Top 10 NFL quarterbacks entering Week 15

Steve Palazzolo updates the top 10 QB rankings, diving into some of the most compelling performances of the season.

| 12 months ago
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Top 10 NFL quarterbacks entering Week 15


Another week in the books, it’s time to re-shape the quarterback rankings. Once again, I’m using a combination of criteria to sort this list, including our ratings, recent trends, and more. As the season winds down, the year in quarterbacking has been an interesting one to follow, as there are a handful of performances standing out from the rest, as well as encouraging signs from a number of young quarterbacks who look poised to make the list in the near future.

Here’s a look at how the top quarterbacks shake out heading into Week 15.

1. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, 99.6

Key stat: On deep passes, Palmer ranks second in the league in both yards (1,094) and touchdowns (10).

2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, 99.9

Key stat: On deep passes, Roethlisberger ranks third in the league with 1,024 yards, but also leads the league with six interceptions.

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 95.0

Key stat: Brady leads the league with 13 touchdown passes under pressure.

4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, 85.8

Key stat: Newton ranks second in the league with an accuracy percentage of 51.0 on deep passes.

5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 86.1

Key stat: Wilson leads the league with an accuracy percentage of 74.1 when under pressure.

6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, 85.5

Key stat: Rodgers is grading at +19.2 against a traditional pass rush, but -3.0 when blitzed.

7. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, 84.7

Key stat: The recently-injured Bengal ranks eighth in the league in deep pass accuracy, at 47.3 percent.

8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, 84.1

Key stat: Carr is grading at +9.3 under pressure, and +14.8 against the blitz.

9. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 83.5

Key stat: Brees is tied for second in the league with a deep passing accuracy of 50.8 percent.

10. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, 79.4

Key stat: Rivers has faced more pressure than any QB this season, and ranks third in pressured accuracy percentage, at 72.9.

 

QB superlatives

Most big-time throws (BTTs):

Carson Palmer, 47

Lowest percentage of turnover-worthy plays (TWPs):

Tom Brady, 1.29 percent

Highest percentage of yards after the catch:

Alex Smith, 58.2 percent

Highest percentage of yards through the air:

Brian Hoyer, 66.9 percent

Lowest accuracy percentage on deep passes (20+ yards):

Marcus Mariota, 20.8 percent

Lowest percentage of deep pass attempts:

Matt Ryan, 7.2 percent

Most throwaways under pressure:

Teddy Bridgewater, 33

Most batted passes:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 16

| Senior Analyst

Steve is a senior analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has been featured on ESPN Insider, NBC Sports, and 120 Sports.

  • James Winslow

    what was tom bradys real grade against the eagles?

  • Arnav Gupta

    Not to take anything away from Palmer, but Brady has had a higher grade than Palmer each of the last 2 weeks, and Palmer has jumped very high, while Brady has not jumped as high, in terms of total season grades.

    • Bill Doerr

      I love how when idiots like you say “not to take anything away from so and so”, but , and then immediately proceed trying to take something away .

      Palmer has ranked higher than Brady, a lot higher than Brady in many games this season. Palmer has been the #1 ranked QB by PFF all season long and will finish the season as PFFs #1 ranked QB and will lead the league in TD passes come the end of the year when its all said and done. Palmer has been an Elite QB all season long, Palmer’s 107 QB Passer Rating is a lot higher than Bradys at 103, Palmers QBR ( ESPN Invented Stats evaluating QBs) is a lot higher than Bradys, Palmer ranks #1 with a 83.9 QBR while Brady ranks 10th w/ a 64.9 overall QBR almost a full 20 points lower. Palmer has been the best intermediate and deep ball thrower all season long no doubt, extremely accurate in both & has ranked #1 overall -#2 overall in basically every main QB stat out there. Palmer also has a higher completion percentage at 64.9% to Bradys 64.2% & Palmer has a much higher and NFL best 8.9 YD/AVG per pass on the season . Palmer is playing at a higher level than Tom is this season although both are the best this season playing at Elite levels. Tom Brady is throwing a lot of short passes to intermediate stuff, Palmers game is MUCH HARDER to Pull-Off as Palmer is taking deep 40-60 YD strikes down the field with deadly accuracy and throwing a ton of intermediate/long 15-25 yard passes over the middle. You rarely see Palmer throw a pass less than 10 yards or check it down, Palmer’s game is much harder to pull off. Palmer is playing at an ELite level among the best in the NFL.

      • Arnav Gupta

        lol no need to get all defensive about your man crush. I was just saying that Brady hasn’t been terrible lately and his rating isn’t increasing as much as I would have thought, compared to Palmer.

        • snoth cambin

          His grade actually dropped from last week and the week before that. Its weird a 5.1+ grade against Philly and a 3.3+ against Houston and a 2.9+ grade against Denver yet his grade keeps dropping. I dont care as much as other people do but he’s only had 2 turnovers in those 3 games btw.

      • Pete

        Oh really…..so which QB would you rather have in a pressure playoff situation when you absolutely need a first down…a TD….or within field goal range?……thought so…and it’s not Palmer….stick your stats up your azz….

      • steven

        With what he has been throwing to…. and the shape of his O-line, Brady wins hands down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Brady leads the league with 13 touchdown passes under pressure ===== throws a lot of naked 2 yard td passes

    • Khriz

      Wonder why he gets naked to throw short TDs. What a creep.

    • Pete

      All other QB’s have the same ability to throw the same naked 2 yarders…..but they get picked off ….

  • JT

    “On deep passes, Roethlisberger ranks third in the league with 1,024 yards, but also leads the league with six interceptions.” How on earth does he have a 99.9 grade then?

    • Pete

      This rating system is all BS…..what’s missinh are the intangables of each QB….Rothleisburger should be 5th…Newton 4th….Wilson 3rd….Palmer 2nd….Brady 1st