Monday, October 19, 2009

Flying High for the 100+ Club

Throwing for a passer rating of better than 100 with at least 25 attempts under the belt often spells victory for the quarterback's team.  This Sunday, the numbers did not lie.  It also proved that the best way to defeat a team with a 100 pointer throwing for them is to have a quarterback that throws for an even better 100+ rating - just ask Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.  Here's a list of the quarterbacks who threw for 100+ ratings with their game day stats from Sunday and their average passer rating for the season.

Name (Average Rating): Completions/Attempts, Yards, Touchdowns, Interceptions, Sacks, Fumbles, Rating

Ben Roethlisberger (104.5 avg rate): 23/35, 417 yds, 2 tds, 1 int, 3 sck, 1 fum, 113.6 rating

Matt Schaub (102.7 avg rate):28/40, 392 yds, 4 tds, 1 int, 2 sck, 124.2 rating

Joe Flacco (93.8 avg rate): 28/43, 385 yds, 2 tds, 3 sck, 109.2 rating

Tom Brady (99.0 avg rate): 29/34, 380 yds, 6 tds, 2 sck, 152.8 rating

Drew Brees (118.4 avg rate): 23/30, 369 yds, 4 tds, 156.8 rating

Aaron Rodgers (104.1 avg rate): 29/37, 358 yds, 2 tds, 1 int, 5 sck, 1 fum, 113.7 rating

Brett Favre (109.5 avg rate): 21/29, 278 yds, 3 tds, 3 sck, 136.9 rating

Kurt Warner (92.1 avg rate): 32/41, 276 yds, 2 tds, 1 int, 2 sck, 1 fum, 100.8 rating

What can be said about these quarterbacks?  They are always poised to produce heavily.  These quarterbacks know how to avoid mistakes and how to make big plays.  Check out their season numbers here.  The top ten to fifteen in passer rating are players that you need to give the start to, only subbing one out on bye weeks or if there is a really potent matchup to play.  The real surprise might be Favre's position at number three in passer rating rankings.  He has abandoned a bit of the "gunslinger" attitude under the guidance of Brad Childress.  This man is playing for a Super Bowl ring and may carry some owners to victory as long as he doesn't fade down the stretch.  He has a 12:2 touchdown to interception ratio.  The only person with a better ratio?  Drew Brees.  Yes, Favre is playing at that level.  The man wants to win.

Also, take a look at the touchdown totals.  This can be another heavy factor, along with yardage totals, that helps pick your starting quarterback.  Big touchdown numbers and big yardage totals mean the player can break for a big game, but the passer rating means consistency.  That number is part of a player you can rely on and who always deserves consideration for the starting slot.

In most leagues, you can only start one quarterback.  Let me speak from experience and say you can't just play the matchup all the time.  Play the consistent producer who has a quality offense surrounding.  Also, as Matt Hasselbeck can attest to, check out the offensive line.  If they can't create a good pocket for their man, their man is gonna have a tough time.  Pick your quarterback wisely.  Very wisely.

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