CQBR: Philip Rivers stands alone Week 12

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Updated: November 27, 2013

Thrilled to be atop the Complete Quarterback Rating (CQBR) leaderboard for Week 12, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers lets his feelings be known.

It was pretty much one man and everyone else in Week 12.

Philip Rivers put up yet another superb four quarters of football and stood apart from the rest of the pack. No one else really came close to his impressive performance, although Mike Glennon gave him a run for his money in some statistical departments.

Despite the huge gap between Rivers and the rest of the league, it was actually an excellent week for quarterbacks in the NFL. The average CQBR posted was 60.14 — and that despite the low ratings dragging everyone else down.

Fabulous Five

Just one season removed from rampant speculation that his career might be almost over, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers has produced several superb weeks so far this year. This week he completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns at a brisk clip of 10.1 yards per attempt. He did not turn the ball over and only took one sack for -5 yards. His CQBR of 117.54 was more than 21 points higher than the next contender’s.

That contender was upstart rookie Mike Glennon, who has helped infuse new life into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He averaged phenomenal 11.8 yards per attempt, throwing two touchdowns and taking care of the football. If it hadn’t been for his -17 yards rushing and the 40 yards he lost on sacks, he probably would have taken the title this week. As it was, his CQBR of 96.52 was more than good enough to get the job done.

Close on his heels was Drew Brees, who continues to key the New Orleans Saints’ remarkable turnaround. With a crisp 69.7 completion percentage, Brees averaged 8.4 yards per attempt and threw a pair of touchdowns to earn a CQBR of 94.76.

Arguably the most inconsistent starting quarterback of 2013, Colin Kaepernick was back up on Monday Night, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a decisive defeat of the Washington Redskins. He averaged 9.8 yards per attempt and threw three touchdowns. The only blot on his record was a fumble, which took his CQBR down to 93.03.

To this point, Alex Smith has been able to ride his Kansas City Chiefs defense to a winning record, but this week, injuries forced him to carry the team on his own shoulders. Although Kansas City came out on the losing end, Smith proved that he can be a passing quarterback, throwing 38 times for 294 yards (7.7 yards per attempt), three touchdowns, and one interception. He also took three sacks, which knocked his CQBR down to an entirely respectable 89.72.

Flaccid Five

After starting out the season at a breakneck gallop, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has slowed his pace to a canter and now to a trot. Against the New England Patriots, he completed only 52.8 percent of his passes, averaging an abysmal 4.2 yards per attempt. He threw two touchdowns and one interception, fumbling twice, and finished with a CQBR of 23.46. Had it not been for the early-game turnovers, this contest would have been a blowout by halftime.

It certainly looks like the only reason Brandon Weeden hasn’t been benched is that the Cleveland Browns simply have no one else to replace him with. Completing only 43.3 percent of his passes, he threw a touchdown and turned the ball over twice, earning a CQBR of 22.27.

The Houston Texans keep flipping between quarterbacks, and it’s not working. This week Case Keenum got the start, and he was not up to the task. With a completion rate of just 52.9 percent, he averaged 5.0 yards per attempt and threw an interception to sink his CQBR to 21.88.

Can someone explain why Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan won’t put Kirk Cousins in already? Robert Griffin III was ineffective yet again, completing a decent 63.0 percent of his passes but mustering only 4.7 yards per attempt, tossing an interception, and fumbling once. His CQBR of 20.00 was reflective of his season-long struggles.

For the second week in a row, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith posted a CQBR in the negatives, completing a ludicrously low 40.9 percent of his attempts and tossing two interceptions. The best that can be said about his -8.19 rating is that it’s not nearly as bad as last week’s.

