NFL’s Top QBs after Week 8: PFF, QBR, Passer Rating Formula

Oct 31, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and wide receiver Ben Skowronek (18) talk on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

The following scores are “good” through November 3, 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.


33. Justin Fields, CHI (44.6)

PFF = 55.7 , QBR = 23.1 , P-Rating = 65.7

32. Zach Wilson, NYJ (46.8)

PFF = 59.5, QBR = 25.9, P-Rating = 63.5

31. Davis Mills, HOU (51.4)

PFF = 59.3, QBR = 29.2, P-Rating = 80.2

30. Trevor Lawrence, JAX (51.9)

PFF = 58.1, QBR = 34.7, P-Rating = 74.0

29. Jared Goff, DET (53.9)

PFF = 62.0, QBR = 30.3, P-Rating = 85.3

28. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (57.0)

PFF = 57.4, QBR = 41.4, P-Rating = 87.6

27. Taylor Heinicke, WAS (57.1)

PFF = 57.9, QBR = 42.7, P-Rating = 84.3

26. Sam Darnold, CAR (59.3)

PFF = 66.0, QBR = 44.0, P-Rating = 76.8

25. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (62.3)

PFF = 62.6, QBR = 47.3, P-Rating = 91.9

24. Daniel Jones, NYG (64.7)

PFF = 73.5, QBR = 45.3, P-Rating = 86.2

23. Baker Mayfield, CLE (64.8)

PFF = 72.0, QBR = 42.2, P-Rating = 96.0

22. Jalen Hurts, PHI (67.5)

PFF = 81.1, QBR = 43.0, P-Rating = 89.3

21. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (67.5)

PFF = 73.0, QBR = 52.9, P-Rating = 85.9

20. Carson Wentz, IND (67.9)

PFF = 67.5, QBR = 54.1, P-Rating = 96.3

19. Jacoby Brissett, MIA (69.4)

PFF = 75.6, QBR = 56.5, P-Rating = 82.9

18. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN (70.3)

PFF = 77.2, QBR = 48.4, P-Rating = 100.6

17. Patrick Mahomes, KC (70.7)

PFF = 73.0, QBR = 56.7, P-Rating = 94.5

16. Matt Ryan, ATL (72.6)

PFF = 82.6, QBR = 52.0, P-Rating = 93.9

15. Mac Jones, NE (72.7)

PFF = 84.0, QBR = 52.9, P-Rating = 90.1

14. Jameis Winston, NO (76.0)

PFF = 74.2, QBR = 64.6, P-Rating = 102.8

13. Justin Herbert, LAC (76.1)

PFF = 86.8, QBR = 56.2, P-Rating = 94.8

12. Lamar Jackson, BAL (77.7)

PFF = 85.4, QBR = 60.1, P-Rating = 97.7

11. Kirk Cousins, MIN (78.2)

PFF = 90.3, QBR = 53.6, P-Rating = 103.3

10. Joe Burrow, CIN (78.3)

PFF = 87.1, QBR = 54.7, P-Rating = 108.0

9. Ryan Tannehill, TEN (78.6)

PFF = 90.1, QBR = 61.3, P-Rating = 90.2

8. Dak Prescott, DAL (79.2)

PFF = 83.0, QBR = 57.6, P-Rating = 115.0

7. Josh Allen, BUF (79.3)

PFF = 84.7, QBR = 62.0, P-Rating = 103.1

6. Derek Carr, LV (80.1)

PFF = 89.1, QBR = 60.6, P-Rating = 101.2

5. Aaron Rodgers, GB (80.3)

PFF = 81.3, QBR = 66.8, P-Rating = 105.7

4. Kyler Murray, ARI (81.5)

PFF = 85.6, QBR = 63.0, P-Rating = 110.4

3. Tom Brady, TB (86.0)

PFF = 91.3, QBR = 69.4, P-Rating = 108.6

2. Russell Wilson, SEA (86.2)

PFF = 90.3, QBR = 62.6, P-Rating = 125.3

1. Matthew Stafford, LAR (87.9)

PFF = 83.2, QBR = 77.6, P-Rating = 118.0

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