Monday, October 1, 2012
NFC North Week 4 Quarterback Report
By Kevin Seifert
Let's take our weekly look at NFC North quarterback performance in Week 4. We'll account for Monday night's outing in some way Tuesday.
Passer rating: 119.9
Action plays: 48
Comment: Rodgers admitted he made a poor throw on a third-quarter interception, but otherwise he played his best game of the season. It wasn't as if the Packers suddenly regained their downfield touch; Rodgers completed only 1 of 7 passes thrown 15 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. He simply worked the shorter game to near perfection, completing 30 of 34 throws that traveled fewer than 15 yards in the air. His 88.2 completion percentage on such passes was a career high.
Passer rating: 77.2
Action plays: 62
Comment: Stafford continues to have a hard time getting the ball downfield against defenses aligned with deep safeties. Sunday, 13 of his 18 passes that traveled 10 or more yards downfield fell incomplete, including five of seven to receiver Calvin Johnson. Lions receivers dropped three such passes Sunday. This game marked the first time Stafford has not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1 of the 2010 season, which he departed before halftime because of an injury.
Passer rating: 71.2
Action plays: 34
Comment: Ponder was under 100 yards for the day until a 27-yard pass to receiver Jerome Simpson in the fourth quarter. His total of 111 yards was the lowest of any quarterback who played the entire game in Week 4. In the end, however, Ponder once again played winning football. Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril dropped a pass thrown into his hands near the line of scrimmage, but in the end Ponder is the only NFL starter without an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Information.