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Pettine vs. rookie QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2013 – 8:35 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has faced his share of rookie quarterbacks. Today he’ll face another in Mike Glennon. Here’s a closer look at his history against rookie signal callers.

Pettine has compiled a 6-3 record against rookie quarterbacks holding them to a combined completion percentage of 47% (118-251), five touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 56.9.

In those nine games his defenses have sacked opposing rookie QBs 21 times.

Buffalo’s most recent game against a rookie QB was Week 11 against Geno Smith, who posted the lowest passer rating for a rookie QB against a Mike Pettine defense (10.1). The next worst performance was turned in by Josh Freeman, who was with Tampa Bay as a rookie in 2009. He had a passer rating of (12.1). Both of them had three interceptions with no touchdown passes.

Smith passed for just 103 yards, while Freeman threw for only 93.

Here’s a look at the full list compiled by Bills media relations.

Date Quarterback Score C/A Yards TD INT Rating Sacks
12/13/2009 J. Freeman, TB W 26-3 14-for-33 93 0 3 12.1 3
11/14/2010 C. McCoy, CLE W 26-20 18-for-31 205 1 0 88.8 3
9/23/2012 R. Tannehill, MIA W 23-20 16-for-36 196 0 1 50.2 0
10/14/2012 A. Luck, IND W 35-9 22-for-44 280 0 2 51.3 4
10/28/2012 R. Tannehill, MIA L 30-9 2-for-5 18 0 0 50.4 1
11/11/2012 R. Wilson, SEA L 28-7 12-for-19 188 2 0 131 4
12/2/2012 R. Lindley, ARI W 7-6 10-for-31 72 0 1 28 2
9/22/2013 G. Smith, NYJ L 27-20 16-for-29 331 2 2 89.9 0
11/17/2013 G. Smith, NYJ W 37-14 8-for-23 103 0 3 10.1 4
Totals     6W 3L 118-for-251 1,486 5 12 56.9 21
Avg   Stat Line     13.1-for-27.8 165.1 0.55 1.33 56.9 2.33

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