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Week 1 vs. PIT
Passing: 13 - 28, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Anderson entered the game in the second quarter and immediately tried to get Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards more involved, providing some spark to the offense, but not nearly enough for his team that was outplayed in every facet of the game. While leading the offense to its only touchdown of the game, and avoiding the sacks that his counterpart Charlie Frye took, Anderson failed to complete 50% of his passes, and lost a fumble in the 34-7 loss.
Week 2 vs. CIN
Passing: 20 - 33, 328 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Anderson came into this game amidst the controversy of the Browns' quarterback situation. Despite the trade of Charlie Frye and fans cries for Brady Quinn to start, Anderson turned in an excellent statistical performance against the Bengals. While Anderson did throw for 328 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception, a number of his passes were off target. For example, Anderson connected on a 37 yard touchdown pass with Braylon Edwards in the fourth quarter. While Edwards was uncovered and Anderson under no pressure, the pass was nearly over Edwards head and only a fantastic diving catch saved the touchdown. Anderson concentrated his throws between Edwards and Kellen Winslow, as the two accounted for 21 of Anderson's 33 pass attempts. Perhaps the best statistic of the day was the fact the Browns did not allow a sack and gave the Anderson the time he needed to set up for his throws.
Week 3 vs. OAK
Passing: 18 - 37, 248 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 12 / 1
Though Anderson did a decent job of going through his progressions and finding the open receiver at various points throughout the game, he was also guilty at points of fixating on getting the ball to Braylon Edwards or Kellen Winslow when there were other receivers clearly more open. On his touchdown pass to Edwards, and at times throughout the game, Anderson showed good accuracy in his passes. Although at various points throughout the game, he was missing his receivers badly, and gave them no chance to catch the ball. Anderson threw two interceptions in this game on virtually identical plays, while trying to hit his tight end deep across the middle of the field, but failing to see the linebacker sneak underneath and intercept his pass. When he was good, he looked pretty good. But when he was bad, he was awful.
Week 4 vs. BAL
Passing: 10 - 18, 204 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 0 / 0
Anderson had an excellent game, only throwing one interception and making the most of his 18 pass attempts. Most of Anderson's passes were crisp, on target throws that allowed his receivers room to run after the catch. He moved through his receiver progression well but still used Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow as his primary targets. The one time Anderson threw downfield, he hit Braylon Edwards in stride on a 78 yard touchdown pass. Anderson's 49 yard pass to Kellen Winslow was a perfectly thrown ball to the Winslow's outside shoulder, which allowed Winslow to break away from the defender and get downfield. The Browns did not ask Anderson to do a lot during the game and chose to stick with the running game
Week 5 vs. NE
Passing: 22 - 43, 287 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 3 / 7 / 0
Anderson completed 22 of 43 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three costly interceptions. On the positive side, he has demonstrated real tenacity and the ability to get the ball to both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow the way Charlie Frye could not. On the negative side, he forced his first interception into triple coverage on third and goal from the one yard line with Cleveland only down by a field goal.
Week 6 vs. MIA
Passing: 18 - 25, 245 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 13 / 1
Anderson looked excellent in the game, throwing for over 200 yards and accounting for four touchdowns --- three through the air and one rushing. He was asked to make multiple timing throws with his receivers, and his passes were on time and on target all afternoon. Furthermore, Anderson stayed composed and in control of the offense throughout the game. Early in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins had narrowed the gap in the score to three points. Anderson led the Browns down the field on a 12 play, six minute drive to score a touchdown. Throughout the drive, Anderson looked calm and composed in the pocket, found the open receivers and delivered on time passes.
Week 8 vs. STL
Passing: 18 - 25, 248 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Anderson looked very impressive, throwing for three touchdown passes and completing 72% of his passes. He had the tendency to stare down his receiver, but both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow were able to fight off the defenders for the ball. Perhaps the most impressive items in Anderson's arsenal were his chemistry and timing with his receivers. Whether it was connecting on timing patterns with Braylon Edwards, working over the middle with Kellen Winslow or using Joe Jurevicius as a third option possession guy, Anderson was on the same page with his receivers all afternoon. He really showed his continued growth in the offense, converting two third and long situations, early in the third quarter with excellent passes to Joe Jurevicius. In the third quarter he found Braylon Edwards on a perfectly thrown touchdown pass over the middle of the field, where Edwards had only beat his defender by a half step. For as good a catch as Edwards made on the play, it was the strength and accuracy of Anderson's arm that sealed the touchdown.
Week 9 vs. SEA
Passing: 29 - 48, 364 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 21 / 0
Anderson completed 60% of his passes for an average gain of 7.6 yards per attempt. Anderson's interception came early in the game, though he definitely turned things around in the second half to guide the Browns to victory. Anderson came very close to multiple touchdowns, including a pass to Kellen Winslow where he was forced out at the one yard line, and earlier in the game, missing on three straight attempts at the end of the first half from two yards out before having to settle for a field goal.
