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Ranking the NFL's 32 best QBs at the halfway point

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As we hit at the virtual midway mark of the 2020 season, here is our ranking of all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks. Where will we see Carson Wentz?

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Talk about being thrown to the wolves. The former Bengal was forced into action when Dak Prescott fell injured and probably wishes he wasn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

2/32

For the second straight season, Lock has missed multiple games due to injury. Since his return, things haven’t gone well: no TDs, four picks. Handed a win by the Chargers in Week 8.

 

 

 

 

 

3/32

Selected one pick ahead of Justin Herbert this past spring, He led the Dolphins to a win in his first career start Sunday. He led two scoring drives, 33 yards, and one yard.

 

 

 

 

 

4/32

Shame about this guy. He could be a solid quarterback, and we may never know. He’s sent into a gunfight with a spoon every week.

 

 

 

 

 

5/32

See Sam Darnold.

 

 

 

 

 

6/32

The Vikings got a nice win in Green Bay against the Packers Sunday, largely because Cousins was asked to do virtually nothing. He threw 14 passes in the game. His lone TD pass was listed at 50 yards to Dalvin Cook. Cook had 54 yards after the catch.

 

 

 

 

 

7/32

Was it really just five years ago that Cam was the league MVP? Now, at 31 and 2-4 in six starts with Coach Hoodie, you have to wonder if this will be his last starting NFL gig.

 

 

 

 

 

8/32

We’ll always have the Super Bowl run, Nick. He hasn’t been the same since. 2-7 as a starter since the start of last season.

 

 

 

 

9/32

Emblematic of a football team called Football Team. Nothing he does stands out. Holding a place until Washington finds itself a quarterback.

 

 

 

 

10/32

Strong win against a very good Titans team. Fearless, probably to a fault. Five 300-yard games in his first seven NFL starts. His team’s hoping he’ll learn not to take so many hits.

 

 

 

 

11/32

Doesn’t have a ton of help around him. He’s still searching for the Moustache Magic of last season.

 

 

 

 

12/32

Had an awful start to the season, but he’s doing more with less than anyone in the NFL. He’s played his last couple games missing nine offensive starters. Now they’re starting to trickle back, so we’ll see if 2017 Wentz returns.

 

 

 

 

13/32

The question remains with Mayfield: Which guy will show up this week? So far this year he’s had five games leading the team to 32 points or more, and three games with seven points or fewer.

 

 

 

14/32

Coming off a terrific 2019 season, bitten by the injury bug this year. Left Sunday’s loss vs Seattle with an ankle injury.

 

 

15/32

Chugging his way to 39, he’s still a rhythm quarterback. If things are going well, he can run it up; if things are going poorly, they have a tendency to snowball.

 

 

16/32

Ryan just accumulates stats: yards, touchdowns, everything but wins anymore. He's 16-23 since the start of 2018.

 

 

17/32

The very definition of an average NFL quarterback. Doesn’t knock your socks off, also won’t beat you singlehandedly.

 

 

18/32

The sixth pick in the 2020 draft has not disappointed, but the Chargers just invent ways to lose football games. Herbert has five losses in his first six NFL starts by a total of 19 points.

 

 

19/32

His team is 1-6, but don’t blame him. He’s averaging just a tick below 300 passing yards per game, and leading the league in yards per attempt, in spite of having no running game and a suspect offensive line (22 sacks).

 

 

20/32

Imagine the respect level he’d have in the NFL if he had a team around him. Well on his way to his eighth 4,000-yard season.

 

 

21/32

Always a high-volume passer, now they’re connecting at a much higher rate, and the Raiders are rolling. Thus far, he’s at career highs in yards per game, completion %, TD %, and passer rating (112.8).

 

 

22/32

He didn’t have much fun against Miami in Week 8, but making a team fly cross-country four times in seven weeks isn’t very fair. 2020 has been his best season to date.

 

 

23/32

Already matched last year’s win total, and got himself a resume-building win on a national stage in Week 7 against Seattle. The NFC West race is gonna be fun this year.

 

 

24/32

The league’s defending MVP takes a licking and keeps on ticking. His numbers haven’t dazzled this year, but he is fighting through some injuries. If he stays healthy, he’s always a threat with the ball in his hands.

 

 

25/32

Another elder statesman (38) pulling the wagon for his team. They’re 7-0, tied for the franchise’s best start in more than 40 years.

 

26/32

Ho-hum, just leading the league in completion percentage for a fourth consecutive year. And he’s done it this year largely without his main target, Michael Thomas.

27/32

It took a few weeks to get used to his new digs, but TB is TB again in TB. Last 5 games: 15 TD, 1 INT. And with those skill players, don’t be surprised if we see him still playing again late in January.

28/32

It’s a shame the Dolphins ran out of patience with Tannehill. Finally living up to billing in Nashville, where he’s not asked to carry the team. Makes all the right throws, as accurate as they come right now.

29/32

After a trial by fire as a rookie two seasons ago, he’s 16-8 since the start of 2019 as a starter. One of the true dual threats in the league, a gifted athlete who can throw it over you, or run right by you.

30/32

Closing in on 38, and quite possibly closing in on a third league MVP award. His connection with Davante Adams could lead to a deep postseason run.

31/32

You could argue flip-flopping Russell Wilson and Mahomes, but for now, the reigning Super Bowl MVP is just behind Wilson for the top spot. 

32/32

Leading the MVP race, as well as many other stat categories this season, Wilson has dazzled week in and week out. He finally has multiple top-flight WR targets, and his elusiveness buys him even more time to pick defenses apart.

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