Look at his first 5 games versus his last 5. In the first five his passer rating was a combined 84.6. The last 5 games it was 99.2
TD/INT ratio- first five games- 7/6 or 1.16, last five games- 8/3 or 2.66.
These are called quality stats not quantity stats and therefore more meaningful. Amazing what you find when you go beyond the surface and do a little research.....
Like you said , let's look below the surface. Of the last 5 games, two were against the Bucanneers that weren't even trying at that point and those 117 and 147 rating bring up the average. Almost every QB scored over 100 rating against Tampa since week 8. Here is write up from the second game:
Two teams heading in opposite directions at a rapid rate met this week and as you might expect, there was no change in either trajectory. The Buccaneers got off to a poor start, allowing a touchdown for the Panthers on their opening drive, and then losing a fumble on their first offensive play.
The Panthers took advantage of the 10-0 lead early and never looked back, eventually putting up a 38-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter, by which stage the Bucs were simply mailing it in. This game had all the hallmarks of a poorly coached team for Tampa Bay, and Raheem Morris must be coming under ever increasing pressure now that the gloss has worn off his 10-6 season.
Other than the easy Bucs, Cam had a 105 against backup backup QB and no Mario Texans, then he scored:
69.7 vs Atlanta
75.1 against New Orleans
I wonder if you didn't do 1st half vs 2nd half the season on purpose because that also eliminated havong to count in second half of season the 61.7 against Titans, and 50.2 against Detroit!?
Also forgot to point out Freeman didn't even play first matchup with Bucs also. The point is, the overall rating by Cam was 84.5. The only time he scored over a 75 rating in second half of season was the two games against Bucs, against Colts, and Texans without Mario and first and second QB