Week 12 CQBR

Player PAtt Comp% Y/A Int PTD RAtt Y/A RTD Sk SkYd Fum CQBR
Philip Rivers 39 69.2 10.1 0 3 1 1.0 0 1 5 0 117.54
Mike Glennon 21 66.7 11.8 0 2 4 -4.3 0 4 40 0 96.52
Drew Brees 33 69.7 8.4 0 2 4 -1.5 0 1 7 0 94.76
Colin Kaepernick 24 62.5 9.8 0 3 9 2.2 0 2 7 1 93.03
Alex Smith 38 68.4 7.7 1 3 2 -1.5 0 3 13 0 89.72
Carson Palmer 37 70.3 8.5 0 2 0 0.0 0 3 24 1 85.92
Ben Roethlisberger 34 64.7 6.4 0 2 2 -1.5 0 0 0 0 85.30
Josh McCown 47 76.6 7.5 1 2 2 2.0 0 1 8 1 80.90
Ryan Fitzpatrick 42 71.4 7.6 0 2 5 5.2 0 2 8 2 74.50
Christian Ponder 30 70.0 7.8 0 1 3 -1.7 0 6 18 0 73.98
Tom Brady 50 68.0 6.9 0 3 2 0.0 0 3 20 2 73.51
Matt Ryan 39 76.9 7.5 0 0 2 5.0 0 5 28 0 73.40
Joe Flacco 26 65.4 10.5 1 1 0 0.0 0 4 28 0 72.77
Eli Manning 30 53.3 5.8 0 2 0 0.0 0 2 20 0 68.50
Ryan Tannehill 42 66.7 7.4 1 1 4 9.0 0 3 30 0 65.58
Matt Flynn 36 58.3 6.1 0 1 4 6.0 0 0 0 0 64.57
Matt McGloin 32 59.4 8.1 1 1 2 3.0 0 0 0 0 63.82
Tony Romo 38 60.5 6.2 1 2 3 0.3 0 4 30 0 58.72
Chad Henne 32 71.9 7.5 0 0 3 1.0 0 4 24 1 54.30
Kellen Clemens 22 45.5 7.6 0 1 3 -1.0 0 2 19 0 51.64
Scott Tolzien 17 41.2 5.8 0 0 2 12.5 1 2 18 0 51.30
Cam Newton 38 50.0 4.6 1 1 8 6.4 1 2 15 0 47.97
Matthew Stafford 46 56.5 6.5 4 3 2 3.0 0 2 11 0 43.91
Andrew Luck 39 51.3 4.2 1 1 2 15.5 0 1 4 0 37.45
Jason Campbell 22 63.6 5.6 0 0 1 -1.0 0 2 15 1 31.93
Peyton Manning 36 52.8 4.2 1 2 1 0.0 0 2 18 2 23.46
Brandon Weeden 30 43.3 7.0 1 1 1 2.0 0 3 6 1 22.27
Tyrod Taylor 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 4 1.8 0 0 0 0 21.90
Case Keenum 34 52.9 5.0 1 0 1 2.0 0 2 28 0 21.88
Robert Griffin III 27 63.0 4.7 1 0 6 3.7 0 4 37 1 20.00
Geno Smith 22 40.9 5.8 2 0 3 2.0 0 3 22 0 -8.19
Avg 57.93

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Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

688 comments
mountaineer4life
mountaineer4life

Greetings Watercooler Bloggers ...... man nike ruined our gold pants ..... that gold is more khaki now .... i hate it ...

cd4packers
cd4packers

It's a winter wonder land here.  Very beautiful, white fluffy snow falling right now. Hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving.  :)

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

ok gotta run or the alarm company is going to send the Boys in Blue around.

Stuff face, Give thanks


Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I'm thankful for you guys here.

Seems silly, but I consider all of you my friends. 

Life seems like it suck sometimes, but we really have so much to be thankful for. 


This place is full of solid people and I'm thankful for it.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Season 1 of The Walking Dead down.  4 episodes of Season 2 in the books.  What an amazing series.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Y'all have a great Thanksgiving! Phone is dying, enjoy the fam and football this weekend!

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Just locke the store. 

This small store just did 40,000 in business. 

bp.
bp. moderator

 Sounds like you had a day.  Tired I bet.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Take a moment and hug your family and really taste that food.


Give thanks, so many don't have what we do.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

normal day is about 10,000 on average. 

and I need to work tomorrow,

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  incredibly busy day full of shitty people with more money than sense.


NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Will do, I grew up as one of the families that didn't have a lot so I'm big on giving thanks

cd4packers
cd4packers

 I just looked it up. I am still bored.  lol 

cd4packers
cd4packers

 I figured it was. What do they talk about?

bp.
bp. moderator

  Also, truth be told, that is the best photoshop I have ever done.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  I had seen it before and it still shocked me.

bp.
bp. moderator

  I remain hopeful that I am responsible for the oddest thing that has happened to your face on the internet.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Good looking chick though.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Fuck, if I had tits like that....

Lets just say being in public would not be a good thing.

bp.
bp. moderator

  I do admit, most people appreciate the value I give them.  Legal trouble does that to a person.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Don't get me wrong, some of the people deserved and appreciated the attention and service they got, but 'round these parts, they are a dying breed.

bp.
bp. moderator

  Hopefully this helps.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

   well played.

I do like NST. Solid chick.

bp.
bp. moderator

  ITS FUNNY BECAUSE I AM BEING PURPOSEFULLY OBLIQUE

bp.
bp. moderator

   Wow.  You and NST moved fast.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

   She is my best friend. 

i don't mind saying it.

bp.
bp. moderator

  You are such a softie when speaking with the fairer sex.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 I grew up here, so my mom lives less than a mile from this place.

My wife is going to visit her brother in New York. 

So that means I get to do whatever the fuck i want.

i'll miss her though, a little.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

That's not bad, is ur family coming to visit u for thanksgiving?

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 I listen on the radio.

I live in maryland so nobody here gives a shit about the lions.

We have a TV here, hopefully we'll get to put it on.

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

 so you'll be watching some of the game there...

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 close at 2.

I'm used to it. 


Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 awesome. i hope you have a great day and stuff face and pass out with any luck, a lions win to speed you off to sleep.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

More family, my uncle lives there. Family is meeting at his crib for thanksgiving cause it's a halfway point for everyone

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Naw, i was going to but someone else ended up driving. I'm headed up there with family, 2 cars of us

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

@NightStalkerThief  trying hard not to eat too much till till turkey day ...you?