QBs – The Game In Their Hands

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 11, 2010 – 10:37 am

We often hear from coaches, players and commentators about the importance of establishing the run and stopping the run in football games. The running game, whether from an offensive perspective or a defensive perspective, is about imposing your will over the opponent’s will.

The running game is an important factor in every game, no one should deny that.

But let’s also not forget that the NFL is a passing league and there aren’t many winning teams without winning QBs. Just look at the teams remaining and who is under center for them – Colts (Manning), Chargers (Rivers), Saints (Brees), Vikings (Favre), Cowboys (Romo) and Cardinals (Warner). Sure, there are a couple of greener QBs – Mark Sanchez of the Jets and Joe Flacco of the Ravens – but by and large, experienced and productive QBs dominate the playoff landscape.

As further proof that QBs hold the key to winning and losing, consider these stats from this past weekend of playoff action in the NFL…

Winning QBs (Sanchez, Romo, Flacco, Warner): 96 pass attempts, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT

Losing QBs (Palmer, McNabb, Brady, Rodgers): 172 pass attempts, 15.0 sacks, 6 INTs

There’s an old adage that says figures lie and liars figure. And there’s also the sentiment that one can make statistics say whatever they want. So there’s probably plenty of room for interpretation with the stats listed above.

The point is not that fewer pass attempts equal more wins. And it’s not a shock to NFL coaches that once a team attempts too many passes, their chances of winning decrease. But the stat above does illustrate the importance of solid play at the QB position. QBs touch the ball on every play and the offense’s ability to protect those QBs along with the QBs’ decision-making skills are paramount to the difference between winning and losing.

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48 Responses to “QBs – The Game In Their Hands”

  1. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Excellent article here.

  2. By Ann on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    those teams all won because they were able to run a balanced offense.
    None of those teams had many negative run plays. You can say you want to run the ball but if you have negative yardage on 1st and 2nd down you put your qb in a bad position. ometimes it’s necessary to use the pass to open up the run rather then the other way around.

  3. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


  4. By m. andre on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    When you say QBs hold the key to winning or losing, I typically think of that inevitable Big play, when there is all kinds of pressure and it looks like the QB is about to take a loss or have to throw it away… instead he manages to find a receiver at the last possible second and convert a third down or get a big chunk of yardage. To recap, the ability to complete one or several of those plays seems to be one of those factors. Opposite of this, just look how awful Brady’s performance was up in NE.

  5. By texasdude on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t wait. It’s gonna be a hard fought game betwen the NFC’s best 2 teams.

  6. By Vike fan in Illinios on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Granted, Brett will need a big game. Turn over free. Turn overs in the post season are the key to the game. PERIOD. Win that battle and you will get the victory. If the line gives Brett time, he will carve up Dallas secondary. They are not that good. Sidney could have a feild day with Newman or Jenkins. I believe that if Adrian can go over 100 yards we will have a huge advantage. Need that balance. I would love to see Chester or Percy have a chance to throw for a touchdown in the red zone. PLAY PHYSICAL MEN!

  7. By vikefan4eva on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    O-line! O-line! O-line! that is what we need to succeed. Our O-line sets the rhythm for our defense and is what can make us or break us.

  8. By farve fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I am from wisconsin a packer-fan my whole life and I’m not so young. I’m a grandma..I am also a loyal Brett Farve fan..this year I am a Farve fan more than I was a packer fan.Packer fans have a dam short memory as to what Farve meant to and did for us.. So go vikings..I had to watch the Packer-Vikings games by myself..although I look good in purple I was the enemy. Protect Brett and rattle Romo..Jared and company give them your toughtest game.. again Go Vikings. for this year at least an ex cheese head.

  9. By BigJamCowboyFan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Jenkins and Newman are better than most people think. Jenkins is one of the top young corners in the league. Speaking of “not that good”, take a look at your offensive tackles. Y’all better keep a RB and a tight end to help block is you expect them to carve up our secondary. If not, Ware, Spencer, and Ratliff will have a field day. I love Farve, but I think we are going to put a hurtin’ on him.

  10. By ViksfaninNS on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Re: Grandma in Wisconsin….
    AWESOME! Love it.

    Woot Woot Vikings!!

  11. By COWGIRLBEATER on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings 63- Dallas 0 goose egg blow out of the century!!!!

  12. By steven on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    cowgirl thats asking for WAY to much but it would be sweet XD

  13. By Stephanie on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    protect Brett and make holes for Adrian Peterson to run through….the offensive line is a big key to success for the Vikings.

