Who is the best quarterback in the NFL? Who is the worst quarterback in the NFL? You’ll soon find the answers to both of these questions in Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings.
Fans are always debating player rankings, and when it comes to the NFL, there is no position that is more hotly debated than QB. This is why we continue to maintain our annual quarterback rankings all year round.
Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Lamar Jackson are widely viewed as two of the best players in football. While they set an elite standard for quarterback play, our 2024 NFL QB rankings capture how all 32 starting quarterbacks perform every week. Updated weekly throughout the season, who are the best NFL quarterbacks right now? Here are our top 32 NFL QB rankings. Come back and see how they change after each game.
NFL QB Rankings countdown from 32-1
32. Aidan O’Connell, Las Vegas Raiders
Who’s the worst QB in the NFL? Right now, we’d go with Aidan O’Connell. That blanket statement isn’t entirely fair, as he’s supposed to be a backup, but since the Raiders chose him over Jimmy Garoppolo, this is where he lands.
O’Connell displayed nice touch on his passes against a Chargers team that fell apart before our eyes. But then he was horrible against Kansas City, producing just 62 yards on 23 dropbacks, and if you count his sacks taken and negative runs, he had just 44 yards on 27 touches. Yet, O’Connell bounced back in Week 17 against the Colts with a 299-yard day. O’Connell carried that momentum into Week 18, finishing with a respectable 244 yards and two scores. There may not be a more QB-needy team in the NFL than the Raiders, and O’Connell isn’t the solution, but he’s a capable backup.
31. Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons
Understandably, the Falcons weren’t serious about bringing in a different QB to overtake their third-round pick from 2022. But Atlanta experienced growing pains from having a young starter and used a convenient excuse of a concussion to bench Ridder, who had been among the worst QBs in the NFL this season. Taylor Heinicke quickly performed well in relief, but he proved to be fool’s gold in the long run. This team desperately needs to find a future QB this offseason, and Heinicke’s Week 17 performance is the latest proof. Completing 34% of his passes while tossing three interceptions? That’s one of the worst starts of the season. Ridder did at least bounce back with one of his best games as a Falcon, but it came in a complete blowout. Expect a serious effort to find a more experienced starter this offseason, or at least one with higher potential through the draft.
30. Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers
Just when the fans started losing hope with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, Young put forth his greatest performance yet. However, it also came against a woeful Packers defense. Still, Young did everything he could to put the Panthers in position for a win. He’s still taking a few too many sacks (3.9 per game), but the Panthers had one of the worst offensive lines in football. While it’s hard to watch C.J. Stroud’s success and wonder what’s going on in Carolina, remember that Young is still just 22. He has plenty of time to figure it out, and the Panthers haven’t given him enough help.
29. Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Even if they lack a true No. 1, the cast of receivers has improved in New England, so if Mac Jones is the real deal, we should have seen it last season. The Patriots weren’t asking him to do much, opting for a lot of screens, which should tell you all you need to know about how much they trust their former first-round QB. The Patriots finally tried something else in Week 13, turning to Bailey Zappe, but it led to their second shutout this season. After more time building chemistry with his receivers, we’ve saw Zappe improve, and he actually kept the Patriots in the game against Buffalo, but three unfortunate interceptions may have also been the difference in the six-point loss. It’s time for a change at QB this offseason.
28. Sam Howell, Washington Commanders
Sam Howell did his best to show why he deserves to be the Commanders’ starting QB, yet he’s also given them reason to consider other options, including Jacoby Brissett. Howell turned the ball over at a concerning rate, especially considering he was on pace to be sacked more than any other QB in NFL history for much of the year. Howell led the NFL in interceptions, and the Commanders couldn’t stand watching him throw games away anymore, pulling the plug for Brissett. It’s hard to envision Howell entering the 2024 season as the unquestioned starter again, especially after they seem set up to land Drake Maye in the NFL Draft.
27. Will Levis, Tennessee Titans
The 24-year-old rookie performed admirably in his NFL debut, tossing four touchdowns in a gutsy win over Atlanta. Levis continued making impressive throws in primetime against Pittsburgh, but it became evident that the Titans didn’t quite trust him yet. On the final drive, Levis showed why the coaching staff was right to be nervous when the rookie threw a game-sealing interception. Those fears continued into Week 10, where Levis completed just 48 percent of his passes for an average of just 5.1 yards per completion. The story was much different in Week 11, where he completed 76 percent of his passes while averaging 9.3 YPA, yet the Titans lost by 20.
