Seattle spells doom for opposing QBs
September, 16, 2013
By Douglas Clawson | ESPN.com
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesColin Kaepernick suffered the worst start of his career Sunday in Seattle.
SEATTLE IS A TOUGH ENVIRONMENT FOR OPPOSING QUARTERBACKS
Colin Kaepernick’s Total QBR was 14.0 on Sunday night, the lowest Total QBR in any start of his career. It was also the lowest Total QBR in Week 2 (min. 15 action plays). Both of Kaepernick’s worst games in terms of Total QBR have come at Seattle, where opposing quarterbacks have been limited to a 33.1 Total QBR since the start of last season, 2nd-lowest among NFL teams at home.
Kaepernick's three interceptions in Seattle on Sunday match the total amount he had during the regular season last year.
SLOW START FOR RG III
Robert Griffin III had a Total QBR of 43.0 against the Packers, including 5.3 in the 1st half as the Packers built a 24-0 lead. Griffin has done most of his damage late in garbage time this season, as the Redskins haven’t entered the 4th quarter this season with a win probability above 2%.
Griffin’s Total QBR is 23.4 this season, ranked 30th in the NFL among 33 qualified quarterbacks (84.6 through his first 2 games last season, 2nd in the NFL). His passer rating, which does not account for the clutch weight of the situation, is 89.6, ranked 17th in the league.
Philip Rivers had a 93.5 Total QBR against the Eagles, his 2nd-highest Total QBR in a game since the start of last season. He posted a 72.6 Total QBR in the 4th quarter, he entered the game with a league-low 7.7 4th-quarter Total QBR during the last 2 seasons (0.02 4th-quarter Total QBR last week).
EJ Manuel’s Total QBR rose from 29.6 at the beginning of the Bills’ final drive to 51.6 after his game-winning touchdown pass. Manuel’s 60.1 Total QBR through Week 2 ranks 13th in the league. The Bills’ Total QBR last season was 44.6, 26th in the league.
Aaron Rodgers had an 80.9 Total QBR against the Redskins, he had a 98.0 QBR when the score differential was greater than 17, compared to a 65.0 Total QBR when the game was within 16 points. He was sacked 4 times, including back-to-back plays in goal-to-go situations in a 0-0 game, and once on 3rd down.
Brandon Weeden’s 26.7 Total QBR Sunday was his 10th game with a Total QBR lower than 30.0 since the start of last season, the most in the league. His Total QBR of 20.3 this season is the 3rd-worst in the NFL.
Michael Vick’s 81.5 Total QBR was his highest in a loss since Week 4 in 2011 against the 49ers. He can blame the defense, the Eagles had a defensive EPA of -19.4, their 4th-worst in a game during the last 7 seasons.