Tuesday, October 9, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 5:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 26-for-43 (60.5 percent) for 234 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Comment: This was Dalton's worst game of the season. He was never in sync with his receivers all game. Dalton once again struggled on third down, completing two of 11 passes. He had a shot at redeeming himself on a potential game-winning drive. But Dalton's last pass was overthrown and resulted in an interception.
QBR: 27.3 (24th among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 22-for-35 (62.9 percent) for 291 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Comment: Mistakes continue to haunt Weeden. Two interceptions in Giants territory played a major factor in the Browns' 14-point loss at New York. He should've thrown the first one away, and he underthrew the second one in the end zone. Weeden, though, did show big-play potential, hitting rookie Josh Gordon for touchdowns of 62 and 20 yards. It didn't help Weeden that two of his receivers (Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin) were out with hamstring injuries.
QBR: 43.9 (17th among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 13-for-27 (48.1 percent) for 187 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: Flacco failed to complete over half of his throws in a game for the first time since December of last year. Much of the blame goes to the drops by his receivers, including Anquan Boldin. But Flacco looked indecisive and held onto the ball too long, which led to the four sacks. His best play was a 16-yard run on third-and-15 in the fourth quarter, which helped the Ravens to run out the clock.
QBR: 34.0 (20th among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 21-of-37 (56.8 percent) for 207 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions
Comment: Like Flacco, Roethlisberger was let down by his receivers. He would've had a touchdown if Antonio Brown caught the ball in the end zone and if Jerricho Cotchery didn't trip over himself a few yards from the goal line. Roethlisberger wasn't sacked but he was under pressure throughout the game. He still came through when the Steelers needed him the most. Roethlisberger completed 4 of 5 passes for 50 yards and converted two third downs on the winning drive that ended with Shaun Suisham's field goal.
QBR: 46.4 (15th among quarterbacks this week)