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Monday, December 19, 2011
NFC North Week 15 Quarterback Report

By Kevin Seifert

Quarterback play in the NFC North has increasingly become a two-tiered affair, with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on the good side and the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, uh, on the other side. Let's take a look at this weekend's action:

Aaron Rodgers
Week 15 passer rating:
80.1
Week 15 QBR: 44.5
Tell-tale number: Rodgers set a Packers record by throwing his 40th touchdown pass of the year, but his streak of throwing at least two per game ended at 13 consecutive games -- one short of setting an NFL record. Rodgers' QBR reflects four drops assigned to his receivers and also makes note of two first-down runs and a touchdown run. Still, finishing below 50 means that on the QBR scale Rodgers gave his team less than a 50-50 chance to win. Do you agree?

Matthew Stafford
Week 15 passer rating:
105.5
Week 15 QBR: 76.4
Tell-tale number: Stafford has now thrown at least four touchdown passes in five games of his young career. He is also 184 yards away from breaking the Lions' single-season record for yards in a season, set by Scott Mitchell in 1995 (4,338 yards).

Christian Ponder
Week 15 passer rating:
63.9
Week 15 QBR: 11.2
Tell-tale number: Whatever the opposite of downfield passing is what Ponder did Sunday. He averaged 3.87 yards per attempt against the New Orleans Saints. Yikes.

Caleb Hanie
Week 15 passer rating:
33.3
Week 15 QBR: 19.6
Tell-tale number: Three more interceptions gives Hanie nine in four starts. He has also been sacked 19 times in those games. He is one of four active NFL quarterbacks without a victory when making a minimum of four starts. Curtis Painter is 0-8, John Beck is 0-7 and Josh Johnson is 0-5. Usually teams don't give quarterbacks many opportunities beyond the four Hanie has received.