Tuesday, November 13, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 10:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 21-for-30 (70 percent) for 199 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Dalton delivered his best game as a pro when the Bengals needed him the most. He threw a career-high four touchdowns (to four different receivers) and was the reason Cincinnati ended its 10-game losing streak to Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. Dalton also ended another significant streak -- he didn't throw an interception for the first time this season.
QBR: 94.8 (First among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Season stats: 185-for-336 (55.1 percent) for 2,088 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Comment: He wasn't drafted as high as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, so he shouldn't be compared to them. Weeden has brought the deep pass back to the Browns' offense but he also hurt the Browns with rookie mistakes (11 of his interceptions have come in seven losses). Everyone knew there were going to be growing pains with Weeden, and that's exactly what has happened.
Season QBR: 19.9 (24th among quarterbacks this week)
Season grade: C
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 21-for-33 (63.6 percent) for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: It was a home game, so Flacco brought his "A" game. He threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and took what the defense gave him by hitting his tight ends in the middle of the field. His numbers could have been higher but the Ravens pulled Flacco in the fourth quarter when it turned into a rout.
QBR: 91.6 (Fourth among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: Roethlisberger was 9-of-18 (50 percent) for 84 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Leftwich was 7-of-14 for 73 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Roethlisberger was having an average game before he got injured. His best drive was scrambling to convert a third down in the red zone and then hitting Mike Wallace for a spectacular touchdown. Leftwich looked awfully rusty but he did hit Emmanuel Sanders for 31 yards on third down, which led to the Steelers' go-ahead field goal early in the fourth quarter.
QBR: Roethlisberger 60.6 (17th among quarterbacks this week). Leftwich 61.7 (15th).