Brady third in Total QBR after Week 1

September, 15, 2011
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With the goal of creating a better metric for rating quarterbacks, ESPN unveiled Total QBR before the 2011 season. Hop HERE to read about the methodology. Really, all you need to know is that after Week 1, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ranks third in the league in Total QBR. From ESPN Stats and Info:

FITZPATRICK TOPS TOTAL QBR RATINGS IN WEEK 1  

Reigning NFL MVP (and 2010 regular-season Total QBR leader) Tom Brady had a stellar performance on "Monday Night Football" in Miami, throwing for 517 yards and four touchdowns on his way to a Total QBR of 88.6. While that wasn't enough to unseat Ryan Fitzpatrick for the highest Total QBR in Week 1, Brady's efficiency over so many plays resulted in his finishing with 13.2 total clutch-weighted EPA (expected points added), by far the highest total of the week.

Lost in Brady's greatness was a solid performance by Dolphins QB Chad Henne, who put up a Total QBR of 70.7 after finishing 27th in the NFL with a 41.4 rating last season. Monday's later game did not produce anywhere near the same quality of QB play, with both Oakland's Jason Campbell and Denver's Kyle Orton finishing with ratings that placed them toward the bottom of the Week 1 rankings.

Hop HERE for the full story and list of Total QBR leaders.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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