Today’s Sports Stat: November 17, 2018

Here’s a couple of Packers stats to ponder:

  • The Packers are one of 13 teams since 2006 (Mike McCarthy’s first year as Pack head coach) that has won 90% or better of their games when they score 30 or more points. Throughout the whole NFL, teams are 1387-197-2 (a .875 winning percentage) since ’06 when they tally 30 or more points in a regular season game. The 13 teams (with their record when scoring 30+ points in a game since 2006 in parenthesis): Jets (.947), Patriots (.942), Chargers (.924), Packers (.920), Falcons (.915), Panthers (.915), Colts (.914), Cardinals (.913), 49ers (.912), Broncos (.911), Eagles (.908), Dolphins (.906), Titans (.900). The lowest winning percentage when scoring 30+ points in a game? Tampa Bay and Washington, each with a .767 winning percentage.
  • The Packers entered the second half of the 2018 season with a 3-4-1 record; they now sit at 4-5-1. In the McCarthy era, the Packers have been one of the best second half of the season teams. Green Bay is now 62-35-1 (.638 winning percentage) in Games #9 through #16 since 2006. That places them third in the NFL in this stat. The Patriots top the list with a 78-20 (.796) record in Games #9-#16 since 2006; the Steelers are second at 67-30 (.691). Green Bay tops the NFC with Dallas second at 57-40 (.588). The Pack since 2006 is 25-24 on the road in games #9-#16 and 37-11-1 at home in those second half of the season contests.


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Packerstats 2018: Game 10, 27-24 loss to Seattle Seahawks

PACKERSTATS-Game #10-2018 season

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on November 15.

  • The Packers are now 11-6 on Thursdays since 2000… 6-1 at home, 5-5 on the road.
  • Green Bay is now 2-6 all-time versus the Seahawks in Seattle even though they lead the all-time series 13-9.
  • They have now lost six of their last eight road games against NFC West teams. Since 2000, they are 9-10 on the road versus NFC West foes.
  • Green Bay scored first in the game and is now 29-18 (.617) in away games when they tally the first points.
  • Aaron Jones scored a pair of touchdowns, one via a run and one via a pass. He became the 30th Packer in team history to score both a rushing and receiving TD in a game. The Packers are now 48-17 (.738) in games when they have a player score a rushing and receiving TD in a contest. Ahmad Green holds the Packers record with nine games with a TD via run and TD reception in the same game.
  • Kicker Mason Crosby missed a field goal in the three-point loss. In 204 career games (regular season and playoffs) with the Packers, Crosby has missed one or more field goals in a loss decided by three points or less nine times.
  • The Pack tallied 14 points in the first quarter. They are now 20-11 (.645) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter in a road game.
  • Green Bay held a four-point lead (21-17) at halftime. That’s usually good news for the Packers on the road… they are now 55-18 (.753) since 2000 in road games where they have the lead at halftime.
  • Davante Adams had 10 receptions for 166 yards. He became the 11th player in team history to have 10 or more receptions and 150 or more receiving yards in a game. Sterling Sharpe tops this list with three games.
  • Adams had 10 or more receptions for the sixth time in his career. He is now one game behind Donald Driver and Sterling Sharpe for most games with 10 or more receptions by a Packers player. The team is only 3-3 in games where Adams has 10 or more receptions.
  • Kyler Fackrell had three sacks in the game for the second time this season. He became only the sixth Packer since 1983 to have multiple games in a season with three or more sacks. The others: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Tim Harris, Aaron Kampman, Clay Matthews and Reggie White.
  • Green Bay held a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter. They are now 65-16 (.802) in road games in the McCarthy era (since 2006) when they have a lead going into the fourth quarter.
  • Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times in the contest. The Pack is 5-22 (.185) since 2000 when their QBs are sacked five or more times.
  • Rodgers threw for 332 yards and did not have an interception. It was the 35th game in his career that he had 300 or more yards passing and no picks in a game. That places him fourth all-time in this stat; the other three are Drew Brees (50 games), Tom Brady (47 games) and Peyton Manning (37 games). Green Bay is 28-7 (.800) when Rodgers had a 300-yard passing and no interception game.
  • Seattle gained 173 yards rushing while the Packers rushing game was held to 43. Green Bay is 3-31-1 (.100) all-time in games where the opponents gain over 150 yards rushing and the Packers gain less than 50 yards rushing in the same game.
  • The Pack did not have a turnover in the game. They are now 50-17 (.746) in road games since 1966 when they do not have a turnover.
  • This is only the fourth season in McCarthy’s tenure that the team has lost five or more games on the road in a season. They lost six in 2008, and lost five road games in 2010, 2017 and now 2018.
  • Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 128.7 in the game. It is only the third time in his career that the team has lost a game when Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 125 or better; they are now 31-3 (.912) in games when Rodgers has a Passer Rating of 125 or higher. All three losses were road games.
  • Green Bay scored 21 points in the first half of the game, but could only tally three in the second half. The team is 18-6 (.750) in games since 1966 when they score 20 or more points in the first half but three or less in the second half.

