One of the best ways to evaluate an NFL quarterback’s effectiveness is his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Based on that formula, a quartet of current NFL QBs may be setting a new standard in this stat.
Steve Young holds the NFL record for most TD passes in a season without an interception with 10. He did that in 1987. Josh McCown currently holds the NFL single-season mark for most TD passes in a season with only one interception when he threw for 13 TDs in 2013 with just a single pick. That mark by McCown, however, may be challenged this year.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers this season has 21 TD passes with only one interception. If he ends the ’18 campaign without another interception, he would set the record for most TD passes in a season with only one interception. Of course, there are four games remaining in the schedule and McCown’s record could stay intact.
Let’s take a look at those quarterbacks who have thrown the most TD passes in a season with zero, one, two, three, four or five interceptions.
0 interceptions in a season
Steve Young, 1987, 10 TD passes
Brian Hoyer, 2016, 6 D passes
1 interception in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2018, 21 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Josh McCown, 2013, 13 TD passes
Damon Huard, 2006, 11 TD passes
2 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2016, 28 TD passes
Nick Foles, 2013, 27 TD passes
Boomer Esiason, 1997, 13 TD passes
3 interceptions in a season
Drew Brees, 2018, 30 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
David Garrard, 2007, 18 TD passes
Dave Krieg, 1994, 14 TD passes
Bart Starr, 1966, 14 TD passes
4 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2010, 36 TD passes
Steve DeBerg, 1990, 23 TD passes
Dak Prescott, 2016, 23 TD passes
5 interceptions in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2014, 38 TD passes
Russell Wilson, 2018, 29 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Alex Smith, 2017, 26 TD passes
Matt Ryan, 2018, 25 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 26-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on October 22.
- The loss to the Saints was the fourth straight loss to an NFC South team. The Packers have lost five of their last seven to NFC South opponents.
- The Packers lost their last game before the bye week for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the same Saints prior to their bye week that season. Green Bay is 5-3 in the games prior to the bye week since 2010.
- Drew Brees’ 84.4 Passer Rating in the game was the lowest of his career versus the Packers. He did, however, have his seventh consecutive game with 300 or more passing yards against the Pack. Brees is the only opposing QB to have a 135 or higher Passer Rating against the Packers twice in his career.
- Aaron Jones’ 46-yard TD run was the longest run for the Packers this season.
- Scoring first in home games is usually a good sign for Green Bay. They are now 39-6-1 (.859 winning percentage) in games at Lambeau since 2010 when they score first in the contest.
- Damarious Randall had an interception for the third consecutive games. It was the first time a Packer defender had an interception in three consecutive games since Casey Hayward did it in Games, 5-6-7 in the 2012 campaign.
- Green Bay is now 79-15 (.840) since 2000 in games where the defense gets two or more interceptions.
- The Saints did not score in the first quarter. Since 2010, Green Bay is now 44-12 (.786) in games when they hold opponents scoreless in the first quarter. The loss yesterday at Lambeau was only the third time since 2010 that the team lost a game when they held the opponents scoreless in the first quarter; they are now 32-3 since 2010.
- Green Bay held a 14-7 halftime lead. The Packers are 48-2 in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) at Lambeau Field when they have a lead of seven points or more at halftime. The other loss was on October 7, 2007… the Packers had a 17-7 halftime lead over the Bears but lost that home game 27-20.
- The Pack had 181 yards rushing in the game, the most since they had 226 versus the Bears last season. Green Bay is 4-3-1 since 2013 in games where they get 180 or more yards rushing in a contest.
- New Orleans held a 16-14 lead over the Packers going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 5-11-1 at home in their last 16 games when they are behind going into the last quarter.
- Green Bay did not score a point in the third quarter. They have now lost 14 of their last 20 when they are held scoreless in the third quarter. They are 25-34-1 (.425) under Mike McCarthy when they do not score in the third quarter.
- New Orleans had 485 total yards of offense in the game. Since 2010, Green Bay is 10-7 when the “D” allows 450 or more total yards in a game. They have, however, lost three straight and seven of their last 11 games when they give up 450+ yards to an opponent.
- Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones had 131 yards rushing on 17 carries. It was his second 100-yard game this season. He joins four other rookie running backs for the Packers to have two or more 100-yard rushing games in their rookie campaigns with the Pack. The others: Eddie Lacy, Ryan Grant, Samkon Gado and John Brockington. Grant leads this group with five 100-yard games as a Packers rookie.
- Green Bay had only 23:04 time of possession in the game. Since 2000, Green Bay is 5-15 (.333) in games when they have less than 24 minutes time of possession in a game.
- Green Bay had only 79 yards passing in the game. It was the fourth time with McCarthy as head coach that the team was held to under 100 yards in the passing game. They are now 0-4 in those games. They also had no TD passes in the contest. Green Bay is 8-14 since 2006 (.364) when they did not have a TD pass in a game.
- The Pack has now lost nine of their last 10 when they are held under 20 points in a game. Under McCarthy, the team is 11-32 in games when they score less than 20 in a game, 7-10 (.418) in home games.
If you have been paying attention to the news and notes around the NFL, you probably read or heard that New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reached a significant milestone last weekend: With the Pats 26-10 win over the Rams, Brady won his 201st game (regular season and playoffs) giving him the most wins by a QB. He surpassed Peyton Manning who had won 200 games (186 regular season and 14 post-season).
(For the record, Manning and Brett Favre each won 186 regular season games. Brady has 179 regular season wins and could pass both Manning and Favre in that category next season.)
At the other end of the spectrum, there are six QBs who lost 100 of more games in their career. Topping the list is Vinny Testaverde who lost 123 regular season games. Here are the six QBs who have 100 or more regular season losses.
123: Vinny Testaverde
112: Brett Favre
109: Fran Tarkenton
101: Archie Manning, Warren Moon
100: Norm Snead
There’s a chance that another QB will be joining the above list this season. New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees has 99 career losses and would wander into the 100-loss club if the Saints lose one of their four remaining contests (that’s, of course, if Brees is the starting QB in those games, which he will probably be unless there is an injury).
There are five active QBs who have 70 or more career losses. They are: Brees (99), Eli Manning (90), Carson Palmer (82), Philip Rivers (75) and Jay Cutler (71).
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We have seen on several occasions where a quarterback with a “hot” hand can lead his team through the playoffs to a Super Bowl victory. That was certainly the case with Baltimore Ravens’ signal-caller Joe Flacco, who won the Super Bowl XLVII MVP with three touchdowns on 22-for-33 passing.
There might be a few people out there that would disagree with Flacco’s MVP honor, instead looking at Jacoby Jones’ 56-yard TD reception and 108-yard kickoff return as MVP-worthy. I don’t think you would have gotten much push-back had Jones won the MVP.
But one thing is for sure: Flacco was the MVP of the 2012 NFL playoffs… no doubt. He had 11 touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Ravens to four wins. Flacco also broke a playoff record held by Drew Brees for most pass attempts in the playoffs without an interception with 126. Brees in 2009 led the Saints to an NFL title with a post-season performance that included no interceptions on 102 pass attempts.
Following are the nine QBs who finished a playoff season with no interceptions on 70 or more pass attempts.
Quarterback, team, season, playoff pass attempts with 0 interceptions
Joe Flacco, Baltimore, 2012: 126 pass attempts
Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2009: 102 pass attempts
Troy Aikman, Dallas, 1992: 89 pass attempts
Steve Young, San Francisco, 1994: 87 pass attempts
Daryle Lamonica, Oakland, 1968: 86 pass attempts
Joe Montana, San Francisco, 1989: 83 pass attempts
Tom Brady, New England, 2004: 81 pass attempts
Neil O’Donnell, Pittsburgh, 1994: 77 pass attempts
Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants, 1990: 76 pass attempts
Three other notes:
* Twenty quarterbacks went through a playoff season with no interceptions on 50 or more passes.
* Prior to Flacco’s 2012 playoff performance, Joe Montana had the most TDs, 11, without an interception in a playoff season. He did it in 1989. Flacco is now tied with Montana with the 11 TDs. Steve Young had nine TDs with no interceptions in 1994. Three players are tied with eight TDs: Troy Aikman (1992), Drew Brees (2009) and Phil Simms (1986).
* Of the 20 QBs with no interceptions on 50 or more pass attempts in a playoff season, 12 won the Super Bowl that year.
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