Who were the passers who shone the most and who were left in the dark during the sixth day of the campaign?
It was not the best of days for the NFL quarterbacks as a group, with no performances of 90 points in Total QBR, and only two above 80 points in all of Week 6.
Further down, there was a performance that did not reach double-digit points on the day.
As usual, we present – in strict alphabetical order – the five best and five worst quarterbacks of the Week 6 on the NFL.
Five quarterbacks on the rise
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On a Thursday night date, Brady completed 34 of 42 pass attempts for 297 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His 81.0 completion percentage was the highest in the league for the day, making it clear, once again, that he remains among the most accurate passers in the NFL.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders gave one of the best performances of all last day, particularly considering the circumstances surrounding the organization heading into that game, and Carr stepped in as the undisputed leader of the roster. He completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 341 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, and his 85.2 QBR total was the best in the NFL. He also led the league with an average of 12.63 yards per delivery.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals. It’s hard to ignore a four-pass touchdown performance with no interceptions, like Murray’s, no matter what with the rest of the stats. He managed to complete 20 of his 30 pass attempts for 229 yards, and remains steadfast in the conversation in the NFL MVP race.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. The Packers passer proclaimed himself the “owner” of the Bears, and with this weekend’s performance, one more in a long and successful repertoire against Chicago, it’s easy to see why. He connected on 17 of 23 for 195 yards with two touchdowns without interceptions, and scored once on the ground.
Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams. The quarterback hit home on 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 251 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception. His 78.6 was the second-highest completion percentage of the day, and no one threw a lower rate of inaccurate passes than Stafford. His average of 8.96 yards per pass attempt was the fifth best of the date.
Five quarterbacks down
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions. The Lions have been a real disappointment this season, and Goff is not without blame. In Week 6, he completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 202 yards with no touchdowns with an interception, and his overall performance yielded a Total QBR of just 13.3, second-worst for the entire league. He was the 25th passer out of 28 qualified with an average of just 4.81 yards per pass attempt. It is logical that in Detroit much more is expected from a veteran with his journey.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert had a really tough time against Baltimore, connecting on 22 of 39 pass attempts for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and with a completion percentage of just 56.4 that was the fourth-worst on the day. He averaged only 5.0 yards per pass attempt, ranking 24th out of 28 qualified passers for the week.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants. No one had a worse Week 6 QBR Total than Jones, at 6.4, to join the dubious group of those who finished a date in single digits. He completed 29 of 51 pass attempts for 242 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions, and was second to last with an average of 4.75 yards per pass attempts. Also, he was the worst in the NFL with a 29.2 percent inaccurate pass rate on the matchday.
Davis Mills, Houston Texans. From the ground to the sky, to the ground again for Mills in his brief NFL career. In Week 6, he connected on 29 of 43 pass attempts for 243 yards with no touchdowns and with two interceptions. His 22.2 QBR Total was the fourth best on the date for a rookie who has to nuance the ups and downs of his weekly performance.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks. No one can deny that Seattle is in trouble as long as Smith is still at the controls, because we continue to see the same quarterback who failed at the helm of the Jets. In his first start for the Seahawks, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown without interceptions, but with a fumble that ended up sentencing his team. His QBR Total of 24.5 was the fifth worst for the week.
Data of ESPN Stats & Information and TruMedia were used in the writing of this note.