Another week, another Aaron Rodgers sighting near the top of the Total QBR list. But Rodgers came in second this week behind the Dolphins' Matt Moore who led the way with a 97.7 QBR. Meanwhile, Eli Manning had the sixth-highest rating of the week (81.3) outdueling Tom Brady who finished with a 56.3 rating which ranked right in the middle of the 26 quarterbacks who had at least 10 action plays on Sunday.
In an ending that was very similar to the teams’ meeting back in Super Bowl XLII, Manning led the Giants on a game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. In fact, Manning led the team on two go-ahead touchdown drives late in the fourth quarter, going 7-11 (six first downs) for 85 yards (69 air yards) on those drives. He also had a 12-yard scramble and played a part in drawing two key pass interference penalties – one for 35 yards, the other for 20 yards to set up 1st-and-goal at the 1 – in that span.
Eli’s Total QBR went from 21.5 prior to the last four drives to 81.3 after the game-winning touchdown pass to Jake Ballard. This was Eli’s fifth game of 75+ Total QBR this season, with all of those coming since Week 3.
Manning has really stepped up since a rough performance at home against Seattle in Week 5. His Total QBR over the Giants’ three-game win streak is 83.1. Meanwhile, Tom Brady has struggled in the same span, going from a Total QBR of 84.2 in his first five games to a mediocre 55.4 in the Patriots’ last three games (in which they have gone 1-2), including a 56.3 on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers ramped up his torrid pace on Sunday in San Diego, going 21-26 for 247 yards – 193 through the air – and four touchdowns. Rodgers also made a couple big plays with his legs, with two key 3rd-down scrambles to pick up first downs (one for 11 yards, another for 25 yards). He led the Packers to four TD and a FG on their first six offensive drives finishing with a 94.5 Total QBR, the fourth-highest single-game score of the season (minimum 30 action plays).
Total QBR Leader As Of Week 9
Rodgers now has a Total QBR of 90.0 or above in five of his eight games so far this season. No other QB has more than two such games this year!
Looking back to 2008 shows that Rodgers may be in a class by himself, as his Total QBR of 88.0 through nine weeks is much higher than the leader through the same point of the season in each of the previous three years. He’s also ahead of second-place Drew Brees by a much larger margin than the leader has been at this point in the season going back to 2008.
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