CQBR: NFC South does itself proud in Week 11

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Updated: November 19, 2013
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Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers posted one of the highest Complete Quarterback Ratings (CQBR) of Week 11.

Every week it seems that a couple of players stand above the crowd, giving us scintillating performances that we want to talk about for days, while a couple of others leave us shaking our heads, wondering how they ever managed to convince some team to pay them megabucks to fail.

Week 11 was no exception. As usual, we saw plenty of turnover in the Compete Quarterback Ratings (CQBR) rolls.

Only one quarterback who appeared in the Fabulous Five last week (Russell Wilson) made a return appearance. One player among the ranks of the Flaccid Five last week (Cam Newton) propelled himself into the Fabulous Five this week.

And of course, one of last week’s dishonorees branded himself with derision this week. Any involved football fan can probably guess who he was.

Fabulous Five

It was a superb week for the NFC South, as two of our top five quarterbacks — a full 40 percent of the Fabulous Five — represented the division.

Normally we only look at quarterbacks who have at least 20 attempts in a game, but Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks continues to be so efficient in his limited reps that we make an exception for him. This week he completed 72.2 percent of his 18 passes for a stellar 12.8 yards per attempt and two touchdowns to achieve a CQBR of 141.84.

In his seventh career start, rookie Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon was simply masterful. He completed a stunning 87.0 percent of his passes, averaging 10.0 yards per attempt, and threw a pair of touchdowns to notch a CQBR of 137.59. With every passing week, it’s looking more like Glennon’s predecessor, Josh Freeman, was part of the problem in Tampa Bay.

On Monday Night Football, another NFC South quarterback, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, put in an impressive display of versatility. Not only did he complete 67.9 percent of his passes and throw three touchdowns, he also rushed seven times for 62 yards, including a spectacular scramble on which he covered over 75 yards worth of real estate, eluding numerous tackles to gain 14 yards. He finished with a CQBR of 106.93 and the victory.

Against the Detroit Lions, Ben Roethlisberger proved that rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated. The Pittsburgh Steelers signal caller averaged 8.2 yards per attempt and threw four touchdowns, bringing his season total to 17. That was good for a CQBR of 101.92.

In the fourth quarter of a contest in which Carson Palmer amassed 419 passing yards and two touchdowns with a sparkling 10.0 yards per attempt average, his agent was seen talking with the Arizona Cardinals management in their box. It will be interesting to see if his CQBR of 98.61 convinces general manager Steve Keim to offer Palmer a contract extension.

Flaccid Five

It looks like the fairy tale might be winding to a close for Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum, who had gotten the nod over longtime starter Matt Schaub. Although he averaged a respectable 7.1 yards per attempt, he only completed 54.2 percent of his passes, throwing one touchdown and an interception. He also fumbled once, dropping his CQBR to 30.48.

To precisely no one’s surprise, Flaccid Five namesake Joe Flacco makes yet another appearance in the hall of dishonor. The face of the Baltimore Ravens franchise averaged a paltry 5.2 yards per attempt, completing just 54.8 percent of his passes for one touchdown and two interceptions. His fumble dinged his CQBR still further to 19.38.

After providing an initial spark of hope to Cleveland Browns fans, Jason Campbell seems to be regressing to backup form. He failed to complete even half his passes, averaging 4.4 yards per attempt as he threw three interceptions, fumbled once, and only managed a singe touchdown. his CQBR of 6.69 reflects the misery he inflicted on Orange and Brown Nation.

The debacle continued in Minnesota this week, as Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder put forth another uninspiring performance. His completion rate of 59.1 percent wasn’t dreadful, but he turned the ball over three times and fumbled still another, averaging only 5.9 yards per attempt and putting up just one touchdown. The best that can be said about his CQBR of 3.84 is that it probably paved the path for Josh Freeman to start against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12.

