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Monday, October 31, 2011
QBR ranks: Alex Smith keeps winning

The San Francisco 49ers have won with Alex Smith playing at an elite level.

They have won with him playing very well (Sunday against Cleveland, and against Seattle in the opener). They have won with Smith playing below average (at Cincinnati and at Philadelphia, save for a tremendous third quarter against the Eagles).

They have won with him playing poorly (at Detroit, save for the final minutes).

That's a lot of winning for a quarterback with a 19-31 starting record before this season.

Smith is the only quarterback in the NFC West to post a single-game Total QBR score of 70 or higher (50 being average, 100 being maximum). Smith has done it three times, as the first chart below shows. The 49ers have supported him well enough to win three of the four games when Smith's QBR ranged from 10.3 to 47.5.

Quick thoughts on how NFC West passers graded out as they did by Total QBR in Week 8, with NFL passer ratings in parenthesis as a reference point:
The chart shows how quarterbacks from games involving NFC West teams fared in Total QBR for Week 8. Fifty represents an average performance.