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Total Accuracy has been updated through Week 4's action of the 2014 NFL season.

By now, I imagine just about all of you understand what Total Accuracy is and how it's formed, but for the new readers, this statistic weighs a quarterback's Pro Football Focus Accuracy Percentage (completion percentage's smarter big brother) ranking against his average depth of target (aDOT) ranking.

Quarterbacks who've taken at least 25% of their respective team's snaps are counted, and aDOT ties are broken by better AP rank.

Accuracy Percentage is counted twice so it "weighs" more than aDOT because a signal-caller's accuracy is more important than simply how far he throws the ball down the field.

I'll update this metric every Tuesday or Wednesday for the duration of the 2014 regular season.

Any questions? I'll be tracking the comment section. Also, you can find me on Twitter @ChrisTrapasso.

Rank Name AP Rank aDOT Rank AP Rank 2x Total Accuracy
1 Philip Rivers 1 15 2 17
2 Austin Davis 6 10 12 22
3 Colin Kaepernick 4 21 8 29
T4 Ben Roethlisberger 5 23 10 33
T4 Matthew Stafford 13 7 26 33
6 Drew Brees 2 30 4 34
7 Derek Anderson 7 22 14 36
8 Aaron Rodgers 11 16 22 38
T9 Joe Flacco 10 19 20 39
T9 Ryan Fitzpatrick 13 13 26 39
T11 Russell Wilson 3 35 6 41
T11 Alex D. Smith 7 27 14 41
T11 Eli Manning 12 17 24 41
14 Andrew Luck 9 24 18 42
15 Matt Ryan 20 6 40 46
16 Josh McCown 19 18 38 56
17 Tony Romo 25 8 50 58
18 Kirk Cousins 27 5 54 59
19 Cam Newton 23 14 46 60
20 Blake Bortles 15 31 30 61
T21 Peyton Manning 21 20 42 62
T21 Mike Glennon 30 2 60 62
23 Ryan Tannehill 18 28 36 64
T24 Andy Dalton 16 33 32 65
T24 Brian Hoyer 28 9 56 65
26 Derek Carr 17 32 34 66
27 Jay Cutler 22 25 44 69
28 Jake Locker 34 4 68 72
T29 Nick Foles 35 3 70 73
T29 Drew Stanton 36 1 72 73
31 Tom Brady 32 12 64 76
T32 Chad Henne 33 11 66 77
T32 Teddy Bridgewater 24 29 48 77
34 Geno Smith 25 34 50 84
35 E.J. Manuel 31 26 62 88
36 Matt Cassel 28 36 56 92

First-time appearances: Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Glennon, Blake Bortles

Drops: Robert Griffin III

Biggest riser: Ben Roethlisberger - 24 spots (T28th in Week 3, 4th after Week 4)

Biggest faller: Nick Foles: 6 spots (T23rd in Week 3, T29th after Week 4)

Russell Wilson analysis: I like to give the Field Gulls faithful an update on Russell Wilson every week. Although the Seahawks franchise quarterback was on a bye, he moved from T13 to 11th this week.

It'll be interesting to see how he performs against a pretty porous Redskins defensive backfield on Monday Night Football.

Notable Week 4 performances:

Big Ben made his enormous jump due to the 91.9 Accuracy Percentage outing he had in the Steelers' loss to the Buccaneers -- it was highest percentage of the week.

Alex Smith shredded the Patriots bolstered secondary in prime time. He finished with an Accuracy Percentage of 88.0. However, his aDOT was the lowest in the league at just 4.5 yards.

EJ Manuel was benched by the Bills after his poor effort against the Texans. His AP was 62.5 in the road loss, but Nick Foles' was actually worse at 57.9%. Then again, Foles' aDOT of 13.9 yards was the highest in the NFL in Week 4.

Tony Romo had a particularly strong afternoon against the Saints defense. His AP was a solid 75.9, and his aDOT was a relatively robust 10.1 yards.