Sanchez joins Eli in 3rd-down struggles

November, 12, 2012
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AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Mark Sanchez struggled again in a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, posting a QBR below 10 for the third time this season.
NEW YORK QBs STRUGGLE AGAIN
Eli Manning wasn't the only New York quarterback to post a low QBR on Sunday.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez finished with a 6.2 QBR, the second-lowest among all quarterbacks who started Sunday. Like Manning, Sanchez has posted three straight weeks with a Total QBR under 50, and this week had his third game this season of 10 or worse.

Sanchez, like Manning, has struggled on third down in the last three weeks, converting 20.0 percent of his chances with no touchdowns, one interception and four sacks.

NEWTON HAS CAREER-WORST DAY
The only starting quarterback Sunday who had a lower QBR than Sanchez was Cam Newton.

Newton had a career-low Total QBR of 2.0 on Sunday against the Denver Broncos -- his previous low was 15.1 in Week 5 of this season. Newton was sacked seven times, one of which went for a safety, for a loss of 43 yards. In addition, the Carolina Panthers were 0-for-12 as a team on third down (Newton completed just 1-of-5 passes).

QUICK HITTERS
*Andy Dalton had a career-high 94.8 Total QBR in a 31-13 victory against the New York Giants on Sunday. Dalton was 7-of-9 passing on third down, including three of his four touchdowns, good for a 99.1 Total QBR in those situations.

*Christian Ponder also had a career high with a 90.0 Total QBR after posting three consecutive weeks below 20. Ponder is 5-0 this season when he posts a Total QBR of 50 or better, and 1-4 when it is less than 50.

*Josh Freeman’s Total QBR of 94.4 was the second-highest in his career. His best game was 96.5 in Week 2 of 2010 at Carolina.

*Eleven QBs posted a Total QBR of 80 or higher this week, tied for the most in a single week since the start of the 2008 season. Eleven QBs also accomplished the feat in 2010 Week 3 and 2009 Week 3.

TOTAL QBR AND WINNING
Total QBR can be used to quantify just how important the quarterback position has become to winning in the NFL. Looking back to previous years, the team with the higher Total QBR has won 86 percent of regular-season games since 2008 (as far back as Total QBR goes). That is higher than the comparable mark for teams with the advantage in total yardage, turnover differential, and NFL passer rating.

Keep in mind that just because a team wins a game with a lower QBR than its opponent does NOT mean that Total QBR was “wrong” or not as good for that game. That just means that the winning team was able to overcome its QB being outperformed by the opposing QB (on a rate basis), usually by playing better in other aspects of the game (rushing game, special teams, etc.).

Complete QBR statistics for all quarterbacks can be found here.

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