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With six teams on bye this week, that left 26 teams playing in week nine. Not a single one of the main quarterbacks for any of those teams averaged fewer than 4.00 Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt. That’s incredible: overall, quarterbacks this week averaged an insane 7.12 ANY/A. Take a look: the table below shows the passing stats from all 30 players who threw a pass in week 9. I have calculated the Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt for each player as well, along with their VALUE (ANY/A minus league average multiplied by number of dropbacks) provided relative to league average, with one catch: league average is 7.12. As a result, all of the quarterback grades feel a little depressed.

RkPlayerAttPass YdTDINTSkSkYdANY/ADBVALUE
1Marcus Mariota39371400011.5639173
2Cam Newton30297310010.403098
3Andy Dalton27234302159.622973
4Tyrod Taylor121811032711.601567
5Drew Brees39387314328.604364
6Ryan Fitzpatrick34272202118.363645
7Sam Bradford3629510188.303744
8Jay Cutler4034521188.104140
9Landry Jones679000013.17636
10Derek Carr4430141007.644423
11Andrew Luck3625220177.703722
12Tom Brady3929921007.543916
13Ryan Tannehill36309002277.423811
14Jarvis Landry1900009.0012
15Ben Roethlisberger44334211117.0745-2
16Matt Cassel38299314226.9542-7
17Colin Kaepernick1000000.001-7
18Jameis Winston3624900006.9236-7
19Aaron Rodgers48369415386.9153-11
20Matt Ryan45303102186.4947-30
21Philip Rivers42280102186.4144-31
22Peyton Manning3628122176.0537-39
23Blake Bortles40381226436.2646-39
24Blaine Gabbert2518522005.4025-43
25Shaun Hill615001110.577-46
26Teddy Bridgewater2114401004.7121-51
27Nick Foles3316800184.7134-82
28Johnny Manziel33168103244.5636-92
29Kirk Cousins4021711144.5941-104
30Eli Manning4021322004.0840-122

Eli Manning threw for 213 yards and 2 TDs and took zero sacks in a win…. and he was the “worst” statistical quarterback of the week! That’s nuts. As it turns out, it’s the second best ANY/A week since the merger. The table below shows the league average ANY/A in each year-week from 1970 to 2014:

WeekRkTmsCmpAttGross PydTDINTSkSkYdANY/A
2010-10128648103280905622543557.24
2014-422660092572255430482616.88
2014-3332728110882215222543136.85
1990-642442674960064523533936.83
1991-1152854890471354523594246.83
2014-6630660108080565623824476.62
2014-8730693108182605228734506.58
1980-782848679666294435483976.56
2011-1932685111684205424895786.51
1989-2102856692775865441564246.51
2009-5112857390866694119603566.49
2014-7123063699973095421764846.47
2011-21332682110084335433684876.46
2011-131432613102876984522744946.46
2012-9152859193868653919593596.45
1995-121630630100775415730674326.42
1991-12172854790867514822634846.42
2004-3182856992768923616774476.42
2012-17193259199572004920694616.41
2007-32032649102277914528694866.37
2013-9212657693970464427613676.34
2008-8222861498171363721533766.34
2010-32332689109581345032593896.33
2004-9242851586260994417623756.32
2011-9252856895167664324452546.32
2012-22632664106478994928734536.30
2013-5272859597775034227775046.28
2002-10282862999872033923543396.28
2008-17293259697069124023482896.28
2009-113032667108078265229584206.28
1994-2312858695072075034573616.27
1990-5322443376158974327574126.27
2004-8332856593067865030483286.25
2008-6342855988365973524563536.24
2011-5352653488265834528573616.24
2013-143632669111477596427654656.24
2014-13732747116382974825674626.24
2013-13832748118387106334815626.23
2012-43930686108882064732744826.22
2013-134032678110081844829795216.21
1996-134130639104877014631573766.20
2014-54230660107676784927623896.20
2014-134332690108080465431795486.20
2013-24432741121386934826774956.19
2012-10452860395268264725603826.18
1992-7462647580661933623674826.18
2014-11472860596769574026533036.16
2007-174832651106571915822614346.15
2006-14493260199972514228583506.13
2008-1503258895866963917684296.12

So what’s driving the great ANY/A this week? There’s a pretty simple answer to that, too. It’s a really high touchdown rate and a really low interception rate. The highest TD/INT ratio for the NFL in any single week came in week 17 of the 2007 season, when teams threw 58 touchdowns and only 22 interceptions. That’s a 2.64 TD/INT ratio.

Well, this week, teams teams threw 48 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions. That’s a 2.67 touchdown/interception ratio, the highest single ratio in any week in NFL history.

  • Richie

    Hardly interceptions this week, but Tom Brady DID throw a TD. Up is down, left is right.