Quarterback Eli Manning (10) of the New York Giants calls out from under center against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Sunday's performance by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning felt like a decidedly middle of the road, ho-hum, effort. Nothing great, but nothing horrible either.
ESPN's new Quarterback Rating agrees. On a QBR scale of 0-100, on which 50 is average, Manning's 18-for-32, 268-yard, one interception effort earned a 53.6. That placed Manning 16th out of the 33 quarterbacks who were graded.
Not sure I will do this every week, but I thought it would be interesting to check in on the new rating system. I will do this at least occasionally throughout the season. Here is a full explanation of how the system works.
Interesting notes from Week 1's QBR. Tom Brady's 517-yard performance Monday night only landed him third behind Ryan Fitzpatrick of Buffalo and Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay.
On the bottom of the scale, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was 32nd and Kerry Collins of Indianapolis was dead last. Do you get the feeling Collins may end up wishing he stayed retired?
By the way, Mark Sanchez of the Jets placed 30th with a 17.6, and the Jets still won.