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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: Carson Wentz

Yes, he played the Texans, and yes, he completed just 11 passes in Week 6, but he also looks the most comfortable he's been in years. Wentz is probably best when kept in check by his own staff, but he proved in a 31-3 win over Houston that he's still got the arm and touch to be a big-play passer. The Colts can make the playoffs with this version of Wentz, and remember he's still coming off two ankle injuries. The arrow is pointing up.


Now, without further ado, let's get to the rest of our Week 6 rankings:

Week 7 QB Power Rankings
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
It feels like ages ago now, but he picked the Eagles' defense apart with ease. Some have more talent, but no one is a better technician.
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
His numbers haven't been nearly as gaudy as those of other MVP candidates, but he's still coming up huge in crunch time.
Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB
He's still not getting the love he deserves. He takes full advantage of his weapons and does literally everything well inside the pocket.  (+1)
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
His off-script acrobatics are still second to none, but his recklessness has reared its head several times this year. He needs to clean it up for the big games. (-1)
Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB
MVP front-runner? He sure could be. Who does more for their offense on a play-by-play basis? As both a passer and a runner, he's only gotten more dangerous.  (+1)
Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB
Speaking of MVP front-runners, Murray could easily be slotted ahead of Jackson here. He's been automatic through the air for the NFL's most explosive offense.  (+2)
Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
Don't mistake the drop for anything he's done; the other top-10 QBs are just too good. Allen is killing it as a deep-ball specialist, just chucking it up with regular success.  (-2)
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB
The state of top QBs is so good that Stafford might've garnered the most MVP buzz just a few years ago. He's actually airing it out deeper than most anyone else.  (+1)
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB
The Chargers aren't always doing him a ton of favors, but he's still producing at a high clip, save for an uncharacteristically bad loss to Baltimore. (-2)
Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
Only Stafford is averaging more yards per attempt through six games. He and Ja'Marr Chase have been the real deal, and they might even make a playoff run in the North!
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB
Probably the most underappreciated QB on this list, if we're being frank. He's not just racking up yards but doing it when it matters, helping the team stay afloat in a ton of close games.
Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders QB
He looked more like his early-season self against Denver, heaving it up with authority. He has to keep it up if Vegas is gonna stay competitive under their interim coach.
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons QB
He's had one of the quietest positive trajectories of any QB this year. Again, the Falcons may not be great, but he's improved each week under Arthur Smith.  (+2)
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
After nearly three poor quarters against the Bills on Monday night, he hit on some key throws before riding Derrick Henry to victory. That's kind of the tale of the season for him and Tennessee: uneven performances with some timely big plays.
Carson Wentz Indianapolis Colts QB
Yes, he was playing Houston in Week 6, but he's looked more comfortable by the week. More importantly, his arm and touch as a big-play passer are very much intact.  (+4)
Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns QB
Hurt or not, he's not exactly been Mr. Consistency as of late for an offense that needs him to be steady more than spectacular. Hopefully he doesn't further injure himself.  (-3)
Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints QB
Same story here: Boom or bust. With Carolina sliding, however, the Saints have a chance to unlock his big arm and surprise out of the South.
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers QB
Trey Lance was certainly an upgrade on the ground, but now we know why Jimmy G opened the year under center. While he misses more routine shots than you'd expect, he's still a passable passer.  (-1)
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB
The Eagles are not calling plays according to his strengths, but he isn't doing enough little things right to overcome that. As always, the poise and legs are for real. But can he win as a thrower?  (-1)
Teddy Bridgewater Denver Broncos QB
The Broncos added Teddy to do one thing: control the football. He did not do that against Vegas. Anomaly? Sure. But his standard play is still serviceable, not special.  (+1)
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
Give the kid credit for battling and generally throwing an accurate ball on a Patriots team struggling mightily to give him the coaching or defensive support he deserves. (+2)
Sam Darnold Carolina Panthers QB
So maybe Adam Gase wasn't the only problem, after all? Darnold still has the wheels to keep plays alive, but his regression under pressure has been overt and concerning.  (-2)
Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB
There's no doubt that this first win will give him a confidence boost. He's already got the skill set; now he's got proof he can do this at an NFL level.  (+3)
Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB
The athleticism is there, but the support from Bears staff and teammates is still so-so. He's also still getting a feel for when to extend a play and when to wait for the next one.
Daniel Jones New York Giants QB
Did he start 2021 relatively well? Absolutely. Is he the answer in New York? Another turnover-littered day suggests that's far from the truth, even if the Giants helped him fail.  (-3)
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers QB
Contrary to popular opinion, his arm is still pretty much there. The lower body just isn't, making him off-target on typical layups. He'll only keep winning as long as the defense does.  (+1)
Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins QB
He looked sharp out of the gate, we'll give him that. But things got quieter down the stretch -- against the Jaguars, of all teams. The jury remains out.
Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB
Dan Campbell isn't happy with him, and understandably so. The circumstances aren't perfect, bue he's gotten more skittish and reckless in recent weeks.  (-3)
Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB
If Seattle ever lets him air it out, we might be able to judge him properly. Then again, there's surely a reason they're keeping him contained while filling in for Russell Wilson.  (-1)
Zach Wilson New York Jets QB
Let's see how he fares in Round Two against Bill Belichick. The Patriots have been wildly unpredictable on defense but dominated him last time.
Taylor Heinicke Washington Football Team QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to take his job back with no question at this rate. Yes, Heinicke is a fighter, but he's also been a big mistake waiting to happen.  (-1)
Davis Mills Houston Texans QB
He shouldn't be condemned as a prospect because of this abrupt run under center, but don't think for a minute they won't turn back to Tyrod Taylor if they can.

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