Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we’ll be ranking all 32 current starting quarterbacks from best to worst. Here’s the breakdown following Week 7.
32. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears: The sample remains small, but he still ranks at the bottom of the pack in both grade at Pro Football Focus and DVOA at Football Outsiders.
31. Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have lost four in a row and Darnold has a 52.0 passer rating in the last three of those losses. It looks like his time in Carolina is already coming to an end, and he’ll officially be labeled a bust.
30. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars: The rookie No. 1 overall pick has been on target on a conference-low 68.6 percent of his passes.
29. Zach Wilson, New York Jets: Before suffering a PCL injury in Week 7, the rookie No. 2 overall pick was the AFC’s lowest-rated passer with a 4-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
28. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions: Following another lame effort against his former team, Goff is the lowest-rated qualified passer in football who isn’t a rookie or named Darnold.
27. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles: He leads the NFC with 361 rushing yards but isn’t getting it done beyond that.
26. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team: This isn’t happening. Far too many turnover-worthy plays and far too few big-time throws for the 28-year-old.
25. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: The vet has made just one big-time throw all season. He’s running out of time now that he’s healthy again.
24. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints: The consistency and the accuracy still aren’t quite there for the former top pick in New Orleans.
23. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos: He’s got a sub-90 passer rating during Denver’s four-game losing streak. Might they give Drew Lock a shot soon?
22. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: It’s not as bad as it was a few weeks ago, but Big Ben still led the league in turnover-worthy plays with 12 before a Week 7 bye.
21. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans: He hasn’t been as crisp as he was in 2019 or 2020, but the veteran is actually the third-highest-graded quarterback in the NFL at PFF after a strong performance in a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
20. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: He’s turned his season around and now has a triple-digit rating on deep balls along with a solid 12-to-4 touchdown-to-pick ratio overall.
19. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns: It’s been an up-and-down year with a few more downs than ups, but he hasn’t been healthy. We’ll give it some time after he sat out Week 7.
18. Daniel Jones, New York Giants: He bombed in Week 6, but a rebound in Week 7 was very encouraging for the third-year first-round pick. He has a 105.9 passer rating on deep balls.
17. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins: Is the sophomore coming around? A 102.7 passer rating in two games since returning from injury could indicate that.
16. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Just middle-of-the-pack numbers across the board for the highest-rated passer in NFL history, who’s tied for the league lead with nine interceptions.
15. Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans: The veteran journeyman actually led the NFL with a QBR of 84.6 before going down early. He was doing a really done a solid job with little support, and now he’s on his way back.
14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings: The consistency has never been there, but he remains a top-10 passer after lighting up a solid Carolina defense prior to a Week 7 bye. His advanced stats are quietly strong.
13. Mac Jones, New England Patriots: He isn’t carry the Pats with his arm, but the rookie leads the AFC with a completion rate of 70.4. He hasn’t been the problem in New England.
12. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: His legs and his league-best 5.5 completed air yards per attempt are huge pluses. Still, he lacks that triple-digit passer rating.
11. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers: That was a dud in Baltimore before a Week 7 bye, but he still has 14 touchdowns to four picks and strong advanced numbers for a contending team.
10. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts: The redemption continues for the veteran Wentz, who has a 119.5 passer rating in his last four games.
9. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: After a huge performance against the division-rival Ravens, the sophomore No. 1 overall pick now has a 114.1 passer rating in his last five games.
8. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders: Still rolling despite the Jon Gruden fiasco, Carr leads the league with 24 big-time throws, according to PFF.
7. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: After rocking a talented Washington defense, the reigning MVP now has a 15-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio during Green Bay’s six-game winning streak.
6. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: The numbers are there in basically every category for Prescott, who has Dallas in the Super Bowl picture coming out of the bye.
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: He’s still the NFL’s highest-rated passer by a considerable margin, but we won’t see him for a while as a result of a finger injury.
4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: The MVP candidate had 12 touchdown passes to two picks and a 118.4 passer rating in his last four games before a Week 7 bye.
3. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams: Following another impressive performance in another victory, the 33-year-old now leads the league in QBR by a tremendous margin.
2. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A 21-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio for a first-place team has the 44-year-old in the MVP mix. He’s still committed just one turnover-worthy play all year.
1. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: The league’s highest-rated healthy passer continues to crush it across the board for the NFL’s only perfect team.