Monday, October 31, 2011
Stafford, Vick tops for Week 8 QBR
By Alok Pattani
Tim Tebow couldn't find the come-from-behind magic on Sunday that he had in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins. As a result, his Denver Broncos lost by 35 points to the Detroit Lions with Tebow's Total QBR among the worst by a quarterback in a single game this season at 3.4.
In addition to Tim Tebow’s relatively poor passing stats (18-39, 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int), the Broncos quarterback took an incredible seven sacks for 55 yards and fumbled three times. When the game was within two scores early on, Tebow went just 3-11 for 32 yards and two 1st downs. His only saving grace was his ability to run, as he picked up 63 yards on 10 carries.
Despite being ineffective, Tebow played the entire game piling up a whopping 59 action plays, giving him the lowest Total QBR of any quarterback with at least 50 action plays in a single game since 2008 (more than 300 QB games reach that minimum).
Sunday marked Tebow’s fifth career start in the NFL and his Total QBR has declined significantly in each one.
Tebow’s season-long Total QBR now stands at 12.8, the lowest among 35 qualified QB so far this season.
On the flip side of Tebow’s poor outing was Matthew Stafford’s great one, as the Detroit quarterback finished with a career-high Total QBR of 94.6 (previous high was 84.6 in Week 3 of the 2009 season vs the Redskins). When the game was still relatively close in the first half, Stafford went 16-22 for 11 1st downs and 191 yards, with 135 of those yards coming in the air (including a 41-yard TD strike into the end zone to Titus Young).
Stafford’s great day stood out even more when contrasted with Tebow’s paltry performance. The 91.3 difference in their Total QBRs was the highest among any two opposing quarterbacks in the same game this season, and the seventh-highest such difference in a single game since 2008 (only counting the QB with the most action plays for each team).
Michael Vick had arguably his best game of the season on Sunday night, making plays with his arm and his feet in an impressive 34-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. In the first half when the game was still close, Vick was 13-17 for 187 yards and 2 TD through the air and had 45 yards and three 1st downs on the ground. He led the Eagles to three touchdowns and one field goal on their four drives in the half.
Vick’s 90.1 Total QBR was his second-highest since returning to the NFL in 2009 (minimum 10 action plays), behind only his record 99.8 Total QBR on Monday Night Football in Washington last season. Sunday’s high rating was also good enough to boost Vick into sixth place among qualifiers in season-long Total QBR, passing his opponent from Sunday night, Tony Romo (who finished with a poor 23.6 Total QBR for the game).
For more information about how Total QBR is calculated, go here.