Quarterbacks with the most losses in the NFL

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If you have been paying attention to the news and notes around the NFL, you probably read or heard that New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reached a significant milestone last weekend: With the Pats 26-10 win over the Rams, Brady won his 201st game (regular season and playoffs) giving him the most wins by a QB. He surpassed Peyton Manning who had won 200 games (186 regular season and 14 post-season).

(For the record, Manning and Brett Favre each won 186 regular season games. Brady has 179 regular season wins and could pass both Manning and Favre in that category next season.)

At the other end of the spectrum, there are six QBs who lost 100 of more games in their career. Topping the list is Vinny Testaverde who lost 123 regular season games. Here are the six QBs who have 100 or more regular season losses.

123: Vinny Testaverde

112: Brett Favre

109: Fran Tarkenton

101: Archie Manning, Warren Moon

100: Norm Snead

There’s a chance that another QB will be joining the above list this season. New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees has 99 career losses and would wander into the 100-loss club if the Saints lose one of their four remaining contests (that’s, of course, if Brees is the starting QB in those games, which he will probably be unless there is an injury).

There are five active QBs who have 70 or more career losses. They are: Brees (99), Eli Manning (90), Carson Palmer (82), Philip Rivers (75) and Jay Cutler (71).

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Russell Westbrook on pace for rare 30-10 season

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When Kevin Durant decided to take his formidable skills to the Golden State Warriors, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Russell Westbrook would be the focal point of the Oklahoma City Thunder team (and its offense). As the 2016-17 NBA season pushes past the first quarter mark, Westbrook is certainly carrying the Thunder. He is averaging 31 points and 11.3 assists per game, good enough for second place in both stats categories in the league.

Only two players in NBA history have averaged 30 or more points and 10 or more assists per game for a season: Tiny Archibald was the last to do it in the 1972-73 season when he tallied 34 points per game with 11.4 assists for Kansas City-Omaha. Prior to that, Oscar Robertson did it five times… in 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66 and 1966-67.

In addition to Archibald and Robertson getting 30-10 in a season, there have been seven times when a player averaged 30 or more points per game and seven or more assists per game in a season. Those players:

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 1960-61: 30.5/9.7
Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1988-89: 32.5/8.0
Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2008-09: 30.2/7.5
LeBron James, Cleveland, 2007-08: 30.0/7.2
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2005-06: 33.0/7.4
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2004-05: 30.7/7.9
Jerry West, L.A. Lakers, 1969-70: 31.2/7.5

Houston’s James Harden is averaging 28.3 points per game and 11.8 assists per contest, leading the league in assists and placing him fourth in scoring. If we look at the players who have averaged 25 points per games and 10 assists per game in a season, Archibald and Robertson make the list with their 30-10 seasons. In addition, Westbrook would join the group if he stays on pace, as would Harden. The only other player who has reached 25-10 in a season is Michael Adams. In the 1990-91 season with the Denver Nuggets, Adams averaged 26.5 points per game and 10.5 assist per game.

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Packers Numbers Crunches: Week #13

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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 21-13 win over the Houston Texans on December 4.

  1. The Packers closed out their 2016 games against AFC teams with a 2-2 record (they defeated Houston yesterday and won over Jacksonville earlier in the season; they lost to the Colts and Titans). Green Bay is 26-18 versus the AFC since 2006, 18-10 since 2010, and is 8-6 in their last 14 games against the AFC.
  2. Green Bay has traditionally played well in December and yesterday was a good start for the December run this season. They are 19-7 in December since 2010, but an even more impressive 12-1 at home in December since 2010.
  3. Yesterday’s game was scoreless after the first quarter. Since 2000, the Pack is 23-14 in games where both teams are scoreless after the first quarter, and they are 13-2 at home since 2000 when the score is 0-0 after the first quarter.
  4. Green Bay scored first in the game yesterday and is now 36-5-1 since 2000 at home when they score first.
  5. Randall Cobb returned a pair of punts for a total of 44 yards. It was the most punt yards he had in a game since 2012 when he had 46 in a contest. The Packers are 5-1 in games when Cobb has 40 or more punt return yards in a game.
  6. The Packers held a 7-0 lead at halftime. Since 2000, they are 27-4 in games where they hold their opponents scoreless in the first half; they are 22-2 in home games since 2000 when the opposition does not get on the scoreboard in the first half.
  7. The score was tied 7-7 going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay has won 10 of their last 15 when the score is tied going into the fourth quarter, and they have won seven of their last 10 at home when the score is tied going into fourth quarter.
  8. Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes and no interceptions in the contest. The Packers are 50-6 in games when Rodgers has no interceptions in a game and two or more TD passes.
  9. Jordy Nelson led the receiving corps with eight catches for 118 yards. Green Bay is 20-3 when Jordy has 100 or more yards receiving in a game, 13-4 when he catches eight or more passes in a game, and are 35-11 when he scores a TD in a game.
  10. The Packers defense is 37-1 in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) when they hold their opponents to under 14 points in a game. The Packers are 24-0 since 2006 at home when the opposition scores under 14 in a game.

