Friday, November 19, 2010
Manning, Brady Under Center of Attention
Our weekly look at quarterbacks who are under the center of attention.
PEYTON MANNING & TOM BRADY
They will meet again on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots play for the eighth straight year.
As far as this season goes, both have been efficient with short passes over the middle of the field. Coincidentally, both have thrown 37 passes of 10 yards or fewer in that direction and both have yet to throw an interception.
But Manning is slightly more efficient, ranking first in completion percentage at 83.8 on those plays (minimum 15 attempts).
The renaissance of Michael Vick continues as he has dazzled both with his arm and his legs. But he's also been playing smart, throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions through the Philadelphia Eagles' first nine games.
Since 1970, Vick is one of five QBs with at least 100 pass attempts without an interception in the first nine games of a season. His 11 touchdowns are the most of those five QBs. The only thing to keep in mind is that Vick has played in only six of the nine games.
With all due respect to Vick and his ability to run, there's another QB who can scamper quite well. Aaron Rodgers has rushed for 12 touchdowns in the last three seasons, by far the most in the NFL over that span. During that same time period, there has only been one quarterback to rush for more yards than Rodgers' 696 -- David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars with 776.
KYLE ORTON & PHILIP RIVERS
Yards through the air should be aplenty on Monday Night Football as the NFL's top two quarterbacks in pass yards will be on the field at the same time.
Philip Rivers' 2,944 yards are the second-most by a quarterback in the first nine games of a season in NFL history. Kyle Orton's 2,806 yards are the most by a Broncos signal-caller in the first nine games of a season. But for Orton, his yardage is the most by a QB who won three games or fewer in the first nine games of a season since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.