NFL QB POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 starting QBs stand heading into Week 3

Using a loose formula, we ranked all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks.

The formula incorporates two different advanced stats: Football Outsiders' DYAR metric and ESPN's total QBR metric. Other factors like long-term outlook, game management and job security were also taken into consideration.

While Alex Smith and Sam Bradford have turned in excellent performances since the last installment of these rankings, others have experienced big falls. Below, check out our ranking of all 32 starters.

NFL quarterback power rankings: Week 3
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NFL quarterback power rankings: Week 3
32. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers

Preseason ranking: 27

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 31

QBR rank: 31

One thing to know: Hoyer's early struggles have left some 49ers fans calling for rookie backup C.J. Beathard to take his place under center.

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31. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Preseason ranking: N/A (replaced Andrew Luck, No. 14)

Record as starter: 0-1

DYAR rank: 25

QBR rank: 28

One thing to know: Acquired just days before the start of the regular season, Brissett had a rough outing against the Cardinals on Sunday. This week's matchup against the Browns will provide an excellent chance for him to show what he can really do.

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30. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

Preseason ranking: 30

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 30

QBR rank: 30

One thing to know: Kizer missed part of Sunday's game due to a migraine and was dreadful when he did play, throwing three interceptions. Given his decent Week 1 performance, he seems due for improvement this week, but fans should temper their expectations.

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29. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears

Preseason ranking: 29

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 23

QBR rank: 26

One thing to know: While No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky continues to wait in the wings, Bears head coach John Fox confirmed that Glennon will get another start this week against the Steelers.

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28. Josh McCown, New York Jets

Preseason ranking: 32

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 29

QBR rank: 17

One thing to know: McCown showed signs of improvement on Sunday, but the Raiders' end zone isn't exactly Fort Knox. Acting owner Christopher Johnson recently denied the notion that his team is tanking, but as long as McCown is under center, the Jets front office will be keeping one eye on the 2018 draft.

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27. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Preseason ranking: N/A (replaced Tom Savage, No. 31)

Record as starter: 1-0

DYAR rank: 28

QBR rank: 3

One thing to know: Watson may have a high QBR, but that says more about the shortcomings of the stat than it does about the rookie quarterback's play. All the thrilling 49-yard touchdown rushes in the world can't make up for his shoddy mechanics and inexperience under pressure.

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26. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Preseason ranking: 15

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 32

QBR rank: 32

One thing to know: It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Dalton, but it's also going to take more than two games for a quarterback with an 88.2 career passer rating and a 56-37-2 record to fall to the bottom of this list. That being said, he needs to turn things around soon. This week's game against the Packers will serve as a hugely important test.

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25. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Preseason ranking: 25

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 19

QBR rank: 27

One thing to know: Bortles still owns the starting job after two games, but not everyone supports that arrangement. He was recently called out by Jaguars great Maurice Jones-Drew, who believes Colin Kaepernick would be a better option under center.

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24. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Preseason ranking: 16

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 27

QBR rank: 29

One thing to know: Despite sporting a completion percentage of 72.9, Manning has the Giants off to a winless start this season. Perhaps even worse, he was called out by head coach Ben McAdoo, who blamed one mishandled play against the Detroit Lions on "sloppy quarterback play."

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23. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Preseason ranking: 21

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 24

QBR rank: 21

One thing to know: David Johnson's injury has forced Palmer to take on an outsized role in the Cardinals offense, and the results have been ugly. The veteran completed just over 52 percent of his passes on Sunday, ultimately securing a victory over the hapless Colts by a measly three points.

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22. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Preseason ranking: 23

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 20

QBR rank: 11

One thing to know: Taylor finished Sunday's game against the Panthers with decent rate stats, but he also threw for just 125 yards and led his team to a single field goal in a 9-3 loss.

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21. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Preseason ranking: 7

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 26

QBR rank: 25

One thing to know: Injuries and offseason departures have left the Redskins with a diminished receiving corps, and through two games, the effects have been clear. Cousins will need to establish a better connection with top wideout Terrelle Pryor if he wants to beat the Raiders this week.

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20. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

Preseason ranking: 22

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 21

QBR rank: 16

One thing to know: The Eagles have attempted the third-most passes of any team in the league, and with their subpar ground game, that trend will likely continue. Wentz isn't a perfect passer, but at least he'll get plenty of chances to learn in his second year on the job.

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19. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Preseason ranking: 6

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 22

QBR rank: 24

One thing to know: While Wilson hasn't looked very good this season, the Wisconsin product is typically a slow starter. The flip side to that is his outstanding play in the second half — last year, he posted a 106.1 passer rating over the final eight games of the regular season.

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18. Dak Prescott

Preseason ranking: 11

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 18

QBR rank: 15

One thing to know: Prescott is on pace to set career highs in both pass attempts and completions in around 10 or 11 games. With his passer rating down by nearly 30 points from last season, he's already looking a bit overexposed.

