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Matt Cassel, left, Kellen Clemens and Ryan Tannehill led their teams to shocking victories Sunday.
Our weekly deep dive into NFL quarterback play. Many due to our associates at ESPN Stats & Information for supplying analysis and information to drive this post. Do not forget that Total QBR runs on a scale of zero-a hundred. The size for traditional passer ranking is zero-158.three.
Passer rating: 116.6
Analysis: Cassel’s 382 yards had been essentially the most by a Minnesota Vikings quarterback in three years. He was aggressive all through, driving 25 “exterior” passes (defined as outside the numbers). He completed 19 of them for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also scorched the Philadelphia Eagles’ blitz, finishing 10 of thirteen passes against it for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Finally, he capitalized on his chemistry with receiver Greg Jennings, completing 11 of the 13 passes he targeted him on. Included in that group were three passes thrown no less than 20 yards downfield.
Passer score: 126.7
Analysis: Clemens’ hot start lifted the St. Louis Rams to an early lead they by no means relinquished against the New Orleans Saints. He accomplished seven of eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first a number of-landing quarter of his profession. Each scoring passes came towards the Saints’ blitz, and he was not sacked for the primary recreation all season. Prior to Sunday, he had taken a minimum of two sacks in every game he had performed in.
Passer score: ninety five.2
Evaluation: Roethlisberger accomplished his first 12 makes an attempt, including seven within the first quarter because the Pittsburgh Steelers took a 21-zero lead against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers performed the quick sport towards the Bengals, and it worked. Roethlisberger tried only two passes that traveled at the least 15 yards downfield. One was intercepted. Of his 191 whole yards, 114 got here after the catch. The Bengals didn’t strain him a lot, however Roethlisberger completed all three of his passes when under duress, together with one for a touchdown.
Passer score: one hundred twenty.6
QBR: eighty two.2
Analysis: Before Sunday, Tannehill had the NFL’s No. 21 QBR in the fourth quarter. But in the Miami Dolphins’ victory Sunday against the New England Patriots, Tannehill accomplished seven of 11 passes for 2 touchdowns. He had success driving the ball downfield all through the sport, completing 12 of 18 passes for 217 yards and a landing on throws that traveled at the very least 10 yards in the air. Receiver Mike Wallace caught a season-excessive 4 of these 12 completions (in seven targets) for ninety yards.
Aside from a number of forced balls toward favored receiver
, Cutler produced an encouraging performance against the
. He missed on seven of 13 passes towards Marshall, two of which were intercepted, but accomplished sixteen of 18 passes to all different receivers. Cutler accomplished all but one in every of his 12 passes on third down, for 151 yards and two scores, and his QBR on third downs this season is 91.5, the second-finest mark in the NFL. Likewise, he continued his good work within the fourth quarter, completing five of seven makes an attempt for two touchdowns. His QBR in the fourth quarter this season is an NFL-high ninety five.2.
Passer score: 31.9
Analysis: Manning produced his worst single-game QBR since not less than 2006, which his way back to ESPN’s database goes. His five interceptions tied a New York Giants single-sport document, and gave him the franchise career record of 169. He threw eleven passes that traveled more than 10 yards downfield, but only two have been complete and four have been intercepted. His 5.zero yards per attempt on all throws had been a season low. For good measure, he also took three sacks and fumbled twice. (He lost neither.)
ROUNDING OUT THE WEEK
Passer ranking: 108.8
QBR: ninety three.4
Briefly: Kaepernick accomplished 15 of 21 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ normal strain, better than he usually does in such conditions. Coming into Week thirteen, Kaepernick had thrown extra interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (5) towards four or fewer cross-rushers.
Rivers tried 20 passes and threw for 166 yards, each season lows, as the
San Diego Chargers
emphasised their floor game in a road victory towards the
. Rivers has more than 20 makes an attempt in 117 of his 126 profession begins.
Passer ranking: 158.three
Briefly: Here’s how you avoid the errors involved in doing more than what is necessary: Smith threw five display passes, completing all of them, and 5 play-motion passes Sunday. Of his 287 yards, 217 got here after the catch. He attempted only five passes that traveled greater than five yards downfield.
