Packers Numbers Notebook: Stats from their win over Tampa Bay

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Here are a few stats you may not know from the Packers 20-3 win over the Bucs.

1. The Packers now hold a 31-21-2 advantage over Tampa Bay. They are, however, only 3-4 against the Bucs since 2002, and have only beaten Tampa Bay twice in the last nine trips into Tampa Bay.

2. Eddie Lacy has now gained 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. It is the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing season for a Packers running back since Ryan Grant did it in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009. Other Green Bay running backs (in addition to Lacy and Grant) with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons: Jim Taylor, John Brockington and Ahman Green.

3. Aaron Rodgers had one TD pass yesterday (a pass to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter). Why was it important for Rodgers to get that TD pass in the fourth quarter? Aaron has never had two straight games without a TD pass as the Packers starting QB. (He had 0 TD passes in the previous week’s loss to Buffalo.)

4. Randall Cobb had 11 catches for 131 yards in the contest. It was the 29th game where a Packers player had 10+ catches and over 100 yards receiving in a game. It was his second career game with these numbers, making him the eighth Packers receiver to have multiple 10 catch/100 yards receiving games. Donald Driver and Sterling Sharpe each had six such games in their careers. Others with multiple games: Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, James Lofton, Jordy Nelson and Javon Walker.

5. The Packers defense held Tampa Bay to only 109 total yards in the game. The Packers have now won nine straight games when they hold the opposition to under 150 total yards in a game. In the Super Bowl era the Packers have held opponents under 150 yards 20 times, compiling a 16-3-1 record.

6. Green Bay had seven sacks against the Bucs, the 28th time in history that have reached the seven-sack mark in a game; they are 26-2 in such games. The Packers are 28-9-1 since 2000 when they have five or more sacks in a game.

7. The Packers have now reached the playoffs in six straight seasons, matching the 1993-98 Packers for the longest streak of consecutive post-season appearances.

8. Yesterday’s game was the 15th time since 2000 that the Packers have held opponents to three or fewer points in a game. The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the league with 20 games holding the opposition to three or fewer points this century. Baltimore has 19, Seattle and San Francisco are tied with 16 each. The Packers are tied with New England and Tampa Bay for fifth on this list.

9. This will be Mike McCarthy’s seventh post-season appearance as Packers head coach. He is now only one post-season behind Curly Lambeau, who had eight playoff seasons as Green Bay coach. Other Green Bay coaches who made it to the post-season: Mike Holmgren (six seasons), Vince Lombardi (six seasons), Mike Sherman (four seasons), Dan Devine (one season), Bart Starr (one season).

10. Lacy had exactly 99 yards rushing in the contest, missing the 100-yard mark by a single yard. It was his second 99-yard rushing game in his short career with the Packers. He is now tied with Dorsey Levens for most 99-yard rushing games as a Packer with two.

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Is ARod ready to star in the remake of ‘Mr. 3000’?

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

In the movie “Mr. 3000,” actor/comedian Bernie Mac played a baseball player who retires after collecting his 3,000th hit. Years later, however, a clerical error notes that Mac’s character really ended his career three hits short of that milestone number. He then makes a comeback at age 47 hoping to collect the three hits he needs to reach 3,000.

It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll ever have a scenario like that of “Mr. 3000,” but there is an interesting case developing with Alex Rodriquez that may prove to have a little “Hollywood” script as the backdrop.

Rodriquez, who was suspended from baseball last year, is looking to make a “comeback” of sorts to play in 2015. His career totals show 2,939 hits and a career batting average of .299. Is it possible that one reason ARod wants to put on the uniform again is to reach the 3,000-hit mark and possibly end his career with a .300 batting average?

Looking at the career batting averages of past MLB players, we discover (via baseball-reference.com) that 15 players have a career batting average of .299 (minimum of 1,000 at bats to qualify). In fact, in addition to Rodriquez, three well-known stars in today’s game are sitting at .299 for their career: Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon. All three seem to have many more years to play and get those averages over .300.

There have been, however, several other players who have long retired with a career batting averages sitting at .299. Chances are we won’t see them try to make a late-in-life comeback to push that average over .300, but you never know.

Here’s a look at the players whose career batting averages sit at .299. Also noted is their last season in baseball.

Troy Tulowitzki (2014)
Dustin Pedroia (2014)
Andrew McCutcheon (2014)
Alex Rodriquez (2013)
Kenny Lofton (2007)
Dante Bichette (2001)
Shane Mack (1998)
Bake McBride (1983)
Rico Carty (1979)
Carl Furillo (1960)
Frank McCormick (1948)
Frank Demaree (1944)
Sam West (1942)
Buck Jordan (1938)
Harry Rice (1933)

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College football’s best (and worst) bowl game teams

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The college football bowl season begins today with five bowl games. A total of 39 (27 in December and 12 in January) bowl games will culminate on January 12 when the College Football Championship will be decided. Either Oregon, Florida State, Alabama or Ohio State will raise the trophy at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as college football’s best team.

A total of 84 schools have played in 10 or more bowl games in their history. Alabama (61) and Texas (52) top the list. Of schools that have played in 10-plus bowl games, Marshall has the best winning percentage in bowl games at .800 (an 8-2 record). Marshall will look to add another win as they face off against Northern Illinois on December 23 in the Boca Raton Bowl. Should Marshall fall to Northern Illinois, Utah, with the second-best bowl record looks to take over the top spot. With a 13-4 (.765 winning percentage) in bowl games, Utah is the only other school with a bowl record above .700 (minimum of 10 bowl game appearances).

Here’s a look at the schools that have the best (and worst) bowl game records in history (minimum of 10 bowl games played to qualify).

