Week Four NFL Energy Rankings 2021

When wanting on the NFL Energy Rankings, it is by no means too early to judge the quarterback place. And it is at all times welcome, as speaking about them by no means will get previous. So this week, we had our NFL Nation reporters have a look at ESPN Stats & Info’s Total QBR figures and use these numbers to inform the quarterbacking tales of the groups they cowl.

A few of these tales might be joyful (the early returns on Matthew Stafford going to the Los Angeles Rams look fairly nice), some might be a bit sophisticated (is Daniel Jones really fairly good regardless that the New York Giants should not?), others could be unhappy (are Ben Roethlisberger‘s days with the Pittsburgh Steelers wanting numbered?) and nonetheless others might need extra of a horror theme, particularly if rookies are concerned (welcome to the NFL, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields). However this week is all about QBs, so dive on in and browse concerning the males manning the NFL’s glory place.

How we rank in our Energy Rankings: Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluates how groups stack up all through the season.

Earlier rankings: 3 | 2 | Preseason

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Earlier rating: 2

Workforce QBR: 82.8
QBR rank: 1st

Matthew Stafford is off to a blazing begin in L.A., main the Rams to a 3-Zero document and passing for 9 touchdowns, together with three of greater than 50 yards. “He’s playing lights out,” mentioned Aaron Donald, the Rams’ three-time NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr. Stafford’s 9 passing touchdowns are tied with Corridor of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner (1999) for essentially the most by three video games in Rams historical past. “He pushed it down the sector so simply,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians mentioned after Stafford dismantled their protection in Week 3. “You are proper up in his face one time, he finds a man vast open down the sector and will get it to him. Loads of guys, they see it however they cannot get it to him. He is a particular participant.” — Lindsey Thiry



Dan Orlovsky declares the Rams the perfect crew in soccer due to the play of Matthew Stafford.

Earlier rating: 1

Workforce QBR: 64.5
QBR rank: seventh

Even with out a constant floor recreation, which units up their play-action and retains opposing defenses from teeing off on him, Tom Brady has been completely terrific, throwing for 1,087 passing yards (second most within the league by three video games) whereas his 10 touchdowns are tops within the NFL. He seems to be way more comfy than he did a 12 months in the past in Bruce Arians’ offense, which continues to adapt to what he does finest; and the Bucs’ purple zone scoring has picked up considerably, though they struggled in that division of their 34-24 loss to the Rams. Brady does not seem to be slowing down anytime quickly. — Jenna Laine

Earlier rating: 5

Workforce QBR: 60.1
QBR rank: 13th

Josh Allen referred to as out his personal play after the first two games of the season, however he took an enormous step in the correct path throughout the win over Washington in Week 3. He had 5 whole touchdowns and located success in the midst of the sector, finishing 20 of 25 passes for 225 yards and a landing on throws between the painted area numbers, per ESPN Stats & Data analysis. Allen’s general play ought to enhance from the small pattern dimension of the primary three weeks, but it surely stays to be seen if he’ll match final season’s constant high-level success for a complete marketing campaign. — Alaina Getzenberg



Discipline Yates and Matthew Berry marvel at Josh Allen’s fantasy manufacturing within the Payments’ win over Washington.

Earlier rating: 11

Workforce QBR: 60.7
QBR rank: 11th

If Aaron Rodgers‘ uninspiring efficiency within the 38-3 season-opening loss to the Saints had you considering he was a shell of his MVP self, then the past two games ought to have snapped you out of it. Since throwing two interceptions in Week 1, Rodgers has six touchdowns and no picks. Rodgers tried to inform individuals to not be apprehensive about him or his crew’s play after only one recreation, and now he has given them cause to not be. “It provides some legitimacy to a number of the issues we have been speaking about,” Rodgers mentioned. “That [Saints loss] was type of an aberration and that we’re a gifted soccer crew.” — Rob Demovsky

Earlier rating: 10

Workforce QBR: 63.1
QBR rank: eighth

The query bandied about by each Derek Carr followers and detractors alike — is Carr elite? — would possibly lastly have a solution. As a result of if being within the high eight in QBR is certainly elite, then, sure, he’s. For now. That is essentially the most in command Carr has appeared in Jon Gruden’s offense, and it needs to be contemplating they’re now of their fourth season collectively, proper? With little to no operating recreation early in contests to talk of and a makeshift offensive line held collectively by duct tape, the one-dimensional assault has thrived slightly than suffered. — Paul Gutierrez

