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Is Grant or Joe better at throwing deep balls?

This has been a big discussion and most of it has been based exclusively on opinion. So I started looking for some stats that could settle this debate. I was trying to find some stats like what punters have with attempts and completions broken down by distance. Not only could I not find this I could not find any webpage, stats, or game feeds that I could create this data from. The best I could find was the "Play type" stats from broncosports.com (click on Box Score and go to the bottom of the page).

The stats that I was looking at was 2nd/3rd and long, passing category. Of course this does not settle the debate about who is better at throwing 50+ yard passes; but how often are we in a situation where we have to have a 50+ yard completion? BSU defines 2nd/3rd and long situations as being more than 7+ yards on 2nd down and 5+ yards on 3rd down. If someone cares I can post the xls spreadsheet and they can manipulate the definition of long to what they see fit.

Grant had 27 2nd and long plays:

  • 2 - sacks (7.4%)
  • 1- interceptions (3.7%)
  • 9 - incomplete (33.3%)
  • 2 - negative yards (7.4%)
  • 7 - 1-5 yards (25.9%)
  • 2 - 6-10 yards (7.4%)
  • 3 - 11-15 yards (11.1%)
  • 1 - 42 yards (3.7%)

Joe had 51 2nd and long plays:

  • 1 - sacks (2.0%)
  • 1 - interceptions (2.0%)
  • 14 - incomplete (27.5%)
  • 2 - negative yards (3.9%)
  • 6 - 1-5 yards (11.8%)
  • 13 - 6-10 yards (25.5%)
  • 8 - 11-15 yards (15.7%)
  • 5 - 16-20 yards (9.8%)
  • 1 - 57 yards (2.0%)

Grant had 23 3rd and long plays:

  • 1 - sacks (4.3%)
  • 2 - interceptions (8.7%)
  • 7 - incomplete (30.4%)
  • 2 - negative yards (8.7%)
  • 2 - 1-5 yards (8.7%)
  • 4 - 6-10 yards (17.4%)
  • 5 - 11-15 yards (21.7%)
  • 15 - Plays not resulting in 1st down (65.2%)

Joe had 44 3rd and long plays:

  • 2 - sacks (4.5%)
  • 2 - interceptions (4.5%)
  • 13 - incomplete (29.5%)
  • 1 - negative yards (2.3%)
  • 4 - 1-5 yards (9.1%)
  • 7 - 6-10 yards (15.9%)
  • 10 - 11-15 yards (22.7%)
  • 4 - 16-20 yards (9.1%)
  • 1 - 20-25 yards (2.3%)
  • 23 - Plays not resulting in 1st down (52.3%)

I will leave it up to you to analysts / debate the stats.

This content was not created by OBNUG and therefore may not meet our standards. On the contrary, it probably exceeds them.

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