Tuesday, September 25, 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: 19-for-27 (70.3 percent) for 328 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: Dalton made big plays and spread the ball around. He connected on one pass of at least 20 yards with five receivers. With the game tied, Dalton was 6-of-7 for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the decisive fourth quarter. His one big mistake was throwing an interception on his first pass which resulted in a touchdown.
QBR: 93.4 (First among quarterbacks this week)
Grade: B-plus (wide receiver Mohamed Sanu gets A-plus for his 73-yard touchdown toss to A.J. Green)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 27-for-43 (62.7 percent) for 237 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Comment: His best pass was the 22-yard touchdown strike to Travis Benjamin. Besides that throw, Weeden played it safe. Over three-quarters of his completions were passes that were in the air 10 yards or shorter. Weeden stumbled when it mattered the most, throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter. He was baited into his last interception by a Bills linebacker.
QBR: 22.6 (28th among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 28-for-39 (71.7 percent) for 382 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: Flacco threw for the second-most passing yards of his career. Where Flacco made his mark was rallying the Ravens from nine points down with 14 minutes left in the game. In the fourth quarter, Flacco completed 12-of-15 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. His QBR in that quarter was 99.1.
QBR: 93.2 (Second among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 36-for-49 (73.4 percent) for 384 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Roethlisberger continues to carry the offense because the Steelers don't have a running game. It was a classic Roethlisberger moment when he scrambled to buy time before finding Mike Wallace running free in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass. It wasn't an A-plus game because he couldn't come through at the end. Roethlisberger failed to convert a third-and-9 under pressure following the two-minute warning to give the Raiders the chance at the winning score.
QBR: 91.0 (Fourth among quarterbacks this week)