Today’s Sports Stat: November 15, 2018

TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-November 15, 2018

With Craig Counsell’s second-place finish in the 2018 National League Manager of the Year race, the Brewers still have not had one of their managers win this award. Counsell became the fourth Brewers manager to finish second in a Manager of the Year honor since the birth of the franchise in 1969.

Counsell finished 17 points behind Atlanta skipper Brian Snitker in this year’s race. That’s the second closest second-place finish for a Milwaukee manager since Tom Trebelhorn finished second 12 points behind Sparky Anderson in the 1987 American League Manager of the Year award.

There have been 12 seasons where a Brewers manager received votes for the Manager of the Year award. Here’s a look at those 12 times:

American League
1987: Tom Trebelhorn (finished 2nd)
1988: Tom Trebelhorn (finished 4th)
1992: Phil Garner (finished 2nd)
1995: Phil Garner (finished 6th)
1997: Phil Garner (finished 3rd)

National League
2005: Ned Yost (finished 5th)
2007: Ned Yost (finished 7th)
2008: Dale Sveum (finished 8th)
2011: Ron Roenicke (finished 2nd)
2014: Ron Roenicke (finished 7th)
2017: Craig Counsell (finished 4th)
2018: Craig Counsell (finished 2nd

Win increase in three straight seasons
One of the reasons why Counsell received significant support for the N.L. Manager of the Year award this season is the fact that the team won the N.L. Central Division and increased their win total by 10 wins over 2017. The Brewers won 86 games in 2017 and won 96 this past campaign.

The Brewers are one of four teams that have increased their win totals in each of the past three seasons. The Brewers won 68 in 2015, 73 in 2016, 86 in 2017 and 96 in 2018. The other teams that have increased their win totals in each of the past three seasons:

Atlanta: 67-68-72-90
Colorado: 68-75-87-91 (the Rockies have actually increased their win totals in each of the past four seasons… they won 66 games in 2014)
Oakland: 68-69-75-97

The Brewers also became one of only a handful of MLB teams in history that saw their win totals in four consecutive years go from 60-70-80-90. Can they keep the streak alive and win 100 or more games in 2019, thus joining one other team that went 60-70-80-90-100 wins in five straight seasons?

Following are the MLB teams that had 60-70-80-90 win seasons in four consecutive years (seasons that were shortened due to any strike or work stoppage are not included).

Milwaukee (2015-18): 68-73-86-96
Colorado (2015-18): 68-75-87-91
New York Mets (2003-06): 66-71-83-97
Oakland (1997-2001): 65-74-87-91-102 (5 seasons)
St. Louis Cardinals: (1924-27): 65-77-89-92
St. Louis Browns (1919-22): 67-76-81-93
Brooklyn (1912-16): 58-65-75-80-94 (5 seasons)

Brewers pitching staff with only one 10-game winner

Jhoulys Chacin led the Brewers pitching staff with 15 wins in 2018. What makes that stat all the more interesting is that Chacin was the only Brewers hurler to win 10 or more games. It was the seventh time in team history that happened.

Sixty-five different pitchers have won 10 or more games in a season with the Brewers. Jim Slaton leads that group with nine double-digit win seasons for the Brew Crew. He is followed by Ben Sheets with seven, Mike Caldwell and Moose Haas with six, and Yovani Gallardo and Teddy Higuera with five each.

Here are the seven seasons when only one Brewers pitcher won 10 or more games for the club that year:

1984: Don Sutton, 14
1985: Teddy Higuera, 15
1995: Ricky Bones, 10
2012: Yovani Gallardo, 16
2015: Jimmy Nelson, 11
2016: Zach Davies, 11
2018: Jhoulys Chacin, 15

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Packerstats 2018: Game 9, 31-12 win over Miami Dolphins

PACKERSTATS-Game #9-2018 season

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-12 win over the Miami Dolphins on November 11.

