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Best and worst QBs of Week 14: a low point for QB play

Jared Goff had two turnovers returned for touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Falcons Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

With one game remaining, Week 14 is on pace to have the worst Total QBR in a week since ESPN Stats & Information started tracking in 2006. Overall, the 30 quarterbacks that have already played in Week 14 have an average QBR of 43.7, which is about 1.8 points lower than any other single week since the start of the 2006 season.

This is also the first week since Stats & Info started tracking in 2006 that there is not a player with a QBR above 85. Below is a look at the best and worst QB performances from Week 14 so far in terms of ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating (QBR).

Top 3

Sam Bradford: 83.4 Total QBR

Bradford’s raw passing numbers aren’t going to blow anyone away, but he completed 70.6 percent of his passes and averaged 8.6 yards per attempt in the win.

The key for Bradford was a few big plays, including three completions that gained at least 40 yards, and very few negative ones. His biggest play was a 45-yard completion to Stefon Diggs in the second quarter, which was his first completion on a pass thrown at least 40 yards in the air since Week 2 against the Packers.

Kirk Cousins: 78.6 Total QBR

Cousins completed 14-of-21 passes for 234 yards and two passing touchdowns in the Washington Redskins' 27-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He was on point with his deep ball, completing 5-of-7 attempts on passes traveling at least 15 yards downfield, including both of his touchdowns.

Obviously Cousins’ biggest play was his 80-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter to give Washington a 1-point lead. That pass was thrown 46 yards past the line of scrimmage and was the second-biggest EPA play for a quarterback in Week 14. With the win, Cousins became the first quarterback in Redskins history to have multiple seasons of 4,000 passing yards.

Matt Ryan: 76.1 Total QBR

Ryan's day started strong, as his first pass of the day was a touchdown thanks to great starting field position. From there he would add an additional two touchdown passes, including a 64-yarder to Taylor Gabriel which traveled 42 yards in the air. Ryan has been great on deep passes all season; he is tied for the league lead in completion percentage on passes traveling 30 or more yards downfield (52.6 percent) and has five touchdowns on such throws, tied for second-most in the league.

His touchdown to Gabriel came on a play-action pass, an area where Ryan had success all game. He was 5-for-6 on play-action passes for 111 yards, with four of the five completions gaining more than 10 yards. Ryan's 18.5 yards per attempt on play-action passes Sunday was his second-highest in a game in his career (minimum of two play-action passes).

Bottom 3

Jared Goff: 8.1 Total QBR

For a third straight week, the Los Angeles Rams rookie has the unenviable distinction of posting the league’s worst QBR among qualified QBs. On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Goff’s biggest issue was turnovers. He threw two interceptions – both against standard pressure – and lost a fumble in the third quarter, which was returned for another Falcons touchdown. Those three turnovers cost the team 18 expected points, and while all of those points aren’t completely attributed to Goff, he certainly played a role.

For the season, Goff has a 24.5 Total QBR and his performance has declined in each successive week. While he is not yet qualified for the Total QBR leaderboard, he has already cost his team more QB points added (negative 12.6) than any other quarterback this season.

Derek Carr: 9.4 Total QBR

Carr’s MVP candidacy took a hit on Thursday night as he posted season lows in completion percentage, yards per attempt and Total QBR in the Oakland Raiders' 21-13 loss to Kansas City. The problem for Carr, who has been dealing with a finger injury, was inaccuracy.

He completed 41.5 percent of his passes Thursday, the second-lowest completion percentage of his career and the lowest by any QB to attempt at least 40 passes in a game since Ryan Lindley went 18-of-44 against Seattle in Week 16 of 2014. Of Carr’s 41 attempts Thursday, 14 were off-target throws, meaning they were deemed to be overthrown, underthrown or thrown wide of the receiver. His off-target percentage of 35 percent is the highest in a game in his career.

Along those same lines, Carr failed to complete a pass thrown at least 15 yards downfield in seven such attempts on Thursday, the first time this season he didn’t complete at least one deep pass in a game. Overall, Carr cost his team about 8.3 more points than an average QB would have with the same number of plays, the worst game by this measure of his career.

Carr's 117 passing yards are the second-fewest in a game in NFL history by a QB with 40 or more attempts, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

Eli Manning: 14.7 Total QBR

Manning posted a season-low 14.7 Total QBR in the New York Giants 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Though Manning completed a respectable 60.7 percent of his passes, most of those completions were on short throws. He was 3-of-13 on passes traveling more than 5 yards downfield, his lowest completion percentage and fewest completions on such throws this season.

Along those same lines, 71 percent of Manning’s passing yards were gained after the catch; Odell Beckham Jr. had a few drops, but he also gained 66 yards after the catch, including 54 yards after the catch on his long touchdown. Manning also had a season-high three turnovers and took three sacks in the Giants win, so his teammates were largely responsible for the victory.