As goes the quarterback, so goes the team. It’s not always true in the NFL, but it usually is. And it makes sense: In a passing league, the passers are like royalty — the biggest influences on whether a team is destined more for a Super Bowl title or a No. 1 draft pick.
Nothing evidenced the NFL’s contemporary reliance on big-time QB play like Week 1 of the 2020 season, during which 13 different starters posted passer ratings above 100, another 10 completed more than 70 percent of their throws, and seven fired at least three touchdown passes. Each year the limits of aerial production are tested, and this season should be no exception.
It’s with all that in mind that we come to you with the most important pecking order outside of traditional team power rankings: QB Power Rankings. Consider this your cut-and-dry guide to the best and worst of the NFL’s signal-callers — a weekly 1-to-32 rundown of every starter under center.
How are the QBs ranked? By considering their 1.) current standing and team situation, b.) overall reputation, and c.) projected upside. With each passing week, the first factor will receive more weight in the rankings. So, for example, while Tom Brady may best Gardner Minshew for the first quarter of the season in part because of his overall resume and supporting cast, it’ll only be fair to put Minshew ahead of Brady if he outperforms him throughout the year.
Now, without further ado, let’s get to the Week 2 rankings: