NFL quarterback rankings, Week 7: Dak Prescott enters MVP talk

NFL quarterback rankings, Week 7: Dak Prescott enters MVP talk

The Dallas Cowboys are 5-1, and quarterback Dak Prescott has been sublime this season in his comeback from a devastating injury.

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.

32

Zach Wilson

QB New York Jets

2021 stats: 1,117 yards | 57.3 comp % | 4 TD | 9 INT | 6.5 YPA | 22.6 QBR

LW: 32

At least Wilson didn’t throw an interception this weekend. Next up, Bill Belichick in Foxboro.

31

Davis Mills

QB Houston Texans Houston Texans

2021 stats: 912 yards | 63.3 comp % | 5 TD | 7 INT | 6.6 YPA | 31.8 QBR

LW: 31

Mills has no chance in this offense. The Texans can’t block and outside of Brandin Cooks, have no talent around him.

30

Trey Lance

QB San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers

2021 stats: 354 yards | 52.1 comp % | 3 TD | 1 INT | 7.4 YPA | 41.5 QBR

LW: 30

Will Lance start on Sunday night against the Colts? Huge opportunity in primetime if so.

29

Geno Smith

QB Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks

2021 stats: 640 yards | 67.3 comp % | 2 TD | 1 INT | 6.9 YPA | 34.6 QBR

LW: 28

Smith is a veteran backup who looked the part on Sunday night. It’ll be tough for the Seahawks to stay afloat with him at the helm.

28

Justin Fields

QB Chicago Bears Chicago Bears

2021 stats: 632 yards | 53.3 comp % | 2 TD | 3 INT | 6.4 YPA | 23.2 QBR

LW: 29

Fields has started four games, and he’s struggled in three of them. An egregious missed offsides call cost the rookie an interception on Sunday, but we need more chunk plays from him and the Bears.

27

Tua Tagovailoa

QB Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins

2021 stats: 544 yards | 64.1 comp % | 3 TD | 2 INT | 7.0 YPA | 42.1 QBR

LW: NA

Hard to make a case for Tagovailoa as a long-term starter based on what we’ve seen. Now, he hasn’t started a full season’s worth of games yet, but it hasn’t been pretty. Just no ability to push the ball consistently.

26

Taylor Heinicke

QB Washington Football Team Washington Football Team

2021 stats: 1,390 yards | 63.6 comp % | 9 TD | 6 INT | 7.0 YPA | 46.2 QBR

LW: 25

Heinicke is a good backup, but he’s a lousy starter. Against a horrid Chiefs defense, Heinicke averaged less than 5.0 yards per attempt with only 13 points.

25

Trevor Lawrence

QB Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars

2021 stats: 1,465 yards | 59.7 comp % | 7 TD | 8 INT | 6.8 YPA | 38.4 QBR

LW: 27

Lawrence has the tools to bean elite quarterback, but a bad system and shoddy offensive line aren’t helping. Still, the Jaguars got a win this weekend, and after 20 straight losses, time to party.

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24

Jared Goff

QB Detroit Lions Detroit Lions

2021 stats: 1,505 yards | 66.8 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 6.3 YPA | 32.9 QBR

LW: 24

It’s been written before in this space, but it’s tough to crush Goff this season. The Lions have the worst receivers in football and are constantly trailing. He’s not a terrific quarterback, but the numbers are unkind to his actual skill level. He’s a mid-tier starter.

23

Ben Roethlisberger

QB Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers

2021 stats: 1,515 yards | 64.1 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 6.4 YPA | 41.8 QBR

LW: 23

Roethlisberger is beyond washed up at this juncture. It’s impossible to go another direction. Pittsburgh should be dreaming about how the offense can improve this offseason.

22

Daniel Jones

QB New York Giants New York Giants

2021 stats: 1,542 yards | 62.5 comp % | 4 TD | 4 INT | 7.3 YPA | 47.8 QBR

LW: 18

Three interceptions for Jones this weekend in a blowout loss, and suddenly we’re back to the turnover-prone issues of his first two seasons. The Giants need him to be great to have a chance, and he’s not capable with this situation.