Week 10 vs. PIT
Passing: 16 - 35, 123 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Anderson completed just 46% of his passes for an average gain of 3.5 yards per attempt and finished with a passer rating of just a 54.8 despite three touchdowns and no interceptions. Anderson was very successful in converting third downs in the first half (the team punted just once), however struggled to get the offense going in the second half. The Steelers were applying heavy coverage to Braylon Edwards and tried to force Anderson to throw short passes over the middle throughout most of the game.
Week 11 vs. BAL
Passing: 24 - 38, 274 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 2 / 1
Anderson had a good, while not spectacular day, throwing for 274 yards and completing 63 percent of his passes. The Browns offense had trouble getting into rhythm for most of the day. A combination of turnovers, penalties and a few dropped passes all helped stall the Browns passing game. The Browns turned to Jamal Lewis and a power rushing game to make up for the shortfalls of the passing game. As of result of this shift in philosophy, Derek Anderson did not post the prolific passing numbers of games past.
Week 12 vs. HOU
Passing: 24 - 35, 253 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Anderson had a very good day, with the only bad pass being an interception on an under-thrown pass to Braylon Edwards in the second quarter. Outside of the interception, Anderson was able to find all three of his primary receivers all game long. His line gave him plenty of time to throw and he did a good job of going through his receiver progressions on most plays.
Week 13 vs. ARI
Passing: 21 - 41, 304 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 10 / 0
Anderson had a rough day to start the game, throwing two interceptions in the first half. On the first interception, Anderson threw a nice pass but was victimized by the CB, Roderick Hood, breaking off his coverage to make a play on the ball. The second interception was a poorly thrown pass into triple coverage. Anderson did show a lot of poise to rebound from the throws and keep the Browns in the game with the passing attack. Following the second interception, it was clear that Anderson was making more of an attempt to go through his receiver progressions and seemed to make much better decisions.
Week 14 vs. NYJ
Passing: 16 - 29, 185 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 3 / 0
Anderson completed 55% of his passes for an average gain of 6.4 yards per attempt en route to a passer rating of 60.3. Despite the average day, he did what he needed to do win, highlighted by the Browns final drive of the first half, where he completed a fourth down pass to Braylon Edwards on the sideline and later scored on a play action fake to Jamal Lewis. Anderson continued his momentum by opening up the third quarter with a touchdown pass to Edwards to extend the lead and put the Browns in the driver's seat in this game.
Week 15 vs. BUF
Passing: 9 - 24, 137 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Anderson was hampered by the weather and turned to Jamal Lewis to carry the offense during the game. The Browns did make an attempt to kick start the passing game on a series late in the second quarter. Throwing downfield three times, Anderson did connect with Braylon Edwards for a big 25 yard gain. The pass, however, was a weak one thrown well over Edwards shoulder and it was only a leaping effort on Edwards part that turned the throw into a catch. The Browns receivers did modify their routes, running more banana shaped cut-in routes, and running some play action once Lewis had established the running game. While these routes were effective some of the time, by and large the weather had the final say and the Browns were forced to run the ball for most of the second half.
Week 16 vs. CIN
Passing: 29 - 48, 251 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Anderson had one of his worst performances of the season tossing four interceptions, none of which were easily forgivable. His first two interceptions were essentially the same over the middle throw that was nowhere near his intended receivers. In fact, on both throws, no less than three Bengal defenders were in position to make the catch. Both interceptions turned into points for the Bengals adding to the hole the Browns were collectively digging for themselves. His third interception was the true back-breaker as it came on the Cincinnati nine yard line and was a poor toss to Kellen Winslow. Indeed, for most of the afternoon Anderson's throws seemed just out of reach of his receivers as if he was just a step too slow. On the routes where he did connect, his receivers had to either dive for the ball, or jump and expose themselves to big hits. This was especially apparent on a leaping catch made by Winslow early in the third quarter. On the play, Winslow ran a nice cut route over the center of the field but the throw from Anderson was not only well behind him but forced him to leap into the air to make the catch. This throw allowed two Bengal defenders to lay a nice sandwich hit on Winslow.
Week 17 vs. SF
Passing: 11 - 20, 152 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Anderson and the Browns stuck to a more conservative gameplan, preferring to rush the ball and use up the clock with Jamal Lewis. He managed to connect with Braylon Edwards on a very nice 45 yard touchdown pass in the first half. On the play, Edwards was able to break away from Nate Clemens and Anderson hit him in stride, after looking off the safety on the opposite side of the field. The play was particularly nice as Anderson did not stare down Edwards for the length of the pattern and only looked Edwards' way at the last possible moment. He was injured in the second quarter after hitting his throwing hand on the helmet of a defender. After being taken to the locker room for X-rays on his pinky finger and wrist, he was given the green light to return to the game when the X-rays came back negative. Upon returning, Anderson still appeared to have the same zip on the ball but the Browns remained committed to the run.