Wednesday, November 21, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 11:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 18-for-29 (62.1 percent) for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: Dalton followed up his best game in the NFL with another very strong performance. He accounted for three of the Bengals' four touchdowns, throwing two and running in one on fourth down. The one criticism was the lack of efficiency on third down (converting 4 of 14 tries). But Dalton was 2-for-2 on fourth down, which gives him a pass for the struggles on third down.
QBR: 85.6 (Sixth among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 20-for-35 (57.1 percent) for 210 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: He was off target for most of the game, throwing high or behind receivers. Weeden should've been picked off deep in Browns territory if a Cowboys defensive lineman could catch. It was a rough start to the fourth quarter, when he fumbled and missed Jordan Cameron on a fourth-and-goal pass. But Weeden bounced back and led what should've been his first game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
QBR: 58.4 (13th among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 20-for-32 (62.5 percent) for 164 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: It was the typical Flacco performance on the road. He seemed to get thrown off kilter after taking a hard hit from Brett Keisel early in the game. Flacco was lucky he didn't throw an interception after forcing throws into heavy coverage. The only time Flacco appeared comfortable was on his throws to Anquan Boldin.
QBR: 38.9 (15th among quarterbacks this week)
Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 18-for-39 (46.2 percent) for 201 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Comment: Leftwich started off great with a career-long 31-yard touchdown run. After hurting his shoulder on a fall in the end zone, Leftwich struggled the rest of the game. He was wildly inaccurate and completed less than half of his passes. His interception led to a field goal in a game that the Steelers lost by three points.
QBR: 25.1 (20th among quarterbacks this week)