NFL quarterback rankings, Week 2: Alex Smith turns into Dan Marino

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Alex Smith /
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Known for his game-managing style, Alex Smith torched the New England Patriots for 368 yards and four touchdowns in a show-stopping performance.

Nobody saw it coming. With Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler on the corners, it was thought impossible that Alex Smith could throw down the field against the Patriots. Then, Smith went full Dan Marino and lit up New England like a Christmas tree, leading his Chiefs to victory.

Of course, there were plenty of other notable performances, including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien, all for decidedly different reasons. With that in mind, here’s how our NFL quarterback rankings for Week 2 shake out.

If you don’t already know, I explained how these rankings are concluded upon in the inaugural edition last week, seen here.

Let’s get after it…

Tyler Palko Division

33. Scott Tolzien (Prev: 32)

This experiment needs to end. In fact, this experiment should never have been conducted, and is a damn good indication of why this franchise is such a dumpster fire. Tolzien is not a starter, he’s not a backup, and he’s not deserving of a practice squad spot. He’s terrible.

32. Quarterback without arms

Better than Scott Tolzien.

31. Blake Bortles (Prev: 31)

The Jaguars thrashed the Texans, but it wasn’t thanks to Bortles. While he should be commended for avoiding his patented turnovers, Bortles hit on just 11-of-21 throws for 125 yards. It was ugly.

30. Josh McCown (Prev: 30)

This game was peak Josh McCown. He had the Jets within striking distance, but then fell apart as the day went on. Eventually, McCown tossed two picks and averaged 4.8 yards per attempt. Yuck.

29. Tom Savage/Deshaun Watson (Prev: 27)

The duo threw for 164 yards on 19-of-36 passing. They both looked awful behind a “line” that allowed 10 sacks. The Texans look atrocious, and this combination is leading the charge.