Best bowl game records (over .600) 1. Marshall, .800 2. Utah, .765 3. USC, .660 4. Mississippi, .657 5. Boise State, .643 6. Penn State, .636 7. Florida State, .634 8. Oklahoma State, .625 9. Auburn, .622 10. Syracuse, .600 11. Toledo, .615 12. Oklahoma, .606 13. Oregon State .600 14. Wake Forest, .600

Worst bowl game records (under .400) 1. Northwestern, .182 2. Iowa State, .250 3. Duke, .300 4. Nevada, .308 5. Minnesota, .313 6. New Mexico, .350 7. Tulane, .364 8. South Carolina, .368 9. Virginia Tech, .370 10. Arkansas, .372 11. UTEP, .385 12. Virginia, .389 13. Michigan State, .391

Three of the 14 schools in the “Best record” list are not playing in bowl games this year: Syracuse, Oregon State and Wake Forest. Five of the schools in the “Worst record” list are absent from the bowl schedule this year: New Mexico, Northwestern, Tulane, Iowa State and Virginia.

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Securing the Number One Seed in the NFL playoffs: Does it guarantee playoff success?

Can Arizona hold on to the number one seed in the NFC?

Can Arizona hold on to the number one seed in the NFC?

In 1975, the NFL made the decision to seed the playoff teams in each conference as they began the post-season push towards the Super Bowl. The format has been in effect for 39 years.

For the number one seeds in each conference, getting the top spot gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs (if they win each game leading up to the Super Bowl). With home field advantage, these number one seeds are typically the odds-on favorites to make the Super Bowl and represent their conference in the championship game.

With almost four decades of stats, we need to ask: Does having home field advantage as the number one seed assure teams of a trip to the Super Bowl?

Since 1975, number one seeds have won the title 21 of the 39 times. In fact, if you look at the Super Bowl champs from 1975-1999, 18 of the 25 were a number one seed (a 72% success rate). Once the calendar turned to the next millennium, however, number one seeds have been less successful in the playoffs and the big game… only three number one seeds have won a Super Bowl since 2000 (that includes last year’s NFC number one seed, Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks).

We also notice that the number one seeds from each conference have had a little less success just making the Super Bowl since 2000. Again, from 1975-99, 29 of the 50 teams (58%) that played in the Super Bowl were the number one seed in their conference. Since 2000, however, that number has dropped to 46% as 13 of the 28 Super Bowl teams this century were the number one seed in their conference.

Through games of Week #15 this season, the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals hold the number one seed. For the Patriots, they have been a number one seed four times since 2003. The Cards, on the other hand, have never been a number one seed… and with two remaining games against division rivals Seattle and San Francisco, Arizona will have a challenge on their hands to keep that number one seed until the end of the 2014 season.

Here’s a look at the franchises that have had the most number one seeds in the playoffs since 1975.

8: San Francisco
7: Denver
6: Pittsburgh
5: Dallas, Oakland/L.A. Raiders
4: New England
3: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, L.A./St. Louis Rams, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington
2: Cincinnati, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Seattle, Tennessee
1: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans

Seven of the 32 current NFL franchises have never been a conference number one seed for the playoffs: the aforementioned Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Detroit, Houston, N.Y. Jets and Tampa Bay.

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Packers Numbers Notebook: Stats from their loss to Buffalo

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Following are a few stats you may not know from the Packers 21-13 loss to the Bills.

  1. Aaron Rodgers had more interceptions than touchdown passes (two interceptions, no TD passes) for only the seventh time in his career (as a starting QB). The Packers are now 0-7 in games where Rodgers has more interceptions than TDs in a game.
  2. Rodgers ran the ball three times for 27 yards in the contest. Since 2008, Rodgers has the fourth most rushing yards among quarterbacks with 1,770. Ahead of Rodgers during this timeframe are Cam Newton (2,457), Michael Vick (2,151) and Russell Wilson (1,752).
  3. Green Bay was behind at the end of the first quarter, 7-3. Since 2010, the Pack is 12-11 in games where they are behind after the first quarter.
  4. Tramon Williams had an interception in the game. It was his 18th interception since 2010; he is tied with Ed Reed for second on the list of most interceptions since 2010. Leading the list is Seattle’s Richard Sherman with 23. There are 15 players who have had 15 or more interceptions since 2010. Green Bay’s Sam Shields is also on that list with 15 picks.
  5. The game was tied at 10-10 at halftime. The Packers have now lost eight straight in games where they are tied at halftime. They are 3-10 in such games since 2010.
  6. Green Bay’s special teams yesterday allowed a punt return for TD for the first time since September 8, 2011 against the Saints. It was the 10th punt return opponents have returned for a TD since 1983. The Packers are 5-5 in those games.
  7. The Packers were trailing 16-10 after the third quarter. With the loss, they are now 6-15-1 since 2010 in games where they going into the fourth quarter behind in the contest.
  8. Buffalo QB Kyle Orton defeated the Packers for the fifth time in his career. It was also the fourth different team that Orton has played for that faced the Packers (Buffalo, Chicago, Denver and Kansas City). Since 1966 (the beginning of the Super Bowl era), Fran Tarkenton has the most wins versus the Pack with 12. Former Bears’ QB Jim McMahon is second with 11.
  9. Rodgers had zero TD passes for only the ninth time in his Green Bay regular season starts. The Pack is 3-6 in the regular season in such games and 1-0 in playoff games where he fails to throw a TD pass.
  10. Rodgers had two interceptions for the 11th time in his career as Green Bay’s starting QB, his second this season. He is 5-6 in regular season games with two-plus interceptions in a game; he is 1-0 in playoff games with two picks.
  11. With scoring only 13 points in the loss, the Packers have now lost eight straight when they score 14 or fewer points in a game. Since 2000, they are 5-32 in such games. In the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006), the Packers are 3-16 in games where they score 14 or fewer points in a game.

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