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Production and holiday complications required a condensed version of our weekly deep dive into NFL quarterback play. The full edition will return next week. Many thanks to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information for supplying data to drive this post. Remember that Total QBR runs on a scale of 0-100. The scale for traditional passer rating is 0-158.3.
Passer rating: 118.2
Briefly: Manning had arguably his best day of downfield passing in the past eight seasons, completing 80 percent (8-for-10) of passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield. Those throws accounted for 268 of his 405 total yards, along with three of his five touchdown passes. (The two incompletions were both intercepted.) Manning had completed only five such passes in his three previous games combined. He now has more passing yards through 12 games (4,125) than any quarterback in NFL history.
Passer rating: 104.8
Briefly: Brady struggled against the Houston Texans' blitz in the first half Sunday, completing just 2 of 7 passes on eight dropbacks against it. The Texans responded by increasing their blitz frequency from 21 percent to 39 percent in the second half, but Brady adjusted and completed 7 of 9 passes against it for 137 yards and a touchdown. The big adjustment: He threw shorter against the blitz in the second half. His average pass against the blitz traveled 15.0 yards past the line of scrimmage in the first half and 8.5 yards in the second.
Passer rating: 85.8
Briefly: Newton's 56-yard run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was his longest scramble on a designed passing play. In the Panthers' eight-game winning streak, Newton is completing 64 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Passer rating: 98.6
Briefly: Flacco responded well to the Pittsburgh Steelers' decision to blitz more frequently in the second half Thursday night. He faced at least five pass-rushers on 42 percent of his second-half dropbacks, but overall he completed 7 of 10 throws against it -- his most efficient game against the blitz this season.
Passer rating: 94.6
Briefly: Roethlisberger has at least one touchdown pass in 25 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the NFL.
Passer rating: 111.5
Briefly: The St. Louis Rams tried to contain Kaepernick with their standard rush, but he celebrated the return of receiver Michael Crabtree by completing 15 of 20 passes against it for 233 yards and a touchdown. The Rams' standard pass rush had limited Kaepernick to 96 passing yards in the teams' first matchup.
Passer rating: 73.6
Passer rating: 98.5
Briefly: Stafford has thrown six interceptions in his past two games after limiting himself to eight in his first 10. But Thursday, he made two big-time throws -- 36 yards to Kris Durham and 20 for a touchdown to Kevin Ogletree -- to seal a big division victory.
Passer rating: 67.6
Briefly: Keenum missed on 15 of 30 passes, giving him his fifth consecutive game with a completion percentage under 60 percent. His average pass traveled 10.97 yards in the air, the fourth-highest of Week 13, and a figure that illustrates his downfield mentality.
Passer rating: 101.7
Briefly: Romo completed all 12 second-half attempts against the Raiders, in part because none of his attempts traveled further than 14 yards downfield.
Passer rating: 94.2
Briefly: Tannehill faced a blitz on only 15.2 percent of his dropbacks Sunday, as the New York Jets felt confident they could get to him with their standard rush. He took one sack in those situations and completed 23 of 36 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown against it.
Passer rating: 114.9
Briefly: As starter Jay Cutler nears his return, it's worth noting McCown's connection with receiver Alshon Jeffery. After hitting him on 12 of 15 passes Sunday, McCown has completed 68 percent of the throws he has targeted Jeffery on. Cutler has completed 54.5 percent of such passes.
Passer rating: 98.7
Briefly: Manning completed all five of his play-action passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Passer rating: 88.7
Briefly: Smith faced a blitz on half of his dropbacks (23-of-46), the highest rate the Denver Broncos have sent against an opposing quarterback this season. Smith completed 11 of 20 passes against it, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt and throwing one interception. Both of his touchdown passes came against the Broncos' standard rush.
Passer rating: 86.4
Briefly: Ryan connected with receiver Roddy White on four passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield, double the total the pair had completed this season.
Passer rating: 112.0
Briefly: Foles' three touchdown passes to tight ends Sunday doubled his output to that position this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Eagles tight ends hadn't caught three touchdowns in a game since 1989.
Passer rating: 80.0
Briefly: Rivers' 252-yard game gave him 3,633 yards for the season, making him one of six players in NFL history to produce at least 3,500 yards for six consecutive seasons.
Passer rating: 86.7
Briefly: Manuel faced a blitz on 50 percent of his dropbacks. He did not take a sack and completed 8 of 16 attempts against it.
Passer rating: 80.7
Briefly: The Chicago Bears blitzed Cassel on 54.3 percent of his dropbacks, and he responded with 11 completions in 17 attempts for 148 yards and a touchdown against it. This season, he is completing 65.9 percent of his passes against the blitz for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Passer rating: 102.0
Briefly: Griffin took three sacks against the New York Giants' standard pressure in the second half Sunday night.
Passer rating: 83.6
Briefly: Dalton hit receiver A.J. Green for a 21-yard touchdown pass, his fourth to Green on passes of at least 20 yards downfield. No other Bengals receiver has such a catch.
Passer rating: 74.5
Briefly: Henne nitpicked the Cleveland Browns to defeat Sunday. He averaged 4.9 yards per attempt, the lowest among any qualified quarterback in Week 13.
Passer rating: 47.2
Briefly: All three of Fitzpatrick's interceptions came on passes that traveled more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. Before Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts had allowed twice as many touchdowns (10) as they had interceptions (five) on such throws.
Passer rating: 59.4
Briefly: Luck's QBR in five games without receiver Reggie Wayne is 39.8. His QBR in seven games with him was 71.9.
Passer rating: 94.8
Briefly: Weeden's average throw to receiver Josh Gordon traveled 22.7 yards past the line of scrimmage, but the pair still connected on 66.7 percent of those passes. Weeden's other 25 passes averaged 6.0 yards past the line. He completed 56 percent of them.
Passer rating: 85.6
Briefly: Palmer attempted four passes of at least 30 yards downfield, leading to two interceptions and one completion. He has completed 20 percent of such passes this season, ranking No. 29 in the NFL.
Passer rating: 67.2
Briefly: Clemens completed 51.4 percent of his passes, the fifth time in five starts he has failed to connect on at least 60 percent.
Passer rating: 73.5
Briefly: Glennon completed all 11 attempts to the middle of the field but missed on 7 of 10 attempts on passes outside the numbers.
Passer rating: 51.9
Briefly: Flynn made some weak throws Thursday against the Detroit Lions but also faced enormous pressure. He was sacked on seven of 28 dropbacks, the highest percentage against a Packers quarterback since at least 2006. Four of those sacks came against the Lions' standard four-man rush, and in total, nine of his 21 dropbacks against it were disrupted.
Passer rating: 8.3
Briefly: Before he was benched, Smith compiled his fifth consecutive game with a QBR under 15. The only quarterback since 2006 to have more was JaMarcus Russell for the Raiders in 2009.
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