Tuesday, December 4, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 13:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 25-for-39 (64.1 percent) for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Comment: Dalton once again had problems with interceptions after not throwing one in his previous three games. He also had another one returned for a touchdown, the result of a poor decision by Dalton. But Dalton bounced back in the clutch, scoring the winning touchdown on a 6-yard run.
QBR: 60.7 (16h among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 25-for-36 (69.4 percent) for 364 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Comment: Two throws he would want back are the two interceptions deep in Raiders territory. But he was on target for most of the game and hit Josh Gordon in stride on that deep 44-yard touchdown toss. You could see more confidence from Weeden when he's playing one of the league's worst pass defenses compared to the NFL's top-ranked one in Pittsburgh. His 364 yards passing were a career high.
QBR: 75.4 (12th among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 16-for-34 (47.1 percent) for 188 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Comment: Flacco usually plays his best at home, but that wasn't the case Sunday. He was wild on a lot of his throws and he had no pocket awareness. The interception was the result of Flacco just throwing the ball up for grabs around midfield. His biggest mistake was not protecting the ball when getting sacked by James Harrison. That fourth-quarter fumble cost the Ravens the game. Flacco escapes an "F" because of his touchdown throw to Anquan Boldin, his only memorable good pass of the game.
QBR: 23.7 (26h among quarterbacks this week)
Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 25-for-36 (69.4 percent) for 276 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Comment: Batch was far from perfect. His interception in the end zone could've led to a loss if not for Harrison's forced turnover. But Batch stepped up big for the Steelers in the second half, from throwing a block on a touchdown run to being near-perfect in the fourth quarter. On the drive that set up the winning field goal, Batch was 5-for-5 for 45 yards. You couldn't ask much more from a backup quarterback.
QBR: 53.1 (19th among quarterbacks this week)