Wednesday, December 26, 2012
AFC North quarterback report card
By Jamison Hensley
A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 16:
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: 24-for-41 (58.5 percent) for 278 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Comment: Dalton was far from his best at Pittsburgh and his interception to start the second half would've changed the momentum of the game if not for the Bengals defense. His best pass was perhaps his last one, when he hit A.J. Green for 21 yards to set up the winning field goal. But, for most of the game, he misfired on third downs and failed to consistently beat the Steelers deep despite a stacked box. This marked the first time he threw multiple interceptions without having a touchdown pass.
QBR: 38.3 (23rd among quarterbacks this week)
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) for 104 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: This isn't the strong finish that Weeden envisioned. He left the game in the third quarter, and he wasn't effective during the time he was on the field. Whether it's his decision-making or the system, Weeden's strong arm is not being used. He averaged 5.5 yards per attempt Sunday. The Browns offensive line didn't provide much help for Weeden.
QBR: 43.4 (21st among quarterbacks this week)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Stats: 25-for-36 (69.4 percent) for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Comment: It's games like these that make you wonder how Flacco can struggle so mightily at times. The hot-and-cold Flacco was scorching Sunday, when he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. That was in the first half alone. It's no coincidence that Flacco looked great in a game where he wasn't sacked.
QBR: 94.4 (3rd among quarterbacks this week)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stats: 14-for-28 (50 percent) for 220 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Comment: For the second straight week, Roethlisberger threw a late interception that cost the Steelers the game. He also hurt Pittsburgh in the first quarter, when he had an interception returned for a touchdown. Take away that 60-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown and Roethlisberger had 160 yards. The Bengals' front four wouldn't let Roethlisberger get comfortable in the pocket, and it showed.
QBR: 7.1 (33rd among quarterbacks this week)