After languishing for a month, Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes lit up Sunday night with an aerial assault to destroy the Las Vegas Raiders.
Our 2021 FanSided NFL quarterback rankings go live each Tuesday morning throughout the regular season, and we use a sliding scale incorporating current and past performances, with the former meaning more as the year goes on.
QB Carolina Panthers
2021 stats: 200 yards | 56.8 comp % | 0 TD | 1 INT | 4.5 YPA | 33.3 QBR
It’s about to be the Cam Newton show, so no need to do a deep dive.
QB Arizona Cardinals
2021 stats: 356 yards | 71.1 comp % | 1 TD | 1 INT | 7.7 YPA | 28.3 QBR
The Cardinals were living right with McCoy in San Francisco, but last Sunday put the good vibes to bed. Decent backup, nothing more.
QB New York Jets
2021 stats: 953 yards | 66.7 comp % | 5 TD | 8 INT | 7.2 YPA | 51.5 QBR
White’s game on Sunday is proof the Jets truly can’t have anything fun or nice.
QB Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 stats: 242 yards | 60.0 comp % | 1 TD | 1 INT | 4.8 YPA | 36.7 QBR
Rudolph actually did a worse job than Ben Roethlisberger, failing to notch 250 yards on 50 attempts. It was a hideous performance.
QB New Orleans Saints
2021 stats: 706 yards | 57.7 comp % | 5 TD | 0 INT | 6.8 YPA | 41.1 QBR
Siemian is a high-level backup with a really low ceiling as a starter. New Orleans can win some games with him, but everything will be about structure, running the ball and protection.
QB Houston Texans
2021 stats: 656 yards | 63.2 comp % | 3 TD | 3 INT | 7.5 YPA | 44.5 QBR
Taylor is an easy guy to root for, and he’s capable of having the occasional good game, but he’s surrounded by a horrific supporting cast.
QB Detroit Lions
2021 stats: 2,109 yards | 66.1 comp % | 8 TD | 6 INT | 6.3 YPA | 27.3 QBR
Goff isn’ just bad, he’s boring. The Lions don’t try anything downfield, and Goff scans the field like a blind man.
QB Miami Dolphins
2021 stats: 1,198 yards | 65.3 comp % | 7 TD | 5 INT | 7.0 YPA | 53.7 QBR
Tagovailoa has been through it all this year, playing for a franchise which doesn’t believe in him. He’s been sub-par in Miami, but he’s had no chance.
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QB Chicago Bears
2021 stats: 1,282 yards | 59.5 comp % | 4 TD | 8 INT | 6.3 YPA | 23.2 QBR
Really curious how Fields play this week against Baltimore after shredding the Steelers and then getting a bye week. The Ravens have been leaky on defense all year.
QB Jacksonville Jaguars
2021 stats: 1,983 yards | 58.0 comp % | 8 TD | 9 INT | 6.0 YPA | 34.8 QBR
Lawrence has no help from players or coaches, but the No. 1 overall pick has stunk so far. Against the Colts, he started out 3-of-16. It’s nowhere near good enough.
QB Washington Football Team
2021 stats: 2,184 yards | 65.7 comp % | 12 TD | 9 INT | 7.1 YPA | 42.4 QBR
Heinicke outplayed Tom Brady in a 29-19 win, throwing short passes and hitting on all but six attempts. It was his best performance of the year.
QB New York Giants
2021 stats: 2,059 yards | 64.8 comp % | 8 TD | 5 INT | 7.0 YPA | 45.4 QBR
Coming out of the bye, Jones takes on a motivated but porous Tampa Bay defense. Can he make the Bucs pay on Monday night?
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QB San Francisco 49ers
2021 stats: 1,936 yards | 65.3 comp % | 10 TD | 5 INT | 8.2 YPA | 48.9 QBR
Garoppolo was virtually asked to do nothing on Monday night, save for a few third-down conversions. San Francisco knows not to ask for much.
QB Denver Broncos
2021 stats: 2,389 yards | 69.2 comp % | 14 TD | 5 INT | 7.4 YPA | 47.9 QBR
Bridgewater is accurate and safe, but that’s the extent of the positives. There’s not enough on third down or in the deep passing game.
QB Philadelphia Eagles
2021 stats: 2,159 yards | 62.2 comp % | 13 TD | 5 INT | 7.3 YPA | 50.4 QBR
Hurts is quietly playing solidly for the Eagles. Philadelphia has three first-round picks and could move on this offseason, but the second-year pro has a strong arm, great mobility and good touch.
QB Cleveland Browns
2021 stats: 1,990 yards | 65.4 comp % | 9 TD | 4 INT | 8.1 YPA | 42.9 QBR
If the Browns shell out $40 million annually for Mayfield, they’ll regret it. He’s average, that’s it.
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QB New England Patriots
2021 stats: 2,333 yards | 69.0 comp % | 13 TD | 7 INT | 7.2 YPA | 51.1 QBR
Jones has clearly been the best of the rookie quarterbacks. While his numbers aren’t gaudy, the Alabama product is excellent at executing Josh McDaniels’ offense with precision.
