We are through 12 weeks of the 2021 season, and we saw some more uneven play under center. Joe Burrow helped the Bengals hang 41 points on the Steelers, Mac Jones continued his stellar rookie campaign, and Tua Tagovailoa impressed in the Dolphins’ fourth straight win. But Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Jalen Hurts had plenty of issues in losses.

On a weekly basis throughout the season, I will rate my current confidence in each quarterback’s play. Who is unstoppable and in the MVP conversation? Who is struggling and needs to find consistency? Who is rising, and who is falling, after each week’s game slate? Which rookies are exceeding expectations, and which veterans are leading their offenses to playoff contention? And remember, this is based on the present, not future potential.

True backups will not be included, though teams with multiple legitimate starting options might have multiple QBs listed in the rankings. Backups in line to play for injured starters will also be ranked. The list will be accompanied each week by some of the biggest takeaways and lingering thoughts from the recent performances under center, including what both the tape and numbers say about some of the game’s starting quarterbacks. Here are this week’s QB rankings and some notes regarding the position.

Last updated: Dec. 1

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