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Drew Brees, Tyrod Taylor rank in top 10 of Pro Football Focus quarterback rankings

The Pro Football Focus team has updated its quarterback rankings, and the two signal-callers facing each other on Sunday at New Era Field both made the top 10.

Drew Brees came in at No. 3, while Tyrod Taylor was No. 7.

By the PFF rankings, it's the "best" signal-caller matchup in Week Ten.

Here's the write up for Brees:

The stat sheet looks great as Brees went 22-for-27 for 263 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers, but he was aided by a dropped interception early in the game and he had held the ball too long in the pocket before fumbling later in the game. One of his touchdowns was a 28-yard screen pass to RB Alvin Kamara, part of an effort that saw Brees pick up 57 percent of his yards after the catch. His best throw of the day was his 36-yard touchdown to WR Ted Ginn deep down the middle of the field, one of three passes that he completed on five attempts over 10 yards.

At this juncture, Brees has the NFL's highest adjusted completion percentage (which accounts for drops, throwaways, spikes and times a quarterback is hit as he throws) at 80.9. For perspective, Taylor is 11th with a 74.7 adjusted completion percentage.

While there was nothing written about Taylor in the PFF article, his highest ranking in one of the site's advanced statistics is his fourth-best passer rating against pressure (85.9). Brees' currently sits in 25th with a 49.1 adjusted completion percentage against pressure.

These are Brees' passer ratings (and subsequent ranking) at each level of the field:

  • Short - 104.2 (4th)
  • Intermediate - 132.8 (2nd)
  • Deep - 100.7 (11th)

And Taylor's:

  • Short - 93.2 (16th)
  • Intermediate - 123.2 (5th)
  • Deep - 98.2 (12th)

These quarterbacks should provide difficult tests for each secondary on Sunday.

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