According to Pro Football Focus' rankings, Tyrod Taylor and Drew Brees make up the best quarterback battle of Week 10, and their work on third down is part of the reason why they're viewed so highly by PFF.
Taylor's 98.8 passer rating on third down is the eighth-best passer rating in football among quarterbacks who've attempted at least 20 passes on third down. Brees is right behind him in the No. 9 spot with a passer rating of 97.8.
Here are the rest of their stats on the critical down:
Taylor: 53 of 78 (67.9 percent), 551 yards (7.06 yards per attempt), 5 TDs, 2 INTs
Brees: 49 of 73 (67.1 percent), 557 yards (7.63 yards per attempt), 3 TDs, 1 INT
How about the defenses each quarterback will face on third downs this Sunday?
The Bills are currently allowing a third-down conversion 41.1 percent of the time. Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a passer rating of 65.4 on third downs against Buffalo.
Here are more third-down statistics for the Bills defense:
- 49 of 83, 522 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs
Currently, the Saints are allowing a third-down conversion 44.9 percent of the time. Opposing quarterbacks have amassed a passer rating of 104.2 on third downs against New Orleans.
- 42 of 67, 543 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs
Quite clearly, the Bills defense has been stingier on third downs than the Saints unit heading into this Week 10 matchup. Taylor and Brees have been efficient on third down. It'll be interesting to monitor how both quarterback's and each club's defense perform on the third downs in Week 10.