Quarterback Digest Week 5 Rankings: A Switch At The Top

Hello NFL fans and welcome to your weekly home for all things quarterbacks. Here at QB Digest, we power rank every NFL starting quarterback (sometimes quarterback duo) and discuss why they rise and fall from week-to-week.

Without further ado, lets kick of the Week 5 rankings in the Midwest, following a switch at the top of the list.

Top 10

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 2)

Mahomes’ slow start against the Patriots in Week 4 was problematic for the Chiefs overall, but offensive line troubles against a strong front began to show. Regardless, Mahomes and Co. came to play again, with the defense showing out big time in the second half.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 1)

Wilson finally showed his human side this week against the Dolphins, while the entire offense itself struggled to keep a rhythm. Though he can’t be expected to carry the team all season, Wilson may be tasked with doing so after the Seahawk defense continues to show its cracks.

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 4)

Aaron Rodgers is playing his best football and Week 4 was no exception. Paired with RB Aaron Jones, Rodgers is set to rule the NFC this season and, outside of the Seahawks on their best day, the rest of the conference isn’t on the same level. A handling of the Falcons only further pushes Rodgers towards the top of this list.

4. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 3)

I gave Jackson a break last week, despite losing to the Chiefs in rough fashion, but Jackson failed to overly impress against a Washington team that is in turmoil. Though he accounted for 3 touchdowns on the day, Jackson is a much more developed and extraordinary talent to be held under 200 passing yards and barely hitting the 50 yards rushing mark.

5. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 5)

Allen continues to push his way into the MVP conversation and his budding connection with Stephon Diggs is beginning to really take off.

6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 7)

Brees’ performance against the Lions was far from perfect, but boy is he a wizard at distributing the ball to an abundance of offensive players. The Saints rushing attack, combined with Brees’ ball control again comes out on top this week.

7. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 8)

This pains me. When you take in stats alone, Dak may be #1 on this list, but when you actually take in the entirety of the game itself, he consistently looks rattled and is almost always incapable of beating another team’s offense out of the gate. With that being said, many of the other QBs in Dak’s category on this list (Watson, Murray) really struggled this week and their stats certainly don’t jump off the page in the same way.

8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 12)

Due to the Titans COVID-19 breakout, Ben didn’t get to impact this jump in any way, but again, the poor showing from Watson and Murray helps him here.

9. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 10)

Although he had a rough outing, Murray is still a stud and has a bright future. Similar to Wilson, Murray is tasked with carrying an inferior roster, so his performances have to be taken into account.

10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Last Week: 14)

The Lions are a terrible team, but Stafford still has one of the best arms and overall ball placement of anyone in the league. This week, he kept his team in play the whole way, but came up short to one of the better teams in the league in the Saints.

Middle Tier

11. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 6)

Goff is still a stud and has games where he looks like an MVP, but the Rams offensive just could not pull away from a terrible Giants defense. Consistency should be a point of focus for the Rams moving forward.

12. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccanners (Last Week: 15)

The Bucs started off devastatingly slow against the Chargers this week, but Brady rallied the troops late and again showed a highlight of the greatness that is Tom Brady.

13. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 13)

Like Roethlisberger, Tannehill didn’t get a chance to move the needle, but he still has his team in a consistent position to win every game, so he sticks in the top half of the league’s starters.

14. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 16)

Rivers hasn’t been too impressive so far and barely topped the overachieving Bears, but he has kept the Colts in prime position to control the division moving forward.

15. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (Last Week: 11)

This really isn’t about Watson, but Bill O’Brien had been an awful head coach and has finally been relieved of his duties. Expect Watson to rebound quickly.

The Rest

16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 9)

17. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 19)

18. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 20)

19. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (Last Week: 24)

20. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 23)

21. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Last Week: 18)

22. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 29)

23. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 26)

24. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 22)

25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 21)

26. Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (Last Week: 25)

27. Nick Mullins/C.J. Beathard, San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 28)

28. Brett Rypien, Denver Broncos (Last Week: 32)

29. Brian Hoyer/Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots (Last Week: DNP)

30. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team (Last Week: 27)

31. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (Last Week: 31)

32. Sam Darnold/Joe Flacco, New York Jets (Last Week: 30)

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