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Taylor leading NFL in 4th qtr. passer rating

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2015 – 3:14 pm

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is near the top of the league in several statistical categories for quarterbacks. He’s eighth in completion percentage (65%), fifth in average gain per pass (8.01), fourth in TD percentage (6.3%), second in interception percentage (1.5%) and fourth in passer rating. Where he leads the league is in a category that head coach Rex Ryan feels is very telling about a quarterback.

Taylor leads the NFL in fourth quarter passer rating with a figure of 117. He’s got six touchdowns and one interception in the fourth quarter where he’s averaging better than nine yards a pass attempt. Much like the full body of his passing work, he’s also completing 65 percent of his passes in the final quarter of games.

“Our quarterback I think is the fourth-rated quarterback in the NFL ahead of some pretty decent guys (Brady, Roethlisberger & Rodgers among others),” said Ryan. “So I think that’s an indication that we might have a real quarterback.

“Sometimes when you evaluate quarterbacks it’s good to look at how they perform in the fourth quarter. I think our quarterback is number one in the league in the fourth quarter. I think we have the skill set and the talent to throw the football, but we also want to control the pace of the game with our running game. That’s the great combination of playing team football.”

Here’s a look at the top 7 fourth quarter passers so far this season.

  Player Team G Att Cmp Pct Yds Y/A TD TD% Int Int% Rate 25+
1 Tyrod Taylor Buf 10 69 45 65.2 623 9.03 6 8.7 1 1.4 117.0 8
2 Cam Newton Car 12 75 49 65.3 673 8.97 6 8.0 1 1.3 115.0 8
3 Tom Brady NE 12 131 85 64.9 1142 8.72 11 8.4 2 1.5 114.1 10
4 Carson Palmer Ari 12 105 67 63.8 895 8.52 8 7.6 1 1.0 112.2 4
5 Russell Wilson Sea 12 97 66 68.0 799 8.24 5 5.2 1 1.0 106.0 6
6 Andy Dalton Cin 12 100 65 65.0 814 8.14 7 7.0 2 2.0 105.2 8
7 Philip Rivers SD 12 144 96 66.7 1166 8.10 8 5.6 2 1.4 104.1 10

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