NFL’s Top QBs after Week 5: PFF, QBR, Passer Rating Formula

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greet after the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The following scores are “good” through October 13, 2021..

There is a healthy fight within the stat community on which quarterback metric is most coherent. Passer rating is bashed as too antiquated. When used to compare quarterbacks from eras of yesteryear, passer rating is indeed skewed and inflated. But touchdowns, passing yards, interception, and completion percentage will never be wholly irrelevant.

ESPN’s QBR is said to factor in more intangible-type ratings. It can be interpreted as a more detailed and comprehensive version of passer rating and then some.

Pro Football Focus uses its grading system to assess the x’s and o’s of each game and pump out a yearly score.

The following scores and rankings are weighted. Passer rating accounts for 20% of the score, QBR at 40%, and PFF at 40%. Skill position players and players with menial pass attempts were excluded.


32. Justin Fields, CHI (41.8)

PFF = 54.6, QBR = 17.7, P-Rating = 64.5

31. Zach Wilson, NYJ (45.9)

PFF = 59.4, QBR = 23.9, P-Rating = 62.9

30. Trevor Lawrence, JAX (48.3)

PFF = 50.4, QBR = 34.8, P-Rating = 71.3

29. Davis Mills, HOU (51.2)

PFF = 51.8, QBR = 37.2, P-Rating = 78.0

28. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (56.8)

PFF = 58.4, QBR = 41.5, P-Rating = 84.3

27. Jared Goff, DET (58.0)

PFF = 62.7, QBR = 37.0, P-Rating = 91.0

26. Taylor Heinicke, WAS (60.3)

PFF = 55.0, QBR = 50.5, P-Rating = 90.9

25. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (64.1)

PFF = 60.8, QBR = 51.0, P-Rating = 96.9

24. Sam Darnold, CAR (64.5)

PFF = 67.2, QBR = 51.5, P-Rating = 85.1

23. Baker Mayfield, CLE (65.3

PFF = 71.8, QBR = 43.0, P-Rating = 96.9

22. Jalen Hurts, PHI (66.3)

PFF = 82.1, QBR = 37.0, P-Rating = 93.3

21. Mac Jones, NE (67.0)

PFF = 73.5, QBR = 50.9, P-Rating = 86.4

20. Jacoby Brissett, MIA (67.6)

PFF = 74.7, QBR = 53.4, P-Rating = 82.2

19. Carson Wentz, PHI (70.3)

PFF = 73.8, QBR = 52.4, P-Rating = 99.4

18. Derek Carr, LV (73.1)

PFF = 82.0, QBR = 54.5, P-Rating = 92.8

17. Matt Ryan, ATL (73.6)

PFF = 82.1, QBR = 53.5, P-Rating = 97.1

16. Aaron Rodgers, GB (74.3)

PFF = 73.7, QBR = 61.4, P-Rating = 101.3

15. Ryan Tannehill, TEN (74.7)

PFF = 87.5, QBR = 54.7, P-Rating = 89.5

14. Jameis Winston, NO (75.0)

PFF = 71.8, QBR = 61.8, P-Rating = 108.1

13. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN (76.2)

PFF = 79.2, QBR = 58.4, P-Rating = 106.1

12. Dak Prescott, DAL (77.1)

PFF = 77.9, QBR = 56.6, P-Rating = 116.9

11. Joe Burrow, CIN (77.4)

PFF = 85.4, QBR = 55.1, P-Rating = 106.4

10. Daniel Jones, NYG (78.0)

PFF = 86.0, QBR = 61.2, P-Rating = 95.6

9. Kirk Cousins, MIN (78.1)

PFF = 89.4, QBR = 54.1, P-Rating = 103.7

8. Josh Allen, BUF (79.3)

PFF = 81.9, QBR = 65.3, P-Rating = 102.5

7. Lamar Jackson, BAL (79.8)

PFF = 87.1, QBR = 60.4, P-Rating = 104.4

6. Patrick Mahomes, KC (82.9)

PFF = 79.2, QBR = 75.0, P-Rating = 106.1

5. Kyler Murray, ARI (83.1)

PFF = 82.9, QBR = 68.4, P-Rating = 113.0

4. Justin Herbert, LAC (83.8)

PFF = 90.0, QBR = 66.1, P-Rating = 104.7

3. Matthew Stafford, LAR (84.4)

PFF = 79.1, QBR = 74.9, P-Rating = 113.2

2. Tom Brady, TB (85.3)

PFF = 93.4, QBR = 65.6, P-Rating = 108.5

1. Russell Wilson, SEA (85.6)

PFF = 90.3, QBR = 61.2, P-Rating = 125.3

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