Last week was our first look at the men under center so let’s try and analyze their performances to see how it translates against their Week 2 opponents. Who was good, who was worse and who was worst.
NFL Quarterback Ratings – Best & Worst after Week 1
RG3 (Robert Griffen III)– What a debut! He single-handedly led the Skins to a huge
victory over the Saints while passing for 320 yards, two TD’s and besting all
passers with a 139.9 QB rating. He
connected with eight different receivers and even ran for 42 yards. What does he do for an encore? Levitate?! But next week he travels to St. Louis and
squares off against a Rams team that allowed Matt Stafford to launch for 355
yards. Look for another huge day from
Matt Ryan – Scorches the Kansas City Chiefs at
Arrowhead by tossing three touchdown strikes and passing for almost 300 yards.
This netted him a quarterback rating of 136.4.
Before you vote Ryan into Canton, remember that he has the dynamic duo
of Roddy White and Julio Jones stretching the field and decimating the
secondary. Next week Ryan’s stat sheet
may not look quite as gaudy as he will be welcomed by Von Miller and the
Tony Romo – The Romo bashers have to sit on
their hands after the Cowboys field general struck for 3 touchdowns and over
300 yards for a QB rating of 129.5 in a decisive victory over the World
Champion New York Giants. Romo won’t get
any relief next week as he faces a tough Seahawks defense though the long week
will allow some injuries to heal.
Peyton Manning – This was supposed to be an article
focused on the top three best and worst quarterback performances as illustrated
by their Week 1 QB ratings. But how
could I possibly ignore the new Mile High Messiah? Manning was… Manningesque in his Broncos debut, throwing for two
touchdowns, and 253 yards on 19 of 26 passing for a 129.2 quarterback rating in
a 31-19 win over Pittsburgh. He should
have an even easier time of it against an Atlanta defense that pales compared
to the Steelers, whom he simply dissected. Manning and the Brocos might be worth slotting on your picks ticket in future games.
Brandon Weeden – The fans in the Dawg Pound had only
this to say about rookie Brandon Weeden’s debut , “ruff, ruff, ruff”. Yes, it’s a corny line but it is about the
kindest way I could describe Weeden’s performance on Sunday. He has the dubious distinction of the league
worst QB rating (5.1), as he threw four interceptions. His team still almost
beat a much better Philadelphia Eagles squad.
Perhaps the best thing that could happen to him is getting away from
home and trying to redeem himself against the Browns’ intrastate rivals the
Cincinnati Bengals. Forget that the
Bengals defense is not as fierce as the Eagles, it doesn’t matter whom he’s
facing as he’s got no place to go but up.
Michael Vick –
Ryan Tannehill – Miami’s rookie QB did only
marginally better than Cleveland’s. Tannehill’s
passes were tipped more often than a stripper at a bachelor party. He tossed three picks en route to a 30-10
defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans and ended with a 39.0 QB rating. It should get easier next week as he faces a
much less aggressive Raiders defense at home.
Vick won in spite of his abysmal
performance. He and Brandon Weeden threw
4 interceptions apiece and gave a masterful lesson to every young quarterback
on how to lose a football game single-handedly.
Fortunately for Philly fans, Vick managed a late touchdown to win the
game over the lowly Browns and salvage a smidgen of respectability despite his
51.0 quarterback mark. Vick’s problems
could actually get worse next week when he and the boys welcome the Ravens into
the City of Brotherly Love.
Odds makers will definitely take last week's performance into account while setting future games