Tuesday, November 17, 2009

QB Shuffle: Week 10 Notes...

Week 10 is in the books. Here are my post-weekend notes:

THE CLUTCH:

After nearly blowing the game with a horrible interception that led to a lead-changing touchdown for Tamp Bay, Miami’s Chad Henne redemmed himself, leading the Dolphins to a game winning field goal as time expired. Down 23-22 with 1:14 left from their own 16 yard line, Henne got Miami down to Tampa’s 7 yard line for the game winning kick as time expired.

After Henne's brain-fart, rookie Josh Freeman took advantage of good field positioning, leading the Bucs’ to a 26 yard touchdown drive, which gave them a 23-22 lead with 1:43 remaining.

Down 23-22 with 5:04 remaining from their own 17 yard line, David Garrard drove Jacksonville 69 yards for a game winning field goal as time expired, to win 24-22.

Tied at 17, Jason Campbell led the Redskins on a 60 yard touchdown dive to take the 24-17 lead late with 2:44 remaining. Washington ended up winning 27-17.

Down 34-21 with 4:12 remaining, Peyton Manning led two consecutive touchdown drives to defeat the Patriots 35-34. The first drive was 79 yards in 1:46 and the game winning drive was a 4 play, 29 yard touchdown drive. Of course, Manning’s touchdown drive came in lieu of a controversial fourth down call by New England in the previous possession.

THE non-CLUTCH:

Down 10-6 with 2:47 remaining, Jay Cutler drove the Bears all the way down to San Francisco’s 12 yard line, before Cutler threw the game losing interception in the end-zone, capping off a five interception performance.

Down 28-23 with 2:21 remaining from their own 20 yard line, Marc Bulger drove the Rams all the way to the Saints 32 yard line, before throwing an incompletion on fourth and 1 to end the game.

Down 18-12 with 1:56 remaining from their own 33 yard line, Ben Roethlisberger threw four straight incompletions to lose the game to the Bengals.

Down 24-17 with 2:44 remaining, Denver back-up Chris Simms threw four straight incompletions to essentially lose the game. Simms played awful in relief of injured Kyle Orton, completing only 3 out of his 13 passes, 1 interception, and taking 3 sacks.

Down 21-19 with 3:59 remaining from about mid-field, Matt Ryan threw an interception on the very first play of the drive. Carolina answered with a touchdown that gave them an insurmountable 9 point lead and victory.

Down 16-10 with 1:53 remaining from their own 20 yard line, back-up Bruce Gradkowski drove the Raiders 69 yards before an unlucky break with his receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey dropping an easy pass and being tipped for an interception.

Did You Know:

Jay Cutler’s Chicago Bears are 4-5. Kyle Orton’s Denver Broncos are 6-3.

The Tennessee Titans are 3-0 with Vince Young as a starter and 0-6 with Kerry Collins as a starter.

Vince Young is now 21-11 as a starter

The San Francisco 49ers are 3-3 with Shaun Hill as a starter and 1-2 with Alex Smith.

Alex Smith is now 12-21 as a starter. Benched Shaun Hill is 10-6 as a starter with the same exact team.

Brady Quinn is a career 1-6 as a starter with a 58.0 passer rating.

JaMarcus Russell is a career 7-18 as as starter with a 65.5 passer rating. His passing yards per game average is also lower than 155.

Trent Edwards is 4-11 in his last 15 starts.

...and don't sleep on Jake Delhomme just yet: Delhomme is now 54-36 (60%) for his career as a starter.

HOMER REPORT

Floored after the Jacksonville loss. Jets are 1-5 in last 6, and are only 2-4 in games decided by 7 points of less.

Kudos to Maurice Jones-Drew for giving us the "smartest play of the year" so far this year kneeling the ball on the one yard line to run out the clock. This heads up play, slightly beats out Brandon Stokley's running on the one yard to kill time from the Denver-Cincinnati Week 1 miracle play- game.

Confidence Scale (out of 10): 5.0- Facing a mad Patriots team at New England has trouble written all over it. Realistically, I would be ecstatic if Jets finished with an 8-8 record.

FOURCADE FORMULA

Based on my Fourcade formula, here are the top 5 and bottom 5 quarterback performances from week 10.

BEST:

1) Kurt Warner: 340 yards, 2 touchdowns
2) Peyton Manning: 327 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions + clutch performance
3) Brett Favre: 344 yards, 1 touchdown
4) Philip Rivers: 231 yards, 2 touchdowns
5) Jake Delhomme: 195 yards, 2 touchdowns

WORST:

26) Mark Sanchez: 212 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
27) Ben Roethlisberger: 174 yards, 1 interception + non-clutch performance
28) JaMarcus Russell: 67 yards + benched
29) Jay Cutler: 307 yards, 5 interceptions + non-clutch performance
30) Brady Quinn: 99 yards, 2 interceptions

4 comments:

  1. The Jets can forget the playoffs this year. They should trade an over-the-hill player to the Raiders for a couple of draft picks.

    Jay Cutler's accuracy was never questioned by the NFL analyst. They just say, "He has a strong arm."

    Frunkis

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  2. Vince Young has some good statistics and bad ones. His QB rating has gone up from 66 to 85. Yet, he has only responsibility for 3 touchdowns as opposed to causing 5 turnovers.

    Why wasn't Tony Romo not on the "Non-clutch" category. He did nothing at Green Bay last week.

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  3. Reply to Ted: Saying somebody has a strong arm is a nice way of saying "this guy kinda stinks."

    Reply to Anonymous: Vince Young isn't a fantasy quarterback. Don't expect flashiness. However, you can't deny he's a winner, and the team has clearly upped their game with Young as opposed to Collins, which isn't a coincidence.

    Teams w/ bad quarterbacks are constantly bummed and vice versa.

    Romo didn't make "non-clutch" b/c the game was over after Packers went up 10. Not a scenario where the game was literally on the line. However, you can chalk that up for a bad game for Mr. Romo.

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  4. Still, if I was Young, I would want to be traded to another team...Perhaps to Belicheck. Spend 3 years behind the Master...just like the Hall of Fame Young.

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