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Total Accuracy: Week 2

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Harry How

Total Accuracy, a new statistic to better measure how accurate quarterbacks are, has been updated through Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season.

In case you're lost, and have no clue what Total Accuracy is or how it's calculated, check back to my introduction article from last week. If you're not interested in clicking that, here's a quick refresher:

Total Accuracy is found by adding a signal-callers' rankings from two Pro Football Focus metrics, Accuracy Percentage (AP) and Average Depth of Target (aDOT).

(This idea was essentially borrowed from the PGA Tour's "Total  Driving" statistic. Same exact concept. The Tour adds driving distance rank and driving accuracy rank. The golfer with the lowest sum is first in Total  Driving.)

Because this statistic is more about a quarterback's accuracy than simply how far he throws the football down the field, AP is given more weight. It's counted twice, while aDOT ranking is counted once. Quarterbacks who've taken at least 25% of their respective team's snaps are counted, and aDOT ties are broken by better AP rank.

I'll update this statistic every Tuesday or Wednesday for the duration of the 2014 regular season.

Any questions? I'll be tracking the comment section. Also, you can find me on Twitter @ChrisTrapasso.

TOTAL ACCURACY - UPDATED THROUGH WEEK 2

Rank Name AP Rank aDOT Rank AP Rank 2x Total Accuracy
1 Austin Davis 5 8 10 18
T2 Robert Griffin III 1 17 2 19
T2 Colin Kaepernick 6 7 12 19
4 Philip Rivers 3 15 6 21
5 Cam Newton 9 12 18 30
T6 Derek Anderson 4 25 8 33
T6 Kirk Cousins 16 1 32 33
8 Peyton Manning 8 21 16 37
T9 Russell Wilson 2 34 4 38
T9 Aaron Rodgers 11 16 22 38
11 Alex D. Smith 15 10 30 40
12 Drew Brees 7 29 14 43
T13 Ryan Fitzpatrick 10 30 20 50
T13 Joe Flacco 12 26 24 50
T13 E.J. Manuel 14 22 28 50
T16 Derek Carr 13 28 26 54
T16 Jay Cutler 17 20 34 54
18 Eli Manning 19 19 38 57
19 Matthew Stafford 25 9 50 59
20 Josh McCown 17 27 34 61
21 Matt Ryan 22 18 44 62
22 Ryan Tannehill 20 23 40 63
T23 Andy Dalton 20 24 40 64
T23 Nick Foles 30 4 60 64
T25 Tony Romo 27 11 54 65
T25 Carson Palmer 31 3 62 65
27 Jake Locker 31 6 62 68
28 Drew Stanton 34 2 68 70
29 Chad Henne 29 13 58 71
30 Tom Brady 35 5 70 75
31 Brian Hoyer 31 14 62 76
32 Andrew Luck 24 32 48 80
33 Geno Smith 23 35 46 81
34 Matt Cassel 26 33 52 85
35 Ben Roethlisberger 28 31 56 87

First-time appearances: Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Drew Stanton

Biggest riser: Alex Smith - 15 spots (26th in Week 1, 11th after Week 2)

Biggest faller: Matt Ryan: 20 spots (1st in Week 1, 21st after Week 2)

Notable Week 2 performances:

Russell Wilson finished the day in San Diego with a 90.9% Accuracy Percentage, the highest in the NFL in Week 2. Philip Rivers was very precise as well. His AP in the victory over the Seahawks was 85.3%.

Despite what many would say was a fine afternoon from Geno Smith in Green Bay, his AP was the worst in football in Week 2 at only 57.1%.

Matt Ryan had a 82.5% AP in Week 1 against the Saints but a 63.4% AP in Week 2's loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Although Kirk Cousins led the NFL with a robust 12.2-yard aDOT against the Jaguars, he managed a respectable AP of 74.2%, which is good for 16th thus far.

Andrew Luck's seasonal aDOT is just 7.0, the third-lowest figure in the NFL, and his AP is 72.6%, only 24th-best.