Earlier rating: 8

Workforce QBR: 49.9
QBR rank: 22nd

Regardless of what his QBR suggests, Baker Mayfield has performed nicely. He has been unfortunate with landing passes, because the Browns lead the NFL with eight landing runs (no different crew has greater than 5). His QBR is also being dragged down by 9 sacks; he’s final within the sack aspect that elements into QBR. Contemplating he additionally ranks fifth with a completion fee of 73.8% and fourth with 9.75 yards per passing try, Mayfield’s QBR might be simply high quality as soon as he eliminates a few of these sacks and some of these Browns scoring runs flip into Mayfield landing passes. — Jake Trotter

Earlier rating: 9

Workforce QBR: 53.4
QBR rank: 19th

Lamar Jackson has been uncharacteristically sloppy at occasions, committing 5 turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) within the first three video games. However Jackson has greater than redeemed himself with how he has carried the short-handed Ravens this season. In an upset victory over the Chiefs, he came back from a double-digit deficit within the fourth quarter by operating for 2 touchdowns. Within the last-second win on the Lions, Jackson had among the best passing days of his profession and transformed a fourth-and-19 with a 36-yard completion to Sammy Watkins. Requested why nobody ought to rely out the Ravens regardless of the quite a few accidents, vast receiver Marquise Brown mentioned, “As a result of we received Lamar Jackson.” — Jamison Hensley

Earlier rating: 7

Workforce QBR: 70.3
QBR rank: fifth

Kyler Murray‘s progress from final season to this season may be very evident. He has taken the required jumps from Years 1 and a pair of to Yr 3, and it’s showing on the field. He’s placing up MVP-like numbers with 1,005 passing yards (third most within the NFL) and 7 passing touchdowns (fifth most). And he will preserve getting higher. So long as he stays wholesome, he’ll end the season among the many finest quarterbacks within the league. However there’s extra. He additionally has rushed for a landing in every of his first three video games. Murray’s dual-threat potential makes him among the many most — if not the most — troublesome quarterbacks to defend within the league. — Josh Weinfuss

Earlier rating: 18

Workforce QBR: 53.1
QBR rank: 20th

Justin Herbert was terrific Sunday versus the Chiefs, finishing 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns with zero turnovers. He had a greater completion proportion in a loss towards Dallas the week earlier than, however turnovers and penalties took two touchdowns away. Every little thing signifies his numbers will proceed to develop. He has accomplished 69.8% of his passes by three video games. “We’re lucky sufficient to have a gangster quarterback,” coach Brandon Staley mentioned. Herbert took his crew by two essential fourth-down performs on the final drive of Sunday’s win in Kansas Metropolis and did not blink. “We wish to put the ball in Justin Herbert’s hand and have him be the decider,” Staley emphasised. — Shelley Smith

Earlier rating: 3

Workforce QBR: 76.1
QBR rank: 4th

The Chiefs’ document does not replicate it, however Patrick Mahomes has performed nicely given a brand new offensive line and a protection that has been persistently dismal. His landing (9) to interception (three) ratio of 3-1 could be the bottom of his profession. On the interceptions, he was responsible twice of making an attempt to pressure a play, and the opposite was tipped by a receiver and may have been caught. There’s positively room for enchancment for Mahomes and the crew as a complete. — Adam Teicher

Earlier rating: 4

Workforce QBR: 58.5
QBR rank: 14th

Jimmy Garoppolo has been OK by three video games, which is obvious from his standing proper in the midst of the pack. The Niners must be inspired by the truth that he has just one interception however pissed off by a number of the inconsistency and the crew’s penchant for sluggish begins over the previous couple of video games. Garoppolo nonetheless struggles to push the ball down the sector; he has tried simply 4 passes touring 20-plus yards within the air, finishing one and throwing his lone decide on one other. That lack of ability mixed with a scarcity of dynamic operating potential may result in the drumbeat for rookie Trey Lance rising louder if a few losses pile up. — Nick Wagoner

Earlier rating: 15

Workforce QBR: 66.8
QBR rank: sixth

If there have been a comeback participant of the 12 months for someone who wasn’t injured that earlier season, Sam Darnold would have an enormous head begin. He has gone from the worst whole QBR (41.4) over the previous three seasons with the Jets to No. 6 to this point this season. He has accomplished 68.2% of his passes, approach up from his league-worst 59.8% in New York. He has thrown three touchdowns to just one interception and has three speeding touchdowns, two fewer than he had from 2018 to 2020. Based on not too long ago traded tight finish Dan Arnold, now with the Jaguars, Darnold is enjoying at a “premier stage,” a stage that might proceed. — David Newton

