Saints top NFL passing game rankings

According to John Kryk's Passing Aptitude and Skill Rankings, Drew Brees and the Saints have the...

According to John Kryk's Passing Aptitude and Skill Rankings, Drew Brees and the Saints have the most productive passing game in the NFL. (SEAN GARDNER/Reuters file photo)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

Defence, shmee-fence. Success in today's NFL hinges on how prolific your passing attack is.

Ergo, in this season preview we debut QMI Agency's first NFL Passing Aptitude and Skill Rankings.

PASR, for short.

Two factors are vital in the passing game, of course, regardless of what scheme you run. That is, how good is your quarterback, and how good are your receivers (wideouts, slots, tight ends and running backs)?

We've weighted these two factors accordingly, with quarterbacks rating out of five, and receivers rating out of four.

Two other factors must be included, each with the ability to slightly increase or decrease the above total. Hence, the Protection Adjustment (+1, 0 or -1) and rushing-threat adjustment (+1, 0 or ˜1).

If you can't properly protect your QB, your offence isn't as good, and the opposite is true too. Same thing with your rushing attack; if you have a good one, a defence cannot cheat as much against your passing attack, but if it's no threat they'll just worry about the pass.

A perfect score in PASR is 11. No surprise, the New Orleans Saints pull off the best grade, with a 10. The worst? Again no surprise -- the Miami Dolphins with a 2.

Let us know what you think of PASR, via e-mail or Twitter.

john.kryk@sunmedia.ca
@JohnKryk

AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QB: Tom Brady (13th year)

QB RATING (1-5): 5
RECEIVERS RATING [WR/TE/RB] (1-4): 4
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT (+1, 0 or -1): -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT (+1, 0 or -1): 0
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PASSING APTITUDE AND SKILL RANKING: 8

BUFFALO BILLS

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (8th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 5

NEW YORK JETS

QB: Mark Sanchez (4th year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 4

MIAMI DOLPHINS

QB: Ryan Tannehill (rookie)

QB RATING: 1
RECEIVERS RATING: 1
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 2

AFC NORTH

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QB: Ben Roethlisberger (9th year)

QB RATING: 5
RECEIVERS RATING: 4
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 9

BALTIMORE RAVENS

QB: Joe Flacco (5th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 7

CINCINNATI BENGALS

QB: Andy Dalton (2nd year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 6

CLEVELAND BROWNS

QB: Brandon Weeden (rookie)

QB RATING: 1
RECEIVERS RATING: 1
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 3

AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS

QB: Matt Schaub (9th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 8

TENNESSEE TITANS

QB: Jake Locker (2nd year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 5

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

QB: Andrew Luck (rookie)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 1
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT): -1
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PASR: 3

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

QB: Blaine Gabbert (2nd year)

QB RATING: 1
RECEIVERS RATING: 1
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 3

AFC WEST

OAKLAND RAIDERS

QB: Carson Palmer (10th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 6

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

QB: Matt Cassel (8th year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 6

DENVER BRONCOS

QB: Peyton Manning (15th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 6

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

QB: Philip Rivers (9th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: -1
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PASR: 6

NFC EAST

NEW YORK GIANTS

QB: Eli Manning (9th year)

QB RATING: 5
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 8

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

QB: Michael Vick (12th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMEN: 1
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PASR: 7

DALLAS COWBOYS

QB: Tony Romo (9th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 5

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

QB: Robert Griffin III (rookie)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 4

NFC NORTH

GREEN BAY PACKERS

QB: Aaron Rodgers (8th year)

QB RATING: 5
RECEIVERS RATING: 4
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMEN: -1
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PASR: 9

DETROIT LIONS

QB: Matthew Stafford (4th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 4
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: -1
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PASR: 7

CHICAGO BEARS

QB: Jay Cutler (7th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 6

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

QB: Christian Ponder (2nd year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 4

NFC SOUTH

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

QB: Drew Brees (12th year)

QB RATING: 5
RECEIVERS RATING [WR/TE/RB]: 4
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 10

ATLANTA FALCONS

QB: Matt Ryan (5th year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 7

CAROLINA PANTHERS

QB: Cam Newton (2nd year)

QB RATING: 4
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 7

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

QB: Josh Freeman (4th year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 5

NFC WEST

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers

QB: Alex Smith (8th year)

QB RATING: 3
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 7

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

QB: Russell Wilson (rookie)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: 0
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 5

ARIZONA CARDINALS

QB: John Skelton (3rd year)

QB RATING: 1
RECEIVERS RATING: 3
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 1
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PASR: 4

ST. LOUIS RAMS

QB: Sam Bradford (3rd year)

QB RATING: 2
RECEIVERS RATING: 2
PROTECTION ADJUSTMENT: -1
RUSHING-THREAT ADJUSTMENT: 0
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PASR: 3


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