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17. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Preseason ranking: 28

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 11

QBR rank: 23

One thing to know: Before the season, new Rams head coach Sean McVay said the first games of the year would be "a chance to really evaluate" his young signal caller. So far, Goff has completed two-thirds of his passes while posting a passer rating of 103.2, earning a big move up this list.

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16. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Preseason ranking: 17

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 14

QBR rank: 22

One thing to know: Weeks ago, Newton dismissed the idea that he would cut down on his rushing attempts, but through two games, he's picked up just 30 yards on the ground.

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15. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Preseason ranking: 13

Record as starter: 1-0

DYAR rank: 15

QBR rank: 18

One thing to know: Winston found Mike Evans for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' season debut, showing off a lethal combination that could power the team's offense for years to come.

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14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Preseason ranking: 19

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 16

QBR rank: 20

One thing to know: The Ravens look like a well-oiled machine through two games, and Flacco's perpetually strong game management skills are a big reason for that. This week's matchup against the Jaguars should provide a good opportunity to keep things going.

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13. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

Preseason ranking: 24

Record as starter: 1-0

DYAR rank: 17

QBR rank: 14

One thing to know: Cutler's Dolphins debut gave us a fascinating first look at how he'll handle signal calling duties in a new system. While Jarvis Landry was his favorite target by far, DeVante Parker should also receive plenty of attention.

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12. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Preseason ranking: 10

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 12

QBR rank: 13

One thing to know: At just 23 years old, it's clear that Mariota still has some developing to do. He's hit less than 60 percent of his targets and owns a passer rating of 78.7, though his solid DYAR suggests it's not entirely his fault.

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11. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

Preseason ranking: 18

Record as starter: 1-0

DYAR rank: 7

QBR rank: 1

One thing to know: Bradford sat out of Sunday's game with a knee injury and has been limited in practice this week. He hasn't been ruled out of this week's game against the Buccaneers, but there's no telling whether he'll be at full strength if he does play.

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10. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos

Preseason ranking: 26

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 13

QBR rank: 6

One thing to know: Long seen as a stopgap solution to the Broncos' quarterback woes, Siemian may be in the process of locking down the starting job for years to come. He's led the team to a 2-0 start, including a rollicking 42-17 win over the Cowboys.

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9. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Preseason ranking: 3

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 2

QBR rank: 19

One thing to know: The Saints' 0-2 record has many fans wondering about their quarterback's future in New Orleans, but with Brees' passer rating of 102.0, they shouldn't blame him for the shaky start.

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8. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Preseason ranking: 12

Record as starter: 0-2

DYAR rank: 5

QBR rank: 9

One thing to know: Rivers modified an SUV to get in more film time during the offseason, and the extra effort seems to be paying big dividends. He's already connected with Keenan Allen, one of his favorite targets, for 135 yards and a touchdown.

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7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Preseason ranking: 9

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 6

QBR rank: 5

One thing to know: With Le'Veon Bell struggling and Antonio Brown still without a touchdown catch, it's Roethlisberger who's been the star of the Steelers offense through two weeks. The veteran has done a great job of incorporating his lesser-known targets, including Martavis Bryant and Jesse James.

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6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Preseason ranking: 5

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 10

QBR rank: 7

One thing to know: With a 114.6 passer rating and six touchdown passes, Stafford is earning the massive $135 million extension he agreed to over the offseason.

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5. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Preseason ranking: 20

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 4

QBR rank: 4

One thing to know: Thanks to a pair of monster performances, Smith owns a 134.1 passer rating for the 2017 season. That's a huge improvement over his career mark of 85.3.

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4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Preseason ranking: 4

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 8

QBR rank: 2

One thing to know: If Ryan and the Falcons are still rattled from their collapse in Super Bowl LI, they haven't looked like it. They've managed to build a lead through three quarters and hold on for the win in both weeks so far.

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3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Preseason ranking: 2

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 9

QBR rank: 12

One thing to know: Rodgers has been uncharacteristically quiet through two games, but he's coming off of a pair of tough, tense matchups against the Seahawks and Falcons. This week's game against Cincinnati will be an opportunity for him to really show off his skills.

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2. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Preseason ranking: 8

Record as starter: 2-0

DYAR rank: 1

QBR rank: 8

One thing to know: Carr showed steady improvement throughout his first three NFL seasons, and he's continued that trajectory this year. With a 75 percent completion percentage and five touchdown passes without an interception, the native Californian is on the cusp of full-blown superstardom.

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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Preseason ranking: 1

Record as starter: 1-1

DYAR rank: 3

QBR rank: 10

One thing to know: The five-time Super Bowl winner delivered 447 passing yards and three touchdown passes just in time for the release of his new book, "The TB12 Method." By the time the season is over, Brady's lackluster Week 1 performance against the Chiefs will be a distant memory.

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