NFL’s Top QBs after Week 13: PFF, QBR, Passer Rating Formula

The NFL's Top QBs after Week 7
Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports.

The following scores are “good” through December 9, 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.


35. Zach Wilson (NYJ), 46.6

PFF = 58.5, QBR = 25.0, P-Rating = 66.2

34. Justin Fields (CHI), 49.8

PFF = 64.2, QBR = 25.8, P-Rating = 69.0

33. Davis Mills (HOU), 50.3

PFF = 56.2, QBR = 30.4, P-Rating = 78.4

32. Trevor Lawrence (JAX), 51.7

PFF = 59.4, QBR = 33.7, P-Rating = 72.3

31. Taysom Hill (NO), 53.0

PFF = 69.7, QBR = 39.1, P-Rating = 47.5

30. Sam Darnold (CAR), 53.3

PFF = 62.6, QBR = 35.2, P-Rating = 71.3

29. Jared Goff (DET), 54.0

PFF = 60.3, QBR = 30.8, P-Rating = 88.1

28. Tyrod Taylor (HOU), 54.3

PFF = 59.2, QBR = 38.2, P-Rating = 76.7

27. Trevor Siemian (NO), 56.0

PFF = 65.1, QBR = 32.1, P-Rating = 86.0

26. Baker Mayfield (CLE), 59.2

PFF = 65.3, QBR = 37.9, P-Rating = 89.9

25. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT), 59.3

PFF = 58.8, QBR = 44.3, P-Rating = 90.6

24. Daniel Jones (NYG), 62.0

PFF = 71.6, QBR = 41.0, P-Rating = 84.8

23. Taylor Heinicke (WAS), 64.8

PFF = 65.9, QBR = 50.1, P-Rating = 92.1

22. Lamar Jackson (BAL), 65.5

PFF = 70.1, QBR = 50.3, P-Rating = 86.8

21. Jacoby Brissett (MIA), 66.1

PFF = 70.1, QBR = 50.4, P-Rating = 78.1

20. Teddy Bridgewater (DEN), 67.6

PFF = 74.3, QBR = 47.4, P-Rating = 95.0

19. Matt Ryan (ATL), 67.7

PFF = 76.5, QBR = 48.0, P-Rating = 89.5

18. Russell Wilson (SEA), 67.8

PFF = 73.9, QBR = 44.5, P-Rating = 102.5

17. Jalen Hurts (PHI), 67.9

PFF = 80.0, QBR = 48.0, P-Rating = 83.9

16. Patrick Mahomes (KC), 70.3

PFF = 73.2, QBR = 56.5, P-Rating = 92.4

15. Ryan Tannehill (TEN), 71.0

PFF = 81.4, QBR = 53.8, P-Rating = 84.7

t13. Jimmy Garoppolo (SF), 71.9

PFF = 74.2, QBR = 56.3, P-Rating = 98.6

t13. Carson Wentz (IND), 71.9

PFF = 73.0, QBR = 58.5, P-Rating = 96.6

12. Mac Jones (NE), 73.1

PFF = 83.0, QBR = 51.4, P-Rating = 97.0

11. Derek Carr (LV), 73.5

PFF = 80.4, QBR = 55.0, P-Rating = 96.7

10. Dak Prescott (DAL), 73.7

PFF = 83.7, QBR = 49.7, P-Rating = 101.7

9. Joe Burrow (CIN), 73.9

PFF = 87.1, QBR = 48.7, P-Rating = 98.3

8. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA), 74.0

PFF = 78.8, QBR = 58.2, P-Rating = 74.0

7. Josh Allen (BUF), 75.3

PFF = 82.2, QBR = 57.3, P-Rating = 97.5

6. Matthew Stafford (LAR), 78.9

PFF = 78.4, QBR = 65.9, P-Rating = 106.3

5. Kirk Cousins (MIN), 79.7

PFF = 89.6, QBR = 56.5, P-Rating = 106.3

4. Aaron Rodgers (GB), 80.2

PFF = 82.7, QBR = 65.2, P-Rating = 105.5

3. Justin Herbert (LAC), 80.9

PFF = 86.0, QBR = 67.3, P-Rating = 98.2

2. Kyler Murray (ARI), 81.7

PFF = 82.7, QBR = 65.6, P-Rating = 112.2

1. Tom Brady (TB), 84.1

PFF = 92.1, QBR = 66.2, P-Rating = 104.0

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