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Monday, December 3, 2012
NFC South QB Watch

By Pat Yasinskas

Week 13 wasn’t a great one for NFC South quarterbacks.

It featured New Orleans’ Drew Brees throwing five interceptions and Carolina’s Cam Newton had the division’s best statistical day in a game his team lost. Let’s take a look at what all four quarterbacks did in Week 13:


Sunday: Completed 15 of 27 passes for 232 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and also ran for 78 yards in a 27-21 loss to Kansas City.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 73.0 (No. 11)

Season Total QBR: 49.5 (No. 21)

Comments: Newton had an efficient game, but was hurt by a crucial drop by Brandon LaFell and a disappointing performance by his defense.

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers

Sunday: Completed 18 of 39 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-23 loss to Denver.

Sunday’s Total QBR: 50.7 (No. 18)

Season Total QBR: 60.7 (No. 15)

Comments: Freeman got off to a great start and the Bucs had a 10-7 halftime lead as the offense was controlling the ball and keeping Peyton Manning off the field. But that all changed as the Broncos rallied for 21 points in the third quarter. Freeman and the offense went cold in the second half.

Matt Ryan, Falcons

Thursday: Completed 18 of 33 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 23-13 victory over New Orleans.

Thursday’s Total QBR: 35.4 (No. 20)

Season Total QBR: 73.9 (No. 3)

Comments: This was not Ryan’s best outing. The passing game seemed out of sync much of the night, but the defense bailed out Ryan and the offense.


Thursday: Completed 28 of 50 passes for 341 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions in a 23-13 loss to Atlanta.

Thursday’s Total QBR: 23.4 (No. 25)

Season Total QBR: 64.3 (No. 12)

Comments: The five interceptions were a career high. Brees also had his league record of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass come to an end at 54.