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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.

Each year the limits of aerial production are tested, and this season appears to be no exception. 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 their current standing, their history of success and their future upside, but it's probably simpler to think of the rankings as a general answer to this question: Which QB would we rather have right now, not only for this week but for the rest of 2020?

Now, without further ado, let's get to the Week 11 rankings:

Week 7 QB Power Rankings
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
The best QB in the NFL, not only in 2020 but in general. The Chiefs are Super Bowl favorites (again) primarily because of him. And to think he's seemingly barely had to try for much of this year? Yeah, No. 15 remains otherworldly. 

Last week: 1

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
That's right, folks: A-Rod is back. The Packers may have toed the line in their close win over the Jags in Week 10, but Rodgers has been lights out for all but maybe one of Green Bay's games. This team is a contender because he's still elite. 

Last week: 3

Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB
Better than Russ? Right now, yes. Wilson has the advantage of battle-tested poise, but Murray might be the scariest QB to defend at this juncture. While his passing marks aren't always perfect, his big-play ability is almost unmatched.

Last week: 4

Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks QB
No team would hesitate to sign up for Wilson at QB for the remainder of 2020, but the fact is, he's been careless with the ball for weeks now, with nine INTs in the last six games. Will he rebound? Undoubtedly. But the decision-making has to improve.

Last week: 2

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers QB
The only reason he isn't higher is because the four QBs above him are darn near transcendent. Big Ben's accuracy hasn't always been there, but he's still been remarkably efficient. Quite frankly, he deserves more praise amid an unbeaten start.  

Last week: 5

Deshaun Watson Houston Texans QB
Sometimes it feels wrong putting him so high when his team continues to slump; shouldn't his talents, after all, be enough to lift Houston one of these times? Still, he's taken care of the ball and hit on big plays despite a collapsing infrastructure.

Last week: 7

Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
Maybe he just can't play the Saints. Brady is back in the top 10 after Week 9's catastrophic fall, mostly because, when things are clicking in Tampa, as they were against the Panthers, he looks as confident as ever. The numbers are pretty, too. 

Last week: 13

Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB
He's had his fair share of troubles this year, namely throwing the ball downfield. But man, have you seen his protection and receiving corps? We take Jackson's drive-saving shiftiness for granted. Where would the Ravens be without him? 

Last week: 8

Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
Allen is still playing into the boom-or-bust archetype as he relies on his supercharged arm. Thankfully, his connection with Stefon Diggs remains rock-solid, making Buffalo one of the most dangerous offenses in the league.

Last week: 9

Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders QB
You still wonder how he'll fare if/when the Raiders have to go head to head with a superior team in/around the playoffs. But Carr has won in multiple ways this year: As an efficient manager and as a deep-ball opportunist.

Last week: 11

Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
The Titans need him to start faster, but every statistical measure and eye test says he's been a good and steady, if unspectacular, signal-caller for this team. It would help if he cleaned up the accuracy, too.

Last week: 12

Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB
From a purely arm-talent perspective, he's top-five material. Herbert is still taking his lumps as a rookie, though, and L.A.'s play-calling hasn't exactly helped him. By 2021, with a potentially new staff around him, he could be a dark-horse MVP candidate.  

Last week: 10

Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons QB
Good, not great. That's about what Ryan's been for a Falcons team still fighting to stay relevant. The more interesting discussion surrounding No. 2 is whether or not he actually fits in long-term.

Last week: 14

Teddy Bridgewater Carolina Panthers QB
It remains to be seen if Bridgewater will be ready to return to the field in Week 12 after suffering a knee injury against the Bucs, but the Panthers had better hope he is, because his energy and ball control has been essential to their offense.

Last week: 15

Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB
Captain Kirk is perfectly adequate when his play-makers (Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen) are doing their part. And credit to him for finally notching that Monday night win! Are we sleeping on the Vikings just a little bit?

