Smarter Stats: Was Roethlisberger’s Week 8 performance the best ever? –

Ben Roethlisberger threw for a career-high 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, putting up the best single-game performance in the regular season by any quarterback in the DYAR era. DYAR is Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted efficiency metric which dates back to 1989, and Roethlisberger’s passing DYAR (362) and Total DYAR (355), outpaced all other efforts by any quarterback in a single regular-season game.

However, his impressive performance on one of the biggest passing days the NFL has seen recently was almost one-upped by Tom Brady in a rare stat category that prevented Big Ben from achieving the best single-game DYAR in history.

MMQB: Roethlisberger’s ridiculous game headlines NFL’s huge passing day

In the wild-card round of the 2009 playoffs, Kurt Warner completed 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns in the Arizona Cardinals’ 51-45 win over the Green Bay Packers. It was not only the highest single-game DYAR for any quarterback in history — it also put Warner in rarefied air as a quarterback who threw more touchdowns than incompletions in a game.

Brady came close to that mark last Sunday in a 51-23 thrashing of the Chicago Bears, with 30 completions in 35 attempts for 354 yards, five touchdowns and no picks. Those are amazing numbers, but had running back Shane Vereen caught the quick slant from Brady with 10:07 left in the game, Brady (who left the blowout at the end of that drive) would have achieved something that has happened just 15 times in the regular season since 1960 and only three times in the playoffs during that stretch — a quarterback, with at least 20 passing attempts in a game, throws more touchdowns than incompletions. And just to make the bar a bit …read more

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