[NFL 2017] Quarterback Confidence Index score for all 32 NFL teams
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Not gonna lie -- these are challenging days for the QB Confidence Index. For one thing, confidence itself is a difficult commodity to come by right now in the NFL. The Rams win in Dallas? The Bills in Atlanta? The Jets are 2-2? The Giants are 0-4? We're at Week 5 and still nobody really knows who's good, who's bad, or which Patriots defensive back was supposed to cover that guy. Best and worst QBs of Week 4: Rookies at No. 1. and No. 32 It was a tale of two rookies: Deshaun Watson had a record week, while DeShone Kizer crumbled. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was nearly traded this offseason. Might he be moved before the trade deadline at the end of October? We asked NFL execs to assess how likely a deal is for a handful of players, along with the possible return. Barnwell: NFL's 10 biggest surprises so far, and what's next Sorry, Eli, the secret is out: The Giants' offense has been shockingly bad through four games. The Rams' and Chiefs' offenses, meanwhile, have been the opposite. Will the most surprising elements continue?Top it all off, late Monday night came the news that Tom Petty, whose music has been on in the background during the writing of most if not all previous editions of this column, died at the age of 66. So what you have here is a bummed-out chronicler of quarterback confidence who's not sure what's real and what's not about this nutty NFL season. With all of that in mind, the latest edition of our QB Confidence Index comes with a few tweaks. We got rid of the tiers and hereby present a straight 1-to-32 ranking of each team's overall quarterback situation -- not just a ranking of starters. We moved some teams way up and some way down from a month ago based on the way this season has or hasn't proved earlier ranks right. And we assigned each one its own Tom Petty song title, because he was the greatest and I'm sad. "Oh yeah. All right. Take it easy, baby. Make it last all night. "This is the early October edition of the QB Confidence Index. Enjoy. Click on the links below to go directly to your team. Yeah, changes throughout, but not at the top. The Patriots' defense has been a confused mess so far this season, which is the reason they're 2-2 and looking up at the Bills in the AFC East standings. But Tom Brady has been just as Tom Brady as ever, with a league-leading 1,399 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. And remember, the Patriots love backup Jimmy Garoppolo so much that they refused to answer trade calls for him all offseason and dealt away fellow backup Jacoby Brissett for wide receiver help just before Week 1. Brady's age (40) is the only thing not to like about this situation, and he's not showing his age. Aaron Rodgers has been playing without either of his starting tackles. His top two running backs (one of whom, remember, is a converted wide receiver) left last week's game with injuries. Receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams have all missed time with injuries. No matter, the Packers believe they can weather anything because Rodgers will deliver when it counts. He's still proving them right. Backup Brett Hundley remains well regarded, though unproven -- he has attempted 11 regular-season passes since being picked in the fifth round in 2015. Matt Ryan's numbers might be down a bit from last year's MVP stratosphere, and he already has thrown almost as many interceptions this season (five) as he did all of last season (seven). But he's still fourth in Total QBR (65.9) and fifth in yards per attempt (8.2) in spite of a change at offensive coordinator and the loss of top receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu to injury in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. The Falcons can count on Ryan, who has never missed a game, and they retained backup Matt Schaub in case something does happen. Ryan might never reach his 2016 heights again, but there's no reason to doubt Atlanta's QB setup anytime soon. Sure, 38-year-old Drew Brees can be a free agent at the end of the season. But he has made it awfully clear he doesn't want to play anywhere but New Orleans, and the Saints appear to be taking him at his word. They've had no talks on a possible extension. Meantime, Brees just hums along,
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