Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback (19) John Skelton in the second half against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
With John Skelton being named the starter in time for week one against the Seattle Seahawks, there are some things we should note. We know that last season, he started seven games and threw for almost 2,000 yards, 11 TDs and 14 INTs. We also know that in that span, he was able to win a few games for the Arizona Cardinals, but not without some fourth quarter heroics.
So just how good was Skelton in the latter portions of games as compared to the beginnings of them? Kent Somers tweeted out some very interesting facts about the young signal caller.
Here are the tweets from Somers:
How much better was #azcards J. Skelton late in '11 games vs. early? 1st 20 throws: 51%, 4 TDs, 10 ints. After that? 60.3%, 7 Tds, 4 ints.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 7, 2012
1 more Skelton stat: in 11, passer rating first three quarters: 54.8. Fourth quarters: 92.5— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 7, 2012
So, basically, Somers was able to confirm some things we already knew. Skelton's accuracy skyrockets during the final quarter of games. He also seems to score more touchdowns, allowing his team to make comebacks and pull out victories that they probably shouldn't have had.
Will it be the same story in 2012? I'm not sure, but I hope not. Skelton needs to show more consistency throughout the entire game, not just in parts of it. If he can do that, the Cardinals offense can get in a groove and put some points on the board. If the offense is playing well, that will fuel the defense to excel. It's all connected.
Let's see what Skelton can do tomorrow, I guess.