GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up on the sidelines during the NFL season opening game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Panthers 28-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
This week we saw four different passers kick off their 2011 campaign with 400 yard passing games. Two players ended up getting their 400 yards+ last night (Brady and Henne) while prior to that only Cam Newton and Drew Brees totaled that many yards. Furthermore, it took Tom Brady's monster 517 yard game last night to prevent handing the week one passer crown to our own Cam Newton. As we know, there is far more to being an effective quarterback and a good passer than simply throwing for yards. Everything from efficiency, taking care of the football and winning drives is what defines a quarterback.
This morning I thought I'd look at the week one 400 yard club and see how these four QBs stacked up against each other.
Traditional QB rating- Winner: Tom Brady (121.6)
With his aforementioned 517 yards and 4 touchdowns Brady managed to total a traditional QB rating of 121.6. It was a ludicriously good game by the Patriots' QB.
2nd: Drew Brees (112.5)
3rd: Cam Newton (110.1)
4th: Chad Henne (93.6)
More after the jump
ESPN's Total QBR- Winner: Tom Brady (88.6)
Yet again Brady topped the rating category by completely dominating in clutch situations in Monday night's game where he registered a +13.2 'clutch rating'. In reality the game against the Dolphins was much closer than the score showed and Brady showed amazing skill inside the two minute drills.
2nd: Cam Newton (75.7)
3rd: Drew Brees (71.6)
4th: Chad Henne (70.7)
Completion Percentage- Winner: Tom Brady (66.7%)
2nd: Drew Brees (65.3%)
3rd: Cam Newton (64.9%)
4th: Chad Henne (61.2%)
Yards per Attempt- Winner: Cam Newton (11.4 YPA)
This is where Cam's arm really shows off. An 11.4 YPA is absolutely astounding for any QB, let alone one in his first start. Keep in mind that Newton threw for more yards than Brees and Henne, despite having 12 less pass attempts than either player. Furthermore, if Newton had 48 attempts like Tom Brady he would have thrown for 547 yards... let that sink in.
2nd: Tom Brady (10.8 YPA)
3rd: Drew Brees (8.6 YPA)
4th: Chad Henne (8.5 YPA)
I'm not sure what the future holds for Cam Newton, but right now it's looking pretty bright to be stacked up with such company as Tom Brady and Drew Brees in his first week.