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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.

It's with 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? We try to factor in both current standing and future upside. So a long resume doesn't always guarantee an edge over untapped potential, just as a cold streak doesn't always erase a history of success. At the end of the day, we're simply trying to sort the QBs based on 2021 value, both now and in the near future.

Riser of the Week: Russell Wilson

Is he back to MVP form? No one's saying that. But there's no denying that Wilson looked much more comfortable under center during Seattle's big Week 13 win over the 49ers. The Seahawks were lifeless in the three games after Wilson's return from finger surgery, but as long as Russ is halfway confident in and around the pocket, Seattle simply cannot be written off. Give Wilson credit for gutting through the dark cloud that's been this 2021 season and inching his club back into the wild-card race, even if temporarily.

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Now, without further ado, let's get to the rest of our Week 14 rankings:

Week 14 QB Power Rankings
1
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
Another game, another bad interception followed by a huge day through the air. The Bucs are still hitting their stride, and he still seems ageless. (+1)
2
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
At this point, all he really has to do is show up, and his team should be able to claim the NFC North, no problem. (-1)
3
Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB
He wasted no time reestablishing himself as an MVP candidate. The Cardinals probably aren't getting enough love after quietly weathering his absence.
4
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB
With some assists from the Chargers' defense, he let it rip against Cincinnati and had no trouble torching its secondary. He deserves some MVP buzz! (+2)
5
Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
The stats were ugly on Monday night, but Allen was up against gusty winds. He also can't play run defense. The bigger issue in Buffalo is whether the team around Allen can step up to catch the Patriots in the East. (-1)
6
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
Andy Reid's game management has left a good bit to be desired lately, but he's been erratic, too. It's a good thing their defense has been at the top of its game. (-1)
7
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks QB
Was he special against the 49ers? Not necessarily. But he was so much more comfortable than in recent outings. Suddenly, Seattle has some life. (+5)
8
Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB
Not sure he's ever gonna prove he can handle his business against the Steelers. Then again, Baltimore hasn't necessarily helped him with its game planning. (-1)
9
Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB
Has he been the same since the calf injury? Maybe not. Dallas can still score at will when everything is firing on all cylinders. But Prescott must step up down the stretch. (-1)
10
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB
He still has plenty to prove in big spots, but you gotta deliver against inferior opponents, and he certainly did that in the Rams' easy blowout of the Jaguars(+3)
11
Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
Bengals fans better hope his finger injury doesn't have many lingering effects. Cincy badly needs his gunslinging down the stretch. That or a lot of handoffs to Joe Mixon(-2)
12
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB
Too little, too late during a humiliating loss to Detroit. He would greatly benefit from his supporting cast, including Adam Thielen, getting healthy for the stretch run. (-2)
13
Carson Wentz Indianapolis Colts QB
Handing the ball to Jonathan Taylor has proven to be one of his greatest contributions in 2021. And that's not a slight. His efficiency has helped propel Indy into contention. (+1)
14
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
He threw the fewest passes (3) by a winning QB in 30 years on Monday night in Buffalo, but the key word there is 'winning.' He does what Bill Belichick asks, and the Pats have the best record in the AFC. (+1)
15
Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders QB
Without Darren Waller against Washington, he and the offense reverted to their sluggish form. How desperately he needs a steady deep threat to open things up. (-4)
16
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
Good for him finally getting some rest. The burden has been big as Tennessee battles the unavailability of so many important pieces around him. (+2)
17
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons QB
It's been par for the course for Ryan and Atlanta: challenge inferior teams, and play catch-up with better ones.
18
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers QB
The minute the 49ers absolutely need him to throw his way to victory, he's not necessarily ready to do it. It's up to Kyle Shanahan to get their ground game working to remove the burden. (-2)
19
Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins QB
Is he lighting the world on fire with his arm? No. But he's definitely playing efficient football. The Dolphins have won five in a row in large part because he's settled down under center. (+2)
20
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB
Gardner Minshew needed one start to prove he's a better operator of a passing offense. But if the Eagles can commit to the ground game, Hurts has what it takes to make a wild card run. (-1)
21
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers QB
He's not giving up, that's for sure. The Steelers have been a tough bunch all year, and he's had a hand in their resiliency. (+2)
22
Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns QB
Maybe he's finally healthy at least? The Browns desperately need him to take care of himself and the football if they want to make any noise out of the AFC North down the stretch. (-2)
23
Taylor Heinicke Washington Football Team QB
He's at his best when he's taking care of the ball and controlling the clock. The ceiling is still pretty low, but he's certainly kept Washington feisty all year. (+1)
24
Cam Newton Carolina Panthers QB
Joe Brady is out as offensive coordinator. Will that unlock Cam through the air? Doubtful. But maybe he'll at least be freed up to use his legs as the Panthers look to regain their footing. (-2)
25
Taysom Hill New Orleans Saints QB
Turns out he brought a lot of good and a lot of bad to the QB spot in place of Trevor Siemian. If Sean Payton can scheme up ways to get him moving and take some pressure off his arm, maybe New Orleans can rebound. (+2)
26
Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB
The entire offense is a lifeless unit with no confidence. How do you even evaluate this rookie season?
27
Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB
He may not be a good short- or long-term answer, but give him credit for gutting it out with Dan Campbell and, finally, delivering that first victory. His fourth-down game-winner was money. (+3)
28
Teddy Bridgewater Denver Broncos QB
He's been serviceable (at best) for most of the season, but in a big spot on Sunday night, he was actually the biggest reason they lost. It's beyond time for management to look elsewhere at QB. (-3)
29
Zach Wilson New York Jets QB
He actually threw the ball with nice zip and accuracy early and often against the Eagles. But can he string those kinds of drives together across multiple weeks? (+3)
30
Andy Dalton Chicago Bears QB
At this point, why would the Bears not even consider throwing Nick Foles out there, if Justin Fields can't go? (-2)
31
Mike Glennon New York Giants QB
The G-Men are in trouble no matter who's under center. And it might not be Glennon, who suffered a concussion against the Dolphins. Jake Fromm could be in line to serve as the emergency starter.
32
Davis Mills Houston Texans QB
He isn't necessarily better than Tyrod Taylor right now, but the Texans have no reason to keep trotting Taylor out there.

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.

It's with 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-dried 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? We try to factor in both current standing and future upside. So a long resume doesn't always guarantee an edge over untapped potential, just as a cold streak doesn't always erase a history of success. At the end of the day, we're simply trying to sort the QBs based on 2021 value, both now and in the near future.

Riser of the Week: Russell Wilson

Was he in MVP form during Seattle's big win over the 49ers? Not necessarily. But he was certainly much improved from previous outings. Confidence seemed to be on his side during an efficient day. And suddenly he has Seattle in the wild card race with a few games left. It may very well end up being too little, too late for he and his squad. But it's at least encouraging to see him play a bit more comfortably.

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Now, without further ado, let's get to the rest of our Week 14 rankings:

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