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NFL quarterback rankings, Week 8: Patrick Mahomes dominates


On Sunday afternoon, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went into San Francisco and torched an elite defense for a 44-23 win.

Our 2022 FanSided NFL quarterback rankings go live each Wednesday morning throughout the regular season, and we use a sliding scale incorporating current and past performances, with the former meaning more as the year goes on.

NFL quarterback rankings

32

Brett Rypien

Last Week: NA Denver Broncos

2022 stats: 225 yards | 52.2 comp % | 0 TD | 1 INT | 4.9 YPA | 32.7 QBR

 

Rypien was largely forgettable as he led Denver’s offense to nine points, all while producing a Russell Wilson-esque stat line. Not great.

 

31

Kenny Pickett

Last Week: 29 Pittsburgh Steelers

2022 stats: 771 yards | 68.5 comp % | 2 TD | 7 INT | 6.1 YPA | 41.1 QBR

 

Pickett has played in three games and thrown seven interceptions. Against the Dolphins, he threw two horrific picks to end the game.

 

30

P.J. Walker

Last Week: 32 Carolina Panthers

2022 stats: 297 yards | 70.5 comp % | 2 TD | 0 INT | 6.8 YPA | 33.0 QBR

 

Walker played a nice game against the Buccaneers, avoiding turnovers and making a few tight-window throws. Impressive effort and something to build off.

 

29

Taylor Heinicke

Last Week: NA Washington Commanders

2022 stats: 201 yards | 60.6 comp % | 2 TD | 1 INT | 6.1 YPA | 39.9 QBR

 

Heinicke is the quintessential backup quarterback. Not threatening any good starter, but decent enough to win a few games.

 

28

Bailey Zappe

Last Week: NA New England Patriots

2022 stats: 781 yards | 70.7 comp % | 5 TD | 3 INT | 8.5 YPA | 35.3 QBR

 

Zappe has Bill Belichick intrigued, but the mistakes were many, and the loss was ugly.

 

27

Justin Fields

Last Week: 30 Chicago Bears

2022 stats: 1,048 yards | 55.9 comp % | 5 TD | 6 INT | 7.7 YPA | 37.3 QBR

 

Fields doesn’t have much talent around him, but he’s making some plays with his arm and legs. He played well on Monday night to beat the Patriots.

 

26

Andy Dalton

Last Week: 28 New Orleans Saints

2022 stats: 946 yards | 63.4 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 51.0 QBR

 

Dalton’s numbers aren’t bad save the interceptions. The problem? You can’t discount the turnovers, which killed the Saints last Thursday.

 

25

Zach Wilson

Last Week: 24 New York Jets

2022 stats: 693 yards | 57.4 comp % | 1 TD | 2 INT | 6.9 YPA | 48.6 QBR

 

Wilson isn’t doing enough for New York to win consistently in November and December. With running back Breece Hall out for the season, the second-year quarterback needs to make more plays.

 

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24

Davis Mills

Last Week: 27 Houston Texans

2022 stats: 1,350 yards | 63.8 comp % | 7 TD | 5 INT | 6.5 YPA | 36.0 QBR

 

Mills makes some nice plays, but they are too few and far between. Tough to see Houston rolling with him into 2023 without significant improvement over the next 11 games.

 

23

Matt Ryan

Last Week: 17 Indianapolis Colts

2022 stats: 2,008 yards | 68.3 comp % | 9 TD | 9 INT | 6.8 YPA | 42.0 QBR

 

Ryan took the biggest fall of any quarterback this week, and now he’s getting benched for Sam Ehlinger. It’s all kinds of over for the former MVP.

 

22

Jacoby Brissett

Last Week: 23 Cleveland Browns

2022 stats: 1,584 yards | 62.7 comp % | 6 TD | 5 INT | 6.8 YPA | 57.6 QBR

 

Brissett played well against the Ravens, avoiding pressure and completing 22-of-27 passes while under constant pressure. However, he’s limited because he doesn’t create the big play.

 

21

Daniel Jones

Last Week: 21 New York Giants

2022 stats: 1,225 yards | 66.7 comp % | 6 TD | 2 INT | 6.5 YPA | 62.6 QBR

 

Jones threw for 202 yards and ran for another 107, giving the Giants a dual-threat in their win on Sunday over Jacksonville. Most importantly, no turnovers — although an interception was called back on a roughing the passer penalty.

 

20

Marcus Mariota

Last Week: 19 Atlanta Falcons

2022 stats: 1,179 yards | 61.3 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 7.9 YPA | 58.8 QBR

 

Mariota threw for 9.5 yards per attempt against the Bengals, but was only trusted to make 13 attempts despite trailing big most of the day.

 

19

Jimmy Garoppolo

Last Week: 18 San Francisco 49ers

2022 stats: 1,456 yards | 64.3 comp % | 9 TD | 4 INT | 7.9 YPA | 41.1 QBR

 

Garoppolo makes plays, and then he throws the ball up for grabs at the goal line. Can’t do that against a team like the Chiefs.

 

18

Ryan Tannehill

Last Week: 15 Tennessee Titans

2022 stats: 1,097 yards | 65.1 comp % | 6 TD | 3 INT | 7.9 YPA | 40.8 QBR

 

Tannehill isn’t inspiring, but he doesn’t often make the killer mistake. That was the difference of Titans-Colts this past weekend.

 

17

Jared Goff

Last Week: 14 Detroit Lions

2022 stats: 1,583 yards | 62.3 comp % | 11 TD | 6 INT | 7.5 YPA | 52.7 QBR

 

Goff had a tough day in Dallas, struggling with pressure (five sacks) and two interceptions. Not nearly enough against an elite defense.

