NFL 2021 Quarterback Rankings: How All 32 Teams’ Quarterbacks Compare & Big Weekly Takeaways

October 13, 2021

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

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