Tuesday, November 3, 2009

QB Shuffle: Week 8 Notes...

Week 8 is in the books. Here are my post-weekend notes:


Tied at 10 with 2:26, Marc Bulger led the Rams 63 yards on four plays, capped off by two huge runs by Steven Jackson (17 yards and 25 yards) that led to a touchdown and win.

Up 18-14 with 5:45 remaining, Peyton Manning converted on two 3rd downs, as the Colts ran out the clock to beat the 49ers, 18-14.

Up 31-26 with 5:38 to play, Brett Favre led the Vikings 59 yards (60 passing yards on the drive) for a game-sealing touchdown pass to go up 38-26.

Up 28-24 with 8:30 remaining, Drew Brees led the Saints 81 yards for a touchdown to seemingly put the game out of reach 35-24 with 3:03 remaining. Despite a scare by Atlanta, the Saints held off for a 35-27 win.


Down 17-10 with 1:38 remaining from their own 20 yard line, Matthew Stafford threw four straight incompletions to lose to the Rams, 17-10.

Down 18-14 in the fourth quarter, Alex Smith took two drive killing sacks on third down on both of San Francisco’s 4th quarter possessions to lose to the Colts. San Francisco punted on both possessions.

Down 30-25 with 3:39 remaining, Mark Sanchez led the Jets all the way down to the Dolphins 9 yard line (including a 16 yard pass on 4th and long). However, Sanchez took a bad sack on 3rd down, which led to a 4th and 13, which fell incomplete for the Jets’ loss.

Down 24-16 with 4:43 left from their own 26 yard line, JaMarcus Russell failed to get the Raiders a tying score, taking two bad sacks, which led to an incompletion on 4th and 20 to lose to the Chargers.

Matt Ryan let the Falcons down on numerous occasions down the stretch in their 35-27 loss to the Saints. Down 28-24 with just under 10 minutes remaining, Matt Ryan threw an interception on the Saints 10 yard line. After the Saints answered with a touchdown to go up 35-24, Ryan threw three straight incompletions to run out of downs. However, Atlanta got a break when the Saints fumbled the ball giving Atlanta good field positioning at their own 47 yard line with 1:23 remaining. Ryan led Atlanta to a field goal to cut the lead down to 35-27, and then recovered an onsides kick-giving them 28 seconds remaining from their own 37 yard line. However, Atlanta’s last ditch effort resulted in another Ryan interception, which ended the game.

Did You Know:

Vince Young is now 19-11 as a starter.

Alex Smith is now 11-20 as a starter. Benched Shaun Hill is 10-6 as a starter with the same exact team.

Jay Cutler’s Chicago Bears are 4-3. Kyle Orton’s Denver Broncos are 6-1.

JaMarcus Russell is now a career 7-17 as a starter, with a 66.3 passer rating.

Since his big 2007 year, Derek Anderson is 4-10 with 11 tds vs. 17 interceptions, and a 55.8 passer rating. In his five starts so far this year, he has three games with under 10 completions and 3 games with less than 100 yards passing.


I'm thinking Rex Ryan ate his 2 point conversion chart before he had a chance to look at it.

Prematurely going for two point conversion in the 3rd quarter, came back to haunt the Jets since they needed a touchdown at the end of the game instead of a game-tying field goal.

Confidence Scale (out of 10): 6.0- I am constantly reminding myself that I'm probably expecting too much from a rebuilding year. Our quarterback is 22 years old. we have a first year head coach, and we lost arguably our best players for the season (Kris Jenkins and Leon Washington). I should technically be happy by a 8-8, or 9-7 season. However, losing three shaky games at the last second, after a 3-0 start, is eating away at my mind. The Jets should be 6-2, but instead are 4-4. I guess "We are what our record says we are."


Based on my Fourcade formula, here are the top 5 and bottom 5 quarterback performances from week 8.


1) Brett Favre: 244 yards, 4 touchdowns + clutch performance
2) Donovan McNabb: 240 yards, 3 touchdowns
3) Tony Romo: 256 yards, 3 touchdowns
4) Drew Brees: 308 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception + clutch performance
5) Peyton Manning: 347 yards + clutch performance

22) Kurt Warner: 242 yards, 2 touchdowns 5 interceptions
23) JaMarcus Russell: 109 yards, 1 interception + non-clutch performance
24) David Garrard: 139 yards, 2 interceptions
25) Ryan Fitzpatrick: 117 yards, 2 interceptions
26) Derek Anderson: 76 yards, 2 interceptions


Based on my Fourcade formula, here are the grades for quarterbacks who have started at least five games through Week 8:

A+: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Kyle Orton, Donovan McNabb, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo
A: Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers
B+: Joe Flacco, Eli Manning
B: Kurt Warner, Matt Ryan
C+: Jay Cutler
D+: Shaun Hill
D: Matt Hasselbeck, David Garrard, Mark Sanchez
F: Jake Delhomme, Jason Campbell, Trent Edwards, Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel, Marc Bulger, JaMarcus Russell, Derek Anderson, Kerry Collins


  1. Why isn't Vince Young on the bottom 5? The Titans won in spite of him. His stats Sunday are TD-to-INT ratio is 1:1; 125 Yards passing, 75 QB rating. He also lost a fumble.

  2. Reply to Anonymous:

    Did you make those Vince Young stats up? Young was extremely accurate, completing 15/18 passes with a td, ZERO turnovers, and a 114.1 passer rating.

    Young played great. Just goes to show you how dumb Fisher was for insisting on Collins over Young.

  3. That is for the 2009 Season.

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