But the title of “breathtakingly bad” is reserved for one man this week: Geno Smith of the New York Jets, who turned out perhaps the worst single-game CQBR by any starting quarterback of the past two seasons. Completing a horrendous 34.8 percent of his attempts, he averaged only 4.5 yards per pass, threw three interceptions, and fumbled twice, losing one of them. He also took four sacks for -30 yards, earning himself a mindnumbingly low CQBR of -69.74.

Booming Backups

Entering the game for the New York Jets long after Geno Smith had torpedoed any chance of winning and the Buffalo Bills defense had eased up, Matt Simms nevertheless made the most of the opportunity afforded him.

In six attempts, he racked up 60.0 passing yards, averaging an excellent 10 yards per attempt, and threw a touchdown to help New York salvage at least a small measure of dignity. It’s not clear whether his CQBR of 162.81 — the highest of the week — represents a threat to Smith’s job security.

Week 11 CQBR

Name PAtt Comp% Y/A Int PTD RAtt Y/A RTD Sk SkYd Fum CQBR
Matt Simms 6 66.7 10.0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 162.81
Russell Wilson 18 72.2 12.8 0 2 2 7.0 0 1 6 0 141.84
Mike Glennon 23 87.0 10.0 0 2 1 4.0 0 2 7 0 137.59
Cam Newton 28 67.9 7.5 0 3 7 8.9 0 3 12 0 106.93
Ben Roethlisberger 45 64.4 8.2 0 4 6 2.0 0 1 9 0 101.92
Carson Palmer 42 71.4 10.0 0 2 3 -1.0 0 3 17 0 98.61
EJ Manuel 28 71.4 8.8 0 2 7 1.3 0 1 0 0 98.51
Ryan Fitzpatrick 28 78.6 7.9 0 1 4 6.5 0 2 4 0 95.53
Nick Foles 26 65.4 11.5 0 0 9 5.2 1 3 22 0 86.65
Matt McGloin 32 56.3 6.2 0 3 3 -1.0 0 2 21 0 81.49
Tom Brady 40 72.5 7.4 1 1 1 3.0 0 2 13 0 73.24
Eli Manning 35 71.4 8.0 1 1 1 3.0 0 4 23 0 71.14
Josh McCown 31 61.3 7.0 0 1 2 -0.5 0 2 1 0 68.95
Andrew Luck 36 63.9 6.4 0 0 9 3.4 1 1 3 0 67.59
Philip Rivers 34 64.7 8.8 1 1 2 3.0 0 3 17 0 67.51
Peyton Manning 40 60.0 8.1 0 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 63.99
Dominique Davis 7 71.4 4.9 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 61.14
Drew Brees 43 69.8 7.1 1 1 1 -1.0 0 1 10 1 59.81
Ryan Tannehill 35 62.9 7.7 1 1 4 5.3 0 4 29 0 59.05
Colin Kaepernick 31 54.8 4.1 1 2 3 8.3 0 3 12 0 51.80
Scott Tolzien 34 70.6 10.0 3 0 2 5.5 0 0 0 0 50.27
Matthew Stafford 46 41.3 7.9 1 2 3 8.0 0 2 18 0 48.39
Chad Henne 42 64.3 6.1 2 1 0 0.0 0 2 13 0 47.55
Matt Ryan 36 52.8 7.1 2 2 0 0.0 0 3 20 0 47.03
Andy Dalton 27 48.1 3.4 2 3 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 45.51
Robert Griffin III 35 48.6 7.5 1 2 10 4.4 0 4 28 1 45.14
Alex Smith 45 46.7 5.1 0 2 5 10.4 0 3 30 1 43.37
Matt Schaub 25 48.0 6.2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 38.24
Matt Cassel 13 38.5 6.0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 30.72
Case Keenum 24 54.2 7.1 1 1 0 0.0 0 2 21 1 30.48
Joe Flacco 31 54.8 5.2 2 1 4 5.0 0 3 19 1 19.38
Jason Campbell 56 48.2 4.4 3 1 0 0.0 0 4 20 1 6.69
Tarvaris Jackson 3 33.3 2.0 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0 0 0 4.42
Christian Ponder 22 59.1 5.9 2 1 5 0.0 0 2 3 2 3.84
Geno Smith 23 34.8 4.5 3 0 1 0.0 0 4 30 2 -69.74
Avg 56.71

