Kaepernick followed his best game of the season with the worst of his career last week at Chicago, completing 1 of 5 passes for 4 yards before he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. San Francisco fell to a franchise-worst 11th straight loss, but Chip Kelly said Kap will start again Sunday.
Last week: 28
2016: 54.5%, 180.5 ypg, 10-3 TD/INT, 85.5 rating
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Robert Griffin III, Browns
How bad is the competition when RG3, who’s been hurt since the season opener and will make his second start since 2014, is ahead of four other guys in the rankings? Playing for a team with zero wins?
Last week: NR
2016: 46.2%, 190 ypg, 0-1 TD/INT, 55 rating
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Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Jacksonville remains amusing if nothing else. After last week’s loss to the Broncos — the Jags’ seventh straight — and three Bortles turnovers including a pick-six, the team forced the QB and top WR Allen Robinson to sit together in a room and reacquaint themselves. “You throw it, you catch it! Like last year!”
Last week: 26
2016: 58.4%, 244.2 ypg, 20-15 TD/INT, 76.9 rating
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Brock Osweiler, Texans
The road was as cold as ever last week at Green Bay, where Houston managed just 13 points. Now it’s on to Indy, fresh off dropping 41 on the Jets, in a duel for first in the AFC South.
Last week: 25
2016: 59.8%, 209.1 ypg, 14-13 TD/INT, 74.2 rating
Carson Wentz, Eagles
Threw 60 (!) times for 308 yards in last week’s loss at Cincy, but three more picks give the rookie 10 in the past eight weeks. One Philly source told SI’s Albert Breer, “We knew this would happen.” Now he gets a Redskins rematch — he was a season-low 11 of 22 for just 179 yards in a 27-20 loss on Oct. 16. He hopes to have his dynamic Mathews & Matthews duo back Sunday.
Last week: 19
2016: 63.1%, 241.8 ypg, 12-11 TD/INT, 80.1 rating
Cam Newton, Panthers
Cam must’ve been fit to be tied when Ron Rivera benched him for the first series last week for a dress code violation. Derek Anderson promptly threw an interception, and Newton was no better (14-of-32) in a 40-7 loss at Seattle. As MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas writes, you can’t dress up Carolina’s 4-8 record.
Last week: 23
2016: 54.7%, 237.6 ypg, 14-8 TD/INT, 80.6 rating
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Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
That six-game win streak came to a screeching halt last week at Baltimore, as Miami managed just six points while Tannehill was picked off three times after throwing just one during the streak.
Last week: 21
2016: 66.7%, 233.3 ypg, 16-11 TD/INT, 91.3 rating
Trevor Siemian, Broncos
A foot injury forced him out last week after a career night in Week 12, and Denver was fortunate to get out of Jacksonville with a win while gaining just 206 yards behind rookie Paxton Lynch. Nothing short of an amputation will keep Siemian off the field Sunday.
Last week: NR (injured)
2016: 60%, 239.6 ypg, 15-7 TD/INT, 89.2 rating
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Andy Dalton, Bengals
Finally found the keys to the offense last week against Philly’s faltering defense. Threw for 332 yards and a season-high 130 passer rating without A.J. Green, as Cincy scored a season-high 32 points. Now the Bengals get the Browns, who they scored 31 against in a Week 7 win. Keep hope alive.
Last week: 24
2016: 64.2%, 281.3 ypg, 14-6 TD/INT, 92.6 rating
Tyrod Taylor, Bills
Taylor was testy this week when asked about his contract, but face it: With the worst passing attack in the league, Buffalo is not picking up his $27 million option for next season. If he wants a new deal and another shot at starting for the Bills, he’d better bounce back from blowing that 15-point lead last week at Oakland, starting on Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Last week: 20
2016: 60.6%, 191 ypg, 11-5 TD/INT, 84.6 rating
Joe Flacco, Ravens
Speaking of finding the keys to the offense — what the Flacco! The Baltimore QB made up for a season of scoring struggles last week, throwing for 381 yards and 4 TDs to stop a streaking Miami team.
Last week: 22
2016: 64.6%, 271.5 ypg, 15-11 TD/INT, 84.1 rating
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Carson Palmer, Cardinals
Threw for 300 yards and 3 TDs last week in a big win over Washington.
Last week: 18
2016: 61.3%, 293.7 ypg, 18-11 TD/INT, 85.5 rating
Sam Bradford, Vikings
Failed to find the end zone until the last minute against the Cowboys but was a 2-point conversion away from forcing OT. Bradford remains poised under pressure, but a lack of scoring is sinking the ship with losses in six of seven games.
Last week: 15
2016: 71.2%, 242 ypg, 13-3 TD/INT, 97.5 rating
Eli Manning, Giants
Threw two red-zone picks as New York scored just 14 points last week at Pittsburgh and saw its winning streak snapped despite 10 catches and 100 yards from Odell Beckham Jr. Now the Giants get a home rematch of their season-opening win at Dallas.
Last week: 14
2016: 63.1%, 258.1 ypg, 22-12 TD/INT, 88.3 rating
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Alex Smith, Chiefs
Followed a huge OT win in Denver by winning a shootout at Atlanta, completing 21 of 25 passes, and overcame a couple turnovers Thursday night against Oakland to give KC the lead in the AFC West.
