Why having your QB complete 75% of his passes is important in the NFL
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in Monday’s 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles completed 30 of 39 passes, a completion percentage of 76.9. It was the 25th game in his career that he completed 75% (or higher) of his passes in a regular season game.
But what makes this stat all the more impressive is that in those 25 games that Rodgers completed 75% or more of his passes, the Packers were a staggering 24-1 in those games. Obviously, a super accurate Aaron Rodgers is an important factor for success for the Pack.
Let’s take a look at QBs who have used their passing accuracy to their (and their team’s) benefit. First, let’s look at the QBs who have had the most games competing 75% of their passes. It’s interesting to note that this past Sunday, New Orleans QB Drew Brees completed 28 of 36 passes (77.8%) in the Saints 49-21 win over the Rams. It was Brees’ 50th career game with a completion percentage of 75% or higher. That broke a tie he was in with Peyton Manning for most games in this stat.
Here’s a look at the QBs that have had the most games where they competed 75% or higher of their passes.
50-Drew Brees 49-Peyton Manning 34-Philip Rivers 28-Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger 25-Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young 23-Matt Ryan 21-Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner 20-Tony Romo 18-Ken Anderson, Chad Pennington 17-Jim Harbaugh, Ken Stabler 16-Alex Smith, Bart Starr
Both Brees’ and Manning’s teams had decent success in games when they completed 75% of more of their passes. Brees’ Saints are 43-7 in those games, while Manning’s teams were 43-6 when he completed 75% of his passes.
There are, however, a couple of QBs whose teams were/are actually undefeated when they complete 75% of their passes in a regular season game. There have been 35 QBs that have 10 or more games with a 75% of higher completion rate in a game. Of those 35, two are undefeated in those games… Tom Brady and Ken Stabler. Brady’s Patriots are 25-0 in games when he completes 75% or more of his passes in a game, while Stabler’s team was 17-0 in games when he reached this mark.
Let’s take a look at the QBs whose teams have won 90% or more of their games when they completed 75% of more of their passes in a contest (minimum of 10 games with 75% completion rate to qualify).
1.000: Tom Brady, 25-0 1.000: Ken Stabler, 17-0 .960: Aaron Rodgers, 24-1 .938: Alex Smith, 15-1 .929: Rich Gannon, 13-1 .909: Eli Manning, 10-1 .900: Tony Romo, 18-2 .900: Matt Hasselbeck, 9-1 .900: Dave Krieg, 9-1
For the record, there have been 43 times this season that a QB completed 75% or more of their passes in a game (minimum of 10 passes attempted to qualify). Three QBs are tied with four games each: Brees, Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan. Teams are 26-17 when their QBs completed 75% of more of their passes in a game this season.
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