 

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16

Kyler Murray

Last Week: 16 Arizona Cardinals

2022 stats: 1,667 yards | 65.5 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 5.9 YPA | 49.1 QBR

 

Murray is still averaging less than 6.0 yards per attempt, and now he’s yelling at Kliff Kingsbury. The numbers need to improve, and perhaps they will with DeAndre Hopkins back.

 

15

Trevor Lawrence

Last Week: 13 Jacksonville Jaguars

2022 stats: 1,707 yards | 63.0 comp % | 9 TD | 4 INT | 6.9 YPA | 52.1 QBR

 

Lawrence got off to a hot start this year, but he’s still missing too many easy throws. Jacksonville missed out on two touchdown tosses against the Giants when Lawrence’s passes sailed over the heads of their intended receivers.

 

14

Matthew Stafford

Last Week: 12 Los Angeles Rams

2022 stats: 1,576 yards | 71.1 comp % | 6 TD | 8 INT | 7.0 YPA | 46.4 QBR

 

Stafford has to be praying for his offensive line to be better out of the bye. It’s been a really tough year for the defending champs, allowing 22 sacks in six games.

 

13

Aaron Rodgers

Last Week: 10 Green Bay Packers

2022 stats: 1,597 yards | 66.8 comp % | 11 TD | 3 INT | 6.5 YPA | 40.5 QBR

 

Rodgers is a mess right now. It’s not all him, but the reigning two-time MVP isn’t seeing the field well, and it’s costing the Packers dearly. He needs to elevate those around him.

 

12

Tom Brady

Last Week: 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2022 stats: 1,942 yards | 66.9 comp % | 8 TD | 1 INT | 6.6 YPA | 53.2 QBR

 

Brady couldn’t engineer a single touchdown drive against the Panthers. Tampa Bay’s offense has become an epic struggle of ineptitude, and it’s a combination of play-calling, the line and a dearth of talent behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

 

11

Kirk Cousins

Last Week: 11 Minnesota Vikings

2022 stats: 1,502 yards | 66.2 comp % | 9 TD | 5 INT | 6.6 YPA | 51.1 QBR

 

Out of the bye, Cousins and the Vikings have a 2.5-game lead in the NFC North. This weekend, it’s the Cardinals, and a chance for Cousins to get fat on a bad defense.

 

10

Tua Tagovailoa

Last Week: NA Miami Dolphins

2022 stats: 1,296 yards | 67.3 comp % | 9 TD | 3 INT | 8.6 YPA | 72.0 QBR

 

Tagovailoa almost threw four interceptions against the Steelers, but got away with every bad throw. We can attribute some of those tosses to rust, but the third-year vet has to be sharper.

 

9

Derek Carr

Last Week: 9 Las Vegas Raiders

2022 stats: 1,520 yards | 63.5 comp % | 9 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 62.0 QBR

 

Carr is quietly playing well for the Raiders this season. Smart, controlled and targeting Davante Adams relentlessly. It’s a recipe for success.

 

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8

Dak Prescott

Last Week: NA Dallas Cowboys

2022 stats: 341 yards | 61.1 comp % | 1 TD | 1 INT | 6.3 YPA | 34.2 QBR

 

Prescott wasn’t great against the Lions in his return from a broken thumb, throwing for 207 yards and a score. Still, it was a productive way to ease back into the lineup.

 

7

Lamar Jackson

Last Week: 6 Baltimore Ravens

2022 stats: 1,397 yards | 61.4 comp % | 13 TD | 6 INT | 7.1 YPA | 63.3 QBR

 

Jackson completed nine passes on Sunday. Since Week 2, Jackson has failed to throw for 220 yards in any game. He needs to lift the passing game to greater heights.

 

6

Geno Smith

Last Week: 7 Seattle Seahawks

2022 stats: 1,712 yards | 73.5 comp % | 11 TD | 3 INT | 8.0 YPA | 68.8 QBR

 

Smith is the best story in the NFL this season. He’s continued to play at a top-10 level, helping Seattle to a shocking 4-3 record.

 

5

Justin Herbert

Last Week: 3 Los Angeles Chargers

2022 stats: 2,009 yards | 65.9 comp % | 12 TD | 4 INT | 6.5 YPA | 53.6 QBR

 

Herbert should actively be picketing in front of SoFi Stadium, begging ownership to step in and force head coach Brandon Staley to hire a new offensive coordinator.

 

4

Joe Burrow

Last Week: 5 Cincinnati Bengals

2022 stats: 2,097 yards | 68.9 comp % | 15 TD | 5 INT | 7.8 YPA | 57.0 QBR

 

Since Week 1, Burrow has thrown one interception. He’s playing elite football, and it showed against the Falcons with a line of 481 passing yards and three touchdowns.

 

3

Jalen Hurts

Last Week: 4 Philadelphia Eagles

2022 stats: 1,514 yards | 66.8 comp % | 6 TD | 2 INT | 8.2 YPA | 59.6 QBR

 

Hurts is coming off the bye and drawing a Pittsburgh defense that’s vulnerable. The Eagles are doing everything right, including supporting Hurts with weapons and a great defense.

 

2

Josh Allen

Last Week: 1 Buffalo Bills

2022 stats: 1,980 yards | 66.9 comp % | 17 TD | 4 INT | 8.3 YPA | 75.4 QBR

 

Allen is moving back one spot, largely because he was idle and Mahomes was unbelievable. That said, with Mahomes on the bye this week, Allen can reclaim his spot.

 

1

Patrick Mahomes

Last Week: 2 Kansas City Chiefs

2022 stats: 2,159 yards | 66.9 comp % | 20 TD | 5 INT | 8.2 YPA | 76.8 QBR

 

Mahomes is currently leading the NFL in passing yards, touchdown passes and QBR. Other than that, he’s having a really average season.



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