21

Jalen Hurts

QB Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles

2021 stats: 1,480 yards | 62.5 comp % | 8 TD | 4 INT | 7.1 YPA | 37.0 QBR

LW: 21

Hurts struggled mightily against the Bucs, which is concerning considering how bad their pass defense has been. The upside is clear, but Hurts has to eliminate the bad plays as the season goes on.

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20

Sam Darnold

QB Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers

2021 stats: 1,573 yards | 61.2 comp % | 7 TD | 7 INT | 7.0 YPA | 47.1 QBR

LW: 17

The wheels have come off. Against the Cowboys, Eagles and Vikings — no great defenses in that group — Darnold has thrown six interceptions and the Panthers are 0-3.

19

Teddy Bridgewater

QB Denver Broncos Denver Broncos

2021 stats: 1,514 yards | 70.2 comp % | 10 TD | 4 INT | 7.6 YPA | 52.4 QBR

LW: 16

Bridgewater tossed three interceptions on Sunday and missed a slew of deep shots. The Broncos have to be thinking about Drew Lock (they shouldn’t do it) if things continue to spiral.

18

Carson Wentz

QB Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts

2021 stats: 1,545 yards | 64.2 comp % | 9 TD | 1 INT | 8.0 YPA | 54.5 QBR

LW: 22

Wentz is playing better football than people realize. He was great against the Ravens and backed it up by smoking Houston. Most importantly, he’s protecting the football.

17

Baker Mayfield

QB Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns

2021 stats: 1,474 yards | 67.1 comp % | 6 TD | 3 INT | 8.5 YPA | 41.5 QBR

LW: 14

It might be time to sit Mayfield down. Not because he’s deserving of a demotion, but he looks hurt. Three more turnovers for the former No. 1 overall pick and a QBR barely over 40. It’s been really ugly.

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16

Matt Ryan

QB Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons

2021 stats: 1,332 yards | 69.1 comp % | 10 TD | 3 INT | 6.5 YPA | 53.4 QBR

LW: 20

Ryan has been solid thus far, and this weekend takes a trip to Miami for a game against the reeling Dolphins. If the Falcons can win, they’re suddenly 3-3.

15

Jameis Winston

QB New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints

2021 stats: 892 yards | 60.3 comp % | 12 TD | 3 INT | 7.7 YPA | 64.3 QBR

LW: 15

Winston comes out of the bye and draws a dreadful Seattle defense. This is a good spot to start racking up a bit more yardage.

14

Mac Jones

QB New England Patriots New England Patriots

2021 stats: 1,472 yards | 71.1 comp % | 7 TD | 6 INT | 7.0 YPA | 50.1 QBR

LW: 19

Jones shocked everyone with a 75-yard bomb that almost beat the Cowboys on Sunday in the fourth quarter. It would be nice to see more aggressive play-calling from Josh McDaniels.

13

Ryan Tannehill

QB Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans

2021 stats: 1,467 yards | 63.6 comp % | 6 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 54.9 QBR

LW: 12

Tannehill didn’t do anything special in Tennessee’s dramatic win, but he made all the throws in the second half — mostly to A.J. Brown — that were needed. A nice job managing the game when Derrick Henry wasn’t running wild.

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12

Joe Burrow

QB Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals

2021 stats: 1,540 yards | 70.7 comp % | 14 TD | 7 INT | 8.9 YPA | 55.8 QBR

LW: 13

Burrow gets knocked for not having elite arm talent, but he’s taking shots to Ja’Marr Chase often while still completing more than 70 percent of his throws. If he tones down the turnovers, he’ll move up further.

