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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.

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Now, without further ado, let's get to our Week 3 rankings:

Week 3 QB Power Rankings
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QB
His acrobatic tendencies actually led to a bad late-game pick against the Ravens, but nine times out of 10, his freewheeling style is what makes the Chiefs special.
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks QB
It's either short pass or monster bomb from Russ, but who cares when he makes it look so pretty? Seattle is going to be competitive all year, as usual, because of his arm.
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
It's not even a debate at this point: He is in his prime at 44. Until anyone proves otherwise, the Bucs remain NFC favorites with the ageless wonder under center.
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
Week 2 sure looked a lot easier for Rodgers. Yes, he was picking on the Lions, but still, a full-speed effort for 60 minutes might've given him six TDs through the air. He's still got it.
Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB
Solid, as always. What he lacks in transcendent talent he makes up for with a steady hand. He's also one of the top reasons Dallas is probably the favorite in the NFC East.
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB
He's got to be a little smarter when trusting his arm to bail him out on certain key downs, but the whole package is still there.
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB
So this is what Stafford looks like on a good team, eh? His big arm will be a season-long highlight for a loaded offense. (+1)
Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB
Anyone looking for MVP candidates should definitely look here. Arizona is 2-0 in large part due to Murray's early reminder that he has one of the game's best combos: A rocket arm and near-unmatched mobility. (+2)
Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB
It's too early to hit the panic button, especially after a 35-0 win, but his accuracy has definitely dipped back to pre-2020 levels. Let's see if he can tighten things up, lest the critics suggest his MVP candidacy was an anomaly. (-2)
Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB
What a tough and triumphant performance on prime time against the Chiefs. He still has to get more efficient through the air, but he's darn near unstoppable when he has space. He's only down a spot because of Murray's surge. (-1)
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans QB
Life is so much easier when Derrick Henry is rushing for almost 200 yards. And when Julio Jones shows up.
Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns QB
He would be higher if it weren't for the guys directly ahead of him. Mayfield has proven time and again that he's got the fire and wherewithal to shepherd Kevin Stefanski's offense for the foreseeable future.
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB
The Vikings may be stumbling, but anyone who tunes in can see that Kirk's still slinging it. He's not perfect, but he consistently gives Minnesota a chance to win by hitting his star wideouts for big plays.
Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders QB
Raiders fans won't settle for this after Carr's hot start, but let's see him keep it going a bit longer first. He's definitely playing with confidence, and suddenly Vegas looks like a really tough out.
Teddy Bridgewater Denver Broncos QB
It's one thing to go off against the Giants and Jaguars; it's another to stay aggressive against good opponents. We'll see if Teddy does the latter, but there's no denying his poise has rubbed off on the Broncos. (+4)
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB
Week 2 was really uneven for him, with few deep shots working and only late-game scrambles moving the chains, but his coach's play-calling didn't always help. He's still playing quickly and smoothly for a surprisingly competitive team. (+1)
Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB
So much for Burrow looking completely comfortable post-knee surgery. Week 2 was chock-full of poor decisions, though it's fair to wonder how much Zac Taylor's strategy hindered the offense as well. (-2)
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
The numbers aren't wild, but he's been very structured and reliable for a guy making his first NFL starts.
Sam Darnold Carolina Panthers QB
Another post-Adam Gase success story! Or so it seems. Darnold is moving around and zipping it with a confidence rarely, if ever, seen in New York. The Panthers just might be good! (+5)
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers QB
Jimmy G made some nice plays in crunch time to beat the Eagles, but only after at least a half of misses on routine targets. The 49ers are a deceptive 2-0. Trey Lance time might be closer than most realize. (-4)
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons QB
He at least showed some life against the Buccaneers, playing with urgency and hitting on some big plays to keep pace with Tampa for a while. But this still feels kinda like two sides playing out a relationship that's already over. (+1)
Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints QB
After Week 1, some Jameis fans insisted he belonged ahead of Aaron Rodgers on this list. Ha. We're all for Winston's big arm, but he's still a boom-or-bust starter until he can string together reliable starts. (-1)
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers QB
He's made some important throws during the Steelers' 1-1 start, but it's fairly clear, for physical and/or schematic reasons, he cannot be counted on to pick up the slack if Pittsburgh's defense falters and Steel City needs a shootout to win.
Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB
With Andy Dalton down, the rookie is set to make his first start. It probably won't be extremely pretty against the Browns, but he at least offers dual-threat play-extending abilities that Dalton has never possessed.
Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB
Is it possible he's a bit underrated -- an outcast stuck on an afterthought of a team? Maybe. He still looks good throwing from a clean pocket. But the Lions are the Lions, which means he doesn't have nearly enough help to relive his Rams glory days. (+3) 
Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB
He looked his sharpest out of the gate in Week 2, but from then on, he once again struggled with forcing plays -- an understandable flaw on a bad team. More reps will help.
Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins QB
You can substitute Jacoby Brissett here in the event Tua is forced to miss Sunday's game with a rib injury. Both guys are what they are: Conservative and not particularly special, but good enough to get you a win if everything else is working.
Taylor Heinicke Washington Football Team QB
He's not lacking in either mobility or energy, which goes a long way. But he's still unproven as a regular. Let's see how he fares when he has to face tougher defenses over the course of several weeks. (+2)
Daniel Jones New York Giants QB
He was actually one of the least of the Giants' issues in a Week 2 loss to Washington. But the bigger picture tells us he's too mistake-prone to trust, especially if the supporting cast around him becomes increasingly dejected. (+2)
Zach Wilson New York Jets QB
We are still big believers in his arm, but man did he get schooled by Bill Belichick in Week 2. It's not even that, but the fact he looked so ... apathetic? ... just chucking it up with the game getting out of hand. (-5)
Jacob Eason Indianapolis Colts QB
With Carson Wentz nursing injuries to both ankles just weeks after returning from ankle surgery, Eason is in line to start for the Colts in a huge game against the Titans. Let's hope Frank Reich has a plan to keep him protected.
Davis Mills Houston Texans QB
With Tyrod Taylor out, it's the rookie's turn to take over as Deshaun Watson remains an anonymous member of the QB room. He's got the build and tools to be something, but he's still making his first career start for a ragtag rebuilding team.

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