Today’s Sportstat: September 19, 2019

Most NFL touchdowns this decade

Which NFL player has had the most touchdowns this decade? Which player will end this decade with the most TDs?

The 2019 NFL season will be the last of this decade. When we close the book on this season, who will be the league’s most prolific TD machine?

After the second week of this season, we have a three-way tie for the most TDs this decade. The three? The recently-retired (but will he stay retired?) Rob Gronkowski, new Kansas City running back LeSean McCoy, and a player who has been in the news a bit these last few weeks… Antonio Brown. Each player has 80 TDs this decade. Brown scored a TD last week in his first game with his new team, the New England Patriots, to create the three-way tie.

If you were a betting man (or woman) who would you think would end the decade with the league’s most TDs? You might lean towards McCoy, especially if he becomes a major cog in the Chiefs’ offense. Gronk is probably a long, long shot, but who knows, he could come out of retirement at some time this campaign. Brown, on the other hand, might be a good bet, but with the black cloud hanging over him because of his off-the-field escapades, he may not even finish the year on an NFL roster.

Behind this trio are a pair of “retired” players, Dez Bryant and Marshawn Lynch, both with 75 TDs this decade. Tight End Jimmy Graham and running back Adrian Peterson have both scored a TD this season and are tied for sixth on the list with 72 touchdowns. Neither look like prime candidates to approach double-figures in TDs this season and seriously challenge for the title of most TDs this decade, but you never know.

Here is a look at the players who have scored 60 or more TDs this decade.

80-Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy

75-Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch

72-Jimmy Graham, Adrian Peterson

68-Jordy Nelson

65-Arian Foster

63-A.J. Green

62-Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas

 

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Packerstats 2019: Game Two, 21-16 win over Minnesota

 

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on September 15.

  • The Packers are now 13-5-2 (.700) against the Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2000. They are 6-2-2 versus the Vikes at Lambeau in the last 10 contests.
  • Dating back to 1997, Green Bay is 5-2-1 against the Vikings in September games.
  • The Pack scored first in the contest. They are 8-2-2 since 2010 versus the Vikings when they score first in the game. Green Bay is 59-19-2 (.750) since 2010 in all regular season games when they score first.
  • Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Geronimo Allison each scored TDs in the game. The Pack is 4-4 in games when Williams scores a TD; 7-5 in games when Jones scores a TD; and 3-2 in games when Allison scores a TD.
  • Green Bay scored 14 points in the first quarter. Since 2000, the Pack is 36-6 (.857) in games where they tally 14 or more points in the first quarter. Green Bay has won 24 of their last 26 games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
  • The Packers “D” had four takeaways in the game. They have won six straight when they have four or more takeaways in a game, and have a 14-2 record (.875) since 2010 when the defense gets four or more takeaways in a game.
  • Green Bay had an 11-point lead at halftime (21-10). At Lambeau Field since 2000, the Packers are 73-5-1 (.930) when they have a halftime lead of 10 points or more. They have won 24 of their last 25 games when they have a lead at halftime of 10 points or more on their home field.
  • The Pack’s offense ran the ball 33 times for 144 yards. Green Bay has won 19 straight games when they run the ball 30 or more times in a game. They are 35-4-1 (.888) since 2010 in games when they run the ball 30 or more times in a game.
  • Green Bay had a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Since 2015, the Pack is 19-0-1 in games when they have a lead of five points or more going into the fourth quarter. The last time they lost a game when they had a lead of five points or more going into the fourth quarter was in 2013.
  • Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook had 154 yards rushing in the game. It was the 37th time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that an opposing running back had 150 or more yards rushing in a game versus the Packers. Green Bay is 9-28 (.243) in regular season games when an opposing running back has 150 or more rushing yards.
  • Aaron Jones had a career-high 23 carries for the Packers in the game. He tallied 116 yards rushing, the fourth highest total in his career.
  • Davante Adams had seven receptions for 106 yards. It was his 12th career 100-yard game. The Packers are 6-6 in those games.
  • Aaron Rodgers had a pair of TD passes in the contest. It was the 107th game pf his career with two or more TD passes. Green Bay is 81-26 in those games. Brett Favre tops the team list with 141 games with two or more TD passes. Rodgers is tied for seventh all-time in the league; Favre ranks third on the list. Tom Brady has 167 career games with two or more TD passes, most in the NFL.
  • The Packers did not score in the second half. Usually, that is not good news. They had lost eight straight games when they are scoreless in the second half, and since 2000, Green Bay is now 3-18 (.143) in games where they do not score in the second half. It was their first victory in a game where they did not score in the second half since 2011.
  • Since 2010, the Pack is 85-21-2 (.796) when they score 20 or more points in a game. They rank fourth in the league since 2010 with 108 games with 20 or more points behind New England (129), New Orleans (116) and Philadelphia (110).
  • Since 2010, the Pack is 44-9 (.830) when they hold their opponents under 20 points.

