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Monday, November 12, 2012
NFC South QB Watch

By Pat Yasinskas

Let’s take a quick look at the performances by the four NFC South quarterbacks in Week 10:

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers

Sunday: Completed 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-24 victory against San Diego.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 94.4.

Season Total QBR: 58.0, which ranks No. 16 in the NFL.

In a nutshell: Freeman’s Total QBR was second best (Andy Dalton led at 94.8) in the NFL. Freeman also had the second-best Total QBR of his career. His best was 96.5 against Carolina in Week 2 of the 2010 season. Freeman has been one of the league's most consistent quarterbacks over the last five games.

Matt Ryan, Falcons

Sunday: Completed 34 of 52 passes for 411 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 31-27 loss to the Saints.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 84.9.

Season Total QBR: 79.2, which ranks third in the NFL.

In a nutshell: Ryan had a big day statistically, but the bottom line was that his team didn’t win. Ryan, who is a master of the comeback, had two late chances to rally the Falcons, but did not.

Drew Brees, Saints

Sunday: Completed 21 of 32 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 31-27 victory against the Falcons.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 81.1.

Season Total QBR: 69.3, which ranks ninth in the NFL.

In a nutshell: By Brees’ standards, he didn’t have a spectacular day. But he didn’t need to because he got some strong help from his running game and some timely plays by the defense.

Cam Newton, Panthers

Sunday: Completed 21 of 36 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Also was sacked seven times.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 2.0.

Season Total QBR: 36.4, which ranks No. 31 in the NFL.

In a nutshell: The 2.0 was the lowest Total QBR of Newton’s career. His previous low was 15.1.

You can see league-wide Total QBR for the season here and for Week 10 here.