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Which position players have been the best hitters in MLB since 2010?

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What do DJ LeMahieu, Daniel Murphy and Jose Altuve have in common?

If you guessed that they each play second base, you are correct. If you also guessed that they finished 1-2-3 in highest batting average in the majors last season, you are also correct.

LeMahieu (.348), Murphy (.347) and Altuve (.338) were the top three batters last season and they all played the same position, second base.

It got me thinking about which positions have been the best batters over the past few seasons. For the sake of this blog, let’s look at the past seven MLB seasons and which position players who batted .310 or above in these seasons played.

Our results show that first baseman top the list. In the past seven seasons, there have been 20 players who hit .310 or higher in a season. All total, there were 86 players who reached this mark.

Following are the positions played by the players who hit .310 or higher in a season. (Note: A player who hit .310 or above in multiple seasons from 2010-16 was counted each season he reached this mark.)

First Basemen: 20
Second Basemen: 12
Center Fielders: 12
Third basemen: 10
Left Fielders: 8
Catchers: 8
Right Fielders: 7
Shortstops: 5
Designated Hitters: 4

 

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Why having your QB complete 75% of his passes is important in the NFL

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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in Monday’s 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles completed 30 of 39 passes, a completion percentage of 76.9. It was the 25th game in his career that he completed 75% (or higher) of his passes in a regular season game.

But what makes this stat all the more impressive is that in those 25 games that Rodgers completed 75% or more of his passes, the Packers were a staggering 24-1 in those games. Obviously, a super accurate Aaron Rodgers is an important factor for success for the Pack.

Let’s take a look at QBs who have used their passing accuracy to their (and their team’s) benefit. First, let’s look at the QBs who have had the most games competing 75% of their passes. It’s interesting to note that this past Sunday, New Orleans QB Drew Brees completed 28 of 36 passes (77.8%) in the Saints 49-21 win over the Rams. It was Brees’ 50th career game with a completion percentage of 75% or higher. That broke a tie he was in with Peyton Manning for most games in this stat.

Here’s a look at the QBs that have had the most games where they competed 75% or higher of their passes.

50-Drew Brees 49-Peyton Manning 34-Philip Rivers 28-Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger 25-Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young 23-Matt Ryan 21-Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner 20-Tony Romo 18-Ken Anderson, Chad Pennington 17-Jim Harbaugh, Ken Stabler 16-Alex Smith, Bart Starr

Both Brees’ and Manning’s teams had decent success in games when they completed 75% of more of their passes. Brees’ Saints are 43-7 in those games, while Manning’s teams were 43-6 when he completed 75% of his passes.

There are, however, a couple of QBs whose teams were/are actually undefeated when they complete 75% of their passes in a regular season game. There have been 35 QBs that have 10 or more games with a 75% of higher completion rate in a game. Of those 35, two are undefeated in those games… Tom Brady and Ken Stabler. Brady’s Patriots are 25-0 in games when he completes 75% or more of his passes in a game, while Stabler’s team was 17-0 in games when he reached this mark.

Let’s take a look at the QBs whose teams have won 90% or more of their games when they completed 75% of more of their passes in a contest (minimum of 10 games with 75% completion rate to qualify).

1.000: Tom Brady, 25-0 1.000: Ken Stabler, 17-0 .960: Aaron Rodgers, 24-1 .938: Alex Smith, 15-1 .929: Rich Gannon, 13-1 .909: Eli Manning, 10-1 .900: Tony Romo, 18-2 .900: Matt Hasselbeck, 9-1 .900: Dave Krieg, 9-1

For the record, there have been 43 times this season that a QB completed 75% or more of their passes in a game (minimum of 10 passes attempted to qualify). Three QBs are tied with four games each: Brees, Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan. Teams are 26-17 when their QBs completed 75% of more of their passes in a game this season.

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