NFL quarterback rankings, Week 12: Justin Herbert slays Steelers

In a wild Sunday night affair, Justin Herbert went for almost 500 yards in a 41-37 victory for the Los Angeles Chargers over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Our 2021 FanSided NFL quarterback rankings go live each Tuesday morning throughout the regular season, and we use a sliding scale incorporating current and past performances, with the former meaning more as the year goes on.

32

Tim Boyle

QB Detroit Lions

2021 stats: 77 yards | 65.2 comp % | 0 TD | 2 INT | 6.3 YPA | 6.7 QBR

LW: 26

I was taught as a child, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. We move on.

31

Joe Flacco

QB New York Jets

2021 stats: 338 yards | 64.3 comp % | 3 TD | 0 INT | 8.0 YPA | 34.4 QBR

LW: NA

The Jets were supposedly turning a corner this season, and instead Joe Flacco is still starting games.

30

Trevor Siemian

QB New Orleans Saints

2021 stats: 920 yards | 56.9 comp % | 8 TD | 2 INT | 6.4 YPA | 36.3 QBR

LW: 28

Siemian was hideous on Sunday, throwing the Saints right out of the game. He’s a backup at best.

29

Justin Fields

QB Chicago Bears

2021 stats: 1,361 yards | 58.1 comp % | 4 TD | 8 INT | 6.9 YPA | 25.6 QBR

LW: 24

Fields had to leave at halftime with a rib injury. Before leaving, he struggled against the league’s worst pass defense in Baltimore. Not great.

28

Colt McCoy

QB Arizona Cardinals

2021 stats: 684 yards | 75.6 comp % | 3 TD | 1 INT | 7.6 YPA | 53.3 QBR

LW: 31

McCoy did a terrific job against the Seahawks, completing 80 percent of his throws. Going 2-1 in relief of Kyler Murray? Great job.

27

Tyrod Taylor

QB Houston Texans

2021 stats: 763 yards | 62.2 comp % | 3 TD | 3 INT | 6.9 YPA | 53.3 QBR

LW: 27

Taylor didn’t have a big game on Sunday, but he didn’t make mistakes. Combine that with Ryan Tannehill throwing four interceptions, and you have an upset.

26

Trevor Lawrence

QB Jacksonville Jaguars

2021 stats: 2,141 yards | 58.4 comp % | 8 TD | 9 INT | 6.0 YPA | 35.0 QBR

LW: 23

Lawrence didn’t throw an interception for the third straight week. He also failed to drive the ball into the end zone. This isn’t all on Lawrence, but he’s struggling to make plays.

25

Ben Roethlisberger

QB Pittsburgh Steelers

2021 stats: 2,259 yards | 65.3 comp % | 13 TD | 4 INT | 6.6 YPA | 43.8 QBR

LW: NA

Roethlisberger easily had the best game of his season on Sunday, throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Still, the arm is toast.

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24

Cam Newton

QB Carolina Panthers

2021 stats: 197 yards | 77.4 comp % | 3 TD | 0 INT | 6.4 YPA | 69.0 QBR

LW: NA

Newton was solid against Washington, but Carolina’s defense struggled all afternoon. Regardless, the Panthers have to be thrilled with the upgrade over Sam Darnold. Newton still has juice.

23

Daniel Jones

QB New York Giants

2021 stats: 2,226 yards | 64.8 comp % | 9 TD | 7 INT | 7.0 YPA | 45.4 QBR

LW: 21

Jones struggled most of the night against a bad Tampa Bay defense. The Buccaneers couldn’t stop Trevor Siemian or Taylor Heinicke, but Jones did nothing. Not great.

22

Tua Tagovailoa

QB Miami Dolphins

2021 stats: 1,471 yards | 68.0 comp % | 9 TD | 6 INT | 7.2 YPA | 58.0 QBR

LW: 25

Quietly, Tagovailoa has been solid the past few games. That said, the Dolphins have no faith in him, and it’s tough to see him long-term in Miami, but raising his value for another team?

21

Taylor Heinicke

QB Washington Football Team

2021 stats: 2,390 yards | 66.2 comp % | 15 TD | 9 INT | 7.3 YPA | 48.4 QBR

LW: 22

Heinicke has engineered a pair of upsets over the last two weeks, beating the Buccaneers and Panthers. He’s without a big arm, but Heinicke is accurate and has enough mobility in the pocket.

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20

Baker Mayfield

QB Cleveland Browns

2021 stats: 2,166 yards | 64.0 comp % | 10 TD | 6 INT | 7.9 YPA | 37.2 QBR

LW: 17

Mayfield is clearly playing hurt. He struggled mightily against Detroit, throwing two interceptions on 6.1 YPA. It’s bee a rough year.

19

Teddy Bridgewater

QB Denver Broncos

2021 stats: 2,389 yards | 69.2 comp % | 14 TD | 5 INT | 7.4 YPA | 47.9 QBR

LW: 19

Bridgewater is coming off the Broncos’ bye week and looking to get a huge win against the Chargers. If Denver wins, it’s in the playoff picture.

18

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB San Francisco 49ers

2021 stats: 2,112 yards | 56.9 comp % | 12 TD | 5 INT | 8.3 YPA | 59.6 QBR

LW: 20

Garoppolo has been efficient over the past two weeks, and the 49ers have responded with wins over the Rams and Jaguars. Now, the Vikings in a critical game.

17

Matt Ryan

QB Atlanta Falcons

2021 stats: 2,427 yards | 67.7 comp % | 15 TD | 10 INT | 7.9 YPA | 52.0 QBR

LW: 15

Ryan and the Falcons have amassed three points total over the past two weeks. Atlanta has almost no talent to speak of around him.

