NFL’s Top QBs after Week 7: PFF, QBR, Passer Rating Formula

Aug 24, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) meet after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The following scores are “good” through October 27, 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 (38.7)

PFF = 49.3, QBR = 16.7, P-Rating = 61.8

31. Zach Wilson, NYJ (46.3)

PFF = 59.5, QBR = 24.5, P-Rating = 63.5

30. Davis Mills, HOU (49.7)

PFF = 55.0, QBR = 32.2, P-Rating = 74.4

29. Trevor Lawrence, JAX (53.2)

PFF = 56.8, QBR = 38.6, P-Rating = 75.5

28. Jared Goff, DET (54.7)

PFF = 61.5, QBR = 33.0, P-Rating = 84.7

27. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (56.0)

PFF = 56.8, QBR = 38.1, P-Rating = 90.2

26. Sam Darnold, CAR (56.9)

PFF = 61.8, QBR = 41.9, P-Rating = 77.5

25. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (57.5)

PFF = 58.8, QBR = 42.1, P-Rating = 86.0

24. Taylor Heinicke, WAS (58.0)

PFF = 56.7, QBR = 45.0, P-Rating = 86.8

23. Baker Mayfield, CLE (64.3)

PFF = 70.4, QBR = 41.6, P-Rating = 97.8

22. Jalen Hurts, PHI (64.9)

PFF = 79.1, QBR = 38.8, P-Rating = 89.0

21. Daniel Jones, NYG (66.6)

PFF = 77.2, QBR = 46.9, P-Rating = 84.8

20. Jacoby Brissett, MIA (70.0)

PFF = 75.6, QBR = 58.1, P-Rating = 82.9

19. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN (70.2)

PFF = 75.6, QBR = 50.3, P-Rating = 99.5

18. Mac Jones, NE (72.9)

PFF = 82.5, QBR = 53.5, P-Rating = 92.8

17. Jameis Winston, NO (73.1)

PFF = 73.3, QBR = 58.3, P-Rating = 102.4

16. Carson Wentz, IND (74.0)

PFF = 74.9, QBR = 58.7, P-Rating = 102.8

15. Matt Ryan, ATL (74.7)

PFF = 85.2, QBR = 53.3, P-Rating = 96.8

14. Patrick Mahomes, KC (75.4)

PFF = 75.8, QBR = 63.9, P-Rating = 97.9

13. Lamar Jackson, BAL (77.8)

PFF = 85.4, QBR = 60.3, P-Rating = 97.7

12. Ryan Tannehill, TEN (78.4)

PFF = 89.9, QBR = 61.7, P-Rating = 89.0

11. Justin Herbert, LAC (78.9)

PFF = 86.8, QBR = 61.1, P-Rating = 98.8

10. Dak Prescott, DAL (79.0)

PFF = 83.0, QBR = 57.0, P-Rating = 115.0

9. Kirk Cousins, MIN (79.5)

PFF = 89.9, QBR = 56.3, P-Rating = 105.4

8. Josh Allen, BUF (80.0)

PFF = 83.7, QBR = 64.5, P-Rating = 103.6

7. Joe Burrow, CIN (80.1)

PFF = 86.4, QBR = 59.5, P-Rating = 108.9

6. Derek Carr, LV (80.2)

PFF = 89.1, QBR = 60.9, P-Rating = 101.2

5. Aaron Rodgers, GB (80.8)

PFF = 81.7, QBR = 66.3, P-Rating = 108.2

4. Kyler Murray, ARI (83.9)

PFF = 86.5, QBR = 65.0, P-Rating = 116.8

3. Russell Wilson, SEA (86.1)

PFF = 90.3, QBR = 62.5, P-Rating = 125.3

2. Tom Brady, TB (86.2)

PFF = 92.2, QBR = 69.4, P-Rating = 108.2

1. Matthew Stafford, LAR (86.9)

PFF = 80.4, QBR = 78.6, P-Rating = 116.7

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).