Passer rating: one hundred.eight
Briefly: Palmer prevented a turnover for the second consecutive sport, each of which have been victories for the Arizona Cardinals.
Luck is 20-10 as an NFL starter, the sixth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win in no less than 20 instances in his first two seasons.
Passer score: eighty five.7
QBR: seventy one.7
Briefly: Brady has played 5 games in his profession at Miami during the months of December or January. He has lost 4 of them.
Passer score: one zero five.zero
QBR: seventy one.three
Briefly: Manuel rebounded from a horrid start (two for seven within the first quarter with an interception) to complete 15 of his closing 17 passes towards the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cousins’ 381 passing yards have been probably the most by a
quarterback since 2010. He threw two interceptions, and general the Redskins dedicated seven turnovers, however it’s worth noting Cousins had the group in place to win in uncommon fashion. Over the past 26 seasons, teams with at the very least seven giveaways are now 1-56.
Passer rating: ninety two.four
Briefly: Manning had been clicking on deep passes getting into Thursday night’s game against the Chargers, having completed eight throws that traveled not less than 15 yards downfield in each of his previous two games. He completed one other four such throws (in 5 makes an attempt) within the first quarter, but just one extra (in five makes an attempt) over the ultimate three.
Passer score: 91.3
Briefly: Fitzpatrick’s 4 touchdown passes tied a career high and doubled his previous excessive this season with the Tennessee Titans.
Passer rating: 103.5
QBR: fifty nine.four
Briefly: Foles has two interceptions in two games after going 238 passes without one.
Romo doubled his season whole of fourth-quarter interceptions by throwing two Sunday. Since 2006, he has thrown an NFL-excessive seven interceptions when his crew is tied or leading by one possession within the fourth quarter or additional time of eventual losses.
Passer rating: 86.5
QBR: fifty three.7
Briefly: An interception and a misplaced fumble gives Ryan 18 turnovers this season, tying the profession high he set as a rookie in 2008.
Passer rating: 86.3
Briefly: Wilson has began in 23 victories because the begin of the 2012 season, the most by a quarterback over his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.
Passer rating: 86.4
QBR: forty seven.2
Briefly: Dalton attempted a season low three passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield, completing a season-low certainly one of them.
Passer ranking: 80.zero
Briefly: All 4 of Flynn’s landing passes got here when the Dallas Cowboys despatched 4 or fewer go-rushers.
Newton accomplished seven of 10 passes for 139 yards in opposition to the
New York Jets
‘ blitz. That average of thirteen.9 yards per try towards added stress was the highest of his profession with a minimum of 5 makes an attempt.
Passer ranking: fifty seven.1
Briefly: McGloin committed 5 turnovers Sunday after limiting himself to 3 in his earlier 5 video games.
Passer score: 75.5
Briefly: Glennon confronted four or fewer move-rushers on 37 of his 38 dropbacks, but was nonetheless sacked 4 occasions by the San Francisco 49ers.
Brees had a tough day towards the St. Louis Rams, throwing extra incompletions (five) than completions (four) on third down. He completed simply two of seven passes that traveled no less than 15 yards downfield, his second-worst completion share on such throws this season. The lowest got here towards the Seahawks (0-for-eight).
Passer rating: sixty eight.6
Briefly: Smith took four sacks in opposition to the blitz Sunday, and his 25 sacks in such conditions this season is the second-most in the NFL.
Passer ranking: 73.5
Briefly: Henne took 5 sacks Sunday, despite the fact that he confronted added pressure on 20.5 % of his dropbacks, the fourth-lowest share for all quarterbacks in Week 15.
Passer ranking: sixty seven.6
Briefly: Campbell threw incomplete on six of seven third-down passes, but three had been dropped.
Passer score: 42.three
Briefly: Two interceptions, 4 sacks and a fumble (not misplaced) led to a season-low QBR. Sunday also brought Keenum’s seventh consecutive sport with a completion proportion below 60.