09-03-2012, 08:55 AM
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Re: Anyone else notice Vinateri nailing a 53 yard FG vs PIT?
Originally Posted by Shockt327
It was in the Colts preseason game against PIT....which widely regarded as one of the toughest stadiums to kick in because of the awful turf.
I never would have thought Adam would be able to keep playing 7 years after he left NE. At least, certainly not with the ability to nail 50+ yard field goals; a aspect of his game that tailed off towards the end of his career in NE.
Apparently he nailed two 50+ yarders in 2011, too. And two in 2008, as well.
Adam Vinatieri NFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
Thanks for the link.
Interestingly enough, while the absolute numbers are lower because he lost most of 09 to injury, AV's performance has been slightly better statistically over the last six years than during his 10 years in Foxboro.
Over the last six years, his FGM% is 84.9% vs. 81.9% during his years in New England, no doubt partially reflecting the Dome conditions in Indy. He's also done better from 50 yards and out, averaging 1.4 attempts per year (taking out 09) and making 57.1% of them vs. 1.7 long attempts per year with the Pats, where he made 47.1% of the long kicks.
Over the same period, Gostkowski has made 84.4% of his FG's and averaged 0.8+ kicks over 50 yards per year (five in six years), making three of the five or 60% of them.
Over the last six years, Gostkowski has averaged 27.8 kicks per year; Vinatieri, taking out the data from 2009, has averaged 27.4 kicks per year.
So, this looks like one of those rare situations where both players and both teams ended up winners.
It is what it is. It wasn't what it wasn't.
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