- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you watched the Dallas Cowboys' 44-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it will come as no surprise to you that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo posted the highest Total QBR of any NFL quarterback so far in Week 10. Romo's mark of 99.3 is also the highest recorded by any quarterback so far this year and the third highest by any quarterback since 2008. Only Cincinnati's Carson Palmer (Oct. 25, 2009) and Philadelphia's Michael Vick (Nov. 15, 2010) have had higher single-game QBRs during that time period.
The Total QBR folks say that one of the main reasons for Romo's big number was his ability to complete long passes down the field:
He was 6-for-6 on passes that traveled at least 11 yards down the field, 4-for-4 on passes that traveled at least 21 yards, and 2-for-2 on passes that traveled at least 31 yards (both for touchdowns). In the first half with the game still in question, Romo was 18-for-19 including a perfect 7-for-7 on third downs that all went for first downs. Romo did not fumble and was not sacked or intercepted.
Of the 30 quarterbacks who have played so far in Week 19, the New York Giants' Eli Manning ranks 11th with a Total QBR of 64.5 in the Giants' loss to the 49ers. Manning has led four fourth-quarter comebacks this year, but his attempt at a fifth came up short in San Francisco. For the season, he's got a 67.8 mark that ranks him seventh in the NFL and second in the NFC East behind Romo.
The numbers, as you would expect, are not as great for our division's other two quarterbacks. The Philadelphia Eagles' Vick put up a pitiful 27.0 Total QBR in the team's pitiful loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Vick completed just 16 of 34 passes for 128 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns, and the only thing that kept his number from going even lower was his total of 79 rushing yards. For the season, Vick's Total QBR of 58.1 ranks him 11th in the league.
And in Washington, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw a whopping 17.8 on the Total QBR board, ranking ahead of only Philip Rivers, Josh Freeman and Curtis Painter among quarterbacks whose Week 10 games are in the books. Grossman's season number of 37.6 also ranks him 27th among qualifying quarterbacks, though he's ahead of Washington's John Beck, who ranks 31st with a mark of 26.9. Beck had started the past three games for the Redskins before Grossman took the job back for Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.