Who were the brightest quarterbacks and who were left in the dark on matchday eight of the regular season?
Apparently, the 2021 regular season in the NFL is being defined, among other things, by the lack of really stellar performances on the part of the quarterbacks day by day.
Mind you, even though we only had one quarterback in the 90-100 point range in Week 8, no one had the misfortune to stay in the single digits for the day.
As usual, we present – in strict alphabetical order – the five best and five worst quarterbacks of the Week 8 on the NFL.
Five quarterbacks on the rise
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers. You don’t always have to complete touchdown passes to score high on ESPN’s Total QBR metric, and Garoppolo witnessed it. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 322 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions but also had two rushing touchdowns on five carries, ranked fourth in passing yards, and led the league in yards per pass attempt with 11.50, the only one to reach double digits. . He was not sacked, and his 85.6 points placed him second in Week 8 Total QBR.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles. A single passer broke the 90-point barrier in Matchday 8’s Total QBR, and no one expected it to be Hurts. The Philadelphia quarterback completed just 9 of 14, enough for 103 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions, but he also added 71 yards on seven carries in the Eagles’ rout of the Lions to help him hit a 93.7 Total QBR. He avoided being sacked throughout the game, shutting down some of the critics who point out that he only plays well when the game is out of reach for Philly, in trash time.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. With 23 of 37 complete attempts for 84 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, Rodgers and his Packers finished with the last remaining undefeated in the NFL. He posted a 75.7 QBR Total, good for the fourth best of the week, and was only sacked once, despite playing without his top three wide receivers on the day. Regarding his decision-making on the COVID-19 vaccine and its management within the organization, that is already another matter where Rodgers must explain.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks. Highly efficient is how to rate Smith’s departure last date for the Seahawks, possibly his best NFL game and undoubtedly the best he has done since wearing the Seattle colors. They were 20 of 24 completions for 195 yards with two touchdowns without interceptions, coupled with two carries for 8 yards with a rushing touchdown on the day. His 83.7 QBR Total was third in the league and no one scored a higher completion percentage than his 83. percent. Also, he was eighth in average yards per pass attempt, at 8.13, and fourth with an inaccurate passing rate of just 4.5 percent.
Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams. The season leader at Total QBR continues to shine week after week, and the eighth was no different. With 21 of 32 completions for 305 yards with three touchdowns without interceptions, the Rams’ attack was again lethal through the air, with the unstoppable Cooper Kupp as the primary weapon. Stafford’s 9.53 yards per pass attempt was the second-best average for the day, sixth in passing yards, and his 75.3 QBR Total was the fifth-highest.
Five quarterbacks down
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers. Just a short time ago, it seemed Herbert was the league’s most coveted quarterback. A bad day is not enough to change that, but the emotion is less intense. On Game 8, the Bolts quarterback took the third-worst QBR Total of the day, with an outing of 18 complete of 35 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions, including a return for touchdowns that basically ended up losing. of the Chargers. He completed just 51.4 percent of his passes, second-worst in the league.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions. Goff has become a frequent denizen of these depths, much to Detroit’s misfortune. On the eighth date, he completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 222 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, in a game – which many betted – would be the first win for the Lions. The fourth worst QBR Total went to Goff, at 17.5, and he was sacked five times, plus he suffered a fumble.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars. Again, Clemson’s wonder boy went home with another horrific outing that included 32 completions of 54 attempts for 238 yards with a touchdown and an interception, which put him last in the Total QBR at 11.7. Additionally, he was also last with an average of 4.41 yards per pass attempt, and finished 24th in completion percentage, at 59.3 percent. There are so many things wrong with Jacksonville that it is difficult to figure out where to start.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs. Who would have thought that we would find Patrick Mahomes in this section for two consecutive weeks? Nobody, I think, but it is the point we have reached in the campaign. The Chiefs quarterback did not even reach 20 points in Total QBR, with a 19.3 – fifth worst on date – in an outing of 29 completions of 48 attempts for 275 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He ranked 24th in the league in inaccurate passing rate, at 20.5 percent, and No. 22 with an average of 5.73 yards per pass attempt, plus one fumble, despite playing under the cover of his sonorous hobby in Arrowhead.
Davis Mills, Houston Texans. No one can doubt that Houston will be one of the teams to enter the next draft with the quarterback position as one of their top priorities. Sure, Mills hasn’t exactly had to work with, but that’s how franchises work when you don’t win. In Week 8, he posted a QBR Total of just 12.6, second-worst to date, with 29 completions of 38 attempts for 310 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, along with one fumble. It was a stark contrast to Stafford’s effectiveness on the opposite side of the field. The five sacks suffered by Mills hurt him a lot in the game.
Data of ESPN Stats & Information and TruMedia were used in the writing of this note.