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703 comments
NeutralSaintsRow
NeutralSaintsRow moderator

If you told me that 2 of the NFCS QBs would be in a top 5 QBs of the week and neither were Ryan or Brees...I would have asked if either were injured.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Sucks to lose Greer, I hope white is able to fill his shoes. It would suck for the secondary to have a drop off cause of one player since we don't have a lot of talent at that position after Greer

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

Have any of you guys seen A.V Undercover? GWAR doing a Billy Ocean song is awesome.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Some Swedish nutcase (calls himself rapper) showed up at the hotel of the Portugal team and decided to treat them to music BEFORE 7 AM!  He showed up with speakers and all.  Seems the music was about how Sweden is going to kick ass.  I think he might have pissed them off.

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Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

I think when they say Cam is in the discussion, I think he means somewhere around 8-10 on the list, but if the panthers win streak continues, you can't tell that he can't get some consideration even if he really doesn't have a snowball chance of winning it.

bp.
bp. moderator

Tolzien is better than some people!

Hey, this show won't be annoying or anything.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Woody: Did you see Portugal v Sweden?  Talk about the battle of giants!  Ibra is not going to Brazil.  They got eliminated.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

this is a pretty fantastic sketchbook.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 Supposed to link that shit bra.

bp.
bp. moderator

 Links happens.

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

Yeah, let Frank and Addison get some burn and rest up.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

OMG, it's even better than just Get out of my dreams and into my car. They mash that song up with teenage waste land. 

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

 Irish people have been hunting leprecuns in gold color for years.  Why is NFL surprised?

bp.
bp. moderator

 For MVP?

He's not in the discussion.  That is not his fault.  Its just that nobody other than Manning or Brees is in the discussion.

SCooped.

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

 the MVP at this point is Peyton Manning.  It will take a miracle for anybody but him to win it.

If it's anyone else, it would likely be Brees.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 I just saw it.

Right here:

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 wow.  very impressive

UNC Beat Duke
UNC Beat Duke

  Nope I love what Cam has been doing this year  but he is nowhere close to being the MVP

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

   well, if you're gonna list 10 people, then you're pretty much listing the QB of the top 10 teams.

So yeah, he's on that list. Along with Stafford, Kaepernick, Alex Smith, Russel Wilson, Brady, etc.

But really it's Manning unless Brees has a monster end of season and Peyton falls off.

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

I could really care less about winning the MVP, it's Peyton's, just saying he should get some consideration if this streak continues.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

  hat trick.  which was what I posted.

bp.
bp. moderator

  This was so much better than watching an entire soccer match.

JJ Brandon "Buck" Lafell
JJ Brandon "Buck" Lafell

  according to NFL.com he is....also never said he would win it but if Panthers keep winning you never know

bp.
bp. moderator

    Generally, I agree.  Although last time I checked, I noted more RB's than I would have thought.  Back to back in 2005 and 2006, Faulk got it in 2000, T. Davis in 1998, Barry split for it in 1997, etc.

But that applies to the top QB every year, not the top 10.  Kaeps has played like crap.  Stafford would not win over his own teammate.  Alex Smith has done nothing special. Russell Wilson, though he has played well, is a caretaker. If those guys were really the cream of the QB crop, this year would be ripe for a different candidate,

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

    MVP voting is pretty much best QB these days, unless a RB or WR has a historic season (a la AP last year).

bp.
bp. moderator

    But why the hell would I list 10 people?

And I don't agree with that.  Kaeps would not rank higher than, for instance, CJ.

UNC Beat Duke
UNC Beat Duke

     I not  underestimating them I this going to be a good game  but  we win.

UNC Beat Duke
UNC Beat Duke

    Just like the   49ers and Pats ended it oh wait 

UNC Beat Duke
UNC Beat Duke

   Cams numbers aren't good enough  to be in the MVP race  if NFL.com said that then they are on crack