Top 10 NFL quarterbacks entering Week 16
As the season winds down, the top of the quarterback rankings continue with familiar faces, including Cam Newton, who has made his move in recent weeks.
However, the year in quarterbacking may be remembered for the emergence of young talent as much as it will for the elite play at the top. As always, the top 10 list is built upon a combination of overall rating, recent trends, supporting cast, and more.
Here’s a look at how the top quarterbacks shake out heading into Week 16.
1. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, 99.4 overall grade
Key stat: Leads the league with the highest percentage of positively to negatively graded throws at (2.84).
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, 99.4
Key stat: Ranks second in the league in big-time throw percentage, at 7.97 percent.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 94.3
Key stat: Leads the league in percentage of big-time throws (BTTs) to turnover-worthy plays (4.50 BTTs for every TWP).
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, 87.0
Key stat: Tied for second in the league with 38 big-time throws.
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 86.2
Key stat: Ranks second in the league in accuracy percentage, at 79.1 percent.
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 85.3
Key stat: Leads the league with an accuracy percentage of 51.5 on deep passes.
7. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, 84.7
Key stat: Ranks seventh in the league in deep pass accuracy, at 47.3 percent.
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, 83.1
Key stat: Rodgers is grading at +21.9 against a traditional pass rush but -4.7 when blitzed.
9. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, 82.1
Key stat: Carr’s receivers have dropped 38 passes, second-most in the league, and his 332 air yards lost on drops ranks fourth.
10. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, 82.1
Key stat: Tied for the league lead with 12 touchdowns on deep passes.
Most big-time throws (BTTs):
Carson Palmer, 50
Lowest percentage of turnover-worthy plays (TWPs):
Tom Brady, 1.22 percent
Highest percentage of yards after the catch:
Alex Smith, 58.4 percent
Highest percentage of yards through the air:
Brian Hoyer 66.9 percent
Lowest accuracy percentage on deep passes (20+ yards):
Marcus Mariota, 20.4 percent
Lowest percentage of deep pass attempts:
Matt Ryan, 7.1 percent
Lowest percentage of sacks when pressured:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, 9.1 percent
Highest percentage of sacks when pressured:
Marcus Mariota, 26.2 percent
Most touchdowns under pressure:
Tom Brady, 14
Most yards on deep passes:
Blake Bortles, 1,174