Struggles for three contenders’ star QBs: Should we worry about Stafford, Jackson and Tannehill?

    Bill Barnwell is a staff writer for

The 2021 NFL season just gets weirder and weirder with each passing week. Over the past month, the best quarterbacks in football by Total QBR have been Justin Herbert, Jimmy Garoppolo and Taylor Heinicke. The only 4-0 team over that time frame is the Patriots, who are led by surging rookie Mac Jones. The Saints, who looked to be capable of winning with just about anybody under center, have gone 0-4 with reportedly now-benched signal-caller Trevor Siemian at the helm. The only passer with a worse QBR over the past month than the former Broncos starter? Naturally, it’s Russell Wilson.

Let’s focus here on the quarterback side of things and take a closer look into three veteran passers who have declined over the past few weeks. That could include any number of players this season. I won’t be looking at guys like Wilson and Baker Mayfield, who are playing through injuries. Ben Roethlisberger actually pieced together his two best games of the year before Sunday’s stinker against the Bengals. Tom Brady’s been struggling with giveaways, and Josh Allen has seven interceptions over the past month. They could very easily be subjects for further analysis.

But I’ll drill down on three other passers — Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Jackson — who have turned in multiple concerning performances recently, starting with the guy who was my MVP pick at the midway point of the season. The all-in Rams have lost three straight for just the second time in the Sean McVay era. Is their quarterback to blame?

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

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