Let’s just go ahead and presume that Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is going to be No. 1 in these NFL quarterback power rankings every week because he’s that good. Mahomes has 788 passing yards, nine touchdowns and zero picks over his past two games. The 2018 NFL MVP is the second player ever with at least 775 Pass yds, 9 Pass TD and 0 Int in a 2-game span. The other was Ben Roethlisberger in 2014 (862 yards, 12 TD and 0 Int).
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However, Mahomes and the Chiefs are on the bye in Week 10. So is Atlanta, Dallas and the New York Jets.
We expect a monster game from Houston’s Deshaun Watson in Cleveland on Sunday. Watson passed for 281 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 109.0 rating in this past Sunday’s 27-25 win at Jacksonville. Watson is the fifth different quarterback with at least 275 passing yards and a passer rating of 105-or-higher in five consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining Aaron Rodgers (seven games in 2011), Drew Brees (five games in 2011), Peyton Manning (five games in 2012 and five games in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (five games in 1994).
Watson and receiver Will Fuller are completely in sync right now. Sunday marked the sixth straight game in which Fuller has caught a touchdown. That streak is the longest of the season and the longest streak by any player since Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass in eight straight games in 2018.
Houston nearly traded Fuller ahead of the Nov. 2 NFL Trade Deadline.
“It would have been hell if they would have did that, for sure,” Watson said. “Honestly. I’m glad to continue to play with Will. We’ve been making a lot of big, big plays since I came into this league, [and we’re] going to continue to do that as we continue to go the rest of this year and hopefully the rest of our careers.”
We also rank Arizona’s Kyler Murray high this week vs. Buffalo. While the Cardinals lost this past Sunday to Miami, Murray passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 150.5 rating and added a career-high 106 rushing yards with one rushing touchdown.
Murray, who had three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in Week 7 and a bye in Week 8, is the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in consecutive games, joining Daunte Culpepper (Weeks 15 and 16, 2000), Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana (Weeks 9 and 10, 1989) and Dak Prescott (Weeks 5 and 7, 2017).
Murray has eight rushing touchdowns this season, the most by a quarterback through his team’s first eight games of a season in the Super Bowl era. Murray, who had 544 rushing yards as a rookie in 2019, has 543 rushing yards this season and joins Josh Allen (2018-19), Lamar Jackson (2018-19) and Cam Newton (2011-12) as the only quarterbacks with at least 500 rushing yards in each of their first two seasons in NFL history.
Allen will be facing off with Murray on Sunday in the desert. Allen completed 31-of-38 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in the Bills’ 44-34, Week 9 win over the Seahawks, adding seven carries for 14 additional yards and a touchdown. In the first half, Allen was 24-of-28 for 282 yards and three scores. He also became the only quarterback in league history to accumulate 2,500 or more passing yards, 19 or more passing touchdowns and five or more rushing touchdowns in a season’s first nine games.
Allen’s completion percentage of 81.6 was the highest single-game connection rate of his career. His previous high was a 79 percent completion rate on Thanksgiving last season in the win over the Cowboys. It’s also the highest in a game by a Bills QB since Trent Edwards team-record 83.3 completion percentage game against San Diego in 2008.
One team at least will have a new starting QB in Week 10: Washington with Alex Smith. That’s because starter Kyle Allen went down with a season-ending ankle injury Sunday. Smith completed 24-of-32 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Washington’s 23-20, Week 9 loss to the Giants after Allen left.
This Sunday’s start will in Detroit will almost be two years to the day that Smith last started an NFL game: Nov. 18, 2018, vs. Houston in Maryland when Smith suffered a devastating knee injury that almost cost him that leg and could have killed him. That’s why he empathized with Allen on Sunday.
“A ton of emotions going on for me right then,” Smith said. “I knew Kyle was down and knew it was serious once he stayed down. You get ready to roll and all of a sudden you see them bringing out an air cast and the cart. I know that routine well. I’m trying to lock it in, but feeling for Kyle.”
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