NFL QBs who completed 85% or more of their passes in a game

St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis

St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis

Last week Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers and St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis each completed over 85% of their passes in a game. Rodgers was 19 of 22 (86.4 completion rate) in Green Bay’s win over Carolina, while Davis was 18 of 21 (85.7 completion rate) in the Rams upset of Seattle. It was only the third time since 1966 that two QBs had a completion rate over 85% in a game (minimum of 20 pass attempts) in the same week. It happened December 27, 2009 when Tom Brady and Drew Brees did it, and it also happened earlier that season when Brett Favre and Kurt Warner did it in games in the same week (September 20).

For Davis, it was his first NFL game with a 85% completion rate. For Rodgers, on the other hand, this was his second such game. He did it in a playoff game against the Falcons in January, 2011 when he completed 31 of 36 passes (86.1% completion rate). Rodgers became the 14th QB in the Super Bowl era to have multiple games with an 85% or higher completion rate. (Note: He became the second Packers QB on this list. The other? Lynn Dickey. Favre is on the list with two such games, but he got his as the Vikings QB.)

Here’s a look at those 14 QBs with two or more games of completing 85% or more of their passes in a game (minimum of 20 pass attempts).

6: Drew Brees

3: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner

2: Ken Anderson, Mark Brunell, Lynn Dickey, Jim Everett, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ken Stabler, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Young

The highest completion percentage since 1966 in a game with a minimum of 20 pass attempts is 92.9% by Brady in a January 12, 2008 playoff game against Jacksonville. Brady completed 26 of 28 passes in that game.

Seven QBs have completed 90% (or better) of their pass attempts in a game since the 1966 season. They are:

Tom Brady, New England, January 12, 2008: 26 of 28 (92.9%)
Kurt Warner, Arizona, September 20, 2009: 24 of 26 (92.3%)
Vinny Testaverde, Cleveland, December 26, 1993: 21 of 23 (91.3%)
Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, November 10, 1974: 20 of 22 (90.9%)
Lynn Dickey, Green Bay, December 13, 1981: 19 of 21 (90.5%)
Steve Young, San Francisco, October 20, 1991: 18 of 20 (90%)
Philip Rivers, San Diego, November 1, 2012: 18 of 20 (90%)

It’s interesting to note that of the 62 times since 1966 that a QB had completed 85% or more of his passes in a game (minimum of 20 attempts) that the QB’s team has won 58 of those games. Last QB to lose such a game was Drew Brees on December 27, 2009 when he completed 32 of 37 passes (86.5%) in a 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

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Losing three straight games at home in a season in the NFL

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The Chicago Bears did something last week that they haven’t done since 2007: Lose three consecutive games at home in a season.

The Bears lost 27-14 to Miami, giving them an 0-3 record at Soldier Field this season. It’s the first time they have lost three in a row at home since the 2007 season. The Bears join the Jets, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay as the NFL teams this year that have lost three straight games at home.

On the other side of this stat are the New Patriots. Bill Belichick’s squad has not lost three consecutive home games since 1995, 18-plus seasons without a three-game losing streak at home in a season. The New Orleans Saints are next on the list; they have not lost three straight in a season at home since 2005.

Here’s a look at the last time each of the 32 NFL franchises lost three straight at home in a season.

1995: New England

2005: New Orleans

2006: Green Bay

2007: Atlanta, Baltimore

2008: San Francisco, Seattle

2010: Dallas, Denver

2011: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants

2012: Arizona, Carolina, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Diego

2013: Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Tennessee, Washington

2014: Chicago, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

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Wanna win the World Series? Hire a former MLB catcher to be your manager!

 

World Series managers (and former MLB catchers) Bruce Bochy & Ned Yost

World Series managers (and former MLB catchers) Bruce Bochy & Ned Yost

With the 2014 World Series starting tonight, one thing is for certain: A former major league catcher will manage his team to a World Series title when the series is over.

Kansas City’s Ned Yost and San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy were both catchers during their playing days in the majors. Yost played six years in the majors (1980-85), four of those seasons with the Brewers. Bochy had a 10-year MLB career (1978-87) playing six seasons with the Padres.

This will be the second World Series since 2001 where the opposing managers were former MLB catchers. In 2001 Bob Brenly (Arizona) and Joe Torre (N.Y. Yankees) faced off in the series won by the Diamondbacks in seven games.

In the 15 World Series this century (including this year), 11 of the 30 managers in the Fall Classic were former catchers. Bochy and Torre each had three appearances in the World Series from 2000-2014; Mike Scioscia, Brenly, Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny and Yost are the other former MLB catchers who managed in the World Series since 2000. Since a former catcher will win the title this year, that will be seven times in the last 15 years for former catchers to manage a World Series champ since 2000.

From 1901-2013, there have been 66 different managers that won a World Series. Of those 66, seven never played in the majors. Of the other 59, there have been 13 catchers, most of any position player. Following is a breakdown of the former MLB player positions that have won a World Series. (Noted in parenthesis are the number of World Series titles won by each position.)

* Several of the World Series managers played multiple positions during their MLB careers. For the sake of this posting, the position noted is the position where they had the most games played.

