NFL Total QBR Top Ten: And Number 1 Is……
Who is in the number one position on ESPN‘s season NFL Total QBR chart? Surprise! It’s that old favorite, Peyton Manning.
Guess who is nipping at Peyton’s proverbial heels? Surprise, again. It’s little brother Eli at number 2.
The Total QBR system attempts to quantify not only how the quarterback passes the ball, but how his overall play contributes to his team’s success, or failure. It is “a statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of those throws and what they mean for wins.” Quarterbacks are rated on a scale from zero to 100, with a 50 score indicating an average quarterback. Total QBR factors in such things as underthrows, overthrows, yards after the catch, how critical the play (clutch performance) and more to determine how much a QB contributes to each play and, hence, his team’s success.
For the season, Peyton leads with a rating of 79.4, while Eli is at 76.9 and the Patriots’ Tom Brady is third at 75.7. The bottom 2 slots belong to New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez at 35.5 (what does that say to Tim Tebow?) and Cleveland Browns’ rookie Brandon Weeden at 20.3.
Here are the top 10 after 7 weeks of play in the 2012 season:
- Peyton Manning, Broncos – 79.4
- Eli Manning, Giants – 76.9
- Tom Brady, Patriots – 75.7
- Matt Ryan, Falcons – 74.4
- Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – 74.2
- Andrew Luck, Colts – 73.0
- Aaron Rodgers, Packers – 72.6
- Robert Griffin III, Redskins – 71.8
- Drew Brees, Saints – 69.8
- Jake Locker, Titans – 68.5