Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What Comes After Seven?

What happens after you throw seven TD passes in a game?

What Comes After Seven?


Sure, you can expect a dropoff in Nick Foles' performance this Sunday, after tying the NFL record with seven touchdown passes in the Eagles' win in Oakland last week, but how much of a dropoff? Well, brace yourself.

Based on the six quarterbacks who had previously done what Foles did, it could be be a long drop.

Consider that those six quarterbacks, who combined for 42 touchown passes on their record days, in their respective next games combined — COMBINED! — for only eight TD throws. Ouch!

Here are the combined numbers for those six on their special days and their follow-up days:


 Team's Record  6-0  4-2
 Cmp.-Att.  142-215  87-181
    Pct.  66.0%  48.1%
 Yards  2399  1139
    Yards/Att.  11.16  6.29
    Yards/Cmp.  16.89  13.09
 Touchdowns  42  8
    Pct.  19.53%  4.42%
 Interceptions  4  10
    Pct.  1.86%  5.52%
 Passer Rating  135.45  60.07
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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