  • The Packers have now five of their last six games at home against AFC East opponents. They are 8-4 at home versus AFC teams since 2000.
  • Green Bay is 25-11 (.694 winning percentage) at home since 2000 in games that started in the afternoon (3:00 pm to 3:30 pm starts); they are 46-29 (.613) since 2000 in all games (home and road) that started in that later afternoon timeslot.
  • The Packers are now 5-10 (.333) all-time in games versus the Dolphins, although Green Bay has won five of the last seven contests played between the two franchises. Green Bay has their worst all-time winning percentage in all games (regular season and playoffs) versus the Dolphins and Jets (they are 4-8 against the Jets, also .333).
  • The four teams the Packers have beaten this year currently have a combined record of 16-22 (.421). The four teams the Packers have lost to this year are a combined 25-13 (.658).
  • Green Bay is 4-0-1 at home and 0-4 on the road. The last time the Pack went undefeated at home was in 2014 when they ran the table with an 8-0 record. The last time they went winless on the road was in 1958 when they went 0-6. The last time they won only one road game in a season was in 2005 when they went 1-7.
  • Prior to yesterday’s game, Aaron Rodgers lowest Passer Rating in regular season games was against AFC East opponents… 84.8. Second lowest was against AFC North teams at 93.8. Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 112.1 in the game, the highest PR of his career against the Dolphins (the previous two games his PR was 84.5 and 99.7)
  • Green Bay won the coin toss and is now 62-20-1 at home in games where they win the coin toss. They have won 14 of their last 18 games in Green Bay when they win the coin toss.
  • Frank Gore had 90 yards rushing on 13 carries in the game for the Dolphins. At age 35, Gore’s 90-yard rushing performance was the most by a 35-year-old (or older) running back in a regular season game versus the Packers in Packers history. Previous high was 70 yards rushing by 35-year-old Joe Perry of the Baltimore Colts in a game in 1962.
  • Green Bay had two takeaways in the game. They are now 18-8 (.692) since the 2014 season in games where they get two or more takeaways in a contest.
  • The Pack scored first in the game and is now 41-6-2 (.857) at home since 2010 in games where they score first.
  • Davante Adams had a pair of TD receptions. Green Bay is 7-0 in games when Adams has two or more TD receptions; they are 19-8-1 (.696) in games where Adams has at least one TD reception in a game.
  • Green Bay had the lead after each of the three quarters. They led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, and are now 38-5-1 (.875) at home since 2010 when they have the lead after the first quarter… led 14-9 at halftime, and are now 42-3-1 (.924) at home since 2010 when they have the lead at halftime… led 28-12 at the end of the third quarter, and are now 43-0-1 at home since 2010 when they have the lead after the end of the third quarter.
  • Aaron Jones had 145 yards rushing on 15 carries. The 145 yards was a career-high. His career average per carry is now 6.12 yards. Of all players in NFL history that have 150 or more career carries, Jones ranks eighth all-time in yards per carry. Michael Vick tops the list with a 7.0 yards per carry average. The seven players ahead of Jones on this list: Vick, 7.0; Tavon Austin, 6.81; Bobby Douglas, 6.47; Randall Cunningham, 6.36; Black Bortles, 6.34; Greg Landry, 6.17; Colin Kaepernick, 6.13.
  • Miami placekicker Jason Sanders had four field goals in the game. There have been 44 games in Packers history where an opposing kicker made four or more field goals. Green Bay is 12-31-1 (.284) in those games. Most field goals made in a game versus the Packers is seven, made by Dallas’ Chris Boniol in a game won by Dallas 21-6 on November 18, 1996.
  • Green Bay’s defense had six sacks in the contest. They are 13-0-1 in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) in games where they have six or more sacks.
  • The Pack did not allow the Dolphins to score either a rushing or passing TD in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are 27-2 in games where their defense does not allow a rushing or passing TD.
  • Green Bay had 195 yards rushing in the game. Since McCarthy took over as head coach in 2006, the team is 9-1-1 in games where they compile 190 or more yards rushing in a game.
  • Green Bay is now 46-4 (.920) since 2010 in games where they score 30 points or more.
  • Miami scored only 12 points in the game. The Pack is now 25-1 since 2010 in games where their opponents score under 14 points in a game.

Today’s Sports Stat: November 10, 2018

The Green Bay Packers face the Miami Dolphins in a game that many would say is a “must-win” for the Packers. With a 3-4-1 record at the midway point of the season, it’s hard to imagine the Pack getting a playoff berth this season without a win against the Dolphins. A 3-5-1 record would be a major mountain to climb to try to get one of the six playoff spots in the NFC.

In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), 22 teams had a 3-4-1 record after eight games (the Packers are the 23rd team). Of those 22, only three went on to reach the playoffs that season (13.6%). The three teams:

1972 San Francisco 49ers (finished the season 8-5-1)
1981 New York Jets (finished the season 10-5-1)
2014 Carolina Panthers (finished the season 7-8-1)

A win against the Dolphins would significantly increase the Packers chances of making the playoffs. There were nine teams that were 4-4-1 after nine games (since 1966). Of those nine, three made the playoffs (that’s 33.3%). The three: the 1969 Houston Oilers (they ended the season 6-6-2), and two of the teams mentioned above… the ’72 49ers and the ’81 Jets.

On the other hand, there have been 20 teams that were 3-5-1 after nine games since 1966. Of those 20, only one, the 2014 Panthers, made it to the playoffs; that’s only 5%.

Yes, a win versus Miami would certainly be a step towards increasing their chances of reaching the 2018 playoffs.

  • Green Bay receiver Davante Adams leads the team with 58 catches for 730 yards. That puts him on a pace to end the season with 116 catches and 1,460 yards. Only two receivers in Green Bay history have caught 100 or more passes and gained more than 1,400 yards receiving in the same season: Robert Brooks in 1995 (102 catches for 1,497 yards) and Sterling Sharpe in 1992 (108 receptions for 1,461 yards). The only other receiver to catch 100 or more passes in a season for the Pack was Sharpe with 112 in 1993, a team record. In addition to Sharpe and Brooks compiling 1,400 or more yards receiving in a season, there were three other times when a receiver had over 1,400 yards receiving for Green Bay: Sharpe in 1989 (1,423 yards), Antonio Freeman (1,424 yards in 1998) and Jordy Nelson in 2014 (1,519 yards in 2014… the team record).

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