Tebow wins again despite 29.7 Total QBR

November, 28, 2011
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Christopher Hanewinckel/US PresswireTim Tebow led the Broncos to a fourth straight win Sunday, finishing with a 29.7 Total QBR in the win against the Chargers.
It wasn’t pretty at times, but once again, Tim Tebow found a way to win.

He continued his usual trend -- playing poorly for three quarters before turning it on the fourth quarter. Tebow finished with a 29.7 QBR on 44 action plays in Denver’s win against the San Diego Chargers.

His play in overtime was not (or has been) great, but his performance thus far in fourth quarters cannot be questioned.

From his 152 action plays in the first three quarters this season, Tebow has compiled a 17.1 QBR, which ranks last among qualified quarterbacks.

But he’s posted an 81.4 QBR on his 95 fourth-quarter action plays this season, good for fifth-best among qualified quarterbacks.

One less obvious trend for Tebow has been his above-average play on first down and his bad performance on third down. Tebow’s lone touchdown pass Sunday came on a first down.

On third and fourth downs this season, he’s managed a measly 14.3 QBR.

Brady, Ryan shine Sunday

Tom Brady
Brady
Tom Brady shredded the Philadelphia Eagles defense, posting a 91.6 QBR on 45 action plays, helping New England win its third straight game.

It was Brady’s 10th game with a 90+ QBR in the past two seasons, tying him with Aaron Rodgers for the most such games in the league.

One cause for Brady’s superb game was his efficiency on deep balls. Brady was 6-of-8 for 172 yards on passes that traveled at least 11 yards in the air.

Matt Ryan also posted a respectable game in a win against the Minnesota Vikings, posting an 80.6 QBR on 44 action plays.

It was Ryan’s 23rd career game with an 80+ QBR. Since Ryan’s rookie season (2008), only Aaron Rodgers has had more 80+ QBR games in the league.

While Brady and Ryan shined, quarterbacks mostly struggled in Week 12.

According to QBR, Week 12 was the second worst week for quarterbacks this season. Collectively quarterbacks mustered a 42.9 QBR, only slightly more than the week-low of 41.0 set in Week 7.
Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.

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