Catchers: 13 different managers (won 23 titles)
Second Basemen: 10 different managers (won 18 titles)
First Basemen: 8 different managers (won 14 titles)
Left Fielders: 6 different managers (won 7 titles)
Third Basemen: 5 different managers (won 8 titles)
Pitchers: 5 different managers (won 6 titles)
Shortstops: 5 different managers (won 5 titles)
Right Fielders: 4 different managers (won 11 titles)
Center Fielders: 3 different managers (won 4 titles)
Managers with no MLB playing experience: 7 different managers (won 13 titles)

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Packers Numbers Notebook: Stats from their win over Carolina

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Here’s 11 interesting stats from the Packers 38-17 win over Carolina yesterday.

1. Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 22 passes (an 86.4% completion rate) with 255 yards and three TD passes. It was the 27th time since 1966 that a QB had a completion rate above 85% with over 250 yards passing and three or more TD passes. For Rodgers it was his second time reaching these numbers in a game; he did it in the January 15, 2011 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers became only the sixth QB to reach these numbers twice in a career (Tom Brady; Drew Brees; Peyton Manning, three times each; Craig Morton and Kurt Warner, twice). One other Packers QB reached these numbers… Lynn Dickey did it on September 4, 1983 in a game versus Houston. He completed 27 of 31 passes (an 87.1 completion rate) with 333 passing yards and five TD passes.

2. The Packers had one interception yesterday, their sixth straight game with a pick. Green Bay is 33-6 in games since the start of the 2011 season in games when their defense has at least one interception in a game.

3. For the fourth straight game the Packers scored 27 or more points. The last time they scored 27-plus in four straight games was in 2012 (weeks four through seven). The longest streak of games with 27 or more points for the Packers since the start of the Super Bowl era is seven. They did it in 2011 and 2007.

4. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each had TD receptions in the contest. The Pack is 7-1 when those two each have at least one TD reception in a game.

5. Five different Packers scored a TD against the Panthers: Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. The Pack had five different players score a TD in their win earlier this year over the Vikings (Adams, Cobb, Nelson, Lacy and Julius Peppers). The most Green Bay players to score a TD was six in their 55-7 win over Tennessee in 2012. In that game Cobb, Ryan Grant, DaJuan Haris, Greg Jennings, Aaron Rodgers and James Jones scored a TD.

6. The Packers defense held Carolina starting QB Cam Newton to a 72.6 QB Rating. The Packers defense has the lowest opposing QB Rating in the league this year at 74.0. The Detroit Lions are second at 76.4. The Packers defense has allowed only one opposing starting QB this year to have a QB Rating over 85; that was Russell Wilson in Week 1 (110.9).

7. The Packers led 28-3 at half in yesterday’s game. They are now 38-0 in games since 1966 when they have a lead of 20 or more at halftime.

8. Green Bay has won four straight games. It is the sixth consecutive year that they have had a winning streak of four or more games in a season.

9. The Packers had two rushing TDs in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are now 39-10-1 in games where they score two or more TDs on a running play.

10. Green Bay scored 21 points in the first quarter. It was the eighth time in the Super Bowl era that they scored 20 or more points in the first quarter. They are 8-0 in those games.

11. The Packers are one of three teams to have three players with four or more TDs this season. Cobb has eight, Nelson has six, and Lacy has four. The other teams are Chicago and Dallas.

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Royals finally get that return trip to the World Series

A celebration that was worth the 29-year wait

A celebration that was worth the 29-year wait

It took 29 years, but the Kansas City Royals are again headed back to the World Series. This year’s Fall Classic will begin on Tuesday in K.C.

Prior to the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, there were 15 of the 30 MLB teams that had not played in the World Series since the start of the century. The Royals were one of those teams. Can you name the current 14 MLB teams that have not played in the World Series since 2000? (The answer will appear later in this blog.)

Back to the Royals… their 29-year wait for a return trip to the World Series is not the longest in baseball history. That belongs to the Chicago White Sox. The Chicago southsiders played in the 1959 World Series and then did not appear again in the Fall Classic until 2005, a 46-year wait. Of course the Cubs, if they ever get back to the World Series, will eventually shatter this mark; the Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945, a 69-year wait… and counting.

Here’s a look at the longest wait between World Series appearances (current franchise name is listed).

Years between World Series appearances, franchise (World Series years)

46: Chicago White Sox (1959-2006)
41: Oakland (1931-72)
41: Cleveland (1954-95)
40: Chicago White Sox (1919-59)
35: Philadelphia (1915-50)
34: Atlanta (1914-48)
33: Pittsburgh (1927-60)
33: Atlanta (1958-91)
32: Minnesota (1933-65)
30: Philadelphia (1950-80)
29: Kansas City (1985-2014)
28: Boston (1918-46)
28: Cleveland (1920-48)
27: San Francisco (1962-89)
25: Detroit (1909-34)

Two of the current franchises have never played in the World Series: Seattle and Washington (previously the Montreal Expos). For the Washington Nationals franchise, that drought has been since 1969; for Seattle it has been since 1977.

Here’s the 14 franchises that have not played in the World Series since 2000. The year they last played in the World Series is noted first.

1945: Chicago Cubs
1969 (Never): Washington
1977 (Never): Seattle
1979: Pittsburgh
1982: Milwaukee
1983: Baltimore
1988: L.A. Dodgers
1990: Oakland, Cincinnati
1991: Minnesota
1993: Toronto
1995: Cleveland, Atlanta
1998: San Diego

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