Tuesday, October 16, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 6:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 31-for-46 (67.3 percent) for 381 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Comment: Dalton is starting to force throws because the Bengals don't have a running game. He threw three more interceptions to raise his season total to nine, which is tied for second in the NFL. Dalton also had his third interception returned for a touchdown. He's not coming through when it comes to third downs or fourth-quarter comebacks. Dalton is at his best when he's throwing to A.J. Green, which isn't an earth-shattering statement.
QBR: 35.1 (21st among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 17-for-29 (58.6 percent) for 231 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: This was his best game of the season, even surpassing Week 2 when he set the Browns rookie mark with 322 yards. Weeden continues to stretch the field with his big arm, hitting Josh Gordon for a 71-yard touchdown. What stood out more was his quick release and his efficiency in pressure situations. He was 7-for-10 for 141 yards and one touchdown on third downs.
QBR: 31.8 (22nd among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 17-for-26 (65.3 percent) for 234 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Comment: Flacco's numbers were far from jaw-dropping but he was effective against the NFL's top-ranked pass defense. He didn't force the issue downfield and was content on working the short-to-intermediate routes. Of his 234 yards, 43 of them came on a short pass to Ray Rice, who broke a long gain after not being covered. But Flacco wasn't sharp in the red zone. There were a couple of throws that were way off the mark.
QBR: 76.3 (seventh among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 24-of-40 (60 percent) for 363 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Comment: Roethlisberger jumped out to a great start with an 82-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and broke the team's all-time passing record in the third quarter. Beyond those highlights, Roethlisberger never seemed to get into any sort of rhythm with his receivers. There was no last-second comeback like the previous game. He was one completion short of getting Shaun Suisham in range for a higher percentage field goal.
QBR: 76.0 (eighth among quarterbacks this week)