
Saints quarterback Drew Brees AP

The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill wins Week 16 with 56.80 points for his first weekly title of the season and moves up one spot to 10th overall in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rakings. His season total of 458.30 points also is a new Miami record, breaking the former mark of 439.65 set by Chad Pennington in 2008. Drew Brees maintains his season lead entering the final week, but Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning both are in a reasonable position to surpass him. 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 expanded final season Top 40 in this space next Sunday:

MIAMI HERALD PASS RANKINGS

Player

LW

Week 16

Season

1. Drew Brees, NO

1

25.65

560.55

2. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

3

30.00

545.25

3. Peyton Manning, DEN

2

21.55

537.70

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

6

45.90

505.75

5. Tom Brady, NE

5

25.10

498.45

6. Matt Ryan, ATL

7

44.10

490.70

7. Andrew Luck, IND

4

7.45

486.05

8. Philip Rivers, SD

8

37.80

471.75

9. Tony Romo, DAL

9

43.90

460.30

10. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

11

56.80

458.30

11. Eli Manning, NYG

14

51.55

431.05

12. Jay Cutler, CHI

10

DNP

406.00

13. Matthew Stafford, DET

13

16.15

402.50

14. Joe Flacco, BAL

12

-1.25

392.70

15. Alex Smith, KC

15

32.55

385.25

16. Russell Wilson, SEA

16

36.95

367.80

17. Andy Dalton, CIN

17

23.30

336.20

18. Kyle Orton, BUF

19

34.45

311.10

19. Colin Kaepernick, SF

18

14.70

309.25

20. Derek Carr, OAK

20

21.70

294.60

▪ Week’s best: Tannehill, MIA, 56.80 (35-47, 396, 4-1 in win).

▪ Week’s worst: Flacco, BAL, minus-1.25 (21-50, 195, 2-3 in loss).

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