Earlier rating: 14

Workforce QBR: 78.0
QBR rank: third

Teddy Bridgewater has been what a crew with a probably elite protection wanted — a relaxing, ready and opportunistic passer who can shut out drives and keep away from turnovers. Sure, the Broncos’ first three opponents are now 0-9, however the Broncos gained these video games by 14, 10 and 26 factors. Bridgewater leads the league in completion proportion, is seventh in common size of completion and is fifth in passer score. He already has turn out to be a number one voice within the locker room. And most significantly for a crew that led the NFL in each giveaways general in addition to interceptions final season, he has not turned the ball over. — Jeff Legwold

Earlier rating: 13

Workforce QBR: 57.3
QBR rank: 15th

The truth that Dak Prescott has began the season in addition to he has is barely considerably stunning, what with on a regular basis missed after struggling the ankle harm in October after which in coaching camp due to a latissimus pressure. In his first game in 11 months, he threw for greater than 400 yards. In his second game, he accomplished higher than 85% of his passes. In his third, he accomplished 21 of 26 passes and threw for 3 touchdowns. He has proven no rust or ailing results from both harm early within the season, which is a plus for the Cowboys, as a result of as Prescott goes, they’ll go. — Todd Archer

Earlier rating: 17

Workforce QBR: 62.8
QBR rank: 10th

The jury is still out on how efficient Jameis Winston might be, for the reason that Saints have not been in a really shut recreation but. He has but to aim greater than 22 passes or throw for greater than 148 yards in a recreation. That labored nice within the Saints’ two victories, since they’d like to depend on their protection and run recreation whereas avoiding turnovers. And he nonetheless gives the deep ball risk, as he displayed with a 55-yard scoring go in Week 1. However Winston did throw a pair of desperation interceptions when issues weren’t going nicely in Week 2 and received away with an ill-advised TD go whereas being hit in Week 3. — Mike Triplett

Earlier rating: 16

Workforce QBR: 56.5
QBR rank: 16th

The Titans have not been in a position to join as a lot on the play-action vertical photographs, outdoors of Ryan Tannehill‘s 51-yard completion to Julio Jones in Week 2 towards the Seahawks. Consequently, Tannehill’s yards per try is 7.40, which is lower than his 8.7 common final season. That may get higher with extra massive performs from play-action. One factor that has helped Tannehill’s QBR is how nicely he has been in a position to run the ball. “It helps us as an offense, driving it down the sector and moving into drives,” operating again Derrick Henry mentioned. “All of us adore it each time we get the constructive play, particularly when he will get out of the pocket and strikes the ball down the sector.” — Turron Davenport

Earlier rating: 6

Workforce QBR: 55.9
QBR rank: 18th

It has depended on the half. The Seahawks have scored a league-high 62 factors over the primary two quarters and a league-low 13 after halftime. In no way is that each one on Russell Wilson, however his play has been an element. He has appeared like an MVP candidate whereas throwing 5 of his seven touchdowns within the first half however much less so within the second. He missed a third-down throw within the fourth quarter on Sunday as Seattle was shut out for the ultimate 41 minutes by the Vikings. Wilson has but to show the ball over, so he has averted the most expensive errors. And his play figures to even out because the Seattle offense settles into its new scheme. — Brady Henderson

Earlier rating: 25

Workforce QBR: 41.5
QBR rank: 24th

Joe Burrow remains to be feeling his way back into the offense after final season’s knee injury. Within the Week 3 win over Pittsburgh, Burrow audibled to a designed QB run, one thing he mentioned he did not know if he’d nonetheless have the ability to do coming into the season. His numbers ought to get higher because the season progresses. Burrow has too aggressive at occasions this season, which has contributed to his 4 interceptions by three video games. However given his strengths in decision-making and accuracy, these miscues ought to taper off because the marketing campaign goes on. — Ben Child

Earlier rating: 19

Workforce QBR: 52.3
QBR rank: 21st

Mac Jones has accomplished 81 of 120 passes for 737 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. Jones is rising into the job, and there have been some predictable rookie rising pains — similar to his first interception against the Saints on Sunday. He has been strong within the shorter passing recreation, however he hasn’t been in a position to persistently join down the sector. Total, teammates are bullish on him as their chief, and that ought to bode nicely for his improvement. “Robust child, poised, saved throwing punches,” beginning heart David Andrews mentioned. — Mike Reiss

