We spent five weeks into the 2021 season, and saw many MVP-caliber performances in Week 5. Lamar Jackson led a great comeback, Josh Allen edged out Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert edged Baker Mayfield in a shootout win. Injuries also reappeared, and Russell Wilson was expected to fail sometime after tearing a tendon in a finger in his right hand.
Weekly throughout the season, I will rate my current confidence in each quarterback’s game. Who is unstoppable and in the MVP conversation? Who is struggling and needs to find consistency? Who rises and who falls after each week’s game list? Which rookies are exceeding expectations and which veterans are taking their offenses into playoff contention? And remember, this is based on present potential, not future.
Actual backups will not be included, although computers with multiple legitimate boot options may have multiple QBs listed in the ratings. Online substitutes will also qualify to play for injured starters. The list will be accompanied each week by some of the biggest takeaways and lingering thoughts from recent performances at the center, including what both the tape and the numbers say about some of the game’s starting quarterbacks. Here are this week’s QB rankings and some notes on the position.
Last update: October 13
Classifications | Conclusions from week 5
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The most important conclusions of week 5
Yes, QB chargers Justin herbert it’s my new number one on the board. Why? Because it has changed the trajectory of the Chargers franchise. They tried it fourth down three times Sunday in a wild 47-42 win, and that tells me everything I need to know about what coach Brandon Staley thinks of Herbert. Herbert was 3-for-4 on shots of at least 30 yards downfield Sunday, and threw three touchdown passes out of game action. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he joined Lamar Jackson (2019) and Patrick Mahomes (2018) as the only players under the age of 24 to have at least three touchdowns and zero interceptions in three consecutive games in a single season. The other two went on to win MVP. I don’t see any holes in Herbert’s game.
Baltimore Lamar jackson put on a show at the end of Monday night’s comeback win over the Colts. I love the improvement in his accuracy and yards per attempt this season. Overall, he ranks 12th in completion percentage (67.1%) and fourth in yards per attempt (9.1). Combined with what he can do with his legs, Jackson is eighth in rushing yards among all players – and it’s safe to say that he’s re-portrayed himself in the MVP conversation. Catcher Marquise Brown on the outside and tight end Mark Andrews among the numbers are making this Ravens offense very difficult to defend.
Chiefs Signal Caller Patrick Mahomes dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 this week. He’s occasionally forcing the ball, which has led to six interceptions. That matches his total for all of last season, and is more than he threw in 2019. In total, Kansas City’s 11 turnovers are tied with the Jaguars for most of the NFL. And if the Chiefs’ defense doesn’t improve (32.6 points allowed per game, the league’s highest), it will put even more pressure on him. Mahomes remains exceptional, but unless the defense steps up, the pressure on this offense to be perfect will be strong.
From arizona Kyler murray He is the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to go 5-0, complete at least 75% of his passes, and throw for at least 1,500 yards in his team’s first five games of a season (Peyton Manning in 2013 and Drew Brees in 2018).
I moved the one from Cincinnati Joe Burrow He climbed six spots from No. 19 to No. 13 this week. He is clearly feeling more comfortable. Surprisingly, Burrow is in the top five in completion percentage (71.7%) and yards per attempt (8.8). His connection to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, a former LSU teammate, could lead Chase to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. And on Sunday, Burrow went toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers and nearly beat Green Bay.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Buffalo Josh allen he was effective holding on to the ball, completing four of six passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns on extended plays (more than four seconds). It was the second time this season that an opposing quarterback entered Kansas City and outplayed Mahomes (Herbert was the other).
When the Giants bombed Dallas on Sunday ‘ Dak prescott He took advantage. He threw three touchdown passes against five or more pass-rushers for the third time this season. Once offensive tackle La’el Collins returns from suspension, this Cowboys offense should only get better.
Then Geno Smith He will leave for Seattle, with Russell Wilson recovering from finger surgery. What an incredible and unexpected opportunity for him. Smith looked ready against the Rams and still has a really good arm. I’m very intrigued to see how well he performs in the weeks ahead, starting with the Steelers on Sunday night.