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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NFL week 14 is already here so it’s time for another look at the weekly quarterback rankings and who stood out this week. It’s been an up and down season for quarterbacks this year with offense as a whole taking a hit this year, but as playoff races tighten and teams needing to separate themselves we’re going to look at the seven best quarterbacks from over the weekend.

 

Green Bay Packers on Twitter: "ANOTHER ONE FOR @ChristianW2017!TOUCHDOWN! 🙌 #KCvsGB | #GoPackGo📺: NBC pic.twitter.com/3MUEvPMWoo / Twitter"

ANOTHER ONE FOR @ChristianW2017!TOUCHDOWN! 🙌 #KCvsGB | #GoPackGo📺: NBC pic.twitter.com/3MUEvPMWoo

7. Jordan Love

The first quarterback I want to take a look at is Jordan Love who seems to be making a habit of finding his way into these rankings the last few weeks. Love has started to put it all together in Matt LaFleur’s offense the past few weeks and looked tremendous again on Sunday night football against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Packers pipeline of QB’s may have found another gem as Love was 25/35 passing for 267 yards three touchdowns and zero interceptions against one of the best teams in football. Love has had his ups and downs this year but he’s got the Packers in the hunt in the NFC playoff race. In a weaker NFC no one wants to see them on the schedule as the races tighten up. Green Bay finds themselves at 6-6 in the last wildcard spot in the NFC but if Love continues to play how he has the last few weeks there’s no reason to think they can’t climb the rankings and wreak havoc in the NFC.

 

Detroit Lions v Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions reacts against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

6. Jared Goff

Coming in at number six this week is one of the more consistent performers at the position all year and that’s Jared Goff. Goff has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league all season leading the Detroit Lions to a 9-3 record sitting alone atop the NFC North and a tie with the 49ers for second place in the NFC.

The Lions were coming off a tough loss on Thanksgiving to the previously mentioned Love and the Green Bay Packers. They headed into a matchup with the Saints needing a win against one of the better defenses in the league and Goff delivered. While he didn’t have crazy numbers Goff was 16/25 for 213 yards passing two touchdowns and zero interceptions. This wasn’t Goff’s best performance of the year but it was exactly what the Lions needed after a tough loss the week prior, Goff needed to right the ship and protect the football and that’s exactly what he did. The Lions find themselves in a great spot at 9-3 but the jury is still out on their defense and if they can be real contenders in the NFC it will rely heavily on their defense and Goff’s ability to protect the football.

  • NFL on Twitter: "In the biggest moment of his career so far, @jake_browning stepped up and kept the @Bengals in the playoff hunt. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YvhXXdJZh3 / Twitter"

    In the biggest moment of his career so far, @jake_browning stepped up and kept the @Bengals in the playoff hunt. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YvhXXdJZh3

    5. Jake Browning

    Yes you’re reading that correctly Jake Browning comes in at number 5 this week in the quarterback rankings. For those wondering who is Jake Browning? Browning is Joe Burrow’s backup who was thrust into the starters job after Burrow suffered a season ending injury and boy did Browning deliver this weekend. Browning found himself in just about as tough of a spot as you can find yourself as a backup quarterback, starting what was basically a must win game on Monday night football against one of the top teams in the AFC needing a win to keep your teams playoff hopes alive and Browning impressed everyone.

    The 27-year old from Folsom California delivered huge for Cincinnati throwing for 354 yards on an astonishing 32/37 passing for one touchdown and zero interceptions. He also scored a late rushing touchdown to add to his total. I don’t think anyone knows what to expect from Browning moving forward but for one week he was easily one of the five best quarterbacks in the league and if he can keep the Bengals in the playoff race he’ll find himself employed in the league for years to come.

  • Carolina Panthers v Miami Dolphins

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 15: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins receives the snap during the second quarter in the game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium on October 15, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

    4. Tua Tagovailoa

    Coming in at #4 this week is another mainstay to the rankings this season the leader of probably the most explosive offense in the league Tua Tagovailoa. Tua and the Dolphins are as fun and explosive as any offense I can remember in recent years and this week was no different as they dismantled the Washington Commanders 45-15. You could even say Tua had somewhat of a down week this week and his team still scored 45 points that’s just the type of year the Dolphins offense is having.

