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Monday, December 19, 2011
Earning best QBR of the week is a Brees

By Albert Larcada


AP Photo/Genevieve RossDrew Brees' Total QBR of 97.7 on Sunday was the second-highest in the NFL this season.
On Sunday six quarterbacks threw for at least 300 yards bringing the season total of 300-yard passing games to 105, which is a single-season record for most in NFL history.

Drew Brees, Tony Romo and Michael Vick all had a Total QBR of 95 or higher with at least 30 action plays. This was the first time three quarterbacks have done this in the same week since Week 1 of the 2008 season when Jay Cutler, Donovan McNabb and Romo accomplished the identical feat.

Brees’ performance was the best of the bunch as he finished with over 400 passing yards for the seventh time in his career, tying him with Warren Moon and Joe Montana for third-most in NFL history.

What made his game extraordinary was Brees’ efficiency over so many action plays. In fact, this is the best game with at least 40 action plays in the QBR era.

Overall, it was the best Total QBR of the week and Brees’ highest rating since Week 12 of 2009.

In the most surprising quarterback comparison of the day, Kyle Orton outplayed reigning Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Orton’s 88.6 QBR on 37 action plays was his highest since Week 10 of 2010. It was also the highest allowed by the Green Bay Packers defense since Week 12 of last season.

For Rodgers, it was the first time this season that his QBR fell below 50, and thus the first time he gave his team less than a 50-50 chance to win.

What about Tim Tebow?

Tebow got off to an incredible start against the New England Patriots completing his first three passes and rushing for three first downs in the first quarter.

At the end of the quarter Tebow had a 99.9 QBR on eight action plays, his highest QBR in the opening period during his brief career.

Unfortunately for the Denver Broncos, he wasn’t able to produce the way he has been late in the game as his QBR fell to 3.9 in the final nine minutes.

For more information about how Total QBR is calculated, go here.