11

Kirk Cousins

QB Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings

2021 stats: 1,769 yards | 69.5 comp % | 13 TD | 2 INT | 7.4 YPA | 56.5 QBR

LW: 11

Cousins is quietly playing really well for Minnesota. At 3-3, the Vikings are in the chase for a playoff berth and the quarterback play is driving most of their success. Only two interceptions while taking shots downfield.

10

Aaron Rodgers

QB Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers

2021 stats: 1,436 yards | 66.7 comp % | 12 TD | 3 INT | 7.7 YPA | 65.5 QBR

LW: 9

Rodgers isn’t throwing for much yardage, but he’s extending plays and drives at a tremendous clip. The Packers are 5-1 and while there’s little chance he nabs consecutive MVPs, Rodgers remains elite.

9

Derek Carr

QB Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders

2021 stats: 1,946 yards | 64.2 comp % | 10 TD | 4 INT | 8.4 YPA | 59.5 QBR

LW: 10

After a few rough games, Carr bounced back and went for more than 300 yards in a key victory over Denver. If the Raiders make the playoffs, it’ll be because Carr and the pass rush stepped up.

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8

Justin Herbert

QB Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers

2021 stats: 1,771 yards | 65.4 comp % | 14 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 61.6 QBR

LW: 5

Herbert had a real clunker against the Ravens, posting a QBR of 18 while throwing for 195 yards on 5.0 yards per attempt. The Chargers remain a contender and Herbert is having a terrific year overall. Expect a rebound after the bye week.

7

Josh Allen

QB Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills

2021 stats: 1,723 yards | 62.3 comp % | 15 TD | 3 INT | 7.5 YPA | 65.8 QBR

LW: 8

Allen was spectacular in the loss to the Titans, throwing for 353 yards and three scores. Since starting the season with two poor performances, Allen has been dialed in, finding Cole Beasley, Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders relentlessly.

6

Patrick Mahomes

QB Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs

2021 stats: 1,887 yards | 69.0 comp % | 18 TD | 8 INT | 7.8 YPA | 70.9 QBR

LW: 4

What to do with Mahomes? He’s leading the league with eight interceptions, including one of the worst you’ll ever see from Sunday. However, he’s first in touchdowns, third in yards and second in QBR while leading the NFL with 7.0 yards per carry. He’s a conundrum.

5

Dak Prescott

QB Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys

2021 stats: 1,813 yards | 73.1 comp % | 16 TD | 4 INT | 8.4 YPA | 55.4 QBR

LW: 7

Prescott torched a Bill Belichick-coached defense for 445 yards in a 35-29 overtime win. The Cowboys are a contender at 5-1, and it’s because Prescott is having a fantastic season.

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4

Lamar Jackson

QB Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens

2021 stats: 1,686 yards | 67.5 comp % | 9 TD | 5 INT | 8.7 YPA | 62.6 QBR

LW: 6

Jackson elevates two more spots. He didn’t have a great game against the Chargers, throwing two interceptions in a 34-6 win. However, his legs are the most dangerous in football and his passing presence has shot up in 2021.

3

Matthew Stafford

QB Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams

2021 stats: 1,838 yards | 69.5 comp % | 16 TD | 4 INT | 9.2 YPA | 75.0 QBR

LW: 3

Stafford was expected to be a star in Los Angles, and he hasn’t disappointed. The Rams are 5-1 and Stafford’s numbers are phenomenal across the board, pacing the NFL in YPA and QBR.

2

Kyler Murray

QB Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals

2021 stats: 1,741 yards | 73.8 comp % | 14 TD | 4 INT | 8.9 YPA | 68.0 QBR

LW: 2

Murray and the Cardinals are playing elite football. The former No. 1 overall pick is completing more than 73 percent of his throws while ranking second in the NFL in yards per attempt. An MVP-caliber beginning to his year.

1

Tom Brady

QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 stats: 2,064 yards | 68.5 comp % | 17 TD | 3 INT | 7.7 YPA | 66.4 QBR

LW: 1

This man is 44 years old. Have fun squaring that mentally.

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