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The Back-Ups Stepped Up

Statistically Speaking Week 3 NFL 2018…The Back-Ups Stepped Up

Week three was an exercise in your patience and faith. There were seven back-up quarterbacks starting. There was a concerning injury, with Saquon Barkley going out with a high ankle sprain and there were refs who just maybe might need to look for another profession…any profession…soon.

But let us talk about the back-up quarterbacks, most of whom stepped up and some of whom you might want to add on your waiver wire:

Carolina Panthers, Kyle Allen, Quarterback

There is a quarterback controversy brewing in Carolina. Allen started Sunday in place of the injured Cam Newton. And he won, in Arizona. This was the first win of the season for the Panthers. And it was without Newton. But again, it was against Arizona. So there is that. However, a win is win.

Allen’s stats for the game: 19-of-26, 261 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 2 sacks, 3 carries, -1 yards, 2 fumbles, QBR 144.4

Indianapolis Colts, Jacoby Brissett, Quarterback

Can we put him in this week’s back-ups? Yes, because we haven’t discussed Brissett yet and we should. There was certainly plenty of hand ringing when Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Um…the Colts are currently 2-1 under Brissett, with the loss being an overtime loss in LA against the Chargers.

Brissett’s stats for three games: 92-of-66, 646 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1 interception, 6 sacks, 1 fumble, 13 rushing attempts, 38 yards, 1 fumble QBR 112

Miami Dolphins, Josh Rosen, Quarterback

There is little doubt that the Miami Dolphins are a hot mess. That being said take the little victories when you can and the fact that Rosen did not have a turnover goes in that category.

Rosen’s stats: 18-of-39, 200 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 3 sacks, 3 carries, 13 yards, QBR 61.9

New Orleans Saints, Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback

Now you know why Bridgewater is the highest paid back-up quarterback. Bridgewater marched the Saints into Seattle where they dominated the home team.

Bridgewater stats: 19-of-27, 177 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 0 sacks, 3 carries, 12 yards, QBR 112.7

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Quarterback

Does this mean that Dave Gettleman is actually smarter than we thought or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is softer than we imagined or Bruce Arians decision making is um questionable? It doesn’t matter Danny Dime was under center when the New York Giants scored their first win on the season.

Jones’ stats: 23-of-36, 336 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interception, 5 sacks, 4 carries, 28 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 2 fumbles, QBR 112.7

New York Jets, Luke Falk, Quarterback

Falk is the third string quarterback of the New York Jets. He came into the game last week to replace the second-string quarterback Trevor Siemian who went out with injury.

Falk’s stats: 12-of-22, 98 yards, 0 touchdown, 1 interception, 5 sacks, QBR 47.2

Pittsburgh Steelers, Mason Rudolph, Quarterback

Rudolph gave the Steelers a chance. That was a feeling that had been foreign in the first two games of the season. There is no moral victory in football, but there is fantasy relevance.

Rudolph stats: 14-of-27, 174 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 2 sacks, 4 carries, 15 yards, 1 fumble, QBR 81.4


Daniel Jones

Mason Rudolph

Josh Rosen

Jacoby Brissett


Kyle Allen

Teddy Bridgewater


Luke Falk

Who Do You Have?

It remains to be seen how long Allen will remain under the center in Carolina. Also we know that in approximately six weeks, Bridgewater will relinquish the reigns when Drew Brees heals. But for right now statistically speaking who is your best option?

Upcoming schedule

Jones, NY Giants

Week 4 v Washington (0-2) Washington’s defense 26th v pass allowing 287.0 average yards

Week 5 v Vikings (2-1) defense 12th v pass allowing 225.7 average yards

Week 6 v Patriots (3-0) 1st v pass allowing 162.3 average yards

Week 7 v Cardinals (0-2-1) defense T25th v pass averaging 286.3

Week 8 v Lions (2-0-1) defense 21st v pass averaging 269.3

Week 9 v Cowboys (3-0) defense 15th v pass averaging 246.0

Week 10 v Jets (0-3) defense 25th v pass averaging 286.7

Week 11 BYE

Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 4 v Bengals (0-3) defense 13th v pass allowing 237.7

Week 5 v Ravens (2-1) defense 27th v pass allowing 290.3

Week 6 v Chargers (1-2) defense 17th v pass allowing 251.7

Week 7 BYE

Rosen, Miami Dolphins

Do you really care? And to be clear this is more about Miami and less about Rosen…but some about Rosen.

Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Week 4 v Raiders (1-2) defense T25th v pass allowing 286.3

Week 5 v Kansas City (3-0) defense 19th v pass allowing 258.0

Week 6 BYE

Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints

Week 4 v Cowboys (3-0) defense 15th v pass allowing 246.0

Week 5 v Buccaneers (1-2) defense 20th v pass allowing 261.0

Week 6 v Jaguars (1-2) defense 18th v pass allowing 254.7

Week 7 v Bears (1-1) defense 11th v pass allowing 224

Week 8 v Cardinals (0-2-1) defense T25th v pass allowing 286.3

Allen, Carolina Panthers

Some Newton will be back when he is “fully healthy”.

Week 4 v Texans (2-1) defense 22nd v pass allowing 277.7

Week 5 v Jaguars (1-2) defense 18th v pass allowing 254.7

Week 6 v Buccaneers (1-2) defense 20th v pass allowing 261.0

Week 7 BYE

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