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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.