(Sorry, Ryan Mallett: If you miss the plane, you're off the list)
This is an article from the Dec. 7, 2015 issue
1 MATT HASSELBECK
Salvaged a seemingly lost season. His 4--0 record and 64.7 completion percentage have Indy atop AFC South.
2 BROCK OSWEILER
Two starts, two wins, including OT thriller over Pats. But 11 sacks in nine quarters show a lack of pocket presence.
3 RYAN FITZPATRICK
Jumped to QB1 because of a sucker punch. By no means a Pro Bowler, he still has 20 TDs and has N.Y. in playoff hunt.
4 JOHNNY MANZIEL
He's been electrifying at times but lacks support of his coaches. Needs to be consistent, keep out of trouble.
5 LUKE MCCOWN
Completed 81.6% of passes in only start, a close loss to now 11--0 Panthers. Jumps several spots for his Verizon ad.
6 T.J. YATES
Try to ignore the 46.7 completion percentage. Played in two games this season, and Houston won both.
7 KELLEN CLEMENS
Six attempts, five completions, including 19-yard TD to Keenan Allen—highest TD percentage in NFL.
8 MATT MOORE
Tied for NFL's highest completion percentage—meaning, he hit on his only throw, for 14 yards. Can't knock it.
9 CHASE DANIEL
Perfect (2 for 2), like Moore, but for only four total yards. Alex Smith has quieted any calls for Daniel's promotion.
10 AJ MCCARRON
Last member of the perfect completion percentage club. First (and only) NFL pass: three-yard completion Sunday.
11 SEAN MANNION
Third-round pick went 6 of 7 for 31 yards in mop-up debut Sunday. Could get more looks soon as Rams' season dies.
12 BLAINE GABBERT
QB rating of 91.0 in best three-game stretch of career. Alas, 49ers are 1--2 since he took over for Colin Kaepernick.
13 MIKE VICK
This isn't the Michael Vick Experience of old, but his two wins in three relief starts kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt.
14 LANDRY JONES
Led upset win over Cardinals—then, Sunday, became first QB since '03 to throw multiple INTs in four or fewer attempts.
15 EJ MANUEL
So-so in two starts (vs. Bengals, Jags): three TDs, three INTs. But those losses dinged the Bills' playoff hopes.
16 CASE KEENUM
Played through a Week 11 concussion, then lost a costly fumble. Little value in playing through pain these days.
17 DAN ORLOVSKY
Absolutely meh in two relief outings. But, really, we still remember when he ran out of the back of the end zone in '08.
18 MATT MCGLOIN
Only PT came against the Bengals' No. 1 defense: 74.2% completions, but only 142 yards in a blowout loss.
19 SHAUN HILL
If not for Adrian Peterson, he'd have squandered a lead after being handed the reins late against the Rams.
20 MARK SANCHEZ
Same old problem: 4.4% INT rate is highest for any QB not named Peyton or Romo (minimum 56 attempts).
21 ZACH METTENBERGER
Two starts, zero wins, 14.8 rating, nine sacks. No quarterback has this many passes (74) without a single 25-yard completion.
22 DREW STANTON
Mopped up in a blowout win over the Lions and went 1 of 4—worst completion percentage in the league.
23 MATT CASSEL
For the cost of a fifth-round pick (Bills), Dallas bought itself a guy who can't, for the life of him, find All-Pro WR Dez Bryant.
24 JIMMY CLAUSEN
With just six first downs on 184 passing yards in seven quarters of relief, he had Bears crying for Cutler's return.
25 BRANDON WEEDEN
More telling than the fact he couldn't win in three starts with loaded offense: He was benched for Matt Cassel.