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Monday, October 17, 2011
NFC North QBR update: Week 6

By Kevin Seifert

Let's make our weekly comparison between the Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) and passer rating of each NFC North quarterback. In some cases, it can give us a deeper insight into how each quarterback performed. At the bottom of this post is a cumulative comparison of each metric.

Aaron Rodgers
Week 6 passer rating:
NFL rank: 1
Week 6 QBR: 91.9
NFL rank: 2
Comment: Rodgers received his second-highest QBR of the season even though the Packers went scoreless in the second half. His three touchdown passes in the second quarter established a lead the St. Louis Rams never threatened. If you want to know why the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (92.5) finished higher despite a 163-yard day: ESPN analytics reports Ryan received significant credit for two passes into the end zone that resulted in pass interference, giving the Falcons first-and-goal on each occasion. Ryan also completed all three of his third-down passes in the fourth quarter. That's the explanation I received.

Jay Cutler
Week 6 passer rating:
NFL rank: 2
Week 6 QBR: 91.4
NFL rank: 3
Comment: It was unanimous. Cutler had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Donovan McNabb
Week 6 passer rating:
NFL rank: 5
Week 6 QBR: 23.2
NFL rank: 22
Comment: This is one occasion where I think QBR offers a more effective evaluation. Sure, McNabb completed almost 80 percent of his passes and didn't throw an interception. But he took five sacks, and the Vikings didn't score a touchdown until the third quarter of the game. McNabb wasn't effective moving the Vikings into scoring range.

Matthew Stafford
Week 6 passer rating:
NFL rank: 11
Week 6 QBR: 29.7
NFL rank: 20
Comment: Stafford absorbed a QBR beating, largely because he took five sacks and fumbled once. I thought it was probably Stafford's worst game of the season. Did 19 quarterbacks have a better game than him? I'm not sure about that.