Tuesday, September 18, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared Sunday:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 24-for-31 (77.4 percent) for 318 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: Dalton made a great throw to Brandon Tate when he got behind a defender for a 44-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, when he completed all eight of his throws, Dalton bought time by rolling to his right before finding Andrew Hawkins, who weaved through the Browns defense for another touchdown. The one pass he would want back is when he threw behind a receiver and got picked off by D'Qwell Jackson.
QBR: 78.3 (8th among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 26-for-37 (70.2 percent) for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Weeden rebounded from one of the worst debuts in NFL history to throw the most passing yards for a Browns rookie quarterback. His biggest improvement was accuracy (he connected on 34 percent of his throws in the opener). He was sharp on the intermediate routes and allowed his backs to make plays by dumping the ball off to them.
QBR: 56.0 (17th among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 22-for-42 (52.4 percent) for 232 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one fumble.
Comment: Flacco's miserable second half was a big reason why the Ravens lost by one point in Philadelphia. He was 8-of-25 for 140 yards after halftime. Flacco's interception was the result of throwing into triple coverage. On their final drive, any hopes of a comeback were quashed by Flacco, who was 2-of-6 passing.
QBR: 24.6 (27th among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 24-for-31 (77.4 percent) for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Roethlisberger was back to his old self on Sunday, escaping pressure to extend plays. He showed touch on his one-yard, play-action touchdown pass to Heath Miller and showed faith in Mike Wallace when he tossed a 37-yard scoring pass to him on the right side of the end zone. It was a strong, mistake-free performance for Roethlisberger, who spread the ball around to 10 different players.
QBR: 93.4 (2nd among quarterbacks this week)