QB power rankings: Don’t look now, but 49ers’ Jimmy G one of NFL’s hottest signal callers

QB power rankings: Don’t look now, but 49ers’ Jimmy G one of NFL’s hottest signal callers

Tom Brady was shut out for the first time since 2006. Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson (when healthy) haven’t looked that great of late.

Let’s face it: Aaron Rodgers, who lectured everybody after a Week 1 blowout loss to chill out, has been the most consistent quarterback all season in 2021.

And while the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo is likely headed out of town unless something spectacular happens over the last three games and then the postseason, he’s probably just short of Rodgers as the most efficient and effective quarterback in the last six weeks or so.

There are moments when the Chargers’ Justin Herbert looks as good as there is. Matthew Stafford has rallied for the Rams. As for Derek Carr, there’s a segment of Raider Nation that will never accept him unless he’s hoisting a Lombardi Trophy. And that’s not likely.

Three games left. Here’s how it sets up in terms of playoff seeding with two games still to play Tuesday night due to COVID-19 rescheduling:

AFC: 1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs); 2. Mac Jones (Patriots); 3. Ryan Tannehill (Titans); 4. Joe Burrow (Bengals); 5. Carson Wentz (Colts); 6. Justin Herbert (Chargers); 7. Josh Allen (Bills).

NFC: 1. Aaron Rodgers (Packers); 2. Dak Prescott (Cowboys); 3. Tom Brady (Buccaneers); 4. Kyler Murray (Cardinals); 5. Matthew Stafford (Rams); 6. Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers); 7. Kirk Cousins (Vikings)

Here’s this week’s 1 through 32 (next week’s games are Week 16):

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (vs. Cleveland) Last week: 1

He makes difficult throws look like layups. Rodgers was 23 of 31 for 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Packers stayed in position for the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye with a road win in Baltimore.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (vs. Pittsburgh) Last week: 3

Still can’t believe the goal line layup Mahomes missed for a touchdown, but what the hell. Going 31-for-47 for 410 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and the game-winner in overtime is perfectly acceptable.

3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay (at Carolina) Last week: 2

Chris Godwin left with a torn ACL. Mike Evans left with a hamstring injury and so did running back Leonard Fournette.  Even Brady couldn’t overcome that, as the Bucs lost 9-0 to New Orleans. For Brady (26 of 48, 214 yards), it was his first shutout loss since 2006.

4. Josh Allen, Buffalo (at New England) Last week: 9

Looked a little more like himself against Carolina, completing 19 of 34 passes for 210 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Also had a 26-yard run, but MVP talk has faded with the Bills’ recent struggles.

5. Justin Herbert, LA Chargers (at Houston) Last week: 4

Things would look better if coach Brandon Staley had attempted a couple of field goals rather than going for it on fourth down inside the 5 three times. As a quarterback, if you get that close, you need to produce. Was 22 of 38 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

6. Dak Prescott, Dallas (vs. Washington) Last week: 5

Didn’t turn it over in a 21-6 win over the Giants, but Cowboys and Prescott were forced to settle for Greg Zuerlein field goals three times. Prescott didn’t go downfield much and was 28 for 37 for 217 yards with no completion longer than 19 yards.

7. JIMMY GAROPPOLO, 49ERS (at Tennessee) Last week: 12

Ho-hum. Another week, another Jimmy G win. He’s 30-13 now as a 49ers starter for his career and was very good in one-sided win over Atlanta. Garoppolo was 18 of 23 for 245 yards and a touchdown. Don’t really think he should be this high, but here we are. He wins.

8. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati (vs. Baltimore) Last week: 6

Burrow was 15 of 22 for 157 yards and threw what turned out to be a game-winning 56-yard TD pass to Tyler Boyd. Bengals prevailed 15-10 in a defensive struggle in Denver.

9. Matt Stafford, LA Rams (at Minnesota) Last week: 7

Stafford appears to have put that run of pick-sixes and so-so games behind him heading into Tuesday night’s game against Seattle. Rams still aren’t out of the NFC West race.

10. Russell Wilson, Seattle (vs. Chicago) Last week: 10

Seahawks play the Rams Tuesday night. Too late for Wilson to lead Seattle into the playoffs, but not too late to remind everyone he’ll be a force to be reckoned with again in 2022.

11. Kyler Murray, Arizona (vs. Indianapolis) Last week: 8

Not sure Murray was ever in the MVP running after missing three games, but after producing 12 points in a one-sided loss to the one-win Lions, he’s definitely out of the picture now. Murray was 23 of 41 for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

12. Mac Jones, New England (vs. Buffalo) Last week: 11

Blanked at halftime, Jones led New England back in the game in the second half before Indy’s Jonathan Taylor delivered a breakaway run that snapped the Patriots’ seven-game win streak. Finished 26 of 45 for 299 yards, two TDs and two costly interceptions.

13. Tua Tagovaiola, Miami (at New Orleans) Last week: 13

With all Tua’s horizontal throws, you knew a pick-six was coming at some point. It happened against the Jets and Brandin Echols. But Tagovaiola also produced the game-winning drive and was 16 of 27 for 196 yards. Dolphins are now 7-7.

14. Derek Carr, Las Vegas (vs. Denver) Last week: 16

Carr’s ill-timed late pick intended for Zay Jones was moot once his defense got the ball back in a 16-14 win over Cleveland to stay alive in the playoff race. How many times over the years has anyone written “Defense bails out Carr?” Was 25 of 38 for 236 yards, one TD and one pick. Who cares about downfield throws when you win?

15. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (vs. L.A. Rams) Last week: 14

Was basically instructed to not screw it up against the Bears and Cousins complied. He was 12 of 24 for 87 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the win over the Bears. Vikings sat on the ball once they were up 10-3 and waited for it to be over.

16. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (at Kansas City) Last week: 15

Roethlisberger did the dink-and-dunk thing (16 of 25 for 148 yards) and basically let Tennessee beat itself as the Steelers won at home and improved to 7-6-1 in the ultra-tight AFC North.

Carson Wentz of the Colts was less than impressive against the Patriots but was bailed out by running back Jonathan Taylor.

17. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis (at Arizona) Last week: 17

The Colts got a big win over New England with Wentz (5-for-12, 57 yards, one TD, one pick) playing a bit part when compared with Jonathan Taylor (29 rushes, 170 yards, one TD). Wentz did little to inspire confidence he can carry the load should the Colts make the postseason.

18. Taylor Heineke, Washington (at Dallas) Last week: 18

No telling if Heinecke will be ready to face the Eagles after going on the COVID-19 list. If not, it’s Kyle Allen or Garrett Gilbert (off the practice squad) against the Eagles Tuesday night.

19. Matt Ryan (vs. Detroit) Last week: 19

Made a few nice downfield throws against the 49ers but the Falcons were outplayed on both sides of the ball in a 31-13 loss. Ryan was 19 of 32 for 236 yards and a touchdown.

20. Lamar Jackson/Tyler Huntley, Baltimore (at Cincinnati) Last week: 20

With Jackson cheering him on from the sideline, another solid effort from backup Tyler Huntley in a  31-30 loss to the Packers. Ravens came within a late two-point conversion of winning. Huntley rushed for 73 yards and was 28 for 40 and 215 yards. He’s a viable option when Jackson returns and struggles.

21. Jared Goff, Detroit (at Atlanta) Last week: 26

It’s been a long year for Goff, but he surely got some enjoyment from a 30-12 win over Arizona. Goff was 21 of 26 for 216 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 139.7 passer rating. He’s actually not bad when his team plays well around him.

22. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee (vs. 49ers) Last week: 23

Threw an interception, lost a fumble (the Titans fumbled five times, losing three) and produced all of 13 points in a 19-13 defeat in Pittsburgh. Not easy to lose a game when your team rushes 42 times for 201 yards. Tannehill was 23 of 32 for 153 yards.

23. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (at Green Bay) Last week: 22

Went on the COVID-19 list just as the Browns were playing a game that meant either first place or last place in the division. Nick Mullens actually had Cleveland ahead until the final seconds. A rough finish for Browns — at Green Bay, at Pittsburgh, home vs. Cincinnati. Good luck.

24. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia (vs. N.Y. Giants) Last week: 24

The company line is that Hurts is the starter Tuesday night if sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury. No telling how quickly he gets the hook in favor of Gardner Minshew if ineffective. Nor if either player figures into Philadelphia’s plans for the future.

25. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver (at Las Vegas) Last week: 21

Bridgewater took a nasty hit and was hospitalized with a concussion, giving way to Drew Lock. Lock was 6 of 12 for 88 yards and threw a go-ahead 25-yard TD to Tim Patrick, but Cincinnati rallied for the win.

26. Taysom Hill, New Orleans (vs. Miami) Last week: 27

Hill was 13 of 27 for 154 yards and rushed for 33 yards. He led the Saints to all of three field goals. But with the New Orleans defense shutting down Tampa Bay (shorn of its receivers), the Saints beat the Bucs and Tom Brady 9-0.

27. Justin Fields, Chicago (at Seattle) Last week: 28

Produced numbers (26 of 39, 285 yards, one touchdown, 35 yards rushing) but just one touchdown in 17-9 loss to Minnesota. And the touchdown came with no time on the clock.

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28. Zach Wilson, NY Jets (vs. Jacksonville) Last week: 29

Jets and Wilson (13 of 23 for 170 yards) had a 17-7 lead and couldn’t hold it, then tied it up late on a defensive score and then wound up losing to Miami. Wilson took six sacks.

29. Davis Mills, Houston (vs. L.A. Chargers) Last week: 32

Bagged a win over Jacksonville and the wreckage of Urban Meyer. The Stanford product was 19 of 30 for 209 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Found Brandin Cooks seven times for 102 yards and a 43-yard TD that put the game away.

30. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville (at N.Y. Jets) Last week: 30

Another anemic offensive performance overall. Lawrence didn’t throw any interceptions, but didn’t produce points against a bad team. Was 22 of 38 for 210 yards in a bottom-feeder game against Houston.

31. Cam Newton, Carolina (vs. Tampa Bay) Last week: 31

Newton was sacked four times, hit on at least two other occasions and carried 15 times for 71 yards. Was off target a lot (18 of 38, 156 yards, one TD, one pick). Basically came back to take a beating for a bad team.

32. Mike Glennon, NY Giants (at Philadelphia) Last week: 25 (Jones)

With Daniel Jones potentially out for the season with a neck injury, Glennon (13 of 24, 99 yards, three interceptions) was so bad he gave way to Jake Fromm in loss to Dallas.

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