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Quick Reads: When 300 yards go bad

Peculiar passing stat lines take center stage in Week 5, for better and worse

Updated: October 11, 2010, 1:39 PM ET
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders
Todd CollinsAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesDespite a terrible day under center, Collins' team got the W against Carolina.

It's a good thing for your starting quarterback to throw for 300 yards. Although it can occasionally be a sign that your offense lofted up a lot of attempts in a losing effort, it usually means that the passing game is clicking and big plays are being made downfield. During the DVOA Era (1993-2010), quarterbacks throwing for 300 yards or more in a game win about 54 percent of the time.

And yet, Sunday produced five quarterbacks who threw for 300 yards or more -- and four of them lost. The one quarterback who did throw for 300 and win was Donovan McNabb, who needed overtime to do so.

Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.