We’ve passed the halfway point of the NFL season, so it’s time to take a look at the latest QB rankings from week 9 of the season. As mentioned in previous weeks quarterback play and offense in general has been down in the NFL this year but this week had some of the best QB play of the season in some close games with teams starting to separate themselves. I’ve kept the list to seven most weeks this season but this week it’s only six as Herbert could have rounded out the list but the Jets offense is so bad it didn’t feel right to include him with the others.
1. CJ Stroud
CJ Stroud jumps to number one in the rankings this week after a record setting performance in a 39-37 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stroud set the NFL single-game rookie passing record throwing for 470 yards with 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions. This would be an insanely impressive stat line for any QB never mind a rookie in their 8th game in the league.
Stroud has separated himself from the rest of the rookie QB class all season but this week he took it to another level. His decision making and ability to spread the ball were on full display throwing to 7 different receivers with 4 getting into the endzone. Stroud has had a few appearances in the top 7 this season but this week he put himself into the MVP conversation. I don’t think he has a shot at winning the award this season but he’s all but wrapped up the rookie of the year award.
2. Joe Burrow
Burrow has found his MVP level play the last few weeks and the Bengals are starting to fire on all cylinders. Burrow was 31-44 for 348 yards two touchdowns and zero interceptions against a tough Bills defense. In one of the more anticipated games of the week the 5-3 Buffalo Bills headed to Cincinnati to take on the 4-3 Bengals. After a slow start to the season the Bengals have ripped off 4 straight wins in large part to Burrow getting back on track.
With the Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars and Ravens the Bills and Bengals have their hands full in the AFC so this was a massive win for a Bengals team that’s looking to get back in the race for the #1 seed. The Bengals are Super Bowl hopefuls but with the Ravens, Jaguars and Chiefs still on their schedule Burrow will have plenty of chances to boost his MVP campaign.