NFL quarterback rankings, Week 8: Patrick Mahomes plummets

After two more turnovers and a 27-3 loss, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes falls out of the top 10 in the NFL quarterback rankings.

Our 2021 FanSided NFL quarterback rankings go live each Tuesday morning throughout the regular season, and we use a sliding scale incorporating current and past performances, with the former meaning more as the year goes on.

32

Mike White

QB New York Jets

2021 stats: 202 yards | 62.5 comp % | 1 TD | 2 INT | 6.3 YPA | 47.3 QBR

LW: NA

The Jets are all about collected inexperienced quarterbacks and providing them with no infrastructure to help them succeed.

31

Justin Fields

QB Chicago Bears

2021 stats: 816 yards | 57.3 comp % | 2 TD | 6 INT | 6.2 YPA | 16.7 QBR

LW: 28

Maybe Matt Nagy deserves an apology. Fields hasn’t been good, or ready.

30

Davis Mills

QB Houston Texans

2021 stats: 1,037 yards | 64.9 comp % | 5 TD | 7 INT | 5.7 YPA | 32.2 QBR

LW: 31

Mills has to be begging Tyrod Taylor to get back on the field. It’s been a struggle for the rookie.

29

Geno Smith

QB Seattle Seahawks

2021 stats: 807 yards | 67.3 comp % | 3 TD | 1 INT | 6.9 YPA | 34.6 QBR

LW: 29

Smith isn’t a starter. He’s not even a decent backup. Brutal showing in Seattle.

28

Tua Tagovailoa

QB Miami Dolphins

2021 stats: 835 yards | 69.5 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 7.1 YPA | 47.6 QBR

LW: 27

Tagovailoa is a backup quarterback masquerading as a starter. He’s accurate, but that’s about it.

27

Jared Goff

QB Detroit Lions

2021 stats: 1,773 yards | 66.1 comp % | 8 TD | 6 INT | 6.5 YPA | 33.0 QBR

LW: 24

Goff continues to overlook open receivers and throws too many interceptions. The situation is brutal, but his play has been lackluster.

26

Taylor Heinicke

QB Washington Football Team

2021 stats: 1,658 yards | 64.3 comp % | 10 TD | 7 INT | 7.1 YPA | 44.7 QBR

LW: 26

Heinicke is frisky at times, but there are too many mistakes. Also, the arm strength is a serious issue.

25

Sam Darnold

QB Carolina Panthers

2021 stats: 1,684 yards | 61.4 comp % | 7 TD | 8 INT | 6.8 YPA | 41.7 QBR

LW: 20

Remember when Darnold was about to become a star? Those were fun times.

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24

Trevor Lawrence

QB Jacksonville Jaguars

2021 stats: 1,465 yards | 59.7 comp % | 7 TD | 8 INT | 6.8 YPA | 38.7 QBR

LW: 25

Lawrence has to play better football out of the bye week. The flashes are there, but he needs to tone down the interceptions.

23

Ben Roethlisberger

QB Pittsburgh Steelers

2021 stats: 1,515 yards | 64.1 comp % | 7 TD | 4 INT | 6.4 YPA | 42.1 QBR

LW: 23

Roethlisberger’s best qualities right now are experience and understanding scheme. Don’t make the big mistake and let the defense win games.

22

Teddy Bridgewater

QB Denver Broncos

2021 stats: 1,701 yards | 70.1 comp % | 12 TD | 5 INT | 7.4 YPA | 50.3 QBR

LW: 19

The Broncos are cratering, and Bridgewater has to be looking over his shoulder at Drew Lock. The third-down numbers are league-worst.

21

Jalen Hurts

QB Philadelphia Eagles

2021 stats: 1,716 yards | 61.2 comp % | 10 TD | 4 INT | 7.1 YPA | 38.9 QBR

LW: 21

Hurts has talent, but he’s not particularly accurate and needs to hit on more downfield throws. He does that, and he’ll shoot up the rankings.

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20

Daniel Jones

QB New York Giants

2021 stats: 1,727 yards | 63.5 comp % | 5 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 46.7 QBR

LW: 22

Jones is avoiding turnovers for the most part, but there are almost no big plays. Not entirely his fault with all the injuries around him.

19

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB San Francisco 49ers

2021 stats: 1,106 yards | 64.8 comp % | 6 TD | 4 INT | 7.6 YPA | 38.2 QBR

LW: NA

Garoppolo is hanging onto his job by a fingernail. The 49ers have to be begging Trey Lance to get healthy.

18

Baker Mayfield

QB Cleveland Browns

2021 stats: 1,474 yards | 67.1 comp % | 6 TD | 3 INT | 8.5 YPA | 41.7 QBR

LW: 17

Mayfield could be back this weekend, torn labrum and broken bone be damned. It’s incredibly risky, and borderline reckless.

17

Jameis Winston

QB New Orleans Saints

2021 stats: 1,114 yards | 60.3 comp % | 13 TD | 3 INT | 7.7 YPA | 64.3 QBR

LW: 15

Winston continues to play solid football. He’s not making the big plays, but he’s avoiding the crippling mistakes which defined his time in Tampa Bay.

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16

Matt Ryan

QB Atlanta Falcons

2021 stats: 1,668 yards | 68.0 comp % | 12 TD | 4 INT | 6.8 YPA | 53.3 QBR

LW: 16

Ryan continues to put up numbers, even though the chunk plays are gone in recent years. Still, he’s a quality quarterback on a 3-3 team.

