#33 Blaine Gabbert, Titans
Week 3 stats: 1-of-3, 8 yards, zero TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: The Titans’ injury issues at quarterback continued Sunday as Gabbert got knocked out early. It’s a minor miracle this team is 2-1 with both of its QBs banged up.
#32 Mitch Trubisky, Bears
Week 3 stats: 24-of-35, 220 yards, zero TDs, one interception
Analysis: Once again, Trubisky was … fine. Honestly, it’s tough to find new things to say about this guy. He’s a machine that consistently cranks out mediocre stat lines. Could be better, could be worse.
#31 Marcus Mariota, Titans
#30 Josh Allen, Bills
Week 3 stats: 15-of-22, 196 yards, one TD, zero interceptions
Analysis: Oh, don’t forget about Allen’s 10 runs for 39 yards and two TDs, either. Just a 27-6 win over the Vikings, as we all expected. The Bills have begun to turn things around since Allen took over and that doesn’t seem like a coincidence.
#29 Sam Darnold, Jets
#28 Case Keenum, Broncos
Week 3 stats: 22-of-34, 192 yards, zero TDs, one interception
Analysis: Keenum’s late-game magic from the first two weeks finally fell apart. Instead, his utter mediocrity caught up to the Broncos in a 13-point loss to the Ravens. Keenum just hasn’t come close to looking like his 2017 self yet this season.
#27 Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
Week 3 stats: N/A
Analysis: Winston’s suspension has come to a close. Now the question is whether he’ll actually resume his starting job. Ryan Fitzpatrick has given the Bucs a tough choice.
#26 Deshaun Watson, Texans
Week 3 stats: 24-of-40 passing, 385 yards, two TDs, one interception
Analysis: The Texans fell to 0-3, but that really wasn’t on Watson. He added five carries for 36 yards and was explosive in the passing game even though he wasn’t particularly efficient.
#25 Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Week 3 stats: 21-of-34, 155 yards, zero TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Now there’s the Bortles we all know. After a stellar performance against the Patriots last week, he slipped right back into his usual ways and was fairly unproductive. Turns out six points usually isn’t enough to win a football game.
#24 Dak Prescott, Cowboys
#23 Baker Mayfield, Browns
#22 Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Week 3 stats: 20-of-30, 251 yards, two TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Forget the stats and the performance – the big takeaway is obviously that Garoppolo is done for the year with a torn ACL. Come this time next week, C.J. Beathard will be on this list instead.
#21 Eli Manning, Giants
#20 Andy Dalton, Bengals
Week 3 stats: 29-of-46, 352 yards, two TDs, four interceptions
Analysis: That line looks pretty darn good right up until the last part. Four interceptions is rough – it’s tough to win like that. And the Bengals didn’t.
#19 Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Week 3 stats: 16-of-26, 192 yards, two TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: The Seahawks finally got in the win column even though Wilson wasn’t exactly dominant. He did a good job protecting the ball and fired a couple TDs, but the completion percentage is nothing to write home about.
#18 Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Week 3 stats: 17-of-23, 289 yards, three TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Wait a second. Are the Dolphins … good? They’re 3-0 and Tannehill’s return from an ACL injury is cruising along. This was his best performance of the three as the Dolphins pushed past the Raiders, 28-20.
#17 Alex Smith, Redskins
#16 Derek Carr, Raiders
#15 Kirk Cousins, Vikings
#14 Matthew Stafford, Lions
Week 3 stats: 27-of-36, 262 yards, two TDs, one interception
Analysis: After an absolutely awful start to the season against the Jets, Stafford has worked his way back to normal. Beating the Patriots to grab their first win is a nice day’s work for the Lions, too.
#13 Andrew Luck, Colts
#12 Joe Flacco, Ravens
Week 3 stats: 25-of-40, 277 yards, one TD, zero interceptions
Analysis: The man who always seems to ignite an impassioned debate about “eliteness” didn’t quite live up to that level on Sunday, but he was certainly good. Good enough to comfortably hand the Broncos their first loss, too.
#11 Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers
Week 3 stats: 30-of-50, 411 yards, three TDs, three interceptions
Analysis: The Fitzmagic finally fizzled a bit with those three interceptions and a three-point loss to the Steelers. But given his total performance over the past three weeks, there remains a very real chance that Fitzpatrick is still the starter in Week 4, even with Winston back from suspension.
#10 Jared Goff, Rams
Week 3 stats: 29-of-36, 354 yards, three TDs, one interception
Analysis: Out-dueling Philip Rivers is no small task, but that’s exactly what Goff did this week. The Rams continue rolling along and Goff just keeps racking up numbers thanks to the crazy array of talent around him.
#9 Cam Newton, Panthers
Week 3 stats: 15-of-24, 150 yards, two TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Newton remains a dangerous dual-threat and proved it again Sunday. The passing stats may not look all that impressive, but Newton also ran 10 times for 36 yards and two TDs. Four total TDs is obviously an effective game.
#8 Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
#7 Carson Wentz, Eagles
Week 3 stats: 25-of-37, 255 yards, one TD, one interception
Analysis: It wasn’t the dream return that some may have envisioned, but it was still a very solid start for Wentz coming off of ACL surgery. He still showed some nice mobility and all the usual tools that make him the dangerous quarterback he is still appeared to be there. Now it’s just about shaking a little rust and getting comfortable playing again.
#6 Tom Brady, Patriots
Week 3 stats: 14-of-26, 133 yards, one TD, one interception
Analysis: Is Brady finished? Has Father Time finally caught up with him? No. Stop it. Don’t be absurd. One bad game isn’t the end of the world, but Brady obviously has to be better if the Patriots are going to be a Super Bowl contender for the umpteenth season in a row.
#5 Philip Rivers, Chargers
#4 Matt Ryan, Falcons
Week 3 stats: 26-of-35, 374 yards, five TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: It’s impossible to blame Ryan for the Falcons’ overtime loss to the Saints; he did just about everything he possibly could. He was accurate, explosive – his 10.7 yards per attempt average was tremendous – and lethal when he had a chance to finish a drive.
#3 Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Week 3 stats: 30-of-38, 353 yards, three TDs, one interception
Analysis: This was by far Roethlisberger’s most accurate game of the season and it paid dividends, as the rest of the numbers followed. That stat line is very good, as evidenced by the 120.7 passer rating. Getting the Steelers their first win is even better.
#2 Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Week 3 stats: 27-of-44, 265 yards, two TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Rodgers clearly is playing well below full strength due to that knee injury – the discomfort is clearly written on his face and comes out in a limp from time to time, too. So, sure, he’s not quite up to his usual standards. But boy, the guy is battling and giving his team a legitimate chance every week anyway.
#1 Drew Brees, Saints
Week 3 stats: 39-of-49, 396 yards, three TDs, zero interceptions
Analysis: Brees normally isn’t much of a runner, but he scored with his feet twice this week too. His number was called an awful lot against the Falcons and he took advantage of the opportunity by leading the Saints to a clutch overtime win.