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Year of the G.O.A.T? Why Bucs’ Brady is now in command for season crown in Herald NFL QB rankings

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G.O.A.T. MAKING NOISE: BUCS’ BRADY WINS WEEK 13, EXPANDS SEASON LEAD IN MIAMI HERALD’S LATEST NFL QUARTERBACK RANKINGS: It’s December. Byes end this week. Playoffs are on the mind. And to commemorate the beginning of the NFL’s stretch run, the Herald’s quarterback rankings expand starting this week from a top 20 to a top 25. But the name at the top is the same: Tom Brady. The Bucs’ maestro wins Week 13 with a 57.40-point game to grow his season lead to a robust 62-point margin. Brady has had seven top-three finishes and two titles, having won in 2007 and 2017. The Rams’ Matthew Stafford is in a distant second place. Dolphin Tua Tagovailoa rises two more spots to 23rd overall after a 42.20-point game, sixth-best for the week leaguewide. This is the 24th year for our annual rankings, which began in 1998 with Steve Young the inaugural season champion. Our rankings factor accuracy, passing yardage, touchdown/interception ratio and team result. They are passer ratings per se and do not include a QB’s running statistics. Most major passer rankings including the NFL’s and ESPN’s are percent-based, allowing a player who misses half a season to still win a title. Our system is cumulative, rewarding players who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. Players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of the season. The Top 25 chart plus Dolphins through Week 13:

RK LW Player, Team Wk13 Season

1. 1. Tom Brady, TB 57.40 491.55

2 . 2. Matthew Stafford, LAR 42.75 429.55

3. 3. Kirk Cousins, MIN 43.00 422.65

4. 5. Justin Herbert, LAC 43.85 417.35

5. 8. Derek Carr, LV 30.45 398.15

6. 9. Dak Prescott, DAL 28.90 391.50

7. 4. Patrick Mahomes, KC 12.20 388.20

8. 6. Josh Allen, BUF 10.25 382.80

9. 7. Aaron Rodgers, GB BYE 369.90

10. 10. Mac Jones, NE 6.95 368.50

11. 11. Joe Burrow, CIN 20.00 357.75

12. 12. Carson Wentz, IND 25.90 345.40

13. 15. Matt Ryan, ATL 33.85 337.70

14. 16. Taylor Heinicke, WAS 33.80 332.45

15. 13. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN 13.85 326.75

16. 18. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 33.80 325.90

17. 17. Kyler Murray, ARI 24.15 318.95

18. 14. Ryan Tannehill, TEN BYE 304.70

19. 19. Lamar Jackson, BAL 21.65 293.25

20. 20. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF 24.95 292.15

21. 22. Jared Goff, DET 34.80 287.30

22. 21. Daniel Jones, NYG DNP 253.40

23. 25. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA 42.20 252.75

24. 23. Baker Mayfield, CLE BYE 236.65

25. 27. Russell Wilson, SEA 42.55 236.10

31. 31. Jacoby Brissett, MIA DNP 131.65

Bubble: Jalen Hurts, PHI, 232.75. Dropouts: Hurts, PHI, 24th to 26th. Week 13 best: Brady, TB, 57.40 (38-51, 368, 4-1 in win). Week 13 worst: (min. 10 attempts): Tyrod Taylor, HOU, minus-3.75 (5-13, 45, 0-1 in loss).

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