Kaepernick does it again vs. Packers
September, 9, 2013
By Evan Kaplan | ESPN.com
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesColin Kaepernick posted the second highest Total QBR of his career Sunday.
KAEPERNICK GETS PACKERS AGAIN
Colin Kaepernick had a Total QBR of 89.8 Sunday, the second highest of his career and the highest QBR against the Green Bay Packers in the regular season since 2009.
It's not the highest Total QBR for Kaepernick in his career against the Packers; he posted a 92.4 in the NFC Divisional playoffs against Green Bay last season.
The last player to have a higher Total QBR against the Packers in the regular season was Brett Favre in 2009 (Week 4, 95.1).
Kaepernick continued his strong play at home Sunday and has the best Total QBR in home games (86.6) since making his first start in Week 11 last season. Peyton Manning is just behind him at 86.4.
SPECIAL TEAMS CARRIES COWBOYS
The final score of the Cowboys-Giants game suggests that Dallas had a strong offensive game. But if you look at how the points were scored and how each unit performed when on the field, it was the Cowboys’ special teams that carried them.
Dallas had a special teams EPA of +12.8, its highest in any game since 2006. The Cowboys were able to capitalize on a muffed punt return by the Giants with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter, scoring a touchdown two plays later to extend their lead to 27-10.
SOPHOMORE SLUMP A MYTH?
Four of the five quarterbacks to start as rookies in Week 1 last season played Sunday, with the exception being Robert Griffin III, who will start Monday night against the Eagles.
Each of the four second-year quarterbacks had a higher Total QBR in Week 1 this season than they did as rookies in 2012, with Andrew Luck posting the second-highest QBR of his career (and the highest so far in Week 1).
Andrew Luck led the eighth game-winning drive of his career in the 4th quarter or Overtime Sunday, the most of any quarterback in the last two seasons.
Luck’s Total QBR increased from 85.3 to 95.1 after his game-winning 19-yard touchdown scramble (the longest TD run of his career), which put the Colts ahead for good.
Tom Brady had a Total QBR of 59.4 against the Bills, his lowest Week 1 Total QBR since 2006 (25.8). Brady’s Total QBR would have been even lower if not for his performance on 3rd down Sunday; he was 13-17 on third down with two touchdowns and a Total QBR of 96.6.
Eli Manning had a Total QBR of 27.6, his lowest against the Cowboys since posting a 9.2 in 2008. Manning’s Total QBR went from 52.5 to 17.9 after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown with 2:00 left in the game.
Andy Dalton had a Total QBR of 91.8, the second highest of his career. It is the fourth-highest Total QBR by a quarterback in a losing effort since the start of the 2012 season.