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Week 16 QB Index is led by a 43 year old quarterback

Tom Brady Buccaneers QB Index
Tom Brady at 43 years old is the QB Index leader after week 16. The Buccaneers are trending upward late in the season.

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  1. Tom Brady

Tom Brady played so damn well that he made it unnecessary for the Bucs to play him in the second half. 4 touchdowns and no picks, and that was only the first half. Imagine how well he would have played if he had continued in the second half. Brady seems to have random games where he goes off, if he is able to consistently do that in the postseason, the Bucs have a real shot of making the Super Bowl. 

  1. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers had himself a game that has the whole league singing sea poems about winning the MVP. I personally think that Josh Allen has just as good of a shot, but Rodgers had himself a very nice game against the Tennessee Titans. This makes 44 touchdowns on the season with only 5 interceptions.

  1. Josh Allen

To me, Josh Allen is the clear frontrunner for the MVP award, and tonight proves it. 320 yards and 4 touchdowns is a very impressive, and this was not even his most impressive showing of the second half of 2020. Allen does need to get back to utilizing his running game to maximize his full potential.

  1. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has made leaps and bounds down the stretch, and is really proving that the Ravens should be considered a viable playoff competitor. Jackson is doing all he can to win second place in the AFC North and push out the Cleveland Browns from contention, and boy is he succeeding. 

  1. Derek Carr

Derek Carr had over 300 yards passing, and a touchdown through the air, and one on the ground. So if Carr played so well, why did the Raiders lose you might ask? The Raiders were the victim of one of the most impressive regroupings we have ever seen from the Dolphins, and this was not Carr’s fault.

  1. CJ Beathard

Shanahan is one of the best coaches in NFL history, and his coaching made it so that CJ Beathard played like one of the best quarterbacks in week 16. The Niners have cycled through many quarterbacks this season, and today was simply Beathard’s turn to have an extremely impressive showing.

  1. Mitch Trubisky

I suppose any quarterback is going to look like Johnny Unitas when he’s playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Trubisky has not been playing like the same embarrassment that he has in the past. I do not think this means the Bears should move forward with him, but this shows that he is not the worst possible option.

  1. Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes was good as usual, but I am very disappointed. To be frank, I think most high school football teams could drop 42 points on the Atlanta Falcons defense. The most talented offense in the NFL nearly went into overtime against the four win Atlanta Falcons. That is sad.

  1. Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger had one of the most abysmal first halves I have ever seen, and he had one of the single best second halves I have ever seen. The score was 21-7 in the first half, and any quarterback that can bring their team back 28-24 against the Indianapolis Colts defense deserves respect.

  1. Brandon Allen

Through the various playing of Ryan Finley and Brandon Allen, Allen has been the better of the two by far. In fact, Allen did a great job of smacking around the Houston Texans on Sunday, and I think he should be trusted much more than Ryan Finley, and maybe even another few backups.

  1. Deshaun Watson

Watson gets credit for having a very great day statistically, but Watson still could not do enough to beat what is one of the worst five teams in the NFL, not to mention that said team is using a backup/third string quarterback. Watson needs better talent, and better coaching, but he could eventually reach the top tier of quarterbacks again.

  1. Russell Wilson

Wilson had himself a better day than usual in the recent past, and was certainly able to beat a Rams team that is trying to make a case for the playoffs. This really hurts the Rams, who are already stuck playing John Wolford in week 17.  

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzmagic is an understatement for this game, with Fitzpatrick’s amazing comeback, including a spectacular throw, the Dolphins can now enjoy the one elite level game that FItzpatrick seems to play every year. Soon however, we will return to Fitz’s state of normalcy, which includes poor to average play and close games against all kinds of teams. 

  1. Andy Dalton

Dalton has good games and bad games so regularly that it is almost like a trademark. Dalton did this on the Bengals all the time, 2015 was the only season where he was even a little bit consistent. Dalton was performing above and beyond the call against the Philadelphia Eagles, but I would not expect that to continue.

  1. Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins thoroughly outplayed the opposing quarterback on Christmas day, unfortunately the opposing running back had six touchdowns, and this posed a problem. Cousins could have played like Mahomes, he would not have a chance against the way Alvin Kamara was playing.

  1. Blaine Gabbert

All that Gabbert needed to do was be a game manager, but to be honest he did even better than that. 9 out of 15 passes completed for two touchdowns is pretty good for a game manager in the second half.

  1. Philip Rivers

Rivers was doing great just until he blew the game to Roethlisberger’s amazing second half play. Rivers continued to show that he has virtually no clutch ability late in his career, and perhaps it is time for the football society to consider him done, and he is nothing better than an above average backup.

