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The first week of the NFL season is over, and it was an interesting one for the quarterbacks. From shaky performances by players like Jimmy Garoppolo to a nearly perfect game from Lamar Jackson, Week 1 had quarterback play from all across the spectrum. And these raw statistical discrepancies coincided with an astonishingly large gap between the best and worst PFN Offensive Share Metric (OSM) grades of the week from the PFN Data Lab.

For those unfamiliar, the OSM uses the NFL’s Next Gen Stats to evaluate how responsible a player was for their own production. So, if a player like Jackson, who had a great game statistically, also had a high grade, this would indicate that his play was the primary factor in his statistics. But if he received a low grade, it would instead suggest that his statistics were more the product of great plays by his teammates or poor play by the opponent. For a more in-depth explanation, check out this article by the metric’s creator, Brett Yarris. Now, without further ado, the main point of this article: PFN’s five lowest and highest-graded quarterbacks from Week 1.


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