    Tua was 18/24 passing for 280 yards two touchdowns and zero intercpetions this week. Just another ho-hum performance from Tua doing exactly what is needed on a weekly basis to get his team another win. At times people hold it against Tua that he has Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert and Devon Achane surrounding him but I think Tua is the perfect leader of Mike McDaniel’s offense. Tua has silenced most of his haters this year but there will always be a few, but to me Tua is a perfect fir for the system he’s in because of his incredible accuracy and quick decision making and if he can keep it up and stay healthy the Dolphins are as scary as any team in the AFC as the playoffs approach.

  • NFL on Twitter: "Matthew Stafford vs. Cleveland's top-ranked passing defense:🐏 3 TDs🐏 279 yardsKeeping the @RamsNFL in the playoff picture. pic.twitter.com/sIfl4uhtb2 / Twitter"

    Matthew Stafford vs. Cleveland's top-ranked passing defense:🐏 3 TDs🐏 279 yardsKeeping the @RamsNFL in the playoff picture. pic.twitter.com/sIfl4uhtb2

    3. Matt Stafford

    At #3 this week Matthew Stafford finds himself back in the rankings again as the Rams offense seems to be finding it’s stride as the season goes on. Stafford had one of the toughest tests in football this week taking on the Cleveland Browns who statistically have the best pass defense in the league, however this proved to be no problem for Stafford and a Rams offense with two of the most exciting wide receivers in the league.  Stafford tossed for 279 yards on 22/37 passing including three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    Stafford doesn’t quite have the supporting cast of Jalen Hurts, Tua or Brock Purdy but his two headed receiving monster of Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua are as exciting as any team in the league. The Rams were a slight disappointment early in the season but after their bye week it seems like Sean McVay has untapped something in his team and if they can keep up this offensive pace they’re another team no one in the NFC will want to see with the season winding down.

     

  • ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 11: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 11: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    2. Dak Prescott

    Another mainstay this season in the quarterback rankings is Dak Prescott after finding himself a top the rankings a few times in the last couple weeks he comes in at #2 this week after a massive 41-35 win over the Seahawks. Dak has been for my money the best quarterback in the league the second half of the season, I know he still has to do it in the playoffs but Dak is playing at an MVP level as of late and this week was no different.

    The Cowboys found themselves in a high scoring battle with the Seahawks in a game you could argue they lose in years past, Dak steppe dup huge. Prescott had 299 yards on 29/41 passing with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Cowboys are always one of the most talked about teams in the league usually for being disappointments, could this finally be the year Dak and the Cowboys put it all together and go on a deep playoff run?

  • NFC Divisional Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers

    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 22: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    1. Brock Purdy

    Coming in at #1 this week is none other than Brock Purdy, after hitting a rough patch in the middle of the season Purdy and the 49ers have found their stride once again and look like the best team in the league. Purdy and the 49ers headed into Philadelphia for an NFC Championship game rematch looking for revenge after they were beaten last year and Purdy was knocked out of the game. The 49ers didn’t just get revenge against the Eagles they blew them out 42-19 and dominated from the opening kickoff.

    Purdy is often criticized for his size and how much he relies on his supporting cast, but like Tua I don’t hold it against Purdy, I think he’s a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Purdy had his offense firing on all cylinders on Sunday as he was 19/27 passing for 314 yards four touchdowns and zero interceptions against a tough Eagles defense.

    It’s still unclear just what Purdy’s ceiling is but when he’s on and the 49ers offense is clicking they’re almost impossible to stop and that’s exactly how they looked on Sunday running the Eagles off their own field. Many had the 49ers pegged for the Super Bowl after the first few games of the season but a midseason slump had many questioning those claims, in recent weeks it looks like the 49ers are back and health is the only thing that could derail them from at least reaching the NFC Championship game.

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