NFL quarterback rankings, Week 17: Joe Burrow goes off

In a game defining their season, the Cincinnati Bengals watched young quarterback Joe Burrow take wing, destroying the Baltimore Ravens.

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

Ian Book

QB New Orleans Saints

2021 stats: 135 yards | 60.0 comp % | 0 TD | 1 INT | 6.8 YPA | 20.2 QBR

LW: NA

It might be time to put Book back on the shelf. I’m so sorry.

31

Mike Glennon

QB New York Giants

2021 stats: 766 yards | 55.1 comp % | 4 TD | 8 INT | 4.9 YPA | 18.6 QBR

LW: 32

If the Giants want to win some fans back, they should force Glennon to hold a retirement ceremony at the 50-yard line this week.

30

Tim Boyle

QB Detroit Lions

2021 stats: 264 yards | 68.4 comp % | 1 TD | 3 INT | 4.6 YPA | 17.7 QBR

LW: NA

Boyle somehow kept the Lions in the game in Atlanta, but couldn’t finish the deal. Nice effort, but he’s a backup to the hilt.

29

Drew Lock

QB Denver Broncos

2021 stats: 380 yards | 59.7 comp % | 1 TD | 2 INT | 6.1 YPA | 12.4 QBR

LW: NA

Remember when Lock was a preseason MVP darkhorse going into 2020? Good times.

28

Zach Wilson

QB New York Jets

2021 stats: 2,013 yards | 56.7 comp % | 7 TD | 11 INT | 6.1 YPA | 28.2 QBR

LW: 31

Wilson somehow posted the week’s highest QBR after throwing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts.

27

Cam Newton

QB Carolina Panthers

2021 stats: 684 yards | 54.8 comp % | 4 TD | 5 INT | 5.4 YPA | 25.9 QBR

LW: 30

Retirement is looking better by the minute.

26

Josh Johnson

QB Baltimore Ravens

2021 stats: 638 yards | 67.1 comp % | 5 TD | 2 INT | 7.5 YPA | 52.2 QBR

LW: NA

Johnson has played quite well for two different teams this season as a backup. Well done, even in defeat.

25

Nick Foles

QB Chicago Bears

2021 stats: 250 yards | 68.6 comp % | 1 TD | 0 INT | 7.1 YPA | 44.5 QBR

LW: NA

Foles did a nice job in his audition for another job in another city in 2022.

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24

Trevor Lawrence

QB Jacksonville Jaguars

2021 stats: 3,225 yards | 58.7 comp % | 9 TD | 14 INT | 5.9 YPA | 32.5 QBR

LW: 26

If you can’t do anything against the Jets, it’s a red flag the size of Montana. Lawrence has had an awful situation around him, but this is a nightmare of a rookie season.

23

Davis Mills

QB Houston Texans

2021 stats: 2,200 yards | 66.6 comp % | 12 TD | 9 INT | 6.7 YPA | 31.9 QBR

LW: 28

Mills has absolutely outplayed most people’s expectations of the third-round rookie. He’s not spectacular, but he’s clearly an NFL quarterback with upside.

22

Ben Roethlisberger

QB Pittsburgh Steelers

2021 stats: 3,373 yards | 65.2 comp % | 20 TD | 8 INT | 6.6 YPA | 38.6 QBR

LW: 24

If the Steelers had anybody with an ounce of talent behind Roethlisberger, he’d be ushered onto the field ASAP. It’s hideous football.

21

Baker Mayfield

QB Cleveland Browns

2021 stats: 2,825 yards | 62.4 comp % | 15 TD | 11 INT | 7.3 YPA | 37.9 QBR

LW: 22

You can’t throw four interceptions in a two-point loss. It can’t happen. The Browns are going to be in the market for an upgrade.

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20

Taylor Heinicke

QB Washington Football Team

2021 stats: 3,052 yards | 64.8 comp % | 20 TD | 14 INT | 6.9 YPA | 43.7 QBR

LW: 21

Washington was crushed, Heinicke was benched, and the Football Team is finished after a quick revival following a 2-6 start.

19

Jalen Hurts

QB Philadelphia Eagles

2021 stats: 2,930 yards | 61.1 comp % | 16 TD | 9 INT | 7.2 YPA | 46.6 QBR

LW: 20

Hurts was hideous for much of the Giants game, and then torched the NFC’s worst team outside of Detroit. The Eagles win out, and they’re in.

18

Tua Tagovailoa

QB Miami Dolphins

2021 stats: 2,339 yards | 69.9 comp % | 15 TD | 9 INT | 7.1 YPA | 56.5 QBR

LW: 18

Tagovailoa is improving. He still plays a very vanilla game and will make the ludicrous mistakes, but he’s serviceable and getting better.

17

Matt Ryan

QB Atlanta Falcons

2021 stats: 3,555 yards | 67.9 comp % | 19 TD | 11 INT | 7.1 YPA | 48.6 QBR

LW: 17

Ryan might be the best quarterback nobody talks about. He has Kyle Pitts and a bunch of hood ornaments, and the Falcons are somehow 7-8.

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16

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB San Francisco 49ers

2021 stats: 3,494 yards | 68.0 comp % | 19 TD | 10 INT | 8.5 YPA | 53.8 QBR

LW: 14

With Garoppolo hurting, the Niners might be turning to Trey Lance in must-win games. Fascinating stuff.

