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Josh Freeman was the NFL's best quarterback at the end of the year

At the end of the year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were left with nothing but memories of the 2010 season. No playoff berth, a slew of injuries, but a lot of potential of the team. Lost in that disappointment was how good Josh Freeman was over the last month of the season. While Josh Freeman had been steadily getting better, nothing compared to his last four games, especially the five-touchdown game against the Seattle Seahawks. During those four weeks, Josh Freeman performed like the best quarterback in the league, and it wasn't close.


His 71.6% completion percentage led the league during that time. His 9 TDs led the league. His 0 INTs led the league. His QB rating of 127.8 led the league. His 9.26 Yards Per Attempt led the league. His 10.91 Adjusted Yards Per Attempt (factoring in TDs and INTs) led the league. There's not a single statistical measure by which he was not the best quarterback over that time. The only reason he didn't lead the league in yardage was that he didn't have to throw it as often as other quarterbacks. That span of four weeks was ridiculous. 

It should be noted that Freeman didn't face the greatest defenses, playing against the Redskins, the Lions, the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints who had nothing to play for. This means his numbers were naturally inflated by the opposition he faced. But the same thing could be said about some other quarterbacks on that list. Peyton Manning faced the Titans, Jaguars, Raiders and Titans again. Matt Ryan faced the Panthers, Seahawks, Saints and Panthers again. And Josh Freeman easily outgunned them all, with the help of Mike Williams, Kellen Winslow and Cadillac Williams. Those four weeks were truly dominant. As if you needed more convincing that the Bucs have something special with their young quarterback.