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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: Kyler Murray

He's been hot all year, but he officially leapt into the top three this week, fresh off a blowout win over the Texans. Murray and the Cards were slow out of the gate against Houston, only to turn it on when it mattered, and there's just no denying No. 1 is one of the game's top weapons right now. His impact on the ground has been minimal in recent weeks, but that's because he's done more than enough damage through the air, confirming Arizona as a legitimate contender halfway through the season.


Now, without further ado, let's get to the rest of our Week 8 rankings:

Week 8 QB Power Rankings
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
He forced a handful of throws for a stretch of Sunday's drubbing of the Bears, but it says something that he looked off and still threw four touchdowns in a 38-3 rout.
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
Now comes the tallest task of the year: Going blow for blow with the unbeaten Cardinals, likely without Davante Adams.
Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB
He's not running as much, but he's been even better for it, throwing the ball more accurately and with more force than at any point in his career.  (+3)
Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB
The Bengals got to him by winning up front, but he's still the purest one-man show in the league. (+1)
Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB
He's only dropping because of the jaw-dropping feats of more athletic specimens like Murray and Jackson. He still does everything well and deserves MVP buzz.  (-2)
Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
Take your pick between any of these top 8 or 9 guys. Allen just throws maybe the prettiest, most consistent deep ball, launching it with ease every week.  (+1)
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
He's helping the Chiefs stay afloat, but he's also not playing very smart. Everyone would still rush to sign up for his gifts, but the decision-making has been poor enough to prefer other gunslingers right now.  (-3)
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB
Another week, another ho-hum dominant day through the air alongside Cooper Kupp. The playoff run will be fun.
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB
His good start has been kind of lost in the shuffle. Hopefully L.A. gives him the support he deserves after the bye.
Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
Joey is on fire. Ja'Marr Chase certainly helps, but he might be one of the most confident throwers in the NFL right now.
Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders QB
The Eagles let him make any throw he wanted, and he did. The guy's been playing like an All-Pro most of the year.  (+1)
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB
He's been nearly, if not just as effective as Derek Carr this year, except with a worse team record. So efficient.  (-1)
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons QB
No one's talking about him, but since Week 3, he's thrown 10 TDs and 1 INT. Against bad teams, sure, but he at least looks like himself.
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
He's been resilient during a roller-coaster run in Tennessee. Most importantly, he's now helped oversee three straight wins.
Carson Wentz Indianapolis Colts QB
The arrow is pointing up. He tried too hard early against the 49ers, but he's playing loose, moving and throwing well.
Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints QB
If the Saints receivers could help him out, he'd be higher. He's been perfectly passable, if not better, for a winning team.  (+1)
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
Still a ways to go for the rookie to "take control" of a game, but the Pats have to be happy with where he's at. (+4)
Teddy Bridgewater Denver Broncos QB
He's only up a few spots because others moved down. Denver should already be eyeing 2022 upgrades.  (+2)
Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB
The numbers aren't always there, and the wins may still be hard to come by, but the eye test says he's got what it takes.  (+4)
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers QB
Much like Teddy Bridgewater, he's got enough touch and experience to keep you in it, but not nearly enough to wow you.  (-2)
Daniel Jones New York Giants QB
He's been an unlikely constant for a bad team, at least most of the year. Can he get real help from a new regime down the road? (+4)
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB
At some point, the Eagles may be forced to turn to Gardner Minshew. While Hurts isn't really getting a fair shot in an offense seemingly designed for someone else, he's missing routine plays week in and week out.  (-3)
Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins QB
Four touchdowns a few weeks before the trade deadline? Somebody's trying to prove themselves!  (+4)
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers QB
The Steelers have a winnable schedule these next few weeks. They'll capitalize if they keep Ben in a limited passing role.  (+2)
Sam Darnold Carolina Panthers QB
Just like that, it seems pretty evident the Panthers are out on this experiment. The skittishness has overtaken the athleticism.  (-3)
Case Keenum Cleveland Browns QB
With Baker Mayfield banged up, Keenum will likely get a shot to play hero by managing the game against the Steelers.
Tyrod Taylor Houston Texans QB
Back at practice this week, he'll be a divine arrival for a listless Houston team if he's good to go Sunday.
Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB
The Bears are not helping him at all thanks to a shoddy O-line and receiving corps, but you cannot be as loose with the ball as he was against Tampa and expect to even come close to winning.  (-4)
Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB
The clock is ticking on his time atop the depth chart, even if the Lions don't currently have a shiny alternative.  (-1)
Taylor Heinicke Washington Football Team QB
Same story every week: His legs and gusto are admirable, but the mistakes always come at the worst times.  (+1)
Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB
Russell, are you there? The Seahawks need you. Geno's protection hasn't been great, but neither has his arm.  (-2)
Mike White New York Jets QB
Unless Joe Flacco is ready right away, White will get the nod in place of the injured Zach Wilson. Good luck!

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