15

Ryan Tannehill

QB Tennessee Titans

2021 stats: 3,327 yards | 66.7 comp % | 15 TD | 14 INT | 6.9 YPA | 52.9 QBR

LW: 16

Tannehill came alive in the second half against the Niners, finding A.J. Brown at will against a Niners team that refused to double him all night.

14

Mac Jones

QB New England Patriots

2021 stats: 3,313 yards | 67.2 comp % | 18 TD | 12 INT | 7.2 YPA | 51.5 QBR

LW: 12

The Patriots needed Jones’ best game on Sunday, and they got his worst. Tough moment for the rookie.

13

Russell Wilson

QB Seattle Seahawks

2021 stats: 2,639 yards | 64.9 comp % | 18 TD | 5 INT | 7.6 YPA | 47.7 QBR

LW: 13

Wilson might be playing his final games with the Seahawks over the next two weeks. What an odd scenario for the future Hall of Famer.

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12

Carson Wentz

QB Indianapolis Colts

2021 stats: 3,230 yards | 62.8 comp % | 25 TD | 6 INT | 7.0 YPA | 59.8 QBR

LW: 15

Wentz has some awful moments, but he’s also capable of making any throw on the field. We’ve seen it all from him the past two games, both huge wins for the Colts.

11

Kirk Cousins

QB Minnesota Vikings

2021 stats: 3,971 yards | 66.4 comp % | 30 TD | 7 INT | 7.4 YPA | 50.8 QBR

LW: 10

Cousins is the master of putting up really quality stats, having enough good games to suck you in, and then playing poorly in far too many big spots.

10

Derek Carr

QB Las Vegas Raiders

2021 stats: 4,363 yards | 68.7 comp % | 20 TD | 12 INT | 7.8 YPA | 54.2 QBR

LW: 11

Carr wasn’t great against the Broncos, but he did enough save for one hideous interception to have the Raiders controlling their own playoff destiny.

9

Kyler Murray

QB Arizona Cardinals

2021 stats: 3,284 yards | 69.1 comp % | 21 TD | 10 INT | 8.1 YPA | 55.4 QBR

LW: 6

Either Murray is still hurt, or he’s having a horrific three-game stretch. The Cardinals need him to figure it out, and fast.

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8

Dak Prescott

QB Dallas Cowboys

2021 stats: 3,928 yards | 68.7 comp % | 29 TD | 10 INT | 7.4 YPA | 49.0 QBR

LW: 9

After playing through a mini-slump, Prescott exploded for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against Washington. Slump over.

7

Justin Herbert

QB Los Angeles Chargers

2021 stats: 4,394 yards | 67.1 comp % | 33 TD | 14 INT | 7.6 YPA | 65.3 QBR

LW: 5

The truly great quarterback can’t lose to the Texans in Week 16 with everything on the line. Herbert is phenomenal, but it can’t happen. Quarterback wins aren’t a real stat, but he wears a huge portion of that debacle.

6

Joe Burrow

QB Cincinnati Bengals

2021 stats: 4,165 yards | 69.9 comp % | 30 TD | 14 INT | 8.7 YPA | 52.7 QBR

LW: 8

Burrow was out of his mind Sunday, propelling the Bengals to within one win of the AFC North title. The second-year star threw for 525 yards — fourth-most all time — while hanging 41 points on the outmatched Ravens.

5

Matthew Stafford

QB Los Angeles Rams

2021 stats: 4,339 yards | 66.9 comp % | 36 TD | 13 INT | 8.1 YPA | 63.7 QBR

LW: 3

Stafford was great on Monday night a few weeks ago against the Cardinals, and then has a mediocre game against the Seahawks before a brutal showing this weekend. He needs to be more consistent.

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4

Josh Allen

QB Buffalo Bills

2021 stats: 4,048 yards | 65.0 comp % | 34 TD | 12 INT | 7.0 YPA | 60.5 QBR

LW: 7

Allen has put the Bills completely on his back. Completely. Buffalo’s pass rush is poor, the offensive line is hurting, the weapons are scattershot outside of Stefon Diggs and none of it matters because Allen is the best one-man show in the NFL.

3

Tom Brady

QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 stats: 4,580 yards | 66.8 comp % | 37 TD | 11 INT | 7.2 YPA | 65.6 QBR

LW: 1

Brady had to fall a few spots. Yes, the Buccaneers hammered the Panthers, but he hasn’t done much in recent weeks. He’s still incredible and an MVP candidate, but the two men ahead of him are playing at a higher level right now.

2

Patrick Mahomes

QB Kansas City Chiefs

2021 stats: 4,310 yards | 66.1 comp % | 33 TD | 13 INT | 7.4 YPA | 59.1 QBR

LW: 4

Mahomes went for three touchdowns and better than 200 yards in the first half before being shut down in a blowout win over the Steelers. Twice in the past three games, Mahomes has been pulled very early. He could easily be at 4,500 yards and 35 touchdowns already.

1

Aaron Rodgers

QB Green Bay Packers

2021 stats: 3,689 yards | 68.0 comp % | 33 TD | 4 INT | 7.8 YPA | 67.8 QBR

LW: 2

Rodgers isn’t leading the league in any counting stat save for fewest interceptions, and yet he’s the MVP through 16 weeks. He’s leading the Packers to what appears to be the No. 1 seed and doing it with one true receiving threat. Another phenomenal year.

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