By: NFL Heads
So let me start out this QB Index by saying that if someone came from week 14 went in a time machine to me and told me what the top 5 is, I would probably die laughing. So I feel like I need to re-emphasize, the QB Index is cumulative over JUST THE PAST GAME, not the entire season. Without further ado, enjoy.
- Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson had a huge game against the winless New York Jets, throwing for four touchdowns and absolutely decimating a terrible team. Russell Wilson really needed this win to boost his confidence after suffering from multiple turnovers in the past few weeks.
- Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers threw three touchdowns and no picks against a Lions team who lost their first overall pick in Jeff Okudah in the loss, and was not performing well under Matthew Stafford. If Rodgers plays at this high level, he will certainly be in the MVP conversation, and most likely make a deep playoff run.
- Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill did what was needed (which was honestly not a lot) to beat Mike Glennon and Gardner Minshew on Sunday, leading the Titans to a 31-10 trouncing over the Jaguars who are currently on a 12 game losing streak. Tannehill will be able to guide this team to contention, and while I think it is too early to say this team could make the Super Bowl, I would never count them out with Tannehill on their side.
- Drew Lock
Drew Lock finally did something today. I think the only thing more impressive than throwing no touchdowns was throwing no interceptions, even if it was against a morabund Panthers defense, who even with the good play of Jeremy Chinn is still very much a team in need of some talent.
- Lamar Jackson
Jackson’s passing stats do not stick out too much, but he certainly did a lot to win against the Browns in what will likely be remembered as the best game of 2020. Jackson had a touchdown in the air and two on the ground against the Browns, and proved to us that he still deserves to be considered one of the elite quarterbacks of the NFL.
- Mitch Trubisky
If someone came back from a time machine to tell me that the number six quarterback of a week 14 QB Index in the year 2020 would be none other than Mitch Trubisky, I would have fainted from laughing. Remarkably, that is the case this week. Trubisky caught the Texans in his scope and fired, decimating this awful Texans team 36-7, and throwing three touchdowns in the process.
- Josh Allen
Allen did amazing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rallying the Bills to give what seemed like a juggernaut team their second loss of the season. Allen is in my opinion making a very strong case for the MVP award, and I think he should be clearly seen as the franchise quarterback.
- Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes was still able to create plenty of magic to beat the Miami Dolphins, but he threw three picks in the process and for a quarterback that is as good as Mahomes, that is just not OK. Mahomes is probably going to lead the Chiefs to a SuperBowl victory, but he cannot have a game like that again.
- Tua Tagovailoa
Do not be fooled by this final score, Tua had an amazing game against a Chiefs team that looked like it was not going to be losing any games from now until 2024. Tua came as close as any quarterback (other than Derek Carr) has come to giving Kansas City a loss, but no dice for the kid. Still, it was a great win that should inspire hope in the organization.
- Baker Mayfield
Despite the final score, Mayfield was very effective against the Baltimore Ravens, nearly leading them to a win against the Baltimore Ravens, who quite honestly looked as close to 2019 form than in any other game.
- Philip Rivers
The Colts destroyed the Las Vegas Raiders, and Philip Rivers led his team to get 44 points against Derek Carr and the Raiders awful defense. Rivers only gets as high as 11 because he was aided heavily by his running game
- Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert still beat the Falcons I give him that, but I credit this Chargers win mostly to the fact that Matt Ryan and the Falcons were absolutely horrendous on Sunday afternoon, and did not have a chance of beating even a half decent team.
- Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater was able to hang with this Broncos team, which for whatever reason was performing at a very high level this week. Bridgewater threw for a 75% completion rating, and had 280 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Unfortunately, Teddy B did not to quite enough to beat the Broncos, and they fell 27-32
- Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray helped bring what a few hopeful fans were stylizing as a “white hot” Giants team way down to Earth on Sunday, beating them 26-7 and thoroughly putting a clown suit on the New York Giants. Murray will probably be able to cruise this Cardinals team to a small playoff run, and instill much hope for this franchise.
- Jared Goff
Goff did a nice job against the terrible New England Patriots, scoring one touchdown through the air and running one on the ground to lead the Rams to a 24-3 win. Goff did throw a nasty pick and was aided by the greatness of running back Cam Akers, who delivered with 171 yards at 5.9 yards per carry.
- Tom Brady
196 yards and two touchdowns is nice, but Tom just does not look that good anymore. I still think he could actually squeak the Bucs into a Super Bowl given all his experience, but he is going to have to give it his all because he has become way more inaccurate and streaky this season than in any past years.
