QB Charting, Week 3: NFC Roundup

St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford: Week 3, at Dallas.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 23 39 160 6 43 1 0 3.04
Play-Action 4 7 65 0 0 0 0 9.29
Screen 2 2 16 0 0 0 0 8.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 29 48 241 6 43 1 0 4.04

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 3, 37 yards 6 5
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 3, 37 yards 6 7

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo: Week 3, vs. St. Louis.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 13 19 148 1 7 2 0 9.05
Play-Action 3 4 56 0 0 1 0 19.00
Screen 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 7.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 17 24 211 1 7 3 0 10.65

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 1, 6 yards 1 2
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 1 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1, 6 yards 2 2

Easily the best performance from any NFC East team so far this year, the Cowboys completely dominated the Rams, who also made things pretty easy for Tony Romo and Co. Sunday afternoon. Tally up the drops and inaccurate throws from St. Louis’s side and you get a baker’s dozen unforced errors, which helps explain how the Rams only scored seven points. To their credit, though, the Cowboys defensive line wreaked havoc on Bradford all day, several times getting pressure from both the edge and up the middle and leaving Bradford nowhere to run. Of course, Bradford has poor mobility to begin with, so he wouldn’t have run very fast even if he was afforded the opportunity.

The Rams also helped out Tony Romo tremendously by continuously playing off coverage on the Cowboys receivers, leaving Romo’s favorite six-to-eight yard slants wide open all day (I know you saw that too, Jon Gruden!). Romo was very sharp, though, and took advantage of that poor play in the Rams secondary.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford: Week 3, at Washington.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 16 26 265 1 7 2 0 11.04
Play-Action 7 12 116 0 0 0 1 5.92
Screen 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 1.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 25 42 385 1 7 2 1 8.67

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 1, 15 yards 1 7
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 1
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1, 15 yards 1 10

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III: Week 3, vs. Detroit.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 22 31 220 1 8 0 0 6.63
Play-Action 9 17 101 1 13 0 1 2.39
Screen 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 5.00
Designed Rollout 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 32 50 326 2 21 0 1 5.04

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 1 3 1 3, 14 yards 0 2
Play-Action 2 23 1 0 2 3
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 3 26 2 3, 14 yards 2 6

It should probably say something about the state of the Redskins defense that Matt Stafford had 10 inaccurate throws Sunday afternoon (seven more than he had tallied in the first two games combined) and still threw for nearly 400 yards and over nine yards per attempt. Or maybe it says something about the mercurial nature of Stafford’s play, who typically made either an outstanding, ridiculous throw (like his final touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson in between four Redskins defenders) or an errant, off-the-mark pass. Joique Bell helped him out by consistently gaining yards after the catch and the Redskins secondary also aided in forgetting how to tackle at times (though not as prevalently as in their first two games).

As for RGIII, it was sad that the most explosive running play he’s had all season (and, really, the first time he’s really looked like RGIII as a runner all season) was punctuated by a goofy fumble when he awkwardly slid to the ground without being touched. That was the second of Griffin’s two turnovers deep in Lions territory – the first came when he was scrambling towards the sideline at full steam and either unsuccessfully tried to throw the ball out of bounds or made a remarkably poor decision to try to hit Pierre Garcon. Either way, Chris Houston was the beneficiary and that turnover, along with the aborted slide fumble later on, wound up being a large reason why the Redskins lost their third straight game to start the season.

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer: Week 3, at New Orleans.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 15 29 171 3 16 0 2 2.03
Play-Action 1 3 -2 1 10 0 0 -3.00
Screen 2 3 18 0 0 0 0 6.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 18 35 187 4 26 0 2 1.82

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 1, 5 yards 3 5
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1, 5 yards 3 6

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees: Week 3, vs. Arizona.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 21 30 270 3 19 3 1 8.06
Play-Action 5 11 53 1 4 0 0 4.08
Screen 3 5 19 0 0 0 0 3.80
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 29 46 342 4 23 3 1 6.68

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 3 24 0 1, 8 yards 3 5
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 2 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 1
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 24 0 1, 8 yards 5 7

The Saints are 3-0 even though their offense has hardly been working on all cylinders yet, which is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL to ponder. Brees had his least accurate day of the year so far, throwing many uncatchable passes as I’ve ever seen from him. And his receivers dropped five more passes, including three by Jimmy Graham alone. On the other hand, Brees also made a ton of throws into small windows as usual and Graham ended up with 134 yards and two touchdowns. I’ve been infinitely more impressed with that offense’s performances in past years – but then again they’ve kind of spoiled us, haven’t they?

Palmer started out 8-of-10 for 88 yards, then went 10-of-25 for 99 yards and two interceptions the rest of the way. He had a bout of inaccuracy in the first half, with all but one of his inaccurate throws coming before halftime. He was also sidled with a poor offensive line, however, as Levi Brown continues to be a turnstile for any edge rusher looking for a sack. And the Cardinals also had the misfortune of playing a Rob Ryan defense early in the season – for whatever reason, the Black Sheep Ryan defensive coordinator’s tactics always seemed to work infinitely better in September and October than they do when the games actually matter. I have no idea why this is the case, but I am pretty sure a heavy use of profanity mixed with references to strippers and sweet live ass champagne are probably culprits in some way, shape or form.

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