NEW YORK — With the season coming to an end, the New York Jets finally have a starting quarterback.
New York’s Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for more than 1,500 yards and eight touchdowns in his past two starts, while Marcus Mariota has amassed 1,521 yards and nine touchdowns in those outings.
Here’s a look at the top five passers in the NFL.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans QB, Tennessee: The Titans have a quarterback in Mariota, but Fitzpatrick is still the most improved passer in the league.
Fitzpatrick has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,732 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.
He’s been sacked just once.
And while Mariota’s numbers are down, Fitzpatrick has been sacked only seven times in his career, which includes the first five games of this season.
Fitzpatrick is averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt, but he’s throwing more touchdowns (12) than interceptions (9).
The Titans’ defense has allowed an average of 1.9 yards per play, which is third-best in the game.
Marcus MariOTA, Tennessee QB, Oregon: Mariota is finally making strides in his first season as a pro, but the Titans still struggle to stop the run.
The Titans are allowing 2.1 yards per carry, which ranks 23rd in the team’s division.
They’ve also been sacked 28 times, the second-most in the AFC.
Mariota finished the season with a 3-7 record and an 11-14 record in games decided by one touchdown or less.
MariOTA’s passing numbers are a little better than Fitzpatrick’s, with his 872 yards and 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions, but Mariota ranks 26th in passer rating against.
Jake Locker, Oakland Raiders QB, Los Angeles Rams: Locker has a chance to be the next Peyton Manning.
The former No. 1 overall pick has thrown 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
In his past three games, he’s completed 61.5 of his throws for 1.641 yards per attempt, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Locker’s accuracy is down, but his yards per completion are up.
The Raiders are allowing 3.4 yards per drive, which puts them 21st in the NFC.
Locks has struggled against the run, but Locker throws for nearly 4 yards per rush attempt.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts QB, Indianapolis: Luck’s passing stats have dropped from last season, but Luck is still very good.
He has completed 73.5-percent of his attempts for 1 and 1.4 touchdowns against, with three interceptions.
Luck has been targeted 22 times and thrown for two touchdowns.
Luck’s yards per passing attempt are up, but there are no sacks.
The Colts have allowed just one touchdown on the ground, and Luck has yet to throw a touchdown pass.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons QB, Atlanta: Ryan is the Falcons’ No. 2 quarterback, but they’ve struggled against opposing offenses.
The Falcons have allowed 1.8 yards per rushing attempt, third-worst in the division.
Their average yards per game is 1.1.
They also have allowed an NFL-high 17 sacks.
Atlanta has been the subject of many debate this season, and some players have called for Ryan to be benched, but Ryan has been a very solid player in the games he has started.
The most concerning part of the Falcons offense is their defense, allowing an average NFL-best 18.4 points per game.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins QB, Washington: Cousins has played a lot better this season than last.
In the past two games, Cousins has completed 62.5 and 62.6 percent of passes, respectively.
Cousins has been very accurate and has been successful with the deep ball.
Washington has been able to run the ball against some of the NFL’s top defenses, but Cousins has had just one interception.
The Redskins are allowing just 2.4 rushing yards per run, which would be sixth-worst.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs QB, Kansas