  14. By ms viking on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    SKOL VIKINGS! I have been a true and loyal VIKINGS FAN for years. I live on the east coast. Can’t wait for Sundays game. This is the team that can go all the way. JUST 3 MORE GAMES. WIN WIN WIN. I feel the VIKINGS have the advantage, a little rest this week, home field advantage, and I think they are going into this game with mind set never let up ever its ours and we will WIN. SKOL VIKINGS LETS GO WIN WIN WIN. THIS IS YOUR YEAR YOUR DESTINY.
    THE 2010 SUPER BOWL.

  15. By Dallasrules on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    We’ll see what you guys have to say after the game. There is a lot of chatter in here. Go Cowboys!!!! Dallas 23- vicketts 16

  16. By Dallasrules on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Farve will go DOWN.. I predict 4-5 sacks. Old man can’t run anymore.

  17. By JohnP on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    The greatest thing about America is, they even let rodeo clowns voice their fantasy opinions.

  18. By Dallasrules on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    JohnP, what rodeo did you come from. I here your opinion. Hehe

  19. By JohnP on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I hear Chuck Norris wears boots made from Authentic Cowboys, just like your little sister.

  20. By iowavikingsfan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a fan since i received my first viking uniform, Joe Knapp, Tarkenton, Bob Brown, Eller, Page, Marshall, etc…. We have waited a long time, it”s our time! Protect the QB, open some holes, Jared Allen and his peers have their way… its on fellas…

    Handle them…

  21. By Dallasrules on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    iowavikingsfan keep wishing. Those days are over for the vicketts. Sorry :-(

  22. By Dallasrules on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    How many Super Bowl Rings do you guys have?. Hmmmm

  23. By jimbo92107 on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    People that think Brett Favre is going to collapse against the Cowboys have a surprise coming. The Vikings O-Line will be healthier than they’ve been for several weeks. Berrian is reportedly healthy. Peterson is healthy. Harvin is healthy. Rice…healthy. Shianco…healthy. Like most QB’s, Favre’s performance depends on the guys around him. This year, his teammates are mostly healthy, so I expect Favre will have a lot of fun out there. This is not to say he won’t get sacked or intercepted. Dallas has a great defense. But they are facing a Vikings offense that is close to 100 percent healthy and rested. Two excellent running backs, a fleet of good receivers, a good tight end, and good blocking up front. Oh, and a clever QB with an arm like a machine gun. If Dallas shuts that down, it will surprise me.

  24. By PrimeTime on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    haha OH you silly viking fans :( How sorry I am for you that you have to lose on Sunday. The truth is in the numbers, your O-line is AWFUL and I mean AWFUL at pass protection. Our D-line is one of the best in the business at rushing the passer. Favre will be rattled BADLY and throw 2 pics. You will not win this game, the battle is always win or lost in the trenches, and your trench warfare sucks.

  25. By PrimeTime on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry but your Offense isn’t as good as the Saints was or the Eagles as far as yards and points. We dominated theirs just like we will yours.

  26. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    love these band wagon cowboy fans…….4 weeks ago, they weren’t even sure that they were going to make the playoffs…experts included…the same experts that have already handed the cowboys the game! love it! OUR LOCKER ROOM ARE FEELING LIKE UNDER-DOGS! LOVE A FIGHTING UNDER-DOG IN THEIR OWN CAGE! JUMP BACK ON OUR SITE AROUND 4 O’CLOCK SUNDAY COWBOY FANS….SEE WHAT CONVERSATIONS WE ARE HAVING THEN!

  27. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply


  28. By marcus on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    The media is gone be the fuel for the loss for dallas! thow the stats out the window and pride going to be the real factor who want it more vikes or cowboys! and to be the under dawgs at home with the 3rd best record in NFL and 2nd best defense?is a slap in the face! football is a mans game and the disrespect the vikings are getting they are going to answer the nay sayers with a win you can’t teach heart and pride and old wise vet quartback!!! and a oline that got a lot to prove on a big stage at home. a good game is cooking in minneapolis this week for sure!!!! go vikes i like the oods :)

  29. By JohnP on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Marcus, Actually I think the Vikes are favored by 3. But, I think it is disrepectful for Cowboy fanatics to be here spreading lies… you should stay on your site or at a republican town hall meeting where you can be with like-minded people.

  30. By witten 4ever on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Brett always lays down when he is playing BIG D. Nothing will be any different today. 3 picks and 1 for a pick 6. GO COWBOYS!!!!

