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2022 NFL Week 18 QB Power Rankings: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers on the rise as Daniel Jones approaches top 10


1 Telling stat: While throwing the fourth-most passes of any QB this season, he’s tossing a TD on a whopping 6.4% of those throws, the highest mark in the NFL, and almost twice as much as Tom Brady and Justin Herbert, who rank No. 1 and No. 2 in total passes thrown, respectively. 2 Telling stat: In 15 games, he’s already matched his career high in TD passes (34), not including a 35th thrown to Tyler Boyd in Monday night’s postponed matchup with the Bills. 3 Telling stat: His 4,775 total yards (4,029 passing, 746 rushing) rank second among all players, behind only Mahomes. 4 Telling stat: During the Chargers‘ 5-2 stretch, in which L.A.’s two losses have come by a combined 10 points, he’s completed at least 74 percent of his throws five different times. 5 Telling stat: The Eagles are 0-2, and posted their worst scoring output since Nov. 28, 2021, without him under center this year. Despite missing two games, only three players have scored more total TDs (35). 6 Telling stat: In one less game, Lawrence has improved in literally every major passing category from his rookie season. Most notably, his completion percentage (66.5) is almost a full seven points higher than in 2021. 7 Telling stat: He’s averaged at least 8 yards per attempt, and thrown at least two TDs, in all four of his starts. 8 Telling stat: Seventeen of his 25 TD passes, or 68%, have come while the Packers are trailing. 9 Telling stat: At age 45, his 4,850 intended air yards — the total distance thrown on all pass attempts — leads the NFL. 10 Telling stat: After totaling four turnovers in the Seahawks‘ first eight games (5-3 stretch), he’s totaled nine (six INTs, three fumbles lost) in the eight games since (3-5 stretch). 11 Telling stat: Not a single active starting QB has a better INT percentage (1.1%), even though Jones ranks just outside the top 10 for total passes thrown. In his first three NFL seasons, Jones had 49 turnovers in 37 games. 12 Telling stat: He simultaneously leads the NFL in fourth-quarter comebacks (8) and INTs (14), with almost half of the picks (6) coming in two of the Vikings‘ four losses on the season. 13 Telling stat: Despite completing 71% of his throws since returning from injury in Week 7, he has now turned the ball over at least once in six straight starts, averaging nearly 1.3 INTs per game this season. 14 Telling stat: Twenty-three of his 29 TD passes, or 79%, have come at home, where Detroit is 5-4 on the season. 15 Telling stat: He and the RavensLamar Jackson, who have exactly the same amount of passing yards (2,242) and passing TDs (17), are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in terms of QB rushing yards and yards per carry. 16 Telling stat: Despite a three-TD breakout in Week 17, he ranks 31st among all QBs to start at least five games, ahead of only the JetsZach Wilson, in completion percentage (56.7%). 17 Telling stat: Among QBs with at least five starts this year, no one has produced more yards per pass completion (14.3). 18 Telling stat: After throwing eight INTs in his first five games, the rookie has thrown just one in his last seven, while logging three fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives since mid-November alone. 19 Telling stat: He needed just one start to accomplish something Derek Carr did not in 2022: throw for 310+ yards. 20 Telling start: Only two other QBs throw TDs more infrequently than Jones, who has managed just 11 in 13 games. The other two: Zach Wilson, who’s played four fewer games; and Kenny Pickett, a rookie who has two fewer starts. 21 Telling stat: Besides posting a career-low completion percentage (60.8) in 2022, Wilson’s last two years of rushing totals (averaging 45 carries for 221 yards per season) are easily the lowest of his 11-year career. 22 Telling stat: During the Saints‘ three-game win streak, he’s averaged just 12 completions and 18 passes per game. 23 Telling stat: Tutu Atwell has been the Rams‘ most targeted wide receiver during his brief run as an emergency starter. 24 Telling stat: Splitting the last four years between the Eagles, Colts and Commanders, he’s totaled 55 turnovers in 53 games. 25 Telling stat: Since a three-TD win in his first start for Zach Wilson, he’s completed 55% of his passes, with zero TDs and four INTs, never averaging even 6.5 yards per attempt. 26 Telling stat: Neither of the Texans‘ two leading WRs, Brandin Cooks and Chris Moore, have eclipsed 600 yards on the year. 27 Telling stat: In his four starts for Lamar Jackson, the Ravens are 2-0 when he throws the ball 17 times or less. 28 Telling stat: In one start, throwing 232 yards against the Cowboys, he nearly eclipsed Malik Willis‘ passing yards total from the rookie QB’s first three games (234). 29 Telling stat: This is the second time Ehlinger is coming off the bench for the Colts in 2022 and, with Nick Foles sidelined, the second different elder QB he is replacing. 30 Telling stat: He’s poised to make his seventh straight appearance coming off the bench as a rookie, with both Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater banged up for at least the second time this season. 31 Telling stat: He became Arizona’s fourth different starting QB of the season by debuting in Week 17, less than three weeks after signing off the Vikings’ practice squad. 32 Telling stat: His top targets in a close Week 17 victory included MyCole Pruitt and Damiere Byrd.





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