Inside The Bills

Fitz’s last 16 mirror Kelly’s best

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 10:36 am

Ryan Fitzpatrick only got 13 starts in 2010 after taking over for the benched Trent Edwards in Week 3, and sitting out the season finale against the Jets in Week 17. So here’s a look at Fitz’s numbers after 16 games, the equivalent of one full regular season, and they’re almost a mirror image of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly’s best season.

Jim Kelly was 304-474 (64.1%) passing for 3,844 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.6.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 327-552 (59.2%) passing for 3,841 yards with 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.2.

The 1991 season was Kelly’s high-water mark for completions, passing yards and touchdowns as the ‘K-Gun’ offense was at its peak. To see Fitzpatrick’s production on a par with Kelly’s is certainly eye-0pening. Only his completion percentage and passer rating are a bit off, but considering it was Fitzpatrick’s first string of 16 games as a starter the numbers are impressive.

And if Fitz stays healthy and makes all 16 starts this season he’s on pace to do the following. (Just keep in mind he’s on a torrid pace right now and maintaining it will prove difficult)

385-593 passing for 4,499 yards with 48 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.


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