CQBR: Backup quarterbacks prove mettle in Week 10

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Updated: November 12, 2013

The Green Bay Packers defense was unable to contain the big play in Week 10, allowing Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to post yet another monstrous Complete Quarterback Rating (CQBR)

The league continued to get more stratified in Week 10, as the best quarterbacks maintain their impressive displays of prowess and the dregs continue to taint their teams with their bitter taste.

Attrition remains a significant challenge for some teams, most notably the Green Bay Packers, who lost their backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to a groin injury and resorted to newly promoted practice squad player Scott Tolzien, and the Chicago Bears, who returned starter Jay Cutler from a torn groin — only to see him depart in the fourth quarter with a high ankle sprain.

The fairy tale that is Nick Foles’ season in Philadelphia shows no signs of letting up. After seven starts, Foles still leads the NFL with a stellar Complete Quarterback Rating (CQBR) of 114.08.

Had Foles been the designated starter when the Eagles’ season kicked off, there’s a good chance he’d be in prime position for MVP honors right now. Who knows? If he keeps this up and Philadelphia makes it to the playoffs, he might still get late-season consideration.

Fabulous Five

The remarkable renaissance in New Orleans continued this week as Saints quarterback Drew Brees put on a spectacular aerial display against the Dallas Cowboys. Leading an offense that notched almost as many first downs as the Cowboys ran plays, Brees completed a phenomenal 82.9 percent of his passes and averaged 9.6 yards per attempt, throwing four touchdowns and only taking one sack. The only reason he didn’t finish with more than 400 yards was that head coach Sean Payton took mercy on the ‘Boys and simply stopped calling passes. With their field marshall mustering a CQBR of 144.04, it’s no surprise the Saints won 49-17.

As the signal caller for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson doesn’t post the volume Brees produces, but he’s almost as efficient. He averaged 11.0 yards per attempt on 26 passes, compiling a completion rate of 73.1 percent and throwing two touchdowns. The only blemish on his record was the sack he took for -8 yards, but he still finished with a superb CQBR of 121.86.

He may have started the season as a backup, but Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is assembling one of the most impressive strings of efficient performances we’ve seen in recent memory. Against the Green Bay Packers, who were down to their third-string quarterback, Foles averaged a gaudy 12.7 yards per attempt off a 66.7-percent completion rate. Although he did lose a fumble, he nevertheless registered an elite CQBR of 111.89.

The only Week 1 starter who still boasts a year-to-date CQBR of over 100.00, Peyton Manning steered the Denver Broncos to their eight win of the season. He completed 69.4 percent of his attempts for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Despite a lost fumble, he recorded a CQBR of 111.87.

Sometimes a player doesn’t pass often because he’s not very good. Sometimes he doesn’t throw simply because doesn’t have to. That was the case for St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens this week. He only attempted 16 passes because he averaged an astounding 15.4 yards per attempt and tossed two touchdowns. His completion percentage wasn’t great and he did lose a fumble, but that wasn’t enough to deny him his place in the Fabulous Five with a CQBR of 102.58.

Flaccid Five

With every passing week, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome looks more foolish for making his Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Joe Flacco (for whom, truth be told, the Flaccid Five was named), a $120 million man. Flacco was simply putrid this week, averaging a hilariously low 3.9 yards per attempt, throwing two touchdowns but turning the ball over three times to receive a CQBR of 23.34. If a quarterback this bad is worth that kind of money, heaven help the NFL going forward.

Chad Henne did virtually nothing to help the Jacksonville Jaguars win this week. He completed a respectable 60.9 percent of his passes at 7.8 yards per attempt, but he threw two interceptions and took three costly sacks. That Jacksonville managed to eke out a two-point victory despite Henne’s CQBR of 22.36 shows just how blatantly the Tennessee Titans mailed that game in.

All the talent in the world is meaningless if a quarterback can’t connect with his receivers, and right now, Terrelle Pryor is not in sync with his Oakland Raiders receiving targets. He managed to complete just 42.3 percent of his passes for an average of 4.7 yards per attempt. He threw an interception and also fumbled the ball away. The only bright spot on his record was the touchdown for which he rushed, which elevated his CQBR to 12.81.

No matter how determined a quarterback might be to throw away a game, sometimes his team just won’t let him. Against the San Francisco 49ers, Cam Newton was awful, completing only 50.0 percent of his passes and averaging a scant 5.3 yards per attempt. He threw an interception and fumbled once, while taking four sacks for -30 yards. Had the opposing quarterback not played even worse than Newton, whose CQBR was 12.10, it’s doubtful the Carolina Panthers would have escaped Candlestick Park with a narrow victory.

Fortunately for the Panthers, that quarterback was Colin Kaepernick, who was utterly ineffective against the Carolina defense. Like Newton, he completed 50.0 percent of his passes for a measly 4.1 yards-per-attempt average. He threw an interception and took six sacks for -45 yards. His CQBR of 9.24 was the only single-digit rating posted by a starting quarterback this week.

Booming Backups

Josh McCown of the Chicago Bears continues to make a case for himself as one of the best backups in the league. Entering the game on the last series, he confidently marched his troops down the field, completing six of nine passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Seeing his CQBR of 109.31, it’s impossible not to wonder how the outcome of that game might have changed had head coach Marc Trestman pulled starter Jay Cutler when it first became obvious he was hobbled.