Then, in Week 14, Levis managed to move past some bad mistakes, including a mind-boggling interception right into the hands of Zach Sieler, a defensive lineman. Yet, Levis stayed calm and led the Titans on two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter to steal a win in Miami. Levis still makes more mental errors than you’d like, but he was also a rookie, and the ball flies out of his hand. He looks like the future in Tennessee.
26. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
Just when the Steelers finally made changes to their offense, after Kenny Pickett started looking a bit better, the former first-round QB got hurt. You thought the Steelers’ offense was bad before? Mitch Trubisky was like, “Hold my beer.” That’s exactly what we saw against New England, where Trubisky routinely targeted throws behind the sticks while avoiding George Pickens. The Steelers had no choice but to try Mason Rudolph, who led the most inspired effort by Pittsburgh QBs in 2023, with 290 yards and two touchdowns to defeat Cincinnati. He continued that momentum with sharp performances against Seattle and Baltimore to keep Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes alive while leading his team to a 3-0 record. Is he the solution heading into 2024? Expect plenty of competition, as Pickett hasn’t looked like the solution yet.
25. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
The Bears didn’t ask Fields to run as much this year, perhaps in an effort to help him grow more as a passer. Still, it makes no sense not to take advantage of possibly the best rushing QB in football’s skillset, but this is why the Bears had a losing record. Fields has shown promise, but the Bears don’t ask him to make a lot of throws downfield, and he’s still fumbling a bit too much when he does take off. Say what you want about Fields, but he improved this year, and we’d be curious to see him in an offense with a better supporting cast.
24. Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finished with a 9-8 record, and in an ideal world, Anthony Richardson would have been under center for most of the year. Yet, the brief glimpse we saw of the Colts’ franchise quarterback showed he can be an impact player once he gains more experience and gets more talent around him. Richardson has the potential to be a top-five QB when factoring in his dual-threat ability, but first, he has to prove it.
23. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Murray missed 335 days of action, which meant he should have been a bit rusty coming off a torn ACL. Yet, Murray quickly led one of the most inspired efforts we saw from the Cardinals QBs last season. Murray had his best game of the season against a struggling Eagles defense, accounting for 256 yards, three scores, and a bad interception on what had to be a miscommunication, but he also ended the year on a high note against Seattle, with his most efficient game of the year, completing 73% of his passes. We’re curious to see how the Cardinals build around their franchise QB this offseason, but Marvin Harrison Jr. sure would look good in Arizona.
22. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
While the Tommy DeVito phase was fun, Daniel Jones is the best QB on the Giants’ roster by far. The unquestioned franchise QB, Jones has never been given a respectable receiving corps, and the Giants have failed to protect him too. If Saquon Barkley leaves, the Giants will have a very tough time leading a high-powered offense unless they add a top-flight receiver.
21. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Who is the most accurate QB in the NFL? In 2022, it was Geno Smith, in one of the biggest surprises of the season. Smith was back operating the Seahawks offense, but not quite with the same efficiency when he completed 69.8% of his passes. Still, his pocket awareness and ability to evade defenders while stepping up to make accurate throws is what helps him maintain his status as an above-average QB who often shows flashes of becoming a consistent Pro Bowler.
20. Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints
You never know what to expect from Derek Carr. Now that he’s in New Orleans instead of Las Vegas, the same remains true, where Carr often flashes the arm talent capable of leading a high-powered offense but also otherwise posts the occasional dud. While he got off to a rocky start while learning his new teammates, Carr had a much stronger second half of his season, completing 72% of his passes in his last ten starts while having a TD-to-INT ratio of 19:4.
19. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
If Deshaun Watson can return to the near-MVP form we saw during his time with the Houston Texans, he’d have no trouble returning to the top-ten of our NFL QB rankings. Yet, we haven’t seen Watson at his best since he arrived in Cleveland. Until he shows he can be consistently elite again, this is where he fits.
18. Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mayfield’s play has shown the former No. 1 overall pick can be good enough to lead a team with elite offensive weapons to victory, even in the playoffs. Mayfield’s performance should lead to far bigger offers in free agency this offseason after playing this year for $4 million. Mayfield won’t have any issues finding another starting gig, likely in Tampa Bay again.
17. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson’s second year in Denver was going much better, having topped last season’s touchdown total and improving his completion rate by six percent. But his last four starts didn’t go smoothly, where Wilson committed five turnovers. Now, Wilson’s facing an uncertain future in Denver, but any team that gets him will likely be getting a very motivated player eager to show he can lead a high-powered offense.
16. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Trevor Lawrence is on the brink of becoming great, and if he can become more consistent, he might earn that elite label for good. We would have liked to see him put up a better fight in Jacksonville’s finale with the season on the line. Lawrence was playing well enough to put the Jaguars in position for the top seed in the AFC, but five consecutive losses while dealing with an injury brought him back down to earth.
15. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts went from a quarterback who needed to prove he could hold down the gig to establishing himself as an MVP candidate in his second full season as a starter. Then, in his fourth season, Hurts took a step back as a passer, throwing a new career-high in interceptions. He also wasn’t quite running as much, especially after suffering a knee injury. Perhaps it was the knee, but Hurts wasn’t the same in 2023.
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14. C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
The game may have been a bit too fast for the 22-year-old rookie early on, where he took six sacks in Week 2’s loss, but he took just 32 in 15 regular season starts since, showing his ability to process information improved drastically. While his completion rate ranked 11th-worst in the NFL, he’d also been subject to 24 dropped passes. Without those drops, he would have had a respectable completion percentage of 68.7. Stroud had perhaps the best season by a rookie QB in NFL history, and he only improved his reputation after an incredible Wild Card win where he finished with the second-highest completion rate of his young career.
13. Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
It’s time to give credit where it’s due. While Love had several rocky moments early on, the former first-round pick showed the ability to play at a very high level. From Weeks 11-13, Love completed 68 percent of his passes for 285 YPG yards and eight touchdowns. But much of that spike in production was simply the product of his receivers finally holding up their end of the bargain too. Love finished the regular season on a very high note and nearly had a perfect passer rating in his first career playoff appearance. With Love playing like this, the Packers’ ceiling is limitless next season.
12. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
Goff has had a career like no other. The former No. 1 overall pick reached the Super Bowl in just his third season. Then his value tanked to the point where his team had to pay the Lions just to take his contract. Now Goff’s returned to fame by helping restore the roar for the Lions. Goff can make all the throws, yet there are also a few lapses where he misses the read or makes inexplicable decisions, like his three-INT day against Chicago or his three-turnover day in his second matchup with the Bears. Still, after powering the Lions to their first NFC Championship appearance since 1991, it’s hard not to love what Goff has done in Detroit.
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11. Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
Purdy has enjoyed a meteoric climb in Sportsnaut’s NFL quarterback rankings, becoming the first Mr. Irrelevant to start in a Super Bowl. No one can deny the success he’s had under Kyle Shanahan so far, even if he’s benefited from having one of the most QB-friendly schemes, surrounded by some of the game’s best playmakers. Yet, despite his stellar numbers and even reaching a Super Bowl, Purdy isn’t one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
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10. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
He may not get the respect of his peers, but Kirk Cousins is one of the best pure passers in the NFL. It obviously helps to have the game’s greatest receiver on his side, but Cousins has shown he can lead a high-powered offense even without Justin Jefferson. Somehow, Cousins has found a way to continue improving each year, and with more continuity in Kevin O’Connell’s system, we don’t expect his Achilles injury to leave any lasting effect for a QB who was never mobile to begin with.
9. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Thanks to coach Mike McDaniel and two 1,000-yard receivers, Tagovailoa led the NFL’s best offense. He was a top-ranked NFL QB all year long. Delivering with elite accuracy while being the most explosive offense in football, Tagovailoa was clearly one of the best NFL QBs in 2023, but he also has some of the most dangerous weapons in the league at his disposal. Sure, Tagovailoa fell flat in the Wild Card playoffs in ridiculously cold weather, but that doesn’t erase the work he did all season. Still, is he an elevator? No. Yet, like Brock Purdy, he’s able to manage the game at a high level when placed in a great scheme surrounded by talent.
8. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Stafford’s elbow must be feeling better, as he was back to averaging 34.7 pass attempts per game during the regular season. A rough start without Cooper Kupp by his side would have been understandable, but Stafford made it look like it doesn’t matter who the Rams start at receiver in Coach McVay’s offense. Still one of the strongest arms in the NFL, even at 35 years old, the Rams felt like a team that can hang with anyone when Stafford’s on fire. He ended the year on a heater, completing 63% of his passes with a TD: INT ratio of 15:3 while leading the Rams to five wins in six games. Yet, when it came to heading into his old digs at Ford Field, he didn’t quite have enough help to take down his former team. Still, Stafford showed why he’s one of the best QBs alive.
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7. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert’s inconsistent season came to an end after suffering a broken finger on his throwing hand in Week 14. But with Jim Harbaugh taking over coaching duties, we’re expecting Herbert to return to being the young, elite quarterback we saw during his first three seasons.
6. Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets
When healthy, Aaron Rodgers has proven to be one of the best QBs in the NFL. We know he’ll be 40 next season, but until he shows otherwise, we still believe Rodgers is elite. Ideally the Jets will provide better protection, if so, Rodgers should return to top form in 2024.
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5. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
From Weeks 8-14, Dak Prescott completed 69 percent of his passes while leading the Cowboys to a 6-1 record. What put Prescott in the NFL MVP race was his 23 total touchdowns over that span while he averaged 310.3 passing yards per game. It was the best version of Prescott we’ve ever seen, but then he averaged just 3.9 YPA while accounting for zero touchdowns and a turnover in an embarrassing blowout in Buffalo. Prescott came back to life against Miami, but a lost fumble on the opening drive may have cost his team the chance to win the NFC East.
Then, Prescott thrust himself back into the MVP conversation with a phenomenal 345-yard day against Detroit. He maintained that effort while securing the No. 2 seed by adding four more touchdowns to his total while finishing with just five incompletions in Week 18.
But what happened against Green Bay? Prescott had fewer than 100 passing yards, with two interceptions by the end of the first half. The game was already over when the third quarter began, but at least they scored a bit? Still, Prescott’s overall work last season earns him a top spot in Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings.
4. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
There’s no question Joe Burrow is one of the top-five NFL QBs in the NFL. But we didn’t see the best version of the Bengals’ franchise QB in 2023, where he was frequently battling injuries. Don’t expect that to continue next year, where he’ll be motivated to get back to the playoffs.
3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
The most dangerous scrambling QB in football, Jackson returned to MVP form in 2023. He was at his best taking on Miami, where the Ravens QB threw for 321 yards in a five-TD day. Jackson started the postseason strong, showing why he’s one of the best players in the NFL today. Previously criticized for his accuracy, Jackson has made those concerns disappear entirely while becoming one of the best in the world. Yet, some of those concerns returned in the biggest game of his life, completing just 54% of his passes while mustering just 10 points in the Ravens’ postseason loss. Still, winning two MVPs in just six seasons, this guy is special.
2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
While his decision-making could improve, there isn’t a better combined runner/passer in football. Allen often shows why he’s one of the best NFL quarterbacks today, but his reputation has taken a slight hit due to being too reckless with the ball. Don’t get too down on Allen; he was elite this season, and there wasn’t a player in the NFL with more touchdowns than Buffalo’s QB. The biggest question is, can Allen cut down on his turnovers in the future?
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Who is the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL? The answer is Patrick Mahomes, but his cast of receivers let him down at times in 2023. With two MVPs and Super Bowl trophies, there’s no question Mahomes belongs near the top of all NFL QB rankings, but let’s be honest, he had his fair share of erratic decisions and throws last year too. Mahomes finished the regular season with a career-low touchdown rate, and he also surpassed his career-high in interceptions for a season. Yet, come playoff time, Mahomes didn’t care about the frigid elements or being on the road for the first time in his playoff career, reminding us why we should never overlook the game’s greatest quarterback today.
Who leads the NFL in QB rating?
With a QB rating of 113, Brock Purdy led the NFL in passer rating during the 2023-24 NFL season.
Who leads the NFL in QB rating in 2024?
Here are the top five players in passer rating this season.
- Brock Purdy: 113
- Dak Prescott: 105.9
- Kirk Cousins: 103.8
- Lamar Jackson: 102.7
- Tua Tagovailoa: 101.1
The 2022 NFL season’s QB rating leader was Tua Tagovailoa at 105.5.