Last week: 17

Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
You can't really fault him too much for struggling against the Steelers defense. Burrow could've been better, sure, but he's still got the makings of a future stud. The chemistry with Tee Higgins has been especially promising. 

Last week: 16

Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins QB
The Dolphins have yet to need Tua to play hero for a full game, but boy has he looked comfortable. Miami has been rolling, and it's a good bet his pocket poise will be showcased even more as this club continues to pick up steam.

Last week: 20

Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions QB
Good for him getting back on track against Washington, but ... it was Washington. Stafford's still got the talent to be a top-12ish signal-caller, but like the team around him, he's kind of stuck in neutral. Let's see what happens in 2021. 

Last week: 22

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams QB
He fared fine against the Seahawks in an important divisional win, but "fine" is the operative word. Goff isn't killing the Rams right now, but he's not exactly putting them over the top, either. Where did all that early-season swagger go?

Last week: 19

Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles QB
He's gotten absolutely no favors from the coaching staff, which has no idea what offense it wants to run. And yet he's still been adequate at best in 2020, which isn't cutting it considering his skill set and salary. The Eagles need a lot more here.  

Last week: 18

Cam Newton New England Patriots QB
That makes two straight solid outings for Newton, who was steady in an important win over Baltimore. He doesn't really scare you anymore, but at least he's giving New England a fighting chance.

Last week: 25

Philip Rivers Indianapolis Colts QB
Papa Rivers looked fine in Indy's big win over the Titans, but the real test will come in Week 11 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. If the Colts want to make any noise in the playoffs, they're going to need him to take over a game or two.

Last week: 23

Daniel Jones New York Giants QB
Danny Dimes has wheels! Jones may miss one too many key throws, and we're sure the fumbling habit will be back, but his athleticism has helped them stay alive in the NFC East. Call us crazy, but we still see a franchise guy in there somewhere.

Last week: 27

Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns QB
If Mayfield tops 200 passing yards and doesn't turn the ball over, that's a good day for him and the Browns offense. That just kind of sums up where we're at here. Cleveland's "O" is built entirely around the rushing duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Last week: 21

Nick Foles Chicago Bears QB
Like his old buddy Carson Wentz, Foles isn't really working in the best conditions, whether because of poor play-calling or a sloppy supporting cast. Still, he makes far too many mistakes on both simple and important plays that could change the game.  

Last week: 24

Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints QB
We'll get our first full look at Jameis running the Saints' offense against the Falcons, who should give the ex-Bucs starter a chance at decent numbers in place of Drew Brees. But are boom-or-bust throws also on tap, per usual? 

Last week: Unranked

Alex Smith Washington Football Team QB
Nearly 400 yards against the Lions is nice, but Smith isn't really a scary QB at this point in his career, nor was he ever really that kind of passer. His upside might be higher than that of Kyle Allen, but it's still limited. 

Last week: 28

Andy Dalton Dallas Cowboys QB
Can he match Garrett Gilbert's emergency performance? We'll see. Dalton is better than his initial performances as Dak Prescott's fill-in suggested, but the leash on his second chance might not be long. 

Last week: Unranked

Drew Lock Denver Broncos QB
Since coming back from injury, Lock has thrown six TDs to 10 INTs. In other words, he's been bad. The Broncos are young and banged up, but his unpredictability from the pocket has not helped. 

Last week: 27

Joe Flacco New York Jets QB
At least he offers a little more than Sam Darnold. (Seriously.) Flacco is bound to throw at least one head-scratcher if he doesn't check it down all night, but he's got enough belief in his arm to make New York mildly competitive.

Last week: Unranked

Jake Luton Jacksonville Jaguars QB
Luton fell back to Earth against the Packers in a winnable game. Even so, this is probably his job to lose as Jacksonville meanders its way to a top draft pick while Gardner Minshew watches from the sidelines.

Last week: 30

Nick Mullens San Francisco 49ers QB
Remember when we thought he might be a smoother operator than Jimmy Garoppolo? Not when the Niners are decimated at just about every other position.

Last week: 31