CQBR: Josh McCown towers over NFL in Week 14

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Updated: December 10, 2013

Quarterback Josh McCown was spectacular in Week 14, leading the Chicago Bears to a decisive victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL rebounded in Week 14 to post one of the most amazing weekends of quarterback play we’ve seen in recent memory.

A sparkling total of eight quarterbacks posted Complete Quarterback Ratings (CQBRs) in excess of 100.00, and fully four of them exceeded the 110.00 mark — an almost unheard-of level of efficiency. In addition, another three players recorded ratings better than 90.00.

On the other hand, their exceptional play was counterbalanced by one of the worst outings by a veteran starter that we’ve seen all year. Even so, the average CQBR on the week was a scintillating 58.71.

Fantastic Five

After hovering just outside the top five for weeks, Josh McCown came into his own on Monday Night Football, leading the Chicago Bears to a decisive rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Despite a few bad throws that could have given the ball back to Dallas, he completed a stellar 75 percent of his passes at an impeccable 9.7 yards per attempt, connecting for four touchdowns and rushing for another. The result was a fantastic CQBR of 147.18.

Almost a full 30 points behind McCown was Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw three touchdowns and rushed for another. He assembled an excellent completion rate of 68.6 percent to average 7.9 yards per attempt, finishing with a CQBR of 118.04.

Making yet another appearance near the top of the leaderboard, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers completed 75 percent of his passes and averaged 8.9 yards per attempt as he tossed three touchdowns. The major blot on his record that dropped him into third place was the fumble he lost. Even so, his CQBR was a superb 117.41.

He was virtually a non-factor for most of the season, but Alex Smith has really come on lately for the Kansas City Chiefs. He only attempted 20 passes, of which he completed 70 percent for a somewhat lackluster 6.9 yards per attempt. He notched two touchdown passes and protected the football to sport a CQBR of 112.34.

Capitalizing on the opportunities afforded him, Jason Campbell continues to prove his starting chops with the Cleveland Browns. He threw three touchdowns and a 65.9-percent completion rate, accumulating 391 yards on 44 attempts to round out the Fantastic Five at a 106.13 CQBR.

Honorable Mentions

It was a prolific week of scoring across the league, as teams combined to score an NFL-record 104 touchdowns, including a record 90 on Sunday alone. So we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the accomplishments of the other quarterbacks who broke the century mark in Week 14:

  • Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals): 105.61
  • Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts): 105.53
  • Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 102.08

Flaccid Five

The struggles persisted for the Houston Texans again this week. Case Keenum didn’t do much of anything right. He only completed 55.2 percent of his passes, averaged just 5.5 yard per attempt, and threw a touchdown that was offset by an interception and a fumble to drop his CQBR to 32.96.

What could be more beneficial to a young quarterback than a defense that can take control of the game? Mike Glennon must be counting his blessings after fumbling once, putting up a meager 36.0-percent completion rate, averaging an atrocious 3.6 yards per attempt, and throwing two interceptions — yet somehow still coming out on top. A pair of touchdown passes is the only thing that spared him from posting a negative CQBR. It’s a testament to how well this Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense played that they were able to win despite Glennon’s 13.50 CQBR.

Poor in every phase of the game is the best way to describe Kellen Clemens‘ effort this week. The St. Louis Rams signal caller averaged 6.7 yard per attempt for just 181 yards, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once to register a CQBR of 9.81.

Sometimes a rookie can’t help but look like a rookie, and Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel sure looked like a rookie this week. His completion rate of 54.5 percent wasn’t terrible, but the four interceptions he threw sure were. Manuel was the Bucs’ MVP of that game, and his CQBR of 0.35 reflects that.

But even he had a good day compared to Matthew Stafford, who tumbled to the bottom of the Flaccid Five in the blustery winds of Philadelphia. He fumbled an incredible five times, losing one of them; completed a paltry 40 percent of his passes; and failed to throw a touchdown, effectively foiling the best efforts of Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell and wide receiver Jeremy Ross. To fumble so many times in a single game is an exceedingly rare event, so it’s not much of a surprise that Stafford’s CQBR plummeted to -40.17.