  1. Sam Darnold

Darnold has won another game, 2020 is truly an amazing season after all. Even though the Jets needed all four of the Browns receivers to be absent from the game to take away a win, the fact is that Darnold has helped his team get two whole wins, and this is quite amazing.

  1. Matt Ryan

Ryan did actually come close to beating Kansas City, but he still did not do nearly enough to get a win against the best team in the NFL, and an elite quarterback needs to win those types of games. 

  1. Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert had a mediocre game against a team that has been rapidly more and more disappointing this year. Herbert has had much better games than this, but at least he has been able to dissuade the “Chargers always choke” narrative to a certain degree.

  1. Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts had a recession against the Cowboys, throwing one touchdown and two picks against the Dallas Cowboys. I still think he is probably a better choice than Carson Wentz at this stage, but Hurts needs to play better if he wants to convince the Eagles that he is the better option going forward.

  1. Daniel Jones

It’s incredible that Daniel Jones and the New York Giants were an inch away from making the playoffs in the NFC East, but they couldn’t come away with the proper scratch to lose in the Wild Card Round.

  1. Drew Brees

Don’t let that score deceive you, Brees did not do as well as he could have against the Minnesota Vikings defense, this was more a product of the amazing play brought forth by Alvin Kamara’s six touchdowns. Brees should not rely on 6 rushing touchdowns a week, and neither should the Saints.

  1. Tua Tagovailoa

Tua got benched for performance reasons against the Las Vegas Raiders, which turned out to be the better decision. Tua has good potential, and I think he is well on track to be the future franchise star in Miami. Fans should not be concerned that he is just not quite ready yet.

  1. Kyler Murray

Murray lost a game to the Arizona Cardinals and CJ Beathard, that is nothing short of extremely unimpressive and disappointing. Murray has had some stellar games, but it worries me very much that they are so inconsistent against bad teams.

  1. Teddy Bridgewater

It’s not even that Bridgewater is all that bad, Bridgewater is just… boring. Bridgewater is a game manager, and that’s fine. Maybe he’s not the future, but I love him as a gap quarterback for the new Panthers organization.

  1. Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill was so incredibly appalling against the Green Bay Packers that I refuse to consider the Titans for the Super Bowl this year because of this game. Sorry Tannehill, you can’t pull crap like this as an elite starter.

  1. Taylor Heinicke

Heinicke took over for an abhorrent Dwayne Haskins, and it did not do much to help the Panthers come away with a 20-13 win over the Washington Football Team. Well what can you expect from a team with four backup quarterbacks.

  1. Jared Goff

Jared Goff did nothing in his last regular season 2020 game, and while the Rams still have a chance to reach the 2020 postseason, they are in trouble in week 17. I am not calling Goff the second coming of Patrick Mahomes, but John Wolford is not exactly a bona fide NFL starter.

  1. Chase Daniel

Daniel did nothing to help the effort against a Bucs team that probably could have embarrassed every Super Bowl team that has passed through the NFL. That being said, 86 passing yards is a sad sad stat. This is why Daniel does not have much of an NFL future.

  1. Baker Mayfield

Mayfield landed an unfair ranking on today’s QB Index, but it was a result of the Browns being forced to play without his top four receivers, which was partly due to injury, but mostly due to that virus thing. Or whatever it is.

  1. Drew Lock

No touchdowns and two picks, not bad considering that there have been some games where Lock has thrown twice the amount of picks. My opinion is that Lock has not done quite enough to keep next year’s starting job, and the Broncos should try banking on a quarterback like Zach Wilson in the draft.

  1. Mike Glennon

Glennon’s showing against the Bears was embarrassing. I keep thinking that one of these weeks the Jaguars will eventually get lucky and pull away with a win, but every week they just look more and more embarrassing. 

  1. David Blough

Remember this guy? Blough made his debut against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, his first pass being a 75 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay. Today was less impressive, throwing for 49 yards, no touchdowns, and a pick.

  1. Cam Newton

Cam continues to play so badly that the Patriots have no choice but to lose faith in their quarterback. The fact that Stidham saw playing time is a very poor look for the Pats, and if I were Belichick I would be exploring my other options.

  1. Dwayne Haskins

As of today, Haskins is no longer on the Washington Football Team’s roster. Haskins was so bad that even with Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, and Taylor Heinicke being forced on audiences as a starting quarterback the organization saw fit to move on from their former first round pick.

  1. Jarrett Stidham

Stidham was awful against the Bills, but to be fair it was a last ditch attempt in a lost game. Stidham and Cam do not make for a formidable duo, and it certainly looks as if the AFC East has undergone an official change, and that means the Pats are done. Sorry Pats fans.

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