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16

Jalen Hurts

QB Philadelphia Eagles

2021 stats: 2,306 yards | 61.6 comp % | 13 TD | 5 INT | 7.2 YPA | 51.8 QBR

LW: 18

Hurts was pedestrian in the air with a line of 147 yards on 24 attempts. However, he also ran for 69 yards and three touchdowns, showcasing his unique talent.

15

Ryan Tannehill

QB Tennessee Titans

2021 stats: 2,681 yards | 66.6 comp % | 13 TD | 12 INT | 7.3 YPA | 54.0 QBR

LW: 13

Tannehill threw four interceptions against the Texans. Quietly, he easily has the worst TD:INT ratio of any true starter in the game.

14

Carson Wentz

QB Indianapolis Colts

2021 stats: 2,484 yards | 63.0 comp % | 18 TD | 3 INT | 7.0 YPA | 56.1 QBR

LW: 14

Wentz was essentially asked to hang out and watch the Jonathan Taylor show. Importantly, though, Wentz didn’t make any big mistakes in awful weather. He’s managing the game well.

13

Mac Jones

QB New England Patriots

2021 stats: 2,540 yards | 70.2 comp % | 14 TD | 8 INT | 7.3 YPA | 49.8 QBR

LW: 16

Jones isn’t the demigod he’s made out to be by some, but he’s playing smart, efficient football on a team asking him to do exactly that.

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12

Russell Wilson

QB Seattle Seahawks

2021 stats: 1,564 yards | 64.9 comp % | 10 TD | 3 INT | 8.2 YPA | 45.6 QBR

LW: 9

Wilson might need to shut it down again. He’s looked awful since coming back from finger surgery, and the Seahawks have 13 points across two games in that span.

11

Joe Burrow

QB Cincinnati Bengals

2021 stats: 2,645 yards | 68.3 comp % | 21 TD | 11 INT | 8.4 YPA | 49.4 QBR

LW: 12

Burrow was mediocre on Sunday, throwing for 148 yards (5.1 YPA) with a touchdown in Cincinnati’s 32-13 win over the Raiders. Big test this week against the Steelers.

10

Derek Carr

QB Las Vegas Raiders

2021 stats: 3,041 yards | 67.9 comp % | 16 TD | 9 INT | 8.1 YPA | 53.9 QBR

LW: 10

Carr has enjoyed a nice year, but the wheels have come off. Over the Raiders’ current three-game losing streak, Carr has thrown four interceptions and doesn’t have a 300-yard effort.

9

Kirk Cousins

QB Minnesota Vikings

2021 stats: 2,775 yards | 68.2 comp % | 21 TD | 2 INT | 7.4 YPA | 59.1 QBR

LW: 11

Cousins aired it out against the Packers, throwing for 341 yards (9.7 YPA) and three touchdowns without a pick. The Vikings are 5-5, and it’s largely because of the offense.

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8

Josh Allen

QB Buffalo Bills

2021 stats: 2,811 yards | 65.7 comp % | 21 TD | 8 INT | 7.4 YPA | 58.8 QBR

LW: 5

Allen is the MVP frontrunner for some, but why? He’s been great at times, awful at others. On Sunday, Allen threw two interceptions and almost a third while being inaccurate all day.

7

Lamar Jackson

QB Baltimore Ravens

2021 stats: 2,447 yards | 64.4 comp % | 14 TD | 8 INT | 7.9 YPA | 54.1 QBR

LW: 7

Jackson couldn’t play last Sunday due to illness but should be back this weekend with the Browns coming to town. Big spot for the Ravens.

6

Dak Prescott

QB Dallas Cowboys

2021 stats: 2,557 yards | 69.6 comp % | 20 TD | 7 INT | 7.8 YPA | 50.9 QBR

LW: 2

For the second time in three weeks, Prescott struggled against an AFC West team. Dallas couldn’t muster a touchdown and Prescott was sacked five times while throwing two interceptions.

5

Justin Herbert

QB Los Angeles Chargers

2021 stats: 2,927 yards | 66.2 comp % | 22 TD | 8 INT | 7.4 YPA | 67.0 QBR

LW: 8

Herbert was brilliant on Sunday night against the Steelers. With the Chargers’ defense once again struggling, the second-year star threw for 382 yards and three scores while rushing for 90 additional yards. It was a tour de force.

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4

Patrick Mahomes

QB Kansas City Chiefs

2021 stats: 3,200 yards | 65.5 comp % | 25 TD | 11 INT | 7.1 YPA | 57.3 QBR

LW: 6

Mahomes was victimized Sunday by a litany of drops — one that turned into an interception. Still, the Chiefs won 19-9 over Dallas, and Mahomes was both accurate and smart, throwing for 260 yards.

3

Aaron Rodgers

QB Green Bay Packers

2021 stats: 2,571 yards | 66.8 comp % | 21 TD | 4 INT | 7.8 YPA | 65.3 QBR

LW: 4

Rodgers suffered a toe injury in the first half of the 34-31 loss to Minnesota, but No. 12 still shined. The reigning MVP threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, keeping Green Bay alive all day.

2

Matthew Stafford

QB Los Angeles Rams

2021 stats: 3,013 yards | 68.2 comp % | 24 TD | 8 INT | 8.6 YPA | 69.8 QBR

LW: 3

After a pair of ugly losses, both Stafford and the Rams are looking for redemption this weekend in Green Bay. The veteran signal-caller should have mismatches to exploit against the Packers’ secondary.

1

Tom Brady

QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 stats: 3,191 yards | 67.4 comp % | 29 TD | 8 INT | 7.6 YPA | 65.6 QBR

LW: 1

Brady dominated the Giants, who refused to play any kind of pass defense within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Still, a much-needed win and a solid performance by Brady.

Source: FanSided

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