What Total QBR tells us about Week 2

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
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Week 2 of the NFL season is almost in the books and we use Total QBR to recap the week that was. As a reminder, Total QBR is a quarterback rating that takes into account all of a QB’s contributions (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, penalties) to his team’s scoring and winning and summarizes them into one number on a 0-100 scale, where 50 is average.

Tony Romo (94.0 Total QBR) Rebounds from Last Week, Rib Injury to Lead Cowboys to Comeback Win
After a rough fourth quarter last week, Tony Romo rebounded in a big way in Week 2, coming back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in overtime. His 94.0 is his fourth-highest score in his 37 games since 2008 and the highest single-game score of the season so far (min. 10 plays).

Romo’s Total QBR was 59.9 at halftime; after missing a few series with a rib injury, he returned towards the end of the third quarter. He improved the rest of the game and his Total QBR was 99.6 in the final 10:00 of regulation and overtime.

Tom Brady
Brady
Tom Brady (91.1 Total QBR) Puts on Another Spectacular Performance
After his great performance last week (517 pass yards, 88.6 Total QBR), Tom Brady finished with an even better game by Total QBR in Week 2. He finished 31-for-40 (23 first downs) with 423 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. He led the Patriots to four touchdowns and two field goals on their nine meaningful drives.

It’s Brady’s sixth game in the past two seasons with a Total QBR of 90 or higher; no other quarterback has more than four such games in that span.

Brady’s Total QBR of 89.7 through two games leads the league and is well ahead of the pace he set on his way to winning the NFL MVP last season. It’s still below where he was through the first two games (98.0) of his record-setting 2007 season.

Despite High Yardage Total, Cam Newton’s Second Game (25.2 Total QBR) Not as Good as His First
After putting up a very good Total QBR of 75.7 in his NFL debut against the Cardinals, Cam Newton finished with another high yardage total against the Packers (432 yards). If you look at Newton’s contributions to the Panthers on a play-by-play basis and take into account the situation in which they occurred (like Total QBR does), you can see why Newton’s game was actually below average:

• Panthers scored touchdowns on only two of 12 drives (went 2-for-6 in red zone); second touchdown came with 0:37 left and team down 14 points
• Newton had only four first downs on 20 red zone action plays
• All three of Newton's interceptions came with the score within seven points
• Newton took three sacks on the potential game-tying driving drive in the fourth quarter (including one on 3rd-and-1 from the 3), then failed on a scramble on fourth down to end that drive

Despite Loss, Jason Campbell Has 2nd-Highest Total QBR (93.3) of Week 2
Despite the Raiders coming up short in a 38-35 loss to the Bills, Jason Campbell had an excellent game, particularly in rallying the Raiders to a near victory in the fourth quarter. Some highlights/notes from Campbell’s game:

Jason Campbell
Campbell
• Seventeen of 23 his completions went for first downs
• went 8-for-8 (all eight for first downs), 139 yards (91 air yards), two touchdowns on his first two fourth-quarter drives, both taking the Raiders from down three points to up four points
• His interception came on a hail mary attempt at the end of game and was basically inconsequential to his QB Rating.

Campbell’s 93.3 was his second-highest in a single game in 47 games since 2008 (95.3 in 2010 Week 7 at Broncos).

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