Week 14 CQBR

Player PAtt Comp% Y/A Int PTD RAtt Y/A RTD Sk SkYd Fum CQBR
Josh McCown 36 75.0 9.7 0 4 3 5.3 1 1 7 0 147.18
Andy Dalton 35 68.6 7.9 0 3 5 2.2 1 0 0 0 118.04
Philip Rivers 28 75.0 8.9 0 3 0 0.0 0 2 5 1 117.41
Alex Smith 20 70.0 6.9 0 2 2 3.5 0 0 0 0 112.34
Jason Campbell 44 65.9 8.9 0 3 2 13.5 0 1 5 0 106.13
Carson Palmer 32 84.4 8.4 0 1 1 -1.0 0 1 7 0 105.61
Andrew Luck 46 63.0 7.1 0 4 2 16.0 0 0 0 0 105.53
Drew Brees 42 71.4 7.5 0 4 3 1.0 0 2 9 1 102.08
Tony Romo 20 55.0 5.2 0 3 1 -1.0 0 2 14 0 99.58
Peyton Manning 59 66.1 6.7 0 4 3 -0.3 0 0 0 0 93.71
Geno Smith 25 64.0 8.8 1 1 5 10.0 1 1 10 0 90.17
Ben Roethlisberger 39 59.0 8.9 0 3 1 8.0 0 3 21 1 85.29
Ryan Tannehill 33 60.6 6.1 1 3 2 28.0 0 3 21 1 73.15
Matt Cassel 38 44.7 7.0 0 2 2 3.0 0 0 0 0 63.02
Kyle Orton 5 60.0 8.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 62.65
Matt Flynn 32 75.0 8.1 1 1 6 4.7 0 5 36 1 61.85
Tom Brady 52 61.5 8.0 1 2 2 0.5 0 4 21 1 61.53
Chad Henne 27 44.4 4.3 0 2 4 8.3 0 1 6 0 60.42
Cam Newton 34 64.7 4.7 0 1 6 8.0 0 5 49 0 58.33
Nick Foles 22 50.0 8.1 1 1 6 3.8 1 0 0 1 56.52
Matt Schaub 29 58.6 6.8 1 1 1 7.0 0 2 28 0 51.17
Eli Manning 32 62.5 8.1 2 1 0 0.0 0 2 18 0 51.08
Matt Ryan 35 57.1 5.9 1 2 0 0.0 0 1 4 1 50.90
Ryan Fitzpatrick 24 54.2 7.2 1 1 1 4.0 0 2 14 0 48.50
Matt McGloin 31 58.1 7.9 1 2 2 10.0 0 3 32 2 46.18
Joe Flacco 50 56.0 4.9 3 3 1 22.0 0 2 17 0 45.75
Russell Wilson 25 60.0 8.0 1 1 1 2.0 0 2 21 1 42.75
Colin Kaepernick 29 51.7 6.0 1 1 9 3.4 0 2 20 0 41.90
Robert Griffin III 26 46.2 6.3 1 1 4 7.3 0 5 16 0 36.14
Case Keenum 29 55.2 5.5 1 1 1 13.0 0 1 6 1 32.96
Terrelle Pryor 5 40.0 4.0 0 0 3 1.3 0 0 0 0 24.70
Mike Glennon 25 36.0 3.6 2 2 1 0.0 0 1 9 0 13.50
Kellen Clemens 27 59.3 6.7 2 0 2 5.0 0 4 24 1 9.81
EJ Manuel 33 54.5 5.6 4 0 5 5.8 0 7 37 0 0.35
Kirk Cousins 16 43.8 3.7 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 15 1 -10.04
Matthew Stafford 25 40.0 5.9 0 0 6 -0.2 0 0 0 5 -40.17
Chase Daniel 3 33.3 5.7 1 0 3 -1.0 0 0 0 0 -49.38
Avg 58.71

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Benjamin Rajile

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bp. moderator

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