Week 10 CQBR

Name PAtt Comp% Y/A Int PTD RAtt Y/A RTD Sk SkYd Fum CQBR
Drew Brees 41 82.9 9.6 0 4 0 0.0 0 1 9 0 144.04
Russell Wilson 26 73.1 11.0 0 2 3 6.7 0 1 8 0 121.86
Nick Foles 18 66.7 12.7 0 3 8 4.8 0 3 17 1 111.89
Peyton Manning 36 69.4 9.2 0 4 2 -0.5 0 2 17 1 111.87
Josh McCown 9 66.7 6.9 0 1 0 0.0 0 1 3 0 109.31
Kellen Clemens 16 56.3 15.4 0 2 3 0.7 0 2 15 1 102.58
Seneca Wallace 5 100.0 5.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 98.15
Christian Ponder 21 81.0 8.3 1 2 2 6.5 0 1 5 1 92.32
Robert Griffin III 37 64.9 7.6 0 3 7 6.3 0 4 39 0 90.39
Ryan Fitzpatrick 33 66.7 8.0 0 2 3 4.3 1 1 9 2 84.78
Ryan Tannehill 42 64.3 5.5 1 2 1 2.0 0 2 18 0 64.03
Matt Cassel 6 66.7 7.8 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0 0 0 63.52
Carson Palmer 32 62.5 7.5 1 2 2 -1.0 0 1 6 1 63.32
Matthew Stafford 35 51.4 6.3 1 3 2 -0.5 0 0 0 1 59.14
Philip Rivers 29 65.5 7.5 0 1 5 1.4 0 4 20 1 58.61
Scott Tolzien 39 61.5 7.2 2 1 1 19.0 0 1 8 0 52.38
Case Keenum 43 51.2 4.7 0 3 2 6.5 0 3 42 1 51.95
Matt Ryan 36 63.9 4.8 0 1 3 5.0 0 2 10 1 51.26
Jay Cutler 40 52.5 6.3 1 1 0 0.0 0 1 9 0 44.09
Mike Glennon 21 52.4 6.6 1 1 4 -0.8 0 2 15 0 40.10
EJ Manuel 39 56.4 4.0 1 1 2 8.5 0 3 23 0 37.29
Ben Roethlisberger 30 60.0 6.8 1 1 0 0.0 0 4 40 1 36.37
Tony Romo 24 41.7 5.3 0 1 0 0.0 0 3 24 0 36.34
Andrew Luck 47 61.7 7.5 3 1 4 4.3 0 3 33 1 34.91
Andy Dalton 51 47.1 5.4 3 2 6 3.7 0 5 30 0 25.76
Eli Manning 22 54.5 6.4 1 1 3 -1.0 0 3 22 1 25.04
Joe Flacco 36 55.6 3.9 2 2 1 4.0 0 5 36 1 23.34
Chad Henne 23 60.9 7.8 2 0 1 -1.0 0 3 20 0 22.36
Terrelle Pryor 26 42.3 4.7 1 0 5 3.8 1 4 16 1 12.81
Cam Newton 32 50.0 5.3 1 0 7 2.4 0 4 30 1 12.10
Colin Kaepernick 22 50.0 4.1 1 0 4 4.0 0 6 45 0 9.24
Matt Hasselbeck 5 40.0 13.6 1 0 1 -1.0 0 0 0 0 -10.68
Jake Locker 9 44.4 2.7 1 0 3 6.0 0 0 0 1 -40.60
Avg 48.43

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1615 comments
robertj72
robertj72

Maybe Richardson isn't bad...just exhausted.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Trent Richardson orgy sex tape? He should be easy to spot. Buried behind the pile.

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Buhlitz
Buhlitz

today is 11/12/13

next year it will be 12/13/14, the last sequential day of the century

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Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson has something in common with Kim Kardashian -- 'cause someone's trying to cash in on a sex tape featuring the NFL star ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We know ... someone is shopping explicit footage showing the former 1st round NFL Draft pick engaged in an orgy with at least 3 women.

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I'm sorry but this is the definition of STRAIGHT BALLER!

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Not sure how college passer rating works but famous Jameis has a passer rating of 192.2

JJ CAROL1NA PANTHERS
JJ CAROL1NA PANTHERS

Florence, White, and Captain have been our best CB's this year....Thomas and Norman haven't been shit..

smtate91
smtate91

They are young, no way they were gonna hang with an experienced MSU squad tonight. If they gel they could be extremely tough to beat later in the year though.

robertj72
robertj72

This is the coolest thing Richardson has done all season..unless he paid them...no points if he paid them. 

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 I posted this a while ago.

You sir have been SCOOPED

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 he's 2nd in the NCAA to the guy from Baylor

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 he's been demoted for poor play and then tweeted that they lost to Arizona because they were outcoached

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They realized he sucks when he dont have great talent all around him

smtate91
smtate91

Which the game isn't even over, so anything can happen.

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I felt he was a system guy though on Baltimore he lay back there and lay licks while others covered or rushed QB

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  at one point he was the best safety in the game, but he's old now

UNCfan:DA FUCK REGGIE
UNCfan:DA FUCK REGGIE

    Did I say they suck? I say they could be NIT bound again   will they prob not 

smtate91
smtate91

  No, they won't be that bad again. I'm not sold on them being title contenders though until I see if they develop some team chemistry.

JJ CAROL1NA PANTHERS
JJ CAROL1NA PANTHERS

  saying they suck based off first test?? wait until season is over to say if they suck and Duke Jabari Parker > Andrew Wiggins