Who were the passers who shone the most and who were left in the dark during the seventh day of the campaign?
For the second day in a row, poor quarterbacks’ performances far outnumbered stellar performances for the Week 7.
We only had one passer scoring above the 90-point barrier on the day, however, three other passers placed below 10 points.
As usual, we present – in strict alphabetical order – the five best and five worst quarterbacks of the Week 7 on the NFL.
Five quarterbacks on the rise
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perfect night for the greatest quarterback of all time. Not only did he become the first player in more than a century of NFL history to cross the 600 touchdown pass barrier, it also took just two quarters to account for the Bears. In total, he threw 36 attempts for 20 completions with 211 yards and four TDs, all of them in the first half, with no interceptions. That earned him a 93.1 QBR Total, the highest in Week 7. To make matters worse, he was not sacked in his game against Chicago.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. The best performance in Burrow’s young NFL career has the Bengals tentatively at the top of their division, against all odds. Burrow connected on 23 of 38 pass attempts for 416 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, and handled the pressure admirably, being sacked only once despite facing the charge 14 times on the day, tied for the more on the date. His total passing yardage and average of 10.65 yards per pass attempt led the league, while his 79.7 as a Total QBR was fifth-best.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. Why isn’t there enough talk of Rodgers’ chances to repeat as NFL MVP? Week 7 was another high-quality week for the Packers quarterback, with 27 of 35 completions for 274 yards with three touchdowns with no interceptions. He finished with the fourth-best completion percentage, 77.1, and the fourth-best inaccurate delivery rate, just 8.8 percent.
Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams. Stafford’s season must have him thinking a lot about the “would”; What if he had left Detroit much earlier in his career? In Week 7, he posted 28-of-41 completions for 334 yards with three touchdown passes without interceptions. He finished the week eighth in average yards per pass attempt, with 8.15, and was third in Total QBR, with 85.8. Plus, it has Cooper Kupp leading the league in receiving yards (809) and touchdown receptions (nine). Lastly, his 78.6 Total QBR for the season has him leading the season.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans. The Titans gave one of the bells of the day, not because they beat the Chiefs, but because of the way they beat them. Tannehill was responsible for 21 completions of 27 attempts for 270 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but also added a rushing touchdown in the beating. His 87.8 was the second-best mark in Total QBR for the day, he completed the third-best sending percentage, with 77.8, and he ranked second in average yards per pass attempt, with 10.0.
Five quarterbacks down
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers. Darnold did so badly that he was benched and rumors spread in the days after his last game that he was being sought for a replacement in the exchange market. He completed 16 of 25 pass attempts for 112 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. In addition, he registered the fourth worst average of yards per pass attempt, with just 4.48, and his offense managed to score just 3 points. With just a 10.7, he scored the fourth worst Total QBR of the seventh date.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears. Nobody has a worse Total QBR for the season than Fields’ 16.7, who ultimately was the worst in the entire NFL in this area for Week 7, with a microscopic 1.9. He completed 22 of 32 for 184 yards, threw no touchdowns but three interceptions, and was sacked four times. His 5.75 average yards per pass attempt ranked him 23rd out of 28 qualified passers.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers. Garoppolo returned after a brief injury absence, and was not received in the best light. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 181 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and ranked 21st on the day in completion percentage, with just 59.3. Ball safety remains an issue, too, with two fumbles, one of which ended as a loss. His Total QBR of 7.7 was the third worst for the week.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs. It’s highly surprising to see Mahomes here, but when you score a single-digit QBR total as the Kansas City quarterback’s 6.0 on the matchday, you’re assured of a spot in the bottom half of our weekly list. Mahomes completed 20 of 35 completions for 206 yards with no touchdowns and an interception, and although he faced only one charge on the day from Tennessee, he was contacted 12 times, and sacked four times. He ranked 22nd in the league in completion percentage (59.3) and 20th in average yards per pass attempt (5.89). Additionally, he also suffered two fumbles, of which one was lost. His 25 percent was the third-highest rate of inaccurate passing in the league. After seven games, no one has thrown more interceptions this year than Mahomes’ nine.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks. It’s nothing personal, but Smith makes the Seahawks one of the toughest offenses to watch week after week. He completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 167 yards with a touchdown without interceptions. He was sacked five times, the most in the NFL on the day, and ranked 24th in completion percentage at 54.5. Sure, the rain was a factor in his performance, but we’re talking about the same passer who, before the game, bravely declared that he felt better to throw when the ball was wet.
Data of ESPN Stats & Information and TruMedia were used in the writing of this note.