  31. By brice on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Oldschool, we have commited a lot of O penalties yet we keep pounding on people. We have learned to overcome them with our awesome offense and our kick a$$ defense. You will see proof of that Sunday.

    Not only will we have 4 to 5 sacks, we will have 2 to 3 interceptions because it is inborn to Brett to throw them.

  32. By baker on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    AP will be back on his game this week.. i see 150 plus and a few td’s to go with that

  33. By brice on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Baker, put the crack pipe down and step away, or just pass it to the next Vikings fan.

    I will bet my paycheck against yours that will not happen.

  34. By baker on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    trust me.. he is ready.. he grew up a cowboys fan and now he is ready to slap them in the face. The cowboys better play 5-2 or a 4-4 D because a if the cowboys run a 3-4 that D-line will have nightmares for months

  35. By brice on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Uh, I doubt it. Our corners are good enough to cover your recievers, much like Jackson and Maclin, the Saints menagerie of recievers so that allows us to only keep one player deep over the top and stack the line to keep AP in check.

    Don’t forget that Romo grew up a Favre fan and he is also ready to do some slapping of his own.

    Also, McScabb is one of the NFL’s most difficult QB to sack. We sacked him at least 7 times in two games and at least 11 times in 3 games. Eagles have a better O line than Vikings. That spells disaster for Favre.

  36. By brice on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Old School, I like the fire you have in your belly! Way to make bold predictions and step out like that.

    Keep that fire burning because after the Vike’s lose you will need it to keep you warm the rest of this winter. Minny has long cold winters!!!!!

  37. By JohnP on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    After the Vikings demolish the cowboys this week, I want every one of you steerless pukes to come back and apologize for your underestimation and false hype about your team which does not have any SB winners on it either.

  38. By JohnP on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    All the cowboy fans hope it doesn’t come down to a long FG try.

  39. By brice on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    John P, we will not have to worry about that. Starters will be sat by 3rd quarter due to Cowboys blowing out the Vikes

  40. By richard on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Who do you think is more scared? The cowboy fans of the vikings or brett favre of the dallas cowboys.

  41. By JohnP on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Cowgilrl fans of cours… Favre is fearless.

  42. By JohnP on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    you have been inhaling too many cowpies…
    just like mushrooms and roaches, you ether wilt away or run away under the light of day.

  43. By jeff s on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    cowboys are scares so much so it bleeds all over there radio stations in Dallas. i live here and i can tell you all, Dallas is scared. that’s why there all here. trying to make us fell like them. vikings are the favorite in this game and that’s all you need to say. if the cowboys were so good and the vikings so bad then i am sure Vegas would not have the vikings as the favorite.
    Dallas pass defense is good, but that’s about it. any time thy faced a top runner, thy lost or had to go to OT to win. AP and CT will carve then up and allow brett to finish them off.
    33-9 vikings.

  44. By CA Norwegian on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Mamma Don’t Let your Babies grow up to be Cowboys! Don’t let em pick DB’s and Drive them ol sleds. Let em go to Minnesora and wish they’d stayed in their beds..

  45. By Hailmary on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Jeff were all here because The Dallas Cowboy fan base is the biggest in world. There’s so many Cowboy fans around the world that who ever we play there webb site is done for. Now were in the playoffs so it’s ganna be worse. But don’t worry after we beat you guys in the playoffs like we always do will go away and take over the Cards webb site. Theres just to many of us for any one team to deal we. Alot of people hate to see #4 go out the way he’s ganna go out, I’m not one of them , but alot of people. Trust me, he won’t be able to deal with whats coming, last game for Brett promise ya.

  46. By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I like how the media and everyone else bashes Favre for throwing costly intereceptions but I watched Tom brady throw 3 INT and 1 Fumble and no one said anything but “he’s just having a bad day because he’s coming off of an injury” But when Favre threw the interceptions due to a shoulder injury in his throwing arm when he was on the Jets the media teared him apart.

    NOW we see Rodgers throw an INT on his first play and a Fumble on the last play to win the game but EVERY ONE is only talking about how great he is to lead his team to a come back.

    Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

  47. By JohnP on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    When you’re Superman, everyone wants to tug on your cape. Even Superman has his Kryptonite. When you are great, there are a lot of envious people that wish their guy were nearly as good. Now people are upset because they are afraid he will never retire and their precious Peyton will never catch up. All he does is go out there every week and play. They said he was an Interception Diva, so he went out and had the Best Int/Int ratio season of his career. People are running out of excuses not to admire him.

  48. By JohnP on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

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