AFC East QB Grades
And just like that, the world resumes it’s proper shape.
Josh Allen: Was there ever any doubt who would end up on top this week? Josh Allen was absolutely superb on Sunday with over 300 yards passing and 3 TDs, plus the usual collection of 50+ rushing yards (including what may be the best QB run all season). He marched up and down the field at will against a supposedly elite New England defense that proved that 50 mph winds are their real defensive MVP. And he did it without Cole Beasley, without Gabe Davis, and with half his OL hurt or on the COVID list yet again. Another “best game as a pro” candidate, for sure.
Tua Tagovailoa: Tua continues a strong second half of the 2021 campaign by being just mediocre enough to not lose his team games. Although if the Saints had been able to field even a college level offense, it might have gone differently. Anyway, Tua and Jaylen Waddle continue to connect at a high rate and it looks like Waddle is the perfect antidote to Tua’s noodle arm, because the dude just gets open and gets YAC like crazy. And that’s a good thing, because Tua showed us why he shouldn’t try to throw the ball more than 20 yards downfield again last night.
Zach Wilson: I had a hard time putting a guy who managed a whole 102 yards passing at a stunning 4.6 YPA clip anywhere but the bottom of these grades, but he actually won a game (and didn’t throw a pick for the third game in a row!), so I guess he deserves it. Although really, can we call a meaningless win that puts your team out of the top three in the draft a win? Fun fact: per ESPN’s Total QBR metric, Zach had the best game of any QB in the NFL on Sunday. Better than Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, and Dak Prescott. So if you needed more proof that Total QBR was a garbage stat from a garbage company, there you have it.
Mac “YAC” Jones: And here’s the only loser of the week. Mac Jones showed us that when he actually has to throw the ball to win a game, he’ll most likely just throw INTs. Maybe they should have just stuck to the “run 40+ times” strategy they used when god and mother nature conspired to give the Patriots a win in Buffalo. Or maybe not, considering they somehow scored more point yesterday. Our resident “QB expert” has assured me that QBs who complete less than 50% of their passes and throw more INTs than TDs will never amount to anything in this league, so I guess the Patriots might as well just draft a new QB next year.