15

Carson Wentz

QB Indianapolis Colts

2021 stats: 1,695 yards | 64.4 comp % | 11 TD | 1 INT | 7.7 YPA | 58.7 QBR

LW: 18

Wentz deserves credit. He’s only thrown one interception and he’s making positive plays with a lack of major weaponry around him. A nice job.

14

Mac Jones

QB New England Patriots

2021 stats: 1,779 yards | 70.4 comp % | 9 TD | 6 INT | 7.2 YPA | 53.3 QBR

LW: 14

Jones had his first 300-yard game in a 54-13 rout of the Jets. He’s a game manager, but he’s executing New England’s conservative gameplan.

13

Ryan Tannehill

QB Tennessee Titans

2021 stats: 1,737 yards | 65.1 comp % | 7 TD | 5 INT | 7.6 YPA | 61.7 QBR

LW: 13

Tannehill was terrific against the Chiefs, completing 21-of-27 passes for 270 yards. His accuracy was terrific all afternoon, destroying Kansas City with an array of play-action.

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12

Kirk Cousins

QB Minnesota Vikings

2021 stats: 1,769 yards | 69.5 comp % | 13 TD | 2 INT | 7.4 YPA | 56.3 QBR

LW: 11

Cousins has quietly done a nice job in Minnesota this season, helping to keep the Vikings afloat. How he plays out of the bye will determine their playoff fate.

11

Patrick Mahomes

QB Kansas City Chiefs

2021 stats: 2,093 yards | 67.5 comp % | 18 TD | 9 INT | 7.6 YPA | 63.9 QBR

LW: 6

Mahomes dropping out of the top five, let alone 10, feels impossible. Yet here we are as Mahomes has a league-worst 11 turnovers. The Chiefs are 3-4, and while Mahomes isn’t the biggest problem, he’s part of the issue. Too many mistakes.

10

Joe Burrow

QB Cincinnati Bengals

2021 stats: 1,956 yards | 68.9 comp % | 17 TD | 8 INT | 9.2 YPA | 59.6 QBR

LW: 12

Burrow has been sublime this year, teaming up with former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase to lead Cincinnati into the AFC’s top seed through seven weeks. A great story after tearing his knee up a year ago.

9

Aaron Rodgers

QB Green Bay Packers

2021 stats: 1,710 yards | 68.3 comp % | 15 TD | 3 INT | 7.7 YPA | 66.2 QBR

LW: 10

Rodgers’ numbers aren’t spectacular, but he’s playing winning football. A huge test this week with Davante Adams possibly sidelined in a Week 8 tilt with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

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8

Derek Carr

QB Las Vegas Raiders

2021 stats: 2,269 yards | 67.7 comp % | 12 TD | 5 INT | 8.5 YPA | 61.0 QBR

LW: 9

Carr was nearly perfect on Sunday, shredding the Eagles with only three incompletions on 34 attempts. The Raiders are leading the AFC West at 5-2, and Carr is having the best year he’s enjoyed since his MVP-caliber campaign of 2016.

7

Justin Herbert

QB Los Angeles Chargers

2021 stats: 1,771 yards | 65.4 comp % | 14 TD | 4 INT | 7.2 YPA | 61.2 QBR

LW: 8

Herbert got a week off after Los Angeles’ disaster in Baltimore, and now he faces Bill Belichick. Last year, the Patriots walloped the Chargers 45-0 in their own building. Herbert seeks revenge here.

6

Josh Allen

QB Buffalo Bills

2021 stats: 1,723 yards | 64.8 comp % | 15 TD | 3 INT | 7.5 YPA | 64.6 QBR

LW: 7

Allen also had a week off and now gets the lousy Miami Dolphins. Allen struggled in their first meeting despite helming a 35-0 win. However, with Miami having a litany of injuries and Allen playing much better, expect a different stat line.

5

Lamar Jackson

QB Baltimore Ravens

2021 stats: 1,943 yards | 64.9 comp % | 10 TD | 5 INT | 8.6 YPA | 60.3 QBR

LW: 4

Jackson moves back after a second consecutive poor performance through the air. While Jackson ran for 88 yards, he completed only 15-of-31 attempts while being sacked five times in a 41-17 loss to the Bengals. He’s still an MVP candidate, but personally, a rough two weeks.

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4

Dak Prescott

QB Dallas Cowboys

2021 stats: 1,813 yards | 73.1 comp % | 16 TD | 4 INT | 8.4 YPA | 57.0 QBR

LW: 5

Forget NFL Comeback Player of the Year. That’s in the bag. This is about getting to the Super Bowl and fighting for the MVP. Prescott has been brilliant in his return.

3

Matthew Stafford

QB Los Angeles Rams

2021 stats: 2,172 yards | 69.3 comp % | 19 TD | 4 INT | 9.0 YPA | 78.7 QBR

LW: 3

Stafford got revenge on his former team Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns in a 28-19 win. He’s enjoying the finest season of his career, leading the league in YPA and QBR.

2

Kyler Murray

QB Arizona Cardinals

2021 stats: 2,002 yards | 73.5 comp % | 17 TD | 5 INT | 9.0 YPA | 65.1 QBR

LW: 2

Murray had another huge day, this time against the Texans. The Cardinals are 7-0 and get their first national exposure with a Thursday night date against the Packers. Huge moment for Murray and his squad.

1

Tom Brady

QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 stats: 2,275 yards | 67.0 comp % | 21 TD | 3 INT | 7.5 YPA | 69.5 QBR

LW: 1

Brady threw his 600th career touchdown pass on Sunday, one of four such tosses on the day. The Bucs are 6-1, Brady is leading the league in passing yardage and touchdowns, and he’s launched only three interceptions.

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