Last week: 17
2016: 68.4%, 217.8 ypg, 12-5 TD/INT, 92.7 rating
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Kirk Cousins, Redskins
Outdueled by Carson Palmer last week in Arizona, Cousins lost a fumble that led to a TD and Patrick Peterson’s last-minute pick sealed it. Washington needs more of the magic that won a playoff spot last season, when Cousins passed for 12 TDs against one INT in the final four games. Good news: He gets LT Trent Williams back Sunday vs. Philly, who he's 3-1 against in his career, with 1,345 yards, 10 TDs and two INTs.
Last week: 12
2016: 67.5%, 317.6 ypg, 21-8 TD/INT, 99.6 rating
Philip Rivers, Chargers
Picked off in the end zone to seal last week’s home loss to Tampa; it was his second pick of the second half and he's up to 14 on the season.
Last week: 9
2016: 62.6%, 279.4 ypg, 25-14 TD/INT, 93 rating
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Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
Don’t look now, but Jameis has the Bucs tied atop the NFC South after winning a close one last week at San Diego for their fourth straight. Watch out — he faces Drew Brees and the Saints for the first time this season on Sunday, and Winston's running out of healthy receivers to throw to.
Last week: 16
2016: 61.7%, 265 ypg, 23-12 TD/INT, 90 rating
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Hooked up with Jordy Nelson for 118 yards and a TD to pull Green Bay back to .500 with last week’s wintry win over Houston. The hamstring looked OK. It'll get a good test with the Seahawks coming to town Sunday, and a defense allowing the fewest points for the fifth straight year. But no Earl Thomas is a big break for Rodgers, who he leads the NFL in TD passes (19) and 100-plus-rating games (5) for the past seven weeks.
Last week: 13
2016: 64.5%, 273.6 ypg, 29-7 TD/INT, 98.5 rating
Andrew Luck, Colts
Came back from a concussion and completed 22 of 28 for 4 TDs in last week’s whipping of the Jets. Indy tied for the AFC South lead and hosts Houston on Sunday for first place.
Last week: 11
2016: 64%, 282.3 ypg, 23-8 TD/INT, 98.3 rating
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Bounced back from a brutal 14-5 loss at Tampa to lead Seattle to a season-high 534 yards last week against Carolina, pushing Seattle closer to the NFC West title. Now they face the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay. Russ don't care. "I'm hoping it's kind of a downpour of snow," he told reporters this week. "That would be great."
Last week: 10
2016: 65.3%, 261.8 ypg, 12-5 TD/INT, 93.7 rating
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Marcus Mariota, Titans
Pulled Tennessee back to .500 with a Week 12 win. Now, after a week off, the Titans host Denver with first place in the AFC South on the line.
Last week: 8
2016: 64.3%, 249.8 ypg, 25-8 TD/INT, 101.9 rating
Drew Brees, Saints
Threw for 326 yards last week but was picked off three times as Detroit became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Brees from completing a touchdown pass. Still he leads the league in yards (3,913) and TD passes (30) and is on pace for his fifth 5,000-yard season — one more than all the other QBs in NFL history have combined for.
Last week: 3
2016: 71.4%, 326.1 ypg, 30-11 TD/INT, 105 rating
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Matt Ryan, Falcons
Two killer interceptions by Eric Berry, including the rare pick-2, doomed Ryan and Atlanta last week and dropped the Falcons into a tie with the Bucs for first in the NFC South.
Last week: 5
2016: 68.6%, 317.8 ypg, 27-7 TD/INT, 112.3 rating
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Dak Prescott, Cowboys
The rookie was held under 200 yards for the second straight game last week at Minnesota by a Vikings defense that held him to 139. And it might’ve stopped him from extending the Cowboys' winning streak to 11 games, if not for Dallas getting some good fortune. Now he gets a chance to avenge that season-opening loss to the Giants.
Last week: 6
2016: 67.9%, 247.8 ypg, 19-2 TD/INT, 108.6 rating
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Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Finally took his new toy for a spin last week, finding tight end Ladarius Green for six receptions and 110 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown as Pittsburgh snapped New York’s six-game win streak to remain tied with the Ravens atop the AFC North.
Last week: 7
2016: 65%, 275.8 ypg, 25-8 TD/INT, 99.4 rating
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Derek Carr, Raiders
Rallied the Raiders from 15 down in the second half last week to beat Buffalo for his sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, despite that sore pinkie. But Carr found the going tougher Thursday night at Kansas City: 17-of-41 for 117 yards and zero TDs.
Last week: 2
2016: 61.9%, 277.6 ypg, 24-5 TD/INT, 96.0 rating
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Matt Stafford, Lions
Threw for 341 yards and overcame some red-zone struggles to win for the seventh time in eight games — and no comeback needed this time. Now he can avenge a Week 4 loss to the Bears in which he threw two picks.
Last week: 4
2016: 67.2%, 268.7%, 21-5 TD/INT, 100.5 rating
Tom Brady, Patriots
Passed Peyton Manning for the all-time record with his 201st win last week against the Rams. Now New England can clinch the AFC East for an NFL-record eighth consecutive season.