numberFire: Was the quarterback play in Week 1 of the NFL season really that bad?

Here’s the understatement of the day: Week 1 of the 2017 NFL regular season featured some less than stellar quarterback play.

Andy Dalton threw four interceptions. Carson Palmer threw three. DeShone Kizer was sacked seven times. Tom Savage was sacked six, then replaced by Deshaun Watson who was dropped four times.

Of the 33 players who attempted a pass in Week 1, a whopping 11 of them finished with negative Net Expected Points (NEP), the metric we use to track the efficiency of both teams and players, with the team totals being adjusted for strength of schedule. Some quick division tells us that a third of all quarterbacks came out of their first game with subpar NEP.

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