AFC North quarterbacks have had a rough start to the 2017 season.
They have the worst …
-- Win percentage, at .333 (4-8, tied with the NFC West)
-- Completion percentage, at 59 percent (league average is 64 percent)
-- Yards per attempt, at 6.3 (league average is 7.2)
-- Yards per dropback, at 5.4 (league average is 6.3)
-- TD-Int ratio, at 0.88 (league average is 1.9)
-- First down per attempt, at 32 percent (league average is 35 percent)
Right now, the combined Total QBR of the division is 32.6. Since QBR data was tracked for the 2006 season, the only division that had a worse QBR through the first three weeks of a season was the 2006 AFC West, which was at 27.5. Three of the four worst QBR performances this season reside in the AFC North.
Each quarterback has had his issues in the early going.
Ben Roethlisberger: 55.4 QBR this season (13th)
-- 6.7 yards per attempt, which ranks 21st this season
-- Since the start of 2016, he has a home QBR of 76.2 (third) and a road QBR of 44.5 (25th).
-- Blake Bortles has a higher road QBR (45.5) than Roethlisberger (44.5) since the start of 2016.
Deshone Kizer: 26.6 QBR this season (29th)
-- Worst completion percentage of any qualifying quarterback, at 53 percent
-- Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he's one of three quarterbacks the past 25 years who threw seven interceptions and was sacked 10 times in his first three career starts, joining Alex Smith in 2005 and Peter Tom Willis in 1993.
Joe Flacco: 24.1 QBR this season (31st out of 32 passers)
-- 0.8 Total QBR in Week 3 at Jaguars, the worst of his career. Only four starting quarterbacks posted worse single-game QBRs.
-- Worst adjusted net yards per attempt in the NFL, at 2.81 (min. 50 attempts)
Andy Dalton: 16.6 QBR this season (last among qualifying passers)
-- Lowest QBR through a team's first three games since 2011
-- Sacked on 10.5 percent of his dropbacks. Only Alex Smith has a higher percentage (12 percent) this season.
Good news: They play each other this week
The 0-3 Browns host the 0-3 Bengals. It will be the first matchup of 0-3 teams since 2013, when the Vikings won 34-27 over the Steelers. Sadly, this is not the first time the Bengals and Browns are playing each other at 0-3. It also happened in 2008, when the Browns won 20-12.
Meanwhile, barring injury, Roethlisberger and Flacco will start against each other for the 16th time (including playoffs). The only starting QB matchup that has happened more often since Flacco entered the NFL in 2008 is Matt Ryan vs. Drew Brees, with 17 games. Roethlisberger enjoys a 9-6 edge in his career against Flacco.