Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Yes, Smith doesn't do as well against good teams as he does against bad teams...I'm shocked!
The reason for choosing the Eagle game has been explained multiple times, but if you chose to believe it is to disguise bad play by Smith I don't know what to tell you. I have not used this stat because it was explained quite nicely by other posters...I'll let them explain it again if they are of a mind to do so...but since you just implied they are being dishonest I wouldn't expect a reply soon.
Yes, it stand to reason he'd play worse against better teams, but don't tell me these stats don't concern you at least a bit.
vs. playoff teams:
7 W - 8 L, 16 TDs 17 INTs
vs. non-playoff teams:
13 W - 5 L, 23 TDs 3 INTs
And as for why people start the tally after the Eagles game: Alex threw a lot of picks the first 5 games of that season. After the Eagles game he seemed to settle into a nice, conservative rythm that carried on into 2011. Those final 7 games he played in 2010 are statistically very similar to Alex's 2011 season. Only thing is those 5 games vs. playoff teams in 2010 are similar to Alex's play versus playoff teams in 2011 (2010: 9tds, 9 ints; 2011: 3 tds, 3 ints).
[ Edited by kush on Oct 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM ]