Derek Carr continues to play strong football, and rose up the NFL quarterback rankings as the weather turns colder in December.
As always, these are based off this year’s play with a dash of historic context. Here’s the link to last week’s rankings.
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Blake Bortles Memorial Division
32. Blake Bortles
FOX had a great stat on Sunday. Bortles has more pick-sixes (11) than wins (10) in his career. He’s horrible.
Jeff Kemp Division
31. Jared Goff
Goff threw for 27 yards in the first half against New England. He’s got a LONG way to go before he’s passabale.
30. Matt Barkley
Bakrley got his first win as a starting NFL quarterback. It wasn’t pretty. He didn’t have a completion through the first quarter, but he won.
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
29. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is going to be a free agent this year, and he won’t be getting any offers that include starting anytime soon.
Richard Todd Division
28. Brock Osweiler
Osweiler is horrendous. He has 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and continues to make the same problems repeatedly. Ugly football.
27. Josh McCown
The Browns and McCown are just trying to survive this season.
26. Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick was benched after completing one pass in the first half against a two-win Bears team. It’s been a brutal season for a player who was a star only a few years ago.
Oct 16, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws the ball against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Maddox Division
25. Tyrod Taylor
Taylor has to be feeling pressure. The Bills face a very expensive option on his contract, one that likely doesn’t get picked up. He could be an interesting free agent.
24. Sam Bradford
Bradford has a great completion rate (71.2). Unfortunately, much of that is because Bradford checks down almost every play.
23. Carson Wentz
Wentz and the Eagles have really tailed off over the past two months. The kid shows promise, but his seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions through the past nine games tells the story.
22. Trevor Siemian
Siemia should be back Sunday, and that’s huge for the Broncos. Siemian is proving to be an NFL quarterback, although maybe more backup than starter.
Jake Plummer Division
21. Carson Palmer
Palmer has thrown too many interceptions (11) but he also ranks ninth in the league with 3,231 yards to go with 18 touchdowns.
20. Cam Newton
Newton has been bad this season. No way around it. He might have won the MVP in 2015, but this version is rough. Newton has a completion percentage of 54.7.
19. Eli Manning
Manning is a talented two-time Super Bowl champ, but he throws a ton of ugly picks. The Giants probably beat the Steelers on Sunday if not for Manning literally throwing the game away.
18. Joe Flacco
Flacco has amassed 3,258 passing yards, but he has not looked the same after tearing his ACL and MCL last November. His 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions is evidence of that.
17. Alex Smith
On Sunday, Smith was 21-of-25 for 270 yards in a sublime effort against the Falcons. Smith drives everyone insane, but he wins and wins.
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts to throwing a pass to wide receiver A.J. Green (not pictured) for a touchdown in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Hart Division
16. Andy Dalton
Dalton was terrific against the Eagles, who are ready to play some golf. The redhead has 3,375 yards and only six interceptions this season. Playing solid football.
15. Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has been much-improved this year, but the game against Baltimore was hideous. The former side receiver threw three interception. Let’s see if he bounces back this weekend.
14. Kirk Cousins
Cousins is third in the NFL with 3,811 yards and has 21 touchdowns. So why has he slipped? Bad outing in Arizona, in a game the Redskins really needed.
Earl Morrall Division
13. Marcus Mariota
Mariota is coming off the bye and playing in the biggest game of his professional life to this point. The Broncos come to Tennessee, bringing their top-ranked secondary with them.
12. Jameis Winston
Winston is coming of age right before our eyes. He still throws the occasional bad interception, but he’s a playmaker who has the Buccaneers in a playoff spot.
11. Philip Rivers
No choice but to drop Rivers out of the top 10. There are simply too many bad interceptions, especially late in games. The Chargers are a goof team with a bad record, and he’s not helping the cause.