MarkSP - I know, I know, I shouldn't read anything into week one and there's still a lot of room for improvement, but... our very own Christian Ponder topped the NFC North in two important QB metrics: Passer Rating and Total QB Rating. Yep, he was higher in both categories than the three VERY good quarterbacks that make up the rest of our division. I happen to think that that's something very positive looking forward.
Passer Rating: 105.5
Action plays: 31
Comment: Ponder settled down after a shaky start, completing 74 percent of his passes and committing only one turnover. His low number of action plays reflects his slow start and the offense's minimal possession in the first half.
Passer Rating: 98.9
Action plays: 44
Comment: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cutler's 3-for-12 start included five passes that were judged to be underthrown or overthrown. After the first quarter, only one of his 23 passes were deemed inaccurate. His QBR after the first quarter was 98.9.
Passer Rating: 93.3
Action plays: 63
Comment: Rodgers couldn't get downfield against the 49ers' strong defense. In Week 1 so far, 15 quarterbacks had a higher average of yards per attempt than Rodgers (6.89). He completed only 9 of 20 passes that traveled more than 5 yards in the air past the line of scrimmage.
Passer Rating: 69.4
Action plays: 50
Comment: Three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, will mar any statistical analysis. In the end, though, we know something the statistics can't account for: Sunday was Stafford's seventh game-winning drive in his career, including six when the Lions were trailing.