February 22, 2024

2023 NFL Week 13 QB Power Rankings: Eagles’ Jalen Hurts Moves to No. 1, Packers’ Jordan Love Also Rises

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Hurts’ encore for a 2022 MVP bid was much less pretty, with 14 turnovers in 11 games. But he’s there week in and week out, pulling off back-to-back-to-back late-game heroics against the Cowboys, Chiefs and Bills. There’s no denying he’s a critical-down runner, with 29 total touchdowns this season, making him the new MVP favorite. (+1) 2
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It’s fitting that he’ll face Hurts and the Eagles in Week 12, replaying the last NFC title game. Because he’s been just as good and has routinely played flawlessly as a distributor for Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk and the 49ers’ arsenal of reliable outlets. There isn’t a more efficient QB in football right now, and he isn’t afraid to challenge on the field either. (+4) 3
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Everyone agrees it’s been a down year for the reigning MVP, who has often had to single-handedly propel KC alongside mediocre wideouts. Yet he still ranks fourth in TD passes (21) and is on pace for career points as a scrambler. 4
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He will always give opponents a chance on the ball thanks to his fearless gun-slinging, but he showed MVP-caliber stuff in shootout play with the Eagles. He’s virtually unbeatable, with over 3,500 yards and an NFL-best 33 TDs. (+1) 5
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The Cowboys’ schedule has helped him boost his numbers, but you can’t fault someone for taking advantage of opportunities. Prescott is spreading the ball everywhere, and he’s throwing TDs at the best rate (6.2%) of his eight-year career. (+2) 6
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The ever-nimble Jackson has thrown just thirteen TDs in twelve games, but his effortless dual-threat ability still makes up for so many of the inconsistencies in the supporting cast. His 571 rushing yards easily rank first among QBs. (-5) 7
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Stroud was as good as he is so quickly as a rookie expected to dominate every week, so the hype train has slowed down just a little bit. But he’s still remarkably strong on the air, averaging more yards per throw (8.4) than all but two QBs. (-3) 8
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The video game production is there when Miami plays an inferior team; his 22 passing TDs rank third. The challenge for the courageous precision passer is to better protect the ball when faced with legitimate defenses. 9
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At the beginning of the year, his statistics did not translate into victories, because too often they were matches that had already been decided. Now Wilson makes it a routine to demonstrate the clutch touch to make Denver a crunch-time spoiler. Maybe he’s got his swag back. (+2) 10
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Eleven games later, it’s almost surprising that he only has 12 TDs, compared to seven picks. Jacksonville was uneven, to say the least. But if he clicks with his outside targets, boy, does he and the Jags seem able to make a run. (+2) 11
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In some ways, he’s kind of a Kirk Cousins ​​mantle in LA, regularly recording top-10 stats while struggling to deliver when it matters most. This is a gifted pocket passer who can’t quite take an unbalanced team to the next level. (-2) 12
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Goff’s courageous resilience has earned him leeway among Lions fans, and he has proven capable of using exactly the defenses at his disposal to guide a playoff bid. But the big giveaways are something to keep an eye on after a sour Thanksgiving. (-2) 13
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Perhaps no veteran has bounced up and down this list as much as Stafford, who goes from battered and panicked to positively cannon-armed from week to week. If the Rams keep him afloat, they have the ability to make a surprise playoff push. (+5) 14
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After a long spell in which he struggled to make even routine throws as the leader of a young lineup, Love has settled in while rediscovering his untouchable deep touch. He threw eight touchdowns and just two picks to go 3-1 in his last four. (+7) 15
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What’s worse: his inability to protect the ball in the most critical moments of games, or the strategy and supporting cast that leaves him in a hole for much of the games? At least his gun arm and smooth legs let the bears hang around. (-1) 16
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Health and ball security have been constant concerns this year, but on a team where Pete Carroll’s defense is the No. 1 defense, you can’t doubt Smith’s sheer will to keep fighting behind a shuffling O-line. He leaves it all on the line. 17
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A week after his improbable poise couldn’t offset two giveaways in a tight loss, Dobbs’ magic seemed to be all but fully realized against Chicago, in which he threw four picks. His story is still commendable, but will he remain QB1 after the bye? (-4) 18
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For most of this year, Mayfield has played smart to keep Tampa competitive, but his efforts to expand the game sometimes backfired in a loss to the Colts. His perseverance will always be respectable, but the Bucs’ predictable plans may be too much to overcome. (-3) 19
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Should he be excused for leading the NFL in picks (13)? No. But more than half of those INTs (7) came in just two games, and Washington is asking him to throw this one out more than anyone. Consider him a work in progress as their future. (-2) 20
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Anyone who watched most of his Raiders career should have known Carr would fare well, if not spectacularly, in New Orleans. But the Saints need him to deliver more when it matters — on key downs, in the red zone, etc. — to win an ugly division. (-1) 21
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Three games after returning from injury, Murray was his elusive self, but aerial efficiency (61.7% completion, 6.7 YPA) in a rebuilding lineup was predictably iffy. The real question is: will he get more opportunities after 2023? (-1) 22
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Not so different from someone like Justin Fields in Chicago, the heavily armed Levis flashes all the physical tools to be something special. But his design and instincts are still under construction. His no-quit attitude stands out as a rookie. (+1) 23
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The career backup should be very grateful to Shane Steichen for knowing how to set up a run game as the Colts backfield has reduced his burden through the air. His weekly goal is primarily to avoid multiple critical giveaways. (-1) 24
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Do the Giants have something to do with the feisty rookie here? Their offense isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders, but its grit has at least generated enough to win a few games. Maybe he earned the temporary job because of the recovering Tyrod Taylor. (+4) 25
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In his first action without Matt Canada overseeing the offense, he looked better, though Pittsburgh was still in the run game. Feeding Pat Freiermuth over the middle feels like a wise play for the gritty second-year starter moving forward. (+1) 26
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The rookie stood strong to actually keep Vegas competitive against the Chiefs in Week 12, so it’s clear he has the tools to grow as an NFL QB. With a team and setup in transition, the limitations are of course also clearly visible. (-2) 27
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The Falcons’ narrow victory over the Saints in Week 12 was a typical Knight performance: gritty at the finish, ugly beforehand. He gets himself into trouble every time he starts, but give the kid credit for refusing to stop. (-2) 28
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Each week, the No. 1 pick struggles to match the pace of whatever defense he plays. But with Frank Reich out and the overhauled staff desperately trying to get him on track, we may see a bit of a bump from the rookie. (+1) 29
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In his first career start in place of the injured Joe Burrow, Browning fared quite well against a feisty Steelers “D”, keeping Ja’Marr Chase involved. If the rest of the team can rally around him, Cincinnati shouldn’t be completely written off. (+3) 30
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This could well be Joe Flacco’s job if the rookie can’t pass the concussion protocol before Week 13 against the Rams. At 38 years old, the recently signed Flacco may or may not be an upgrade. Talk about a QB shuffle in Cleveland this year. 31
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Zappe, who was promoted on Sunday for the fourth (!) time this season in place of the benched Mac Jones, isn’t necessarily guaranteed to remain the QB1 as New England sinks even lower. But at this point it doesn’t really matter. 32
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Zach Wilson was late for a demotion as Aaron Rodgers’ emergency replacement, but Boyle hasn’t fared much better, throwing three picks in a game and a half since taking over. The Jets’ dismal season hangs in the balance. (-1)

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