- Andy Dalton
Hey guys look, the Cowboys won a game! Andy Dalton helped Dallas to beat a bad Bengals team who is missing the future of their franchise (Joe Burrow). Dalton threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the win against his former team, and continues to be a mediocre quarterback who has some OK games, a lot of bad games, and one or two very good games.
- Taysom Hill
My God Taysom how did you get two wins against the Falcons and then let yourself get spanked by the Eagles? While there are a lot of perfectly rational answers to this question, the fact is that Taysom Hill and the Saints still lost against a three win team, and that is not acceptable. If Taysom wants to keep the Super Bowl hope alive, he has to rally this team to big wins, especially against a tomato can like the Eagles.
- Derek Carr
Carr was not necessarily terrible, the problem is more that he was outplayed by a Colts team that is simply better than the Raiders. The day that Carr had proves that he is not the problem in Las Vegas, but he is not the solution either. Carr is a league average starter or a high end backup, but I do not think he is ready to lead any team to the playoffs just yet.
- Jalen Hurts
Hurts had a good start against the Saints, any first time starter for a three win team that can knock off a nine win team is great. On the other hand, I am staring at Miles Sanders’ 115 yards, two touchdowns, and 8 yards per carry, and wondering whether Hurts was good, or if Carson Wentz was just very bad.
- Kirk Cousins
Cousins was not able to hang with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, showing that Cousins and the Vikings are nowhere near a playoff team, no matter how close their record brings them.
By no means was Stafford terrible, but he was certainly outplayed by the Packers who looked like they could barrel through any team you put in their path on Sunday.
- Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers are really hurting their case or making the Super Bowl or going deep in the playoffs by laying an absolute egg against the Washington Football Team, and then turning around and crapping the bed against the Bills. Big Ben is not helping either, his two interceptions really hurt the Steelers, and the defense was not able to hang with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.
- Gardner Minshew
Minshew came in relief of Mike Glennon who looked like a house on fire against the Tennessee Titans, and while Minshew did not look like Patrick Mahomes he was still better than Glennon, and has at least won his starting job for the remainder of the season.
- Deshaun Watson
I wouldn’t worry about Watson that much, he might have had a bad game but keep in mind he is missing his best receivers, and he has nothing else around him. Watson needs an offseason more than almost any other quarterback, but I think he will be back to normal very soon.
- Brandon Allen
Brandon Allen did nothing against a bad Cowboys defense, but he is Brandon Allen so my expectations were not that high to begin with. Just as I said the quarterback in biggest need of an offseason is Deshaun Watson, I think the Bengals are the team in biggest need of an offseason.
- Sam Darnold
I have been trying very hard to make the case that the Jets are not going 0-16 because it’s simply too hard to lose all 16 games, but Sam is really taxing that prediction. I know Russ played great, but the Jets should have been able to bank more than three points against this Seahawks defense.
- Cam Newton
16 attempts for 119 yards. No that’s not a rushing stat, that is some of Cam Newton’s better passing statistics of the season. That plus an interception is really hurting Cam’s chance of landing a starting job in his career ever again.
- Nick Mullens
Mullens threw a nasty pick six in the loss to Washington, and did not do much to help his team out of losing. While he still might be a better option than CJ Beathard, it goes without saying that the Niners need to do some serious evaluation of the quarterback position this offseason
- Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones fell down to earth against the Arizona Cardinals, but I still believe he has much potential to be an above average starter in the NFL, and still has a shot at the playoffs if he closes out the season strong.
- Matt Ryan
Ryan was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league this week, throwing three picks against the Chargers, including one that would eventually lead to a Falcons loss. I have been a Ryan defender for years, but at what point do you start developing a backup if your franchise quarterback is not enough.
- Mike Glennon
Glennon started out the game OK, and then had a massive recession, just like last week. This led to Glennon’s subsequent benching in favor of Gardner Minshew, and landed him the 32 spot on today’s list.
- Alex Smith
Alex Smith just keeps getting an injured leg, I feel so bad for the man. Regardless, Smith was not playing stellar football before his injury, less than 50% completion, no touchdowns and a pick is not exactly something to be jumping up and down about.
- Jarrett Stidham
Stidham did not have much of a chance to do anything, so naturally he did nothing. Stidham has not been named the starter over Cam, but I think Bellichick should really see if he brings more to the table than Cam, because Cam has been awful.
- Dwayne Haskins
Make no mistake, it was not Haskins or Washington’s offense that won the game against San Francisco. It is a real shame that Haskins needed to start, and I sincerely hope as a football fan that we do not have to see it again.
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