Best, worst NFL quarterbacks at midseason: Wilson's poise under pressure, Herbert's deep ball, more

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The first eight weeks of the 2020 season have featured, in many ways, the best streak of cumulative quarterback play in NFL history. It has been easy to miss amid daily updates of coronavirus pandemic protocols and super-early coaching changes, but the league’s aggregate Total QBR of 65.6 is nearly 10% higher than the next-best mark through the same period of a season since ESPN began compiling it in 2006.

As a result, our midseason quarterback awards will be a bit rosier than in some other seasons. We’ll do our best to keep it balanced even while noting there are multiple players performing at an MVP level and a couple of rookies who have blasted onto the scene, using data culled from ESPN Stats & Information and NFL Next Gen Stats unless otherwise noted.

Wilson has thrown an NFL-high 26 touchdown passes, more than any player in NFL history through seven games except for Tom Brady, who connected on 27 in 2007 on the way to 50 for the season.

By now, it’s safe to say that Wilson has mastered the art of a chaotic pocket. He has been pressured on 35.9% of his dropbacks,

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