RG3 impresses with career-high Total QBR

October, 15, 2012
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US PresswireRobert Griffin III continues to make his case for Rookie of the Year.
Robert Griffin III posted the highest single-game Total QBR of his career on Sunday (97.6). It was the third-highest by any rookie quarterback over the last five seasons.

His performance was also the best by a Washington Redskins quarterback in a single game since 2008, a few points higher than the 93.8 he posted in his debut against the New Orleans Saints earlier this season.

BRADY, PATRIOTS UNABLE TO HOLD LATE LEAD IN SEATTLE
The New England Patriots had the lead late in the fourth quarter before the Seattle Seahawks scored a go-ahead/game-winning touchdown with 1:18 to play.

Including the postseason, it was the seventh time since 2009 the Patriots lost a game in which it held a lead in the final five minutes of regulation, which is tied for third-most in the NFL.

Part of the blame can be directed at Tom Brady, who has not performed well when attempting to hold leads of eight points or fewer over that span.

Among 17 players with at least 10 action plays in the final five minutes of regulation with a one-score lead, not many have a lower Total QBR than Brady since 2009.

QUICK HITTERS
• Eli Manning had a season-high Total QBR of 96.0 against the San Francisco 49ers, his highest since he posted 98.3 in a win against the Seahawks in Week 9 of 2010. It was his third game this season with a Total QBR of 90 or better, tied with his brother Peyton for the most in the NFL.

• Alex Smith had a 24.8 Total QBR in the loss to the New York Giants, his lowest since Week 14 of last season. This comes just one week after Smith posted the highest single-game Total QBR for a 49er quarterback and fifth-best for any player over the last five seasons (99.2 vs Buffalo).

" Andrew Luck entered Week 6 with a league-best 90.4 Total QBR in the first half this season with four touchdowns and an interception. Luck posted a 53.2 in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets with no touchdowns and a pick.

TOTAL QBR AND WINNING
Total QBR can be used to quantify just how important the quarterback position has become to winning in the NFL.

Looking back to previous years, the team with the higher Total QBR has won 86 percent of regular season games since 2008 (as far back as Total QBR goes). That is higher than the comparable mark for teams with the advantage in total yardage, turnover differential, and NFL passer rating.

Keep in mind that just because a team wins a game with a lower QBR than its opponent does not mean that Total QBR was "wrong" or not as good for that game.

That just means that the winning team was able to overcome its quarterback being outperformed by the opposing signal caller (on a rate basis), usually by playing better in other aspects of the game (rushing game, special teams, etc.).

Complete QBR statistics for all quarterbacks can be found here.

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