Earlier rating: 26

Workforce QBR: 78.5
QBR rank: 2nd

Kirk Cousins has been lights out for the Vikings in the perfect three-game begin to his profession — eight passing touchdowns to zero interceptions and a 73.9% completion proportion. His fifth straight recreation with a number of passing touchdowns led Minnesota to its first win of the season versus Seattle, and he did it by capitalizing on his strengths. Cousins was 24-of-28 for 273 yards and three touchdowns when not pressured. (He has averaged 8.27 yards/try with no strain in his profession, fifth finest within the NFL since he entered the league.) He dominated towards the blitz. (Over the previous three seasons, he has 26 TDs to 2 interceptions when being the blitzed.) And he continues to search out success with Justin Jefferson, connecting on 20 of 30 passes for 254 yards and two TDs. — Courtney Cronin



Stephen A. Smith says he has by no means been so unhappy watching his beloved Steelers, particularly on the offensive aspect of the ball.

Earlier rating: 12

Workforce QBR: 35.7
QBR rank: 27th

Ben Roethlisberger‘s efficiency by three video games is barely stunning in the event you ignore his age and the offensive line’s many purple flags. The offense is undeniably unhealthy, however that does not fall fully on Roethlisberger. Even together with his restricted mobility, he’s nonetheless the perfect quarterback on the roster, with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins being the others. Roethlisberger has been hit 22 occasions in three video games, and a few unhealthy passes are the results of near-constant duress or miscommunications with receivers. However the greatest indictments of his sluggish begin are the protection sacks and the interceptions throughout the loss to the Bengals. Roethlisberger needs to be smarter with the soccer if he’s going to spur an offensive turnaround.- — Brooke Pryor

Earlier rating: 22

Workforce QBR: 38.4
QBR rank: 26th

The quarterback play has been as anticipated, provided that starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was damage within the second quarter of the opener. Taylor Heinicke is a terrific story, and he’s able to serving to, however he’s restricted. He threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Giants, however he solely had 212 passing yards and compelled two throws for ugly picks versus the Bills. Whereas he can spark a team, he’s unable to hold one. The unhappy factor is, it is higher general play than final season, when Washington ranked final with a 32.6 score. However going ahead, Washington will look, as soon as extra, for a long-term answer within the offseason. — John Keim

Earlier rating: 20

Workforce QBR: 43.6
QBR rank: 23rd

Tua Tagovailoa was six performs into his second recreation of the season earlier than fracturing his ribs towards the Buffalo Bills, so he by no means actually received into any form of rhythm. Jacoby Brissett has been considerably conservative in his stead, notably throughout the Dolphins’ Week 3 loss to the Raiders; however he did flash some brilliance late within the contest. He led a game-tying drive with time operating out within the fourth quarter and transformed a important fourtth-and-20 in time beyond regulation. His teammates trust in him and his quantity ought to rise as Brissett turns into extra comfy within the offense. Tagovailoa will miss at least the next two games.Marcel Louis-Jacques

Earlier rating: 21

Workforce QBR: 56.0
QBR rank: 17th

Jalen Hurts was lights out in Week 1 and cooled significantly in Week 2, and the numbers landed him proper within the center heading into Monday night time. He has been extraordinarily efficient together with his legs (144 speeding yards and a TD) whereas getting the ball out faster and with higher accuracy within the passing recreation. And he did not flip the ball over within the first two video games, earlier than throwing two interceptions on Monday. If he can play extra like he did the primary two tilts, the Eagles will find yourself in a a lot better place than most predicted firstly of the season. Larger consistency as a passer would be the key to Hurts’ success. — Tim McManus

Earlier rating: 29

Workforce QBR: 33.6
QBR rank: 29th

Matt Ryan has turn out to be a short-field passer this season underneath new coach Arthur Smith and with out star receiver Julio Jones, registering his lowest yards per try (6.04) and yards per dropback (5.29) of his profession to this point. That might must do with how usually he has been hit — to this point a career-worst 20.7% of the time — but he’s on tempo to finish a career-high 70.9% of his passes. Atlanta’s offense hasn’t been fairly for a lot of the season, and there have not been many shot performs concerned, which is why the Falcons’ QBR is the place it’s. — Michael Rothstein

Earlier rating: 23

Workforce QBR: 35.2
QBR rank: 28th

The excellent news for Carson Wentz is that the quarterback can principally solely enhance from his present rating. The unhealthy information is there is no assure of that occuring, as a result of Wentz is presently coping with injuries to both ankles suffered in Week 2. Wentz’s 60.4% completion fee is 29th within the NFL, partially as a result of the Colts’ receivers have been underwhelming, outdoors of Michael Pittman Jr. And T.Y. Hilton has been out all season with a disk injury. Wentz additionally has points holding the ball too lengthy (fifth longest within the league). The largest key for Wentz is to get wholesome. “I am very assured that we will progress this factor alongside and be myself,” Wentz mentioned. — Mike Wells



Dan Orlovsky sounds off on Bears coach Matt Nagy for his dealing with of the sport plan round Justin Fields in Chicago’s loss to Cleveland.

Earlier rating: 24

Workforce QBR: 22.6
QBR rank: 31st

The Bears had higher work out methods to use Justin Fields. Chicago’s loss to the Browns in Week Three was an abomination. Fields was not notably sharp — he accomplished 6 of 20 passes and was sacked 9 occasions — however the Bears by no means put him in position to succeed. With Andy Dalton sidelined because of a left knee bruise, the clock is ticking on Chicago’s offense to play to Fields’ appreciable strengths. That didn’t occur on Sunday. — Jeff Dickerson

Earlier rating: 27

Workforce QBR: 63.0
QBR rank: ninth

The Texans are 1-2, however the crew felt actually good about Tyrod Taylor‘s play by the primary six quarters of the season, earlier than he injured his left hamstring towards Cleveland. Now, Houston hopes to see progress from Davis Mills. The rookie quarterback will play not less than two extra video games with Taylor on the injured reserve, and coach David Culley mentioned he thought Mills confirmed that “he can deal with much more than what we felt like, due to the way in which he dealt with himself” in his first NFL start. — Sarah Barshop

Earlier rating: 28

Workforce QBR: 60.6
QBR rank: 12th

Perhaps, simply possibly, the Giants have their answer with Daniel Jones. The largest drawback early in his profession has been the turnovers. Properly, he has one in three video games this season. And Jones has competed fairly nicely early this 12 months regardless of enjoying behind a tough offensive line that has contributed to him being pressured on 38.4% of his dropbacks, the fourth most within the league, per NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. Jones might need solely three landing passes, however he additionally has run for 2 others and had a 3rd referred to as again. It has been a promising begin to the season for the third-year quarterback. — Jordan Raanan

Earlier rating: 30

Workforce QBR: 40.0
QBR rank: 25th

Statistically, quarterback Jared Goff has been respectable. Via three video games, he has accomplished 86 of 123 passes for a 69.9% completion fee, the best by a Lions quarterback by the primary three video games of a season. He additionally has produced a passer score of 92.Zero or larger in every of the primary three video games of the season, becoming a member of Matthew Stafford (2013, 2011) as the one Lions gamers to take action. The largest query mark is coping with strain. Goff entered the Week 3 loss to Baltimore finishing 9 of 17 passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions when pressured this season. He nonetheless has to get fully comfortable within the offense, all whereas coping with some key accidents, notably to vast receiver Tyrell Williams. — Eric Woodyard

Earlier rating: 31

Workforce QBR: 23.3
QBR rank: 30th

Trevor Lawrence has flashed some indicators that he will be an elite NFL QB, however he has turned the ball over approach an excessive amount of (seven interceptions and two fumbles). He’s the fourth quarterback for the reason that 1970 merger to throw a number of interceptions in every of his first three begins, becoming a member of Peyton Manning (1998), Troy Aikman (1989) and Jim Zorn (1976), per ESPN Stats & Information knowledge. The great factor is that Lawrence hasn’t lost an iota of confidence. However he has to cease turning the ball over. In any other case, he’s going to threaten Manning’s rookie document of 28 interceptions. — Mike DiRocco

Earlier rating: 32

Workforce QBR: 22.1
QBR rank: 32nd

Zach Wilson is struggling — massive time. He’s throwing too many interceptions (seven), and he takes too many sacks (15). They are not all his fault, however he should do a greater job of delivering the ball on time. At occasions, he seems indecisive, as if he is not trusting his reads. Look, he’s a rookie, and that is to be anticipated. He knew there could be adversity on this place, and he’s getting all of it — and early within the season. The arm expertise is there, and he’s extra bodily expert than individuals understand, however that does not imply something if you do not know the place to go together with the ball. Proper now, he seems to be misplaced. — Wealthy Cimini

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