If you’re Derek Carr you felt pretty good about coming out of week 5. You threw three touchdowns on your way to the Raiders, stunning the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium and entering Las Vegas at 3-2. While that still remains, the veteran quarterback is on the wrong end of one of the rarer turns of events we’ve seen in the NFL from a statistical standpoint. Oddities are common these days, of course. During a week where we had Tuesday Night Football instead of Thursday Night Football and during a year when the entire planet turned upside down, it only seems fitting that we see a strange shake-up on top of the quarterback leaderboards on a day when zero (!) games were actually played.
On Thursday, the NFL corrected a stat of the Panthers-Falcons game in week 5. Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had received an incompleteness on a play when a penalty should have nullified it. With that unresolved, Bridgewater’s completion rate now rises from 73 to 73.4. Now I know what you’re thinking So? Well, minor as that may be, that correction has now propelled Bridgewater over Carr (73.1 completion percentage) for the NFL lead for five weeks.
Again, we’re essentially splitting hair, but this rare flip for a league top mark in key position is especially notable when none of the quarterbacks made a meaningful click on the day it happened.
It also further highlights Bridgewater’s strong first season with the Panthers after signing a three-year $ 63 million deal with the club last off-season. Through five games, Bridgewater is not only on track for the league leader in percentage completion, but also looks to pass 4,672 yards, which would destroy his best career (3,231 yards in 2015).
“This is Teddy Bridgewater’s offense,” offensive coordinator Joe Brady told reporters on Thursday. ‘Everything we’ve done revolves around things he thinks he can be successful and has answers … It’s’ How can Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers attack be successful? ‘and it’s all his show and we’re moving forward with it. “
Will Derek Carr lose a lot of sleep if he loses first place on a day when the whole league is practicing or on a bye? Did he even notice? Probably not. Still, the Raiders quarterback can no longer call himself the most accurate quarterback in the NFL today. That title belongs to Bridgewater, who will take that leading figure in the league and put it to the test against a secondary Chicago Bears who allow a league tier of 57.4 completion percentage over the quarterbacks this season.