Week two of the NFL season ended on Monday, giving us another data point for the starting quarterbacks. As a result of the latest batch of games, this week’s power ratings have a lot of fluctuation.
This volatility extends to the North Asian region. Lamar Jackson and Jacobi Brisset improved in the season openers and moved up despite horrific losses. Conversely, Joe Burrow and Mitch Trubesky ask more questions about their play and their standing is affected as a result.
We also have a new #1 in our strength rankings two weeks later.
So what does all this look like?
Below is the strength rating of all 32 starting quarterbacks based on how they performed for two weeks of the season. Their previous order is in parentheses. If a starter has been injured within the past week, their backup with the previous run will be listed in parentheses.
32. Matt Ryan Indianapolis Colts (18)
31. Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers (26).
30. Cooper Rush, Dallas Cowboys (30, replaced by Dak Prescott)
29. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (20).
28. Gnu Smith, Seattle Seahawks (17).
27. Ryan Tanehill, Tennessee Titans (14)
26. Marcos Mariota Atlanta Falcons (23)
25. Mitch Trubisky and Pittsburgh Steelers (21)
Kenny Pickett’s hype to take charge in Pittsburgh got much louder after Trubisky struggled against the Patriots. Trubisky had 21 of 33 passes for 168 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Pittsburgh’s 17-14 loss.
The offense struggled to get the ball moving again and the Steelers didn’t have a pass playing longer than 23 yards. Fans fed up during the match, cheering for their first-round pick to take over at the quarterback.
If Trubisky struggles again Thursday night in Cleveland considering Brown’s pass defense problems, the noise will only rise.
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24. Davis Mills, Houston TX (13)
23. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (29).
22- Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars (27).
21- Carson Wentz, Washington leaders (12).
20. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (32, replaced Tre Lance)
19. McJones, New England Patriots (28)
18. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (19)
17. Jacoby Brisset, Cleveland Browns (25)
Browns probably couldn’t have asked for more from Brissett than they got. Had his defense not allowed two last touchdowns in 1:22 in their 31-30 loss to the Jets, the story might have been about Brissett playing one of the best games of his career. He was 22-of-27 for 229 yards, a touchdown and an interception, which came when Brissett had to force a deep ball to try and create a late field goal.
Football members tweeted that Wednesday Brissett has the 7th best DVOA among midfielders after two games. If Brissett can play anywhere close to the level he was on Sunday, Brown should be fine offensively and could pull off some wins together if the defense discovers his contact issues.
16. Joe Flacco, New York Jets (31)
15 – James Winston, New Orleans Saints (5)
14. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (22)
13. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (7)
12. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (24)
11. Joe Borough, Cincinnati Bengals (9)
The Bengals seem to be putting on Super Bowl hangovers to start the season. Burrow and his team haven’t advanced a second this year and are now 0-2 after losing to the Cowboys, 20-17, in a 50-yard field goal by Brett Maher.
Burrow was 24 of 36 passing for 199 yards and touchdown. He has also been sacked six times, bringing his total to 13 this season. This wasn’t what Cincinnati was expecting to see after what they did to refurbish that unit.
Cincinnati needs to figure out how to get started faster, and that starts when the Boroughs look more like themselves in 2021. It’s still early in the season, but time is running out fast in the NFL.
10. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (15)
Season stats: 47-76 (61.8%), 547 yards, 4 TDs, 3 IQs.
The Josh McDaniels-Derek Carr partnership in Las Vegas didn’t start out well. The Conquerors 0-2 and lost to the Cardinals at OT despite a strong performance from Carr.
It was 25 of 39 passers-by for 252 yards, and two hitters without an objection. It was a good game, but Kyler Murray’s superstar play in the fourth quarter played a big role in Carr and Company’s lack of winning early in the season.
9. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (6)
Season stats: 43-73 (58.9%), 559 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
It’s still a second week too early to press the panic button for the Broncos, who haven’t looked very good on attack yet. Wilson was fit but slipped down three points after completing only 45.2% of his passes in Denver’s 16-9 win over Texas.
He threw for 219 yards and landed and intercepted the road. But TD came at a critical time when Eric found Sober in a 22-yard pitch in the fourth quarter.
There is reason to believe that Wilson would discover things simply because of his talent. But the pressure is only building on first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett.
8. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10)
Season stats: 36-61 (59.0%), 402 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
Brady stays in the top 10 and is already on the move. But that’s largely due to the gap between the top seven on this list and the next level.
He wasn’t his usual self against the Saints, completing 18 of 34 passes for 190 yards and a TD in Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win. However, it was good enough, and that’s all that mattered.
Father Time hasn’t caught up with Brady yet. We’ll have to see if he’s slowing down at 45 or if this is just a slump early in the season. His track record says the latter is more likely.
7- Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (16)
Season stats: 59-83 (71.1%), 739 yards, 7 TDs, 2 IQs.
Is 2022 finally time for dolphins? We may soon learn that, but his second half showing against the Ravens was nothing short of exciting.
He had five of his six TD passes in the second half to lead his team in overtaking Baltimore, 42-38. Tagoviloa had a 469-yard pass and two picks. But it’s hard to look ahead to the six TDs, especially after saving his team from a 21-point deficit.
Mike McDaniel and Terrick Hill were perfect for the Tagovailoa matches. We’ll see how sustainable it is, but it’s commendable for what it’s done so far.
6. Keeler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (11)
Season stats: 53-83 (63.9%), 370 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.
Overtaken by Patrick Mahomes in the first week, Murray reminded everyone of why he landed a $230.5 million off-season contract. The Cardinal put on his back on Sunday by 16 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime in Las Vegas. Some of the plays he did, notably the two-point conversion in the video above, look like something out of a video game.
His base streak was good as he was 31 on 49 for 277 yards, TD and INT to go with 28 rushing yards and a TD run. But Murray wanted his team to win thanks to his unique mobility and some big throws when it was needed.
5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (3).
Season stats: 59-82 (72.0%), 613 yards, 6 TDs, 1 IQ.
Herbert and the Chargers have been reminded of a tough lesson in Kansas City: You can’t give The Chiefs extra chances to defeat you. Despite a hot start, the Chiefs tied in 17 games in the fourth quarter before throwing an expensive 6-yard Herbert Brick to Jalen Watson when he grabbed the ball into the 3-yard line at Kansas City.
This is the kind of mistake you can’t make if you want to challenge for the West Asian title.
Herbert and the Chargers will be fine. But this expensive pickup 6 pushed him down two spots on this list.
4. Galen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles (8)
Season stats: 44-63 (69.8%), 576 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
Welcome to Jalen Hurts’ hack season. The sophomore quarterback made his presence felt for the Eagles 2-0, including an impressive Monday night football show against the Vikings. He was 26 of 31 for 333 yards, a TD and interception in Philadelphia’s 24-7 win.
Hurts also dealt damage on the ground with a 57-yard dash and two TDs.
Hurts pass numbers are not near the top of the group. But there is little doubt about its effect and how effective it is with vultures. It’s only two games, but the growth he’s had this year has been amazing.
3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (4)
Season stats: 38-59 (64.4%), 531 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT.
Baltimore collapsed at home to Miami in the second week, but that had nothing to do with Jackson’s performance. He threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and lunged for 119 yards and a TD.
One thing to watch with Jackson is that he didn’t get much injured in two games. He has only 15 loads, which would now be his career low for rushing per game in a season, and he’s only been sent off twice. The more he can protect himself, the better chance he has of continuing to produce the way he has.
2 – Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (1)
Season stats: 54-74 (73.0%), 595 yards, 7 TDs, 0 IQ.
Mahomes is outside the number one spot on this list, but it has nothing to do with his performance. It’s more about the player who ranked second last week and who was dominant in the second week.
On Thursday night versus Charger, Mahomes threw for 235 yards and two TDs in the Chiefs’ 27-24 win. He has avoided turning the ball so far this season. What’s also impressive is that he has a quality production without Tyreek Hill.
1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (2)
Season stats: 52-69 (75.4%), 614 yards, 7 TDs, 2 IQs.
Allen was in complete control of the bills Monday night as they blasted the Titans, 41-7. He threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns, and he also had a 10-yard run.
If the Allen the Bills can get a firm footing, they may finally be able to overcome the obstacle that was the Mahomes and the Chiefs. His achievement percentage is already 12.1 percentage points better than last season’s 63.3. Whether it is sustainable or not will be determined in due course.
But there is no doubt if Allen continues to play at this level more than once, then Buffalo is the team to beat in the AFC.
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