Inside The Bills

Where Fitz ranks best

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2012 – 7:21 am

Heading into Sunday’s season finale Ryan Fitzpatrick still ranks pretty high in several statistical categories for quarterbacks.

Admittedly Fitz had a rough stretch during Buffalo’s seven-game losing streak and is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 19, but here are some other areas where Buffalo’s signal caller is among the top 10 QBs in the game.

Fitz ranks seventh in pass attempts, which doesn’t sound like a worthwhile stat category to measure a quarterback until you look at completion percentage. Fitz has the ninth-best completion percentage in the league (62%). Naturally the more passes a quarterback throws, the harder it is to maintain a high completion percentage, but he’s done it behind only QBs like Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Romo, Stafford and Roethlisberger.

He’s also ninth in the league in completions per game (21.6), which speaks more to a quarterback’s consistency, something that Fitz struggled with during the seven-game losing streak. Knowing he had some rough stretches it’s impressive that near season’s end he still ranks in the top 10.

Fitz is also 10th in touchdown passes this season entering the final regular season game with 22. Had the offense not fallen into the tailspin it did through the back half of the schedule one could argue that Fitzpatrick would be flirting with a 30-touchdown season instead of 25.

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