Tom Brady stayed at the top of the list with a great outing against the Texans on Monday Night Football. Brady has been the leader since Week 10 and has been able to hold off Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III. However, both are within striking distance of the all-time PIF (since 1992) season mark set by Aaron Rodgers last season (67.2).
The Top 5 did not see any changes since Week 12 but Cam Newton has started to get back on track and has made his way back into the Top 10 (he finished 5th as a rookie in 2011). Josh Freeman remained safely in the Top 10 this week and is approaching his 2010 PIF of 50.8 which was good for 4th that season.
Here's the updated standings (movement in brackets, rookies in bold):
1. Tom Brady, NE, 64.4 (unchanged)
2. Robert Griffin III, WAS, 63.3 (unchanged)
3. Matt Schaub, HOU, 54.3 (unchanged)
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB, 51.8 (unchanged)
5. Alex Smith, SF, 51.2 (unchanged)
6. Peyton Manning, DEN, 50 (up 2)
7. Cam Newton, CAR, 49 (up 7)
8. Russell Wilson, SEA, 47.8 (up 4)
9. Josh Freeman, TB, 46.9 (up 1)
10. Matt Ryan, ATL, 45.9 (up 4)
11. Sam Bradford, STL, 45.6 (up 4)
12. Matthew Stafford, DET, 45.1 (down 6)
13. Andy Dalton, CIN, 44.1 (unchanged)
14. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, 44 (down 7)
15. Eli Manning, NYG, 43.2 (up 3)
16. Matt Hasselbeck, TEN, 43 (up 1)
17. Drew Brees, NO, 41.9 (down 6)
18. Kevin Kolb, ARI, 41 (up 1)
19. Joe Flacco, BAL, 40.4 (down 9)
20. Nick Foles, PHI, 38.7 (unranked)
21. Brandon Weeden, CLE, 38.5 (unchanged)
22. Tony Romo, DAL, 38.3 (up 2)
23. Christian Ponder, MIN, 38.1 (down 3)
24. Ryan Tannehill, MIA, 37.1 (down 3)
25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF, 36.6 (up 1)
26. Michael Vick, PHI, 35.4 (down 3)
27. Blaine Gabbert, JAC, 32.5 (unchanged)
28. Andrew Luck, IND, 30.5 (unchanged)
29. Jay Cutler, CHI, 30 (up 1)
30. Chad Henne, 28.8 (unranked)
31. Philip Rivers, SD, 25.9 (up 1)
32. Carson Palmer, OAK, 24.7 (down 1)
33. Jake Locker, TEN, 21.8 (down 8)
34. Mark Sanchez, NYJ, 12.4 (down 1)
35. John Skelton, ARI, 9.8 (down 5)
36. Matt Cassel, KC, 6.5 (down 2)
Tom Brady has produced a touchdown on 6% of his touches this season which leads NFL QBs and that percentage is up from 5.2% four weeks ago. What has Brady ahead of the rookie RGIII is the lack of turnovers. Brady has produced 32 TDs while only turning the ball over four times (all INT).
Griffin is on pace to obliterate Cam Newton's rookie PIF record of 49.9. In fact, if Griffin's season ended today, his 63.3 PIF would rank 3rd all-time for a single season. RGIII's completion percentage (66.4%) is 5th in the NFL. Griffin leads NFL QBs in having the lowest percentage of negative plays (32). What this means is that RGIII throws an incompletion, gets sacked or fumbles (negative plays) on 32 percent of his plays.
Joe Flacco fell nine spots this week as he had two of his three lost fumbles on the season in the past two weeks to go along with two of his nine INT. Flacco also threw four TD over the past two games but Baltimore lost two close games in which Flacco giveaways led to points for the opposition.
John Skelton is last in TD percentage at 0.9 percent. All of the other QBs in the standings have produced TDs on at least 2.2 percent of their touches.
Chad Henne has a negative play on 50.7% of his touches in 2012, which is the worst among starting NFL QBs.
Matt Cassel, who was placed on I.R. with a hand injury, remains the only starting QB this season to throw an INT on a double-digit percentage of his incompletions (10.3).
Rookie Category Highlights/Lowlights:
Highest PIF: RGIII, 63.3 (2nd in NFL)
Lowest PIF: Andrew Luck, 30.5 (28th in NFL)
Lowest Negative Play %: RGIII, 32 (1st in NFL)
Highest Negative Play %: Andrew Luck, 46 (5th worst in NFL)
Highest TD %: RGIII, 4.9 (8th in NFL)
Lowest TD %: Ryan Tannehill, 2.2 (3rd worst in NFL)
Fewest Giveaways: Nick Foles, 4
Most Giveaways: Andrew Luck, 23 (Worst in NFL)