QB Atlanta Falcons
2021 stats: 2,274 yards | 67.7 comp % | 15 TD | 8 INT | 7.1 YPA | 55.5 QBR
Ryan, like the Falcons, was a mess in a 43-3 loss to the Cowboys, throwing two interceptions in defeat. All year, Ryan has kept Atlanta afloat without much around him. Is it becoming too much?
QB Indianapolis Colts
2021 stats: 2,378 yards | 63.5 comp % | 17 TD | 3 INT | 7.1 YPA | 55.4 QBR
Wentz’s numbers don’t reflect it, but the hero ball has started becoming a problem. The Colts need Wentz to return to previous form where he’s throwing accurately and keeping the ball in safe places.
QB Tennessee Titans
2021 stats: 2,358 yards | 66.5 comp % | 12 TD | 8 INT | 7.5 YPA | 60.8 QBR
Without Julio Jones and Derrick Henry, Tannehill has managed the offense well while using his legs to extend drives. He’s not flashy, but Tannehill is getting the job done on the AFC’s top team.
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QB Cincinnati Bengals
2021 stats: 2,497 yards | 68.2 comp % | 20 TD | 11 INT | 8.7 YPA | 48.8 QBR
Coming out of the bye, Burrow and the Bengals try to snap a two-game losing streak against the Raiders. If Las Vegas takes away Ja’Marr Chase, Burrow needs to connect with his secondary options more often.
QB Minnesota Vikings
2021 stats: 2,434 yards | 68.1 comp % | 18 TD | 2 INT | 7.2 YPA | 56.9 QBR
Cousins is having a very solid year, but his coaching staff is doing him no favors. The Vikings have some of the most perplexing play-calling in football, often putting him in tough spots.
QB Las Vegas Raiders
2021 stats: 2,826 yards | 67.7 comp % | 15 TD | 8 INT | 8.1 YPA | 54.6 QBR
Carr was under siege against the Chiefs, and responded by throwing up a trio of arm punts. Without Henry Ruggs, the Raiders need Carr to be special if they want to win a playoff game for the first time in 19 years.
QB Seattle Seahawks
2021 stats: 1,357 yards | 66.7 comp % | 10 TD | 3 INT | 8.2 YPA | 50.5 QBR
Maybe Wilson should have taken another week off. Completing 50 percent of his throws with two interceptions in a 17-0 loss to Green Bay, the Seahawks and their quarterback appeared toothless.
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QB Los Angeles Chargers
2021 stats: 2,545 yards | 65.4 comp % | 19 TD | 7 INT | 7.2 YPA | 63.4 QBR
Herbert isn’t taking many shots downfield, and it’s something offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi needs to fix. His quarterback is too great, and too powerful to be shackled like that.
QB Baltimore Ravens
2021 stats: 2,447 yards | 64.4 comp % | 14 TD | 8 INT | 7.9 YPA | 54.1 QBR
Jackson has struggled throwing the ball over the past month. In the last four games, Jackson has totaled 928 yards with six touchdowns against five interceptions. He needs to be better.
QB Kansas City Chiefs
2021 stats: 2,940 yards | 65.8 comp % | 25 TD | 10 INT | 7.1 YPA | 58.5 QBR
Now that’s what we’re used to seeing. In a must-win against the Raiders, Mahomes went berserk with 406 yards and five touchdowns, and did so without a turnover for the second straight week. The confidence was there, the result was there, and Kansas City is in first place.
QB Buffalo Bills
2021 stats: 2,602 yards | 66.3 comp % | 19 TD | 6 INT | 7.5 YPA | 60.5 QBR
Allen was surgical against the Jets, throwing for more than 300 yards in a 45-17 blowout win. This week, Buffalo plays a critical game against the Colts as the Wyoming product tries to keep the Bills atop the AFC East.
QB Green Bay Packers
2021 stats: 2,186 yards | 66.4 comp % | 17 TD | 4 INT | 7.4 YPA | 61.2 QBR
Rodgers struggled early but surged late in the win over Seattle. The Packers’ quarterback hasn’t been asked to do a ton for Green Bay, but when needed, he delivered.
QB Los Angeles Rams
2021 stats: 3,013 yards | 68.2 comp % | 24 TD | 8 INT | 8.6 YPA | 69.8 QBR
Stafford holds because Kyler Murray was removed from the list ahead of him, otherwise he would be sliding a spot. He had a second dreadful game in a row.
QB Dallas Cowboys
2021 stats: 2,341 yards | 70.3 comp % | 20 TD | 5 INT | 8.2 YPA | 58.7 QBR
Prescott bounced back from his worst performance of the season to torch the Falcons, throwing darts from all angles. Watching him and Mahomes face off this weekend will be a blast.
QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2021 stats: 2,870 yards | 67.4 comp % | 27 TD | 7 INT | 7.6 YPA | 65.6 QBR
Brady stays atop the list, but his hold is tenuous. He hasn’t looked good the past two games, but with the Giants coming to town, a chance to get right.