Today’s Sportstats: September 12, 2019 (Bonus)

Brewers Mike Moustakas hits two HRs on his birthday

Mike Moustakas was the hero in the Brewers’ 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on September 11. He hit a pair of two-run home runs in the contest. What made it all the more celebratory for “Moose” was that the two long balls came on his 31st birthday.

Moustakas became the 43rd player in MLB history to hit two or more home runs in a game on his birthday. He was the second player to do so this season; the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hit a pair of home runs on his 27th birthday, April 21, versus the Brewers. Moustakas also became the second Brewers player to hit two or more HRs in a game on his birthday… Jose Hernandez did it for the Brew Crew on July 14, 2002 against the Pirates on his birthday.

Three of the 43 players in this group have hit two or more homers in a game on their birthday twice in their careers: Duke Snider, Justin Morneau and Kirk Gibson each hit a pair of home runs on their birthdays in two different seasons.

Nomar Garciaparra holds the MLB record for most home runs in a game on a birthday with three. He did that on July 23, 2002 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Garciaparra had three home runs and eight RBI in Game Two of a doubleheader against Tampa Bay on his 29th birthday.

Back to Moustakas… previous to his two HRs on his birthday this season, he had not had much success on his birthdays in previous years. Prior to the 2019 season, Moustakas was 3-for-17 (.176 batting average) with no home runs on his birthday.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: September 12, 2019

NFL quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott are perfect in Week One

Dallas QB Dak Prescott and Baltimore signal-caller Lamar Jackson were perfect last weekend in the first week of NFL games for 2019. In fact, together, they did something that has never been done in NFL history.

Prescott and Jackson each had a 158.3 Passer Rating (the highest and “perfect” Passer Rating a QB can get) in their opening-season games last Sunday. Prescott had four TD passes and passed for 405 yards in his perfect contest against the New York Giants, a game won by the Cowboys, 39-17. Jackson led the Ravens to a 59-10 win over Miami with five TD passes and 324 yards passing on his way to a perfect Passer Rating. It was the first time in NFL history that two QBs had a perfect Passer Rating in the first game of an NFL season.

Prescott and Jackson became only the fourth and fifth QBs to have a perfect Passer Rating (158.3) in the first game of an NFL season (minimum of 15 pass attempts to qualify). Here are the five with the dates of their accomplishment.

Len Dawson, Kansas City, (AFL), September 7, 1963

Dick Shiner, Atlanta, September 16, 1973

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee, September 13, 2015

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore, September 8, 2019

Dak Prescott, Dallas, September 8, 2019

If we drop the Passer Rating to 140 or above, John Hadl leads the league with most first games of the year with a Passer Rating of 140 or above. He did it three times. Five other QBs did it twice: Tom Brady, Len Dawson, Sonny Jurgensen, Don Meredith and Ben Roethlisberger.

If we make the criteria a Passer Rating of 100 or above in the first game of the year, a pair of current QBs top the list; in fact, both added to their totals this past weekend. New England’s Tom Brady had a Passer Rating of 124.9 in the Patriot’s Week One win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving him 10 career games with a Passer Rating of 100 or better in a Week One contest.

Not to be outdone, New Orleans QB Drew Brees had a Passer Rating of 105.8 in the Saints’ win over Houston. It was his league-leading 11th career game with a Passer Rating of 100 or better in the first week. Brees and Brady are followed by Brett Favre with eight games and Fran Tarkenton with seven games with a 100 of better Passer Rating in the first game of a season.

All total, there were 18 QBs who had a Passer Rating of 100 or better in Week One of the 2019 season. Eleven of those QBs saw their team win. The four quarterbacks last weekend who had a Passer Rating under 100 but their team were still victorious were Aaron Rodgers (GB, 91.4), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF, 80.2), Josh Allen (Buffalo, 71.2) and Jared Goff (LA Rams, 69.0).

 

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Packerstats 2019: Game One, 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears on September 5.

  • This was the second time the Packers have defeated the Bears 10-3 in a regular season game. It happened on January 2, 2011 in the last game of the 2010 season.
  • The Bears scored first in the game with a first quarter field goal. No problem, however for the Pack; they have now won seven of the last eight games against the Bears when the Bears score first in the contest.
  • Green Bay did not score in the first quarter. They are 21-22 (.488 winning percentage) since 2010 when they do not score in the first quarter.
  • The Aaron Rodgers-to-Jimmy Graham TD pass, the game’s only TD, was just the third TD pass Graham has caught as a Packer.
  • Packers’ punter JK Scott punted nine times in the game. The team record for most punts in a game is 11. It happened twice in 1950 and once in 1953. Most punts by the Packers in a game since 2000 was in 2006 when the Packers punted 10 times in a 35-0 loss to the New England Patriots.
  • Green Bay had a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 7-3. The Packers are now 67-3-1 (.951 winning percentage) since 2010 when they are leading by four points or more entering the fourth quarter. They are 25-3 (.893) in road games since 2010 when they are leading by four points or more heading into the fourth quarter.
  • The Pack’s defense held the Bears to only 46 yards rushing. Green Bay is now 60-9-1 (.864) all-time when they allow the opposition less than 50 yards rushing in a game.
  • Green Bay won the Time of Possession battle with 31:03 minutes of TOP versus the Bears’ 28:57. Since 2015, Green Bay is 17-11-1 (.603) when they have more TOP than their opponents in a game.
  • The Packers held the Bears scoreless in the second, third and fourth quarters. Green Bay is now 51-3-1 (.936) in games where they hold the opponents scoreless after the first quarter.
  • Green Bay has been held to 10 points or less in 139 regular season games since the merger back in 1970. They have only won eight of those games, an 8-129-2 (.065) record in regular season games when they score 10 or fewer points in a contest.
  • Holding their opponents under 10 points, however, is a different story. The Packers are now 94-5 (.949) since 1970 in games when they hold the opposition to under 10 points in a regular season game.
  • Aaron Rodgers did not have an interception in the game. The Packers are now 73-24-2 (.747) in games started by Rodgers when he does not throw a pick.
  • Rodgers had a TD pass in the game and has now thrown a TD pass in 146 regular season games, tied for 15th on the all-time list. Brett Favre tops the list with at least one TD pass in 249 regular season games.
  • The Packers did not have a turnover in the game and is now 71-13-2 (.836) since 2000 in games when they do not commit a turnover.
  • Rodgers was sacked five times in the game. Prior to the win last night, the Packers were 3-16 (.158) since 2010 in games where their QB is sacked five or more times.
  • The defense sacked Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky five times. They are now 17-2-1 (.875) since 2010 in games when they sack the opposing QB five or more times.
  • Green Bay’s defense did not allow a TD in the game. Since 1940, the Packers are 94-7 (.931) in regular season games where they did not allow a TD. The last loss in a game where they did not allow a TD was in 1993 when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings 15-13. The Vikes kicked five field goals that day to win the contest.

 

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