CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 12: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
16. Kirk Cousins
The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, so that is not good. And when the Vikings lose to a bad team, I am sure a bunch of people will want to go blame Kirk Cousins. Well, guess what? This was not Cousins’ fault, and he actually looked pretty solid on Sunday, throwing for 351 yards and two scores.
15. Justin Herbert
Some Miami Dolphins fans will likely only look at these rankings to see where Justin Herbert is and where Tua Tagovailoa is. Unfortunately, it will come to that, but that is just the nature of the beast. I thought Herbert showed some flashes of his rookie of the year greatness, but he threw an ugly interception and only one touchdown.
14. Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow is back from his ACL tear, and the 2020 No. 1 overall pick and former Heisman Trophy winner looked solid. Burrow threw for 261 yards and two scores and got to get the last laugh about Ja’Marr Chase’s drop issues.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
13. Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns blew a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Browns were in control almost the entire game and then unraveled. I know, the Browns? They never do that! Mayfield is likely going to be a name many people hate for his ranking because of how high it was after not throwing a touchdown and a game-losing interception, but Mayfield was dealing before his punter ruined the game.
12. Tyrod Taylor
Just as we all thought, the Houston Texans’ quarterback would be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. That is right, Tyrod Taylor deserves to be ranked this high, and he played awesome to secure the Texans’ first win of the season.
11. Jared Goff
The Detroit Lions traded for former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff and got rid of their superstar quarterback Matthew Stafford in the process. Well, guess what? Goff looked solid, and he did not give up when his team was playing horribly. Goff threw for 338 yards and three scores on Sunday.