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99 Stats Until Kickoff: (#29) The NFL’s left-handed quarterbacks

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The NFL Today's Boomer Esiason during the Supe...

Boomer Esiason (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a couple of trivia questions about the NFL’s left-handed quarterbacks. Let’s see how well you know your southpaw signal-callers in the history of the NFL.

  • Which left-handed QB has started the most games in the NFL?
  • Which left-handed QB has the highest Passer Rating in the league’s history?
  • Which left-handed QB has the most wins as a starting QB in the NFL?

(Answers are provided at the end of this item.)

Fourteen different left-handed quarterbacks have thrown for 10 or more touchdowns in their NFL career. Leading the pack is CBS’ The NFL Today commentator Boomer Esiason, who tossed 247 TD passes in his 14-year NFL career that included stops in New York with the Jets and in Arizona, on top of his 10 years in Cincinnati.

Here’s the list of left-handed quarterbacks who have 10 or more career TD passes.

Player, career TD passes
Boomer Esiason, 247
Steve Young, 232
Ken Stabler, 194
Mark Brunell, 184
Michael Vick, 123
Frankie Albert, 115
Jim Zorn, 111
Scott Mitchell, 95
Bobby Douglass, 36
Paul McDonald, 24
Tim Tebow, 17
Cade McNown, 16
Matt Leinart, 15
Chris Simms, 12

Seven different left-handed QBs were first round selections in the NFL Draft. They were: Michael Vick, Steve Young, Matt Leinart, Frankie Albert, Cade McNown, Todd Marinovich and Tim Tebow.

All total, 27 left-handed quarterbacks have thrown for a TD in the league’s history. Steve Young holds the mark for most TD passes by a left-handed QB in a season with 36 in 1998.

Here are the answers to the above trivia questions:

  • Esiason has started the most games with 173.
  • Young has the highest Passer Rating with a career mark of 96.8.
  • Stabler has the most wins with 96.

In addition: Young has the highest career pass completions rate for a lefty with 64.3 percent; Esiason has the most passing yards with 37,920; Stabler has the most career interceptions for a lefty with 222.

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QB success a key to NFL playoff victories

Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published with a focus on stats that go beyond the numbers.

Joe Montana on the set of an ESPN broadcast.

Joe Montana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You don’t have to be a football expert to know that having a quarterback at the top of his game can go a long ways to leading a team to a successful season. In fact, many teams in the past have seen their QB single-handedly lead their team to a title.

Case in point: One of the indicators of QB success has been the Passer Rating. The value of this formula has been enthusiastically debated, but for the sake of this blog, let’s assume that Passer Rating is a valuable tool to evaluating NFL quarterbacks. Since 1966, the start of the Super Bowl era, there have been 219 quarterbacks who have had a Passer Rating of 100.0 or higher in a playoff game. Of those 219 games, the QB’s team has won 192 of those games, a winning percentage of .877. You can certainly make the point that a good QB performance (100.0 or better) in a playoff game will lead to victory and advancement in the post-season.

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers last weekend became the 15th QB since 1966 to have five or more playoff games with a 100.0 or higher Passer Rating. Rodgers’ Passer Rating was 104.9 in the Pack’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco was the only other QB last weekend to have a 100-plus Passer Rating as he had a 125.6 Passer Rating in their win over the Colts.

Here’s a look at the 15 QB’s since 1966 that have had five or more playoff games with a Passer Rating of 100 or higher.

Playoff games with 100-plus Passer Rating (since 1966), QBs
12: Joe Montana
10: Brett Favre
9: Troy Aikman
7: Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw
6: Roger Staubach
5: Drew Brees, Jake Delhomme, John Elway, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers, Ken Stabler, Steve Young

Here’s a few more stats regarding Passer Rating in the playoffs:

* Since 2000, there have been 77 playoff games where a QB had a Passer Rating of 100.0 or higher. Those teams have won 65 of the 77 games, a winning percentage of .844.

* Only two quarterbacks since 1966 have had a Passer Rating of 100 or higher and lost two playoff games: Joe Montana and Warren Moon.

Let’s look at the other end of the scale… QBs who had terrible games, a Passer Rating under 50 in a playoff game. Since 1966, there have been 190 playoff games where the QB had a Passer Rating under 50 in that game. Those teams have won only 24 of the 190 games, a winning percentage of only .126.

The last quarterback to win a playoff game with a Passer Rating under 50 was Ben Roethlisberger. On January 23, 2011 in the Steelers 24-19 win over the New York Jets, Roethlisberger had a Passer Rating of 35.5.

Five quarterbacks have had four or more playoff games with a Passer Rating under 50. Craig Morton tops the list with five such games. Mark Brunell, Pat Haden, Ron Jaworski and Jim Kelly each had four.

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