One of the big narratives of this season has been one that seems to fly in the face of conventional thinking. It was often thought that a quarterback makes the receivers far more than the receivers make the quarterback. However, the struggles of quarterbacks throughout the season have shown us just how valuable it is to have impact receivers in this league.
With that said, we must appreciate the quarterbacks forced to do so much with so little. Cam Newton is a prime example of that.
As for the power ranking updates—we have some big-time shakeups in the top five and changes throughout.
For these rankings, every current starting quarterback in the NFL will be considered and valued through numerous categories, each weighted differently as the season progresses.
Each week, I factor in several key attributes for the quarterback position, such as intelligence, arm strength, accuracy, athleticism and leadership.
Wins will also give quarterbacks a slight boost in addition to their individual performances. The statistics used come exclusively from ESPN.com, NFL.com and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless stated otherwise. Personal observation and opinion will play a key role as well.
Note: Total QBR is a scoring system that assesses everything